The Verve - portrait of a long and arduous journey.
The Verve – portrait of a long and arduous journey.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Verve – Live At Reading Festival 1997 – BBC Radio 1

The Verve were one of those bands who went through the struggle and the slog of gaining an audience and a following. And when they achieved the success they were working so hard for, disintegrated and self-destructed because of it.

Forming in 1990, The Verve had achieved a modicum of success and critical acclaim for a sound that was considered heavily psychedelic, but also displayed flashes of Indie, Britpop and Shoegaze. By the mid-1990s they had three albums and several eps to their credit.

And in 1997 their fortunes changed. With the release of Urban Hymns and the single Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve scored a commercial breakthrough the both the album and single were worldwide hits. And then things went rotten.

The journey ended in 1999 with an acrimonious split, amid personality clashes, rumored drug addiction and lawsuits.

But tonight, it’s The Verve poised to achieve huge recognition, and this concert from the 1997 Reading Festival is a stunning record of just how great the band was.

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