David Gray has released a Greatest Hits collection- entitled The Best Of. Issued a quarter of a century after Gray’s recording career originally began, this successor to 2007’s platinum-selling Greatest Hits now takes in subsequent highlights from top 5 album Draw The Line, 2011’s Founding and 2014’s critically acclaimed Mutineers, alongside longstanding classics from Gray’s three number 1 albums, including the 6 million-selling, Grammy-nominated White Ladder.
Gray is trailing the announcement with a new track ‘Enter Lightly’, which – along with ‘Smoke Without Fire’ – is one of 2 previously unheard tracks to be included on The Best Of. Speaking about the selection of these new tracks to appear alongside classics including ‘Sail Away’, ‘The One I Love’ and ‘Babylon’, David says; “Both tracks were recorded with Lamb’s Andy Barlow earlier this year, and pick up where we left off with the soundscapes of Mutineers”.
Speaking about the process of selecting the tracks (3 new re-recordings) which appear on the vinyl format & comprise disc 2 of the deluxe CD version of The Best Of, Gray says; “It felt like the right thing to do to accompany the main collection with a further collection of songs of my own choosing. A group of recordings that has been selected by me for no other reason than that they occupy a special place in my heart and have meant a lot to me down the years. These recordings stand like markers in the road, and I still refer back to them every now and then, whenever I’m in need of taking my creative bearings.”