The Verve (pre-Bittersweet)

I’ve been finding that most people I’ve talked to about the Verve, or frontman Richard Ashcroft’s solo efforts, haven’t heard the early material – i.e. pre-“Urban Hymns,” which features their most popular and least profitable song “Bittersweet Symphony.”  Thank the Stones for that last bit, due to a copyright disagreement over a particular sample. 

Anyway, their early material from the 1993 album “A Storm in Heaven,” as well as a handful of EP singles, is pure dreamy shoegaze psychedelia.  When I think of the Verve, I immediately go to this stuff.