This version of ‘Tree Top Club’ is an early version of the track that later featured on the 1986 album Hope In A Darkened Heart.
‘Tree Top Club’ was based on Virginia’s childhood memories, penned as an ‘open letter’ to Virginia’s twin sister Alison. The theme of the song was inspired by a tree top club formed by Virginia’s older brothers. During a pre-song talk at the 1985 Riverside performance, Virginia explained how both her and twin sister Alison were never allowed in because they didn’t have the required passports!
‘Tree Top Club’ had previously featured in live performances earlier in the year.
The sleeve notes state this track was recorded “Early ’84” and notes the personnel as Anne Stephenson, Gini Ball (violins), Audrey Riley (cello), Russell Webb (bass), Jo Wells (sax) and Kate St John (cor anglais and oboe).
This release also featured contributions by The Cocteau Twins, Pink Industry and Dead Can Dance amongst others.
Kate St John was originally part of The Ravishing Beauties and later part of The Dream Academy.
Pleasantly Surprised was an independent label run by Robert King which focused on post-punk, cold wave, new wave and ethereal bands.