This four LP box set contains three studio albums – Bigger Than America, Before After, and Naked As Advertised – as well as the concert album How Live Is.
In 1988, after their fifth album for the Virgin label, Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh and Glenn Gregory decided to rest Heaven 17. In 1996, after various British Electric Foundation and individual projects, the ensemble re-grouped to record the first album in this set, Bigger Than America. The album featured the singles Designing Heaven and We Blame Love. In 1998, Heaven 17 decided to play live for the first time, and a concert was recorded and released in 1999 as How Live Is.
A brand new studio album, Before After, the last to feature Ian Craig Marsh, was released in 2005 and featured the singles I’m Gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me and Hands Up To Heaven, as well as a cover version of Don’t Fear The Reaper. In 2008 Naked As Advertised – Versions 08 featured new interpretations of Heaven 17 and Human League classics alongside a cover version of Party Fears Two.