Spice Girls Announce 25th Anniversary Reissue Of Debut Album

The Spice Girls‘ debut album, Spice, turns 25 this year. To celebrate, the album will be reissued with lots of bonus goodies for fans.

Spice25 not only features the album remastered, it also includes b-sides, previously unreleased recordings, and bonus tracks. The deluxe album will be released on October 29th on a variety of formats including vinyl, cassette, and 2CD set with a hardback book.

To preview the release, the Spice Girls shared a new version of “Say You’ll Be There” with Judd Lander’s harmonica replaced by a saxophone solo. Listen to it below.

Speaking about the anniversary, Mel B aka Scary Spice said: “All I ever wanted was to be accepted and to make everyone around me – gay, straight, brown, black, shy or loud like me – to feel they can celebrate who they are and to be free to be themselves. All I hope – 25 years on – is that message has been heard loud and clear. It’s true that in the end love IS all you need so I thank everyone who has ever bought a Spice Girls record or stood in the rain to greet us or got dressed up in pink, in a tracksuit, a ginger wig, a leopard print catsuit or put on Vic’s iconic pout!”

Emma Bunton aka Baby Spice said, “From the first wannabe baby steps to conquering the whole world with a team of Spices, thank you doesn’t seem enough to all of you who have supported us, followed in our footsteps, walked in our great big shoes and who have shared our dreams. It’s been 25 years of pure magic. Spice Girls forever!!!”

Geri Halliwell aka Ginger Spice wrote “To our diehard and loyal fans; without you there is no us – sending endless love and gratitude. Whoever you are, whatever your dreams – live them, be them. The Spice Girls motto is testament to that.”

Mel C aka Sporty Spice also expressed her gratitude saying 25 years, wow! I have so many wonderful memories of writing, recording, promoting and touring this album and so many people to thank. This is the record that set us off on our incredible journey. A huge thank you to our fans and family all around the World. Thank you for always being there with your unrelenting support and making our dreams come true. My love and gratitude always.”

And despite sitting out the group’s recent reunion shows, Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice also chimed in saying “”We couldn’t let 25 years pass without thanking the fans for their incredible support. There are so many people who have played a part in the success of the Spice Girls throughout the years, you know who you are and we thank you.”

Pre-order Spice25 here.

Originally released in 1996, Spice went on to become one of the best-selling albums of the decade with hit singles “Wannabe,” “2 Become 1,” and “Say You’ll Be There.”

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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