1 January 1986
Force is the fifth studio album by English band A Certain Ratio, released in 1986 by Factory. Stuart James co-produced the album with the band. It was recorded and mixed between July and August 1986 at Yello 2 Studios in Stockport.
It is the first album by the band to feature saxophonist Tony Quigley and the final to feature keyboardist Andy Connell as a full-time member who left the band to concentrate on his work with the pop trio Swing Out Sister who had started to gain mainstream success around the time that this album was released. Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister provided additional vocals on the track "Bootsy".
The album spent nine weeks on the UK Independent Albums Chart, peaking at No. 2. "Mickey Way" was the first single from the album, released exclusively in the UK. "Bootsy" was the second single from the album and was released exclusively in Australia. Neither single charted.
In 1994, Creation Records re-issued the album on CD without any bonus content. The album was later re-issued again in 2009 by LTM Recordings but this time featuring two bonus tracks: "The Runner" and the Australian single remix of "Bootsy"
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