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Big City Secrets
March 11, 1997
℗ 1996 Real World Records Ltd
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Big City Secrets is the first studio album by Joseph Arthur, released by Real World Records on March 11, 1997. Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno contribute backing vocals on the song "Mercedes."
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Big City Secrets
Good About Me
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Bottle of You
May 1, 2015
℗ 1996 Real World Records Ltd
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