Exclusive album stream: James, 'The Night Before'

With a career that includes 10 studio albums, twenty UK Top 40 singles and 12 million album sales so far, James have stepped into the digital age with their new mini-album 'The Night Before', released on Monday and exclusively available to stream in full in conjunction with The Independent, below.

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Album: Mugison, Mugiboogie (Mugiboogie)

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Album: Various Artists, Independents Day '08 (Independents Day)

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