Monday, September 8, 2014

Midge Ure - Wastelands (UK 12 Inch / 1986)




01 Wastelands (Extended Mix) 6::11
02 The Chieftan / The Dancer (Live) 6:00
03 No Regrets 4:00





Recently, I attended the 2014 Retro Futura Tour. On that bill was Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), Howard Jones, Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina from Katrina & The Waves. It was a superb night show that was played at the Chicago Ravinia outdoor concert venue. I've decided to post this twelve inch to salute a bit of the 80's Retro past. All art and recordings were taken directly from this 12 inch.


2014 Retro Futura Tour: Midge Ure

Ministry - I'm Falling (US 12 Inch / 1982)




01 I'm Falling 4:03
02 Primental 5:13
03 Cold Life 6:18





On of the rare and early 12 inch records released on Wax Trax! The information is visible in the photo of the back of the record jacket. A nice unique way of envelope packaging adds to the rarity of this release. All the photos and recordings were taken from this record. In addition, the photos I took and retouched have been added to the discogs site for this release.


Cold: Life 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Luc Van Acker - Luc Van Acker (The Ship) (LP / 1986)




01) The Ship 3:51
02) Rain 4:37
03) Zanna 3:06
04) Heart And Soul 4:16
05) Feels Like Love 3:51
06) Wild And Angry 3:51
07) Keep Talking 4:25
08) Wildlife 3:34





Another slab of good ole Wax Trax! Records (WAX 015). This is a twisted funky alternative. Luc Van Acker went on to bigger fame following this solo record (actually recorded in 1984). When listening to the B-Side, the last four tracks, you can hear the beginning sounds of what was to become The Revolting Cocks. All art and recordings were taken directly from this original LP. All the photos were shared to the Discogs website.


Feels Like: Love

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Popular History Of Signs - A Popular History Of Signs (EP) (US 12 Inch / 1984)




01) Ladder Jack 5:07
02) House 3:37
03) If She Was A Car 5:17
04) Stigma 4:32






A Popular History Of Signs was Chicago based Wax Trax! Records fifth release from 1984 (WAX 005). It's a four track EP featuring Andy Jarman on Vocals & Bass, Peter Scammell on Synth & Guitar, Christine Isherwood singing Backing Vocals, Paul Clark on Percussion, John Lucibello on Drums and Andy Smith on Guitar. The first two tracks were produced by none other than Al Jourgensen of 'Ministry' fame.

The first few tracks have that early Wax Trax! / Ministry feel, but the vocals recall a somber David Byrne vocal style similar to some of the early Talking Heads releases. As for the third and fourth tracks, cue up any early Joy Division! Again, the vocals feel early David Byrne (in my opinion) or Ian Curtis if you stretch it a bit. Not a bad listen at all. I really only have it in my collection because it is an early Wax Trax! release. All recordings and art were taken from this 12 inch. All the art I reworked, has been shared to the Discogs site as well. 


A Popular History Of: Signs

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

V/A - Trance Europe Express 4 (UK 2 CD / 1995)




My continuation of previous V/A posts. The UK Volume Series stepped into the Ambient / Techno world for several releases. As were all the previous issues, this too, had a large 192 page booklet all about the artists involved. The Ambient / Techno Series generally was a two CD package. This allowed the listener to hear the full length tracks by the artists. I've begun with Vol. 4 per request. 






Betty Boo - Doin' The Do / Shame (US CDS / 1990)




01) Single Mix 3:40
02) The Good Do-Bee Mix 6:32
03) Doin' The Wop Mix 6:42
04) Beatmasters Club Mix 6:15
05) Shame (Hoodlum Mix) 4:25
06) Damned If You Do Mix 6:52
07) Damned If You Dub Mix 5:57
08) King John Mix 6:45
09) Shame (Single Version) 3:27






It's Me Again, Yes How Did You Guess...Betty Boo:  Doin' The Do

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Soho - Hippychick (CDS / 1990)




01) Extended Mix 4:35
02) No Acid Ted Mix 5:10
03) Never Trust A Hippy Mix 4:45
04) Happiness Is A Warm Hippy Mix 4:30
05) Dub Plate Instrumental 5:14






The Song With That "How Soon Is Now' Sample: Hippychick

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

V/A - Volume Two (UK CD & Book / 1991)



It seems as if there is a strong response to these compilations. Thanks for all your feedback Here's the next in the series.

I've collected 16 Volumes of these specific CD / Book releases, only find out there are 17 and a slue of others that follow in line with the 'Volume' name. I actually have others too. This was quite a UK force back when they were released and it was a bit pricey. Now you can get most of them for under $10. I always enjoyed the 'exclusive' mixes, remixes and new tracks. 





UK VOLUME:  TWO

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rhythmatic - Beyond The Bleep (UK Import CDS / 1991)




I bought this back in 1991 because I was all about anything that came out of the UK label Network. Rhythmatic was no exception and actually was one of my favourite ensembles at the time. It was a bit frustrating to see that this CDS was really only a promotional tool for an upcoming release. That being said, the two tracks are exceptional, with one being unique to this release.


01) Nu-Groove 4:38
02) Exclusive Splat Sample Mix (features 'Wind Me Up' & 'Nu-Groove') 10:54






Don't You Like Music? Sometimes I Do, Sometimes I Don't. Well Then,  I'll Play You Some: Nu-Groove 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

V/A - Volume One (UK CD & Book / 1991)




I've collected 16 Volumes of these specific CD / Book releases, only find out there are 17 and a slue of others that follow in line with the 'Volume' name. I actually have others too. This was quite a UK force back when they were released and it was a bit pricey. Now you can get most of them for under $10. I always enjoyed the 'exclusive' mixes, remixes and new tracks. 






UK VOLUME:  ONE