Tuesday, August 23, 2016

V/A - Trance Europe Express (Import 2 CD / 1993)

A quick request for a desperate viewer/reader/blog friend! A while back I began to post the now infamous UK Volume Series that began back in 1990. This release is from the same group, just taking another direction in music that was sweeping over rave chill-rooms everywhere. This 2 CD set came out between the release of UK Vol. 7 and UK Vol. 8. It's a who's who of classic and upcoming new artists with skills that make you get all 'Soma' like. I really don't need to explain much more, but if you weren't raving at that time, you probably missed out on some of the most brilliant ambient tracks of the time. Here is more information regarding the release. All recordings & art are from my compilation. The tray art is a bit messed up due to my 'folded' copy, but I tried to even it out...sort of. OK...thanks for the request. I'm dropping this into the blog now, close to midnight...in case you need that feel! Enjoy!

T.E.X. CD 1 

T.E.X. CD 2

Friday, August 19, 2016

V/A - The Enigma Variations (Double LP / 1985)

I've been wanting to post this one for sometime. What can I say about this release? An incredible cross section of artists from the now long gone Southern California 'Enigma' label. This was before the label went on to represent the hair metal band Poison and a bunch of other 'good' odd ducks. Each record side represents several groups with similar musical backgrounds. I bought this in 1986 and immediately let it play continually. Side four was a particular favorite. So, whatever your musical tastes, I'm certain you will find something on this compilation to prize. All art is from my release. The recordings are taken from the CD version of the same name, except  six tracks that I recorded from the vinyl as they were not included on the disc version. Happy Friday friends!

Enigma Variations: Part One

Enigma Variations: Part Two

Thursday, August 11, 2016

China Crisis - Hanna Hanna (European 12 Inch / 1984)

01 Hanna Hanna (Extended) 5:15 
02 Here Come A Raincloud (Live) 6:04
03 African And White (Live) 3:43

Continuing on with my China Crisis 12 inch releases. Going back to 1984. Another superb release as the band itself was about to go into overdrive and become known world wide. This is all from my original 12 inch that I purchased way back when. Here's a link for more info. Not much more to say. Enjoy!

China Crisis: Hanna Hanna

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Damned - Eloise (US 12 Inch / 1986)

01 Eloise 5:09
02 Beat Girl 2:17
03 Temptation 4:05


04 Eloise (Version) 7:49
05 Eloise (Extravagant Mix) 9:34
06 Eloise (No Sleep Until Wednesday 6:50 Mix) 6:50

I recently ordered the Damned's 'Phantasmagoria' and I re-ordered 'Anything' as well. Both were remastered and expanded in 2009. Not sure why I sold my original 2009 disc. Oh well. Either way, I was going through my diminished Damned 12 inch collection and realized I needed the upgraded discs to compensate for vinyl I once had! A good collection is the MCA release 'A Sides' and 'B Sides', but the quality of the recordings on the discs is for beginners only. 

The mid-80's was the time I discovered/danced/enjoyed the band. It wasn't until after this time frame that I would begin to understand the depth and background of their full catalogue. This is one of the twelve inches I still have. Here's more Info  on the release. I've included a bunch of bonus mixes as well. A few are from the 2009 Remaster of 'Anything' and the 'No Sleep...' remix was taken from YouTube and then cleaned up and tweaked a bit (not my original recording). All art is from the better of the two releases I have. Enjoy friends! 

The Damned: Eloise

Monday, August 8, 2016

Alphaville - Forever Young (French Import 12 Inch / 1984)

01 Forever Young (Special Dance Mix) 6:07
02 Forever Young 3:44
03 Welcome To The Sun 3:10

I didn't really have plans to post this one, but given that I just sold it on Discogs and only bought it 3 weeks ago, forced me to make some scans and recordings before I ship it. I paid $1 for it and sold it for $3. Not a big profit, but it's shipping with six other records. Now I share it with you! As you can see the back and front covers are nearly the same except for the WEA logo. The recordings have been taken from remastered recordings I already own, basically the Blank & Jones 'So80's Alphaville' release. All the art is from my original twelve inch. Here's a Discogs link to the actual release. Enjoy! 

Forever: Young

Paul Haig - Heaven Sent (UK 12 Inch / 1983)

01 Heaven Sent 7:20
02 Running Away / Back Home 5:59

Part two of my Paul Haig posts. It just so happens that when I purchased the previous 12 inch 'The Only Truth', this 12 inch was right next to it...so why not. Another introduction for me to the Paul Haig catalogue. Following these purchases, I began to collect the remainder of his early-mid eighties releases. There is the background for you. All recordings and scans are from my vinyl. Here is more info for you...Discogs.  Enjoy!

Paul Haig: Heaven Sent

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Paul Haig - The Only Truth (UK 12 Inch / 1984)

01 The Only Truth (U.S. Remix) 7:04
02 The Only Truth (Instrumental) 7:01
03 Ghost Rider 3:03

Dropping a few Paul Haig 12 inches into the mix. This track is actually the first song I had ever heard by him. I have to thank my friend Robert for the Wolfram video collection he had back in 1988 / 1989. It was on one of those VHS tapes that this track appeared. Following that, it appeared on a lot of my mix tapes I had made. This is the 7+ minute version as opposed to the 3:49 album version from 'The Warp Of Pure Fun' The instrumental is just that but with added guitar work. 'Ghost Ride' takes a 180 turn on the electronic idea and goes for a full on western cow-punk craze. OK...stay tuned for another lovely track from Mr. Haig soon! Enjoy!

The Only: Truth

Frazier Chorus - Sloppy Heart (UK 12 Inch / 1987)

01 Sloppy Heart 5:48
02 Typical 2:56
03 Storm 3:46

Another fine record from the 4 A.D. label! Frazier Chorus and Tim Freeman were outstanding in the late 80's. I quite honestly have been wanting to include this on my blog ever since I started it six years ago. I have a mint copy of this in my 4 A.D. record collection...and I have one up on Discogs as well. All the tracks on here are alternative versions of the ones included on the 'Sue' release, so it's a worthy download for you fans out there. All the recording and art are from my twelve inch. Enjoy! Happy Weekend! 

Sloppy: Heart

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Gene Loves Jezebel - Discover (2 CD Deluxe Remaster / 2013)

I had several requests for this release after I posted the twelve inch of 'Desire'. I thought I'd throw it into the mix today as I prep a few other (time consuming) vinyl selections for the blog. This remaster is quite descent. The mix is not brick walled, but sounds clean and punchy. The inclusion of the second CD with all the mixes is great too. I pretty much have most of the twelve inch releases from the 1986 'Discover' years, so this is saving me some time from actually recording them from vinyl like a did years ago for my DJing gigs. There might be a few b-sides missing, but that you will have to dig into on the Discogs site for. All good! Recordings and art are from my personal copy. Enjoy!
Discover:  CD 1    Discover: CD 2

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Bubblemen - The Bubblemen Are Coming (US 12 Inch / 1988)

01 The Bubblemen Rap (Extended Version) 5:20
02 Bubblemen Rap (Dub Version) 5:22
03 The Bubblemen Are Coming 5:14
04 Bees 3:41

Bubblemen, Love & Rockets...call it what you may. This release had most folks puzzled when it came out, but not for long. The vocals and harmonizing are unmistakable. I like to think that this was a fun way of the L&R boys to blow off steam, have some fun and maybe fill a RCA contract deficit...lol! However you see it, it's just plain fun or pun. Hell, the track 'Bees' is just that...bees...all 3:41 of it. All art is from my pristine 12 inch. All recordings are from the 2013 Love And Rockets Remastered CD box set. CD 5 'Assorted' in particular. Have fun out there friends! Enjoy!

The Bubblemen: Are Cuming

Gene Loves Jezebel - Desire (Come And Get It) (US 12 Inch / 1986)

01 Desire (Dance Mix) 6:15
02 Sapphire Scavenger 3:47
03 A New Horizon 3:35
04 Message 2:54

A classic slice of vinyl from 1986. I can't even begin to count the amount of times I sweated this one out on the dancefloor. Thanks be to 'First Wave' radio for playing this recently. It's about the only place you ever hear it anymore...or if you're hitting up a 'retro' night at a club. All art is from my vinyl. The recording of the 'Desire (Dance Mix)' is from the vinyl as well. All the other b-side tracks were taken from the 2005 remaster of 'Discover' Happy Friday! Enjoy!

Gene Loves Jezebel: Desire

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Click Click - Yakutska (3" Import CDS / 1988)

While I'm in that zone. I recently put this on the sale block over at Discogs. Recordings are in 320 and Lossless for those of you who prefer bigger files. All the art was taken from my rather beat up version. Plenty of photoshop going on. Here is the link for more information on this CDS 'Yakutska'

Click Click - Rorschach Testing (Import CD / 1988)

A recent request. As you can see, this is the art I used for my blog header. A great release from Click Click, who were at their peak during the tail end of the 80's. Classic Dark EBM for those fans. As always, my recording from the CD I 'had' at the time. The scans are slightly askew due to my lack of care years ago. Link here for further information on the release. More to follow, not just EBM posts, so be prepared. Thanks as always! Enjoy!

Click Click: Rorschach

Sunday, July 24, 2016

V/A - Give Peace A Dance Vol. 3 (Psychotic Reactions) (Import CD / 1992)

Give Peace A Dance:  Psychotic one

Give Peace A Dance: Psychotic other

V/A - Give Peace A Dance 2 (The Ambient Collection) (Import CD / 1991)

Continuing with the 'Give Peace A Dance' series, by way of suggestion from a few of you out there. Here is Vol. 2. All art and recordings are from my disc. More information can be found on the Discogs site. Vol. 3 is coming up. Enjoy and spread the word!

Give Peace A Dance 2:  Ambient

Monday, July 18, 2016

V/A - Give Peace A Dance (2 CD Import / 1991)

I can't think of a more appropriate time to share this release. Of course, back in 1991 there was a slue of problems going on as well, but nothing like you see today. Living in the U.S. has hardened and saddened me in so many ways. Seeing what has been going on in Europe and across the globe as well, has me shrugging my shoulders. I have outlets for that. I revel in my family, my music, this blog and good friends. I only hope for the best and for those in the U.S. to be better than what has already been shared with the world. These next few weeks of the Summer and 2016 as a whole are going to be huge. I've been forewarning many regarding such events, not that I'm a doomsayer, but more like an 'I told you so'. OK....enough with the soapbox. I don't want my blog to go off on a tangent here and I certainly don't expect you (the viewer) to feel a need to respond. It's just me huffing...

All the scans and recordings are from my 2 CD release. The tracks are all mixed together, but not in the traditional sense. My personal favourite has always been CD 2. I encourage you to give this a listen and let 'Peace' sink in for you and yours and possibly for just one fleeting moment.

Give Peace A Dance:  CD 1

 Give Peace A Dance:  CD 2

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Robotiko Rejekto - Confusion (Import CDS / 1989)

01 Confusion (Are-U Mix) 5:18
02 Confusion (Dubbed) 5:26
03 Confusion (CD Mix) 5:44

My first post since switching internet providers. Thanks for hanging with me while I ironed out all the details. A bit more than I was expecting, but happy to have switched and plan on saving my monies for more important things! OK...let's move on, shall we? 

Today's post is part of the Robotiko Rejekto conglomerate that I had promised earlier. As you can see, the art I used is from the scans of my the actual 12 Inch. I also have the CDS (Thanks to KY!) from which I uploaded these tracks. A bit of 'confusion'? I can provide a FLAC or losseless copy of this CDS too. I know some of you have pointed out in the past that you may prefer the actual vinyl recordings to the CD, so let me know if you would like that option. I prefer to hear some feedback regarding the 'Vinyl or CD' war. CD's are obviously easier, but vinyl has that warmer feel. Feel free to sound off in the comments.

Thanks again! More R.R. to come, maybe not immediately, as I have a few other records in the pipeline at the moment. Enjoy friends!

Robotiko Rejekto: Confusion

Friday, July 8, 2016

Robotiko Rejekto - The Cyper Space (Import CD / 1990)

Stepping back into the Techno / EBM / New Beat zone with this ultimate German classic from 1990. Five singles were released  prior to and following this LP/CD. I think that the 12 inch releases were far better than this 'compilation' CD, so to speak. I mean, the actual singles had the extended mixes and remixes, whereas what you have here are the edits. I would have preferred more of the 12 inch mixes as opposed to the two and three minute tracks. Oh well. I think this is a fine release and quite the embodiment of what the European 'Techno' sound was at the time. This is still fetching some good money on Discogs, so give it a listen and then decide if it's worth it to have the CD/LP release in your 'physical' collection. I thank the stars for for all that Andreas Tomalla (Talla 2XLC) put out musically back then! Enjoy and Happy Weekend! 

All recordings from this post are from my actual CD release. All the images of the LP release are from my record (via Kim J). The CD images are courtesy of Discogs only because I can't find my original art!!

Robotiko:  Rejekto

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Cure - In Between Days (US 12 Inch / 1985)

01 In Between Days (Vocal / LP Version) 2:55
02 In Between Days (Extended Version) 4:00
03 Stop Dead 4:00

Happy 4th Of July / Independence Day America! I was inspired to post this after hearing the extended mix of it over on one of my 'favorite' 80's Music / Video Facebook groups. I got to thinking about the last time I actually saw this posted on a blog and I can say I don't remember (of recent). Well, here you are. Just the tracks from the release and all the HQ scanned art from my 12 inch which is now up for sale on Discogs. I know, don't sell it, but I have a ton of Cure and this is still fetching some good $$! Enjoy!

The Cure: In Between Days

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Clan Of Xymox - A Day (UK Import 12 Inch / 1985)

01 A Day (Re-Mix) 9:12
02 Stranger (Re-Mix) 5:23

Imagine my surprise in reviewing my blog posts to find NO Clan Of Xymox! A quick search across the other blogs I follow netted me very little in the way of C.O.X, but a good bit of the late 80's, early 90's Xymox output. That's fine because I love that time frame of their music as well. This 12 inch though, this started my love of the 4.A.D. label and all the bands therein! Much of my 4 A.D. influence goes back to my days at MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design) and late night listening to the local college radio station 91.7 WMSE (Milwaukee School of Engineering). The Fall of 1986 forever changed me.

Enough with me reminiscing about the past. Today's post is just the straight up 12 inch from Clan Of Xymox. I'm happy to say that I own this and haven't sold it! All the art was neatly scanned for you and the tracks sound impressive! Enjoy! (Happy 4th Of July / Independence Day to my U.S. followers!)

Clan Of Xymox: A Day