Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gypsy - Funk de Fino (UK 12 Inch / 1994)

01 Funk de Fino 13:37
02 Varisuvia 8:47

A bit of a delay within regards to posting the second half of a few requests. Nothing worse than getting that one Winter Flu / Cold a year to put you into hibernation. Figures. Anyway, here is the follow up. This is a great progressive trance record from Gypsy. Limbo Records was on the cutting edge of this style along with Eye Q and Harthouse Records. There were many labels catering to this style, but these three were on my radar back then. The shear length of the tracks make it one that feels it should be on a constant loop. All art & recordings are from my 12 inch. Artwork was shared to the Discogs site.

Funk de: Fino

Saturday, January 10, 2015

B-Tribe - Fiesta Fatal (US 12 Inch / 1993)

01 Fiesta Fatal (Barcelona Tribe Megamix) 7:35
02 Fiesta Fatal (Radio Edit) 3:42
03 Fiesta Fatale (Pippi's Noche Latina Percussion Mix) 4:02
04 Fiesta Fatal (Ragga UK Mix) 6:03


05 Fiesta Fatal (Album Version) 5:59

Knocking out a couple of requests from you readers/followers of my blog. Stepping into the Tribal House department for this lovely slice of wax. I remembering gushing over this one back when I picked it up in '93. I still recall where I dropped the 'Noche Latina' version in my mixes and with what tracks it worked best. A good recall and some great times from long ago!

Regarding the vinyl itself, it has seen better days. I think that there really is only a slight issue with the take/recording of the Radio Edit. As for the first track and the last track, those were culled from the original CD, otherwise all art and most of the recordings are from this twelve inch.

Fiesta: Fatal!

Wang Chung - Fire In The Twilight (US 12 Inch / 1985)

01 Wang Chung - Fire In The Twilight (Specially Remixed Version) 3:42
02 Jesse Johnson & Stephanie Spruill - Heart Too Hot To Hold 4:23

A quick post from the Wang Chung library. I've had this ready for awhile now, may as well get it on the blog. Nothing to special here. The 'Specially Remixed Version' seems to be an edit of the actual track...that's it. It's fifteen seconds shorter. The Jesse Johnson track is the same as the soundtrack. Grab this one for the artwork...if you want. All art & recordings are from this release. Art was uploaded to Discogs.

Fire In The: Twilight

MCL (Microchip League) - New York (US 12 Inch / 1987)

01 New York (Dancefloor Cut) 5:06
02 New Tork (Double-New York Mix) 6:42
03 Communicate (Atomic Part) 5:53
04 Communicate (Peking Walk) 4:25
05 Communicate (Atomik Beats) 2:31


06 Communicate (12 Inch Remix) 7:08
07 Communicate (Razormaid!) 7:19
08 New York (LP Version) 4:57
09 New York (Midnight Mix) 6:11
10 New York (Razormaid!) 6:24

I've been flirting with posting this twelve inch for years. Perhaps it was my last Westside Records post that inspired me to rip this one out. If you don't know this record, well, you must live under a rock or are younger than 25 (not to age myself)! It was an instant club classic back in 1987, rivaling the best out there...Front 242, Nitzer Ebb & Cabaret Voltaire. Every copy I have ever owned had the groove worn right out of it. Needless to say, this recent version that I picked up on the cheap has a bit of wear too, but I was able to get a healthy rip of it. I WAS going to use the 2005 CD release of MCL 'Different Mixes', but it is helplessly 'brick walled' in the remastered form...ugh! The bonus tracks I have were taken from various other CD's I have of Razormaid! and DJ only releases. I apologize in advance for the bit rates on the bonus material. It varies, but it all is above 250. All art and recordings (1-5) are taken from this twelve inch release. All images were forwarded to the Discogs site.

New York: New York

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Gino Vannelli - In The Name Of Money (US 12 Inch / 1987)

01 In The Name Of Money (Extended Dance Mix) 5:28
02 In The Name Of Money (Single Version) 3:54
03 In The Name Of Money (Dub Mix) 3:54

This release is a fine example of some of the typical fodder you might find here, given my mission statement back in 2010. I have a soft spot for Mr. Vannelli. I grew up listening to his tracks on 70's Pop radio stations when I was a young boy. His 1985 release of 'Black Cars' was enough for me to buy the twelve inch and the CD, not to mention his next release from 1987 'Big Dreamers Never Sleep'. This twelve inch never charted, in fact it was his toned down smooth ballad 'Wild Horses' that made it into the top 100 and was his last charting record. Nonetheless, you can hear the typical dated production of the time in this release. It also has a similar feel to the aformentioned 'Black Cars' twelve inch. All art and recordings are from this recent $1 purchase off of Discogs!

In The Name Of: Money 

Friday, January 2, 2015

INXS - Devil Inside (US 12 Inch / 1987)

01 Devil Inside (Re-Mix Version) 6:28
02 Devil Inside (7 Inch Version) 5:09
03 On The Rocks (Unavailable on LP) 3:06

There are a ton of INXS releases out there in the blogosphere, why not add another contribution. I've seen this on other blogs in CD Single format before and of course this has been widely put on various compilations of theirs, so it's not terribly hard to come by anymore. I used the CD Single as my recording basis and then tweaked the tracks. All of the art is from my extremely beat up twelve inch. I spent several hours photo shopping this one...because I'm OCD and have too much spare time. The art will also be put up on the Discogs site shortly.

Devil: Inside

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Boys From Brazil - We Don't Need No World War III (Import 12 Inch / 1987)

01 We Don't Need No World War III (CIA Mix) 6:50
02 We Don't Need No World War III (KGB Mix) 7:20

A classic slice of the (then) West German label Westside. This 12 inch, number 008 in the catalogue for Westside, holds true to the underground scene at the time. A Balearic feel with hints of what New Beat was about to become and what other artists from the label were emulating. Other artists such as Axodry, Two Of China, Moskwa TV, MCL, Voyou and even early Camouflage. This is a slower brooding track with the unmistakable bass kick and synth rolls. The vocal track is a tell-tale of the political times. Spoken word with light singing regarding all that is doom between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. In my opinion, Westside Records and everything they put out were extremely influential at the time, despite the relative monotony of some specific tracks. Songs feel more like a test and loop of electronics, a way for the artists to get on a soapbox and warn you about the State of the Nations.

All art and recordings are taken from my original 12 inch. I paid $0.99 for it! I uploaded the images to the Discogs site as well. 

We Don't Need No: World War III 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Icicle Works - Seven Singles Deep (Import LP / 1986)

01 Hollow Horse (Long Version) 4:57
02 Love Is A Wonderful Colour (Long Version) 6:47
03 Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream) (Frantic Mix) 5:21
04 All The Daughters (Of Her Father's House) (Long Version) 6:32
05 When It All Comes Down (Unabridged Version) 6:33
06 Seven Horses (American Version) 4:44
07 Rapids 4:28

So the long and short of this release is that it basically is an EP style release of 12 inches. All the tracks were from the Icicle Works first two LP's, the self titled release from 1983 and the 1985 release 'The Small Price Of A Bicycle'. Granted, these are 12 inch versions of the original releases. The vinyl has stood the test of time...relatively. The record itself has been played quite a bit and I was disappointed with the recordings I took from it. I decided to buy both CD Remasters of the first two records. Both Reissues/Remasters had expanded material added.

I used the tracks from those remasters for this post. Oddly, as it sometimes happens with remasters, there is a tendency to not go full-on in the remastering process. At least it feels that way. The 2011 remaster of The Small Price... seems like just an expanded release, sounding quite similar to the original 1985 CD...which I also have. The 2006 remaster of the 1983 S/T Release has been brick-walled, technically over done and extremely loud and compressed. Given all that, I used the tracks provided and then re-EQ'ed and lowered the dB standing of said tracks. Don't get me wrong, it still sounds great, just not excellent or up to snuff of a 'proper' remaster. All art is taken from my 1986 gate fold import LP.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Schiller Mit Heppner - Dream Of You (US CDS / 2002)

01 Original Radio Edit 4:02
02 Molella Radio Edit 3:47
03 Extended Mix 7:49
04 Tomkraft Remix 7:31
05 Ayla Remix 8:44
06 Molella Remix 5:09
07 Free Schiller Remix 9:38
08 Chillout Remix 11:07

This track recently came up in conversation over the band Wolfsheim. I have to say that their work is superb and that Peter Heppner's solo material is outstanding. This leads me to this track from the German electronic act Schiller. They brought in Peter for the vocals. It turned out to be an awesome track that had plenty of club play back in 2001, when it was released on the Schiller CD 'Weltreise'. 

Dream Of You 

Friday, November 28, 2014

In The Nursery - Duality (CD / 1992)

01 Belle Epoque 5:37
02 Always 6:08
03 Red Harvest 4:42
04 Duality 5:17
05 Corruption 5:00
06 I Thorns 4:52
07 II Pulse 2:57
08 III A Valediction 2:10
09 Universe 2:48
10 The Engraver 3:26
11 Mecciano 5:34

Further exploring into the Third Mind Records catalogue and the likes of In The Nursery. They were also on the Sweatbox and Wax Trax! Records labels. I.T.N. are described as Industrial / Electronic / Experimental & Modern Classical, so there is a wide range of influences and soundscapes to listen to! All art & Recordings are directly from my CD.

In The Nursery: Duality