Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Romeo Void - A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing) (US 12 Inch / 1984)

01) A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing) (Dance Mix)  6:14
02) Six Days And One  4:26

I thought I was in trouble, but that was only:  New Link (7-26-16)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Love And Rockets - If There's A Heaven Above (UK 12 Inch / 1985)

01 If There's A Heaven Above (UK 12 Inch)  7:00
02 God And Mr. Smith  4:49

One of the earlier tracks I ever heard by Love And Rockets, this 12 Inch included the elusive 'God And Mr. Smith' mix which was basically the instrumental of the title track. This was recently (err) released on the 2000 CD Remaster of  'Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven' from which the tracks were taken from. All art was photo'ed from an original (near mint) 12" which I recently picked up for $3! 

If There's A Heaven: Above (New Link 8-1-16)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Altered Images - I Could Be Happy - Happy Birthday (Promo 12 Inch / 1982)

01) I Could be Happy (Long Version) 5:38
02) I Could be Happy (Short Version) 3:33
03) Happy Birthday (Long Version) 7:05
04) Happy Birthday (Short Version) 3:01
05) Happy Birthday (Intro/Outro) 0:44

Tracks 1-4 were taken from the 2007 Double CD release 'Happy Birthday: The Best Of Altered Images'
Track 5 was pulled from the 1995 Reissue CD 'Happy Birthday', originally released in 1981.

Happy Birthday: New Link (11-10-15) 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Care - Whatever Possessed You (UK 12 Inch / 1984)

01) Whatever Possessed You @ 4:30
02) Besides One @ 2:04
03) Besides Two @ 1:45
04) Besides Three @ 1:55
05) Besides Four @ 1:59

A superb 12 inch from 1984 by the band Care. Care consisted mainly of  singer extraodinaire Paul Simpson  (The Wild Swans) and well known producer Ian Broudie (The Lightning Seeds). This is highly sought after by fans. Lucky for me, I picked up a mint copy from a used record bin for 1$. This was way before I'd ever heard of the band Care and years before the release of any Wild Swans or Lightning Seeds material.

I took the time to enhance these direct 12 inch recordings for the best possible sound. Re-EQ'ed and aplified slightly. All art was photographed & retouched.

Whatever may possess you after listening to this:  Bliss 2

Altered Images - Bring Me Closer (UK 12 Inch / 1983)

01) Bring Me Closer (Extended Mix) @ 6:15
02) Surprise Me @ 2:58

Firstly, I want to thank Jonny G from the blog  Vinyl Dreams  for doing the recording and original posting of this 12 inch. I merely cleaned up the vinyl a bit (a great recording to begin with) and added all the art from my original 12 inch.

Bring Me Closer to something with A Disco Beat (New Link 1-7-15)

Reflex - The Politics Of Dancing (Promo 12 Inch / 1983)

01) The Politics Of Dancing (Extended Version) 6:47
02) Flex-It 5:22

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fiction Factory - Feels Like Heaven (UK 12 Inch / 1983)

01) Feels Like Heaven (Album Version) 3:33
02) Everyone But You (B-Side) 3:30
03) This Is (B-Side) 3:03

Bonus Track

04) Feels Like Heaven (Extended Version) 5:48


Track 1-3 was taken from this 12 Inch
Track 4 was extracted from the  2 CD release 'Dance Classics (Pop Edition) Vol. 7'

Obviously the sticker on the front of this 12 inch is incorrect. I'm uncertain who's to blame. I've decided to include the extended mix in this post just because I was disappointed when I found out that it wasn't included. So there you go...the ever elusive 12 Inch version. I'll post more info regarding this post at a later date.

What heaven might feel like, or not: (New Link 3-4-18)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sparks - Music That You Can Dance To (US 12 Inch / 1986)

01) Music That You Can Dance To (Club Version) @ 6:33
02) Music That You Can Dance To (LP Version) @ 4:23
03) Music That You Can Dance To (Mini-Version) @ 2:30

'Music That You Can Dance To' was the first single released (7/19/86) by Sparks (Ron & Russel Mael) from their 14th album 'Music That You Can Dance To'. The single itself did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but it did make a Top 10 showing on the Billboard Hot Dance Charts at #6 and stayed on the charts for 11 weeks. It was released on Curb Records in the US and a host of other labels for the rest of the world.

Track 1 was taken from the 1996 CD release 'The 12 Inch Mixes'
Track 2 was pulled from the 1991 Dbl. CD release 'Profile: Ultimate Sparks Collection'
Track 3 was recorded from the 12" 

On a side note, track 3 does not have any flaws in it, due to the way I recorded it. I did some general cleaning and a slight bass boost, but the original cut and remix on this make it a 'throw away' that really is awkward...and too short to work with for any DJ. (IMO)

Get Up Dear, Get Up And Try: (New Link 9-27-15)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Yazoo - The Other Side Of Love (UK 12 Inch / 1982)

01) The Other Side Of Love (Re-Mixed Extended Version) @ 5:24
02) Ode To Boy (Not Remixed, Not Extended) @ 3:37

'The Other Side Of Love' is a song by the English duo Yazoo (Yaz) released in 1982 as their third single. The single peaked at #13 on the UK Singles Charts making it the band's least successful release and the only one of their four singles to not crack the Top 10. The track was written by Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet and was not included on the 1982 release of 'Upstairs At Eric's'. It was included on a  later released CD reissue.

The track 'Ode To Boy' appeared on Yaz's second LP 'You And Me Both' in 1983 The cover of this 12 inch features the original artwork from Alison  Moyet.

Track 1 was taken from the 2012 Dbl. CD release 'The Collection'
Track 2 was pulled from the 2008 2CD/1DVD Remastered Box Set (from 'B-Sides & Rarities')

12 Inch Front, Back, Side 1 & Side 2 were photographed & reset for this blog post.

Oh great, another Yaz release for my collection: New Link (10-26-15)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Soft Cell - It's A Mug's Game / Sex Dwarf (US 12 Inch / 1982)

01) It's A Mug's Game (Extended Version) @ 8:10
02) It's A Mug's Game (Single Version) @ 5:28
03) Sex Dwarf (Erotic Cabaret Version) @ 5:16
04) Sex Dwarf (Ecstatic Dancing Version) @ 5:13

Track 1 taken from the 1999 CD release 'Twelve Inch Singles'
Track 2 taken from the Singles Compilation recorded by Petee Bowdown Rider
Track 3 taken from the 2006 Remaster 'Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret'
Exclusive to this blogpost, Track 4 was taken from the 2006 Remaster 'Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing'
Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s. They consist of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The duo is most widely known for their 1981 worldwide hit version of "Tainted Love" and platinum debut Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. In the UK, they had ten Top 40 hits, including "Bedsitter" (No. 4), "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" (No. 3), "Torch" (No. 2), and "What!" (No. 3), and also had four Top 20 albums between 1981 and 1984. The duo split in 1984, but reformed in the early 2000s to tour and released a new album in 2002. Their songs have been covered by various artists including Nine Inch Nails, David Gray, Nouvelle Vague, Marilyn Manson and A-ha. Soft Cell's track "Memorabilia" earned recognition for the band as pioneers of techno style. The duo have sold 10 million records worldwide.
The duo's first album, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, hit UK No. 5 and further explored the now-trademark Soft Cell themes of squalour and sleaze. "Seedy Films" talks of long nights in porno cinemas, while "Frustration" and "Secret Life" deal with the boredom and hypocrisy associated with suburban life. A companion video titled Non-Stop Exotic Video Show was released alongside the album and featured videos directed by Tim Pope. The video generated some controversy in Britain, mainly due to the scandal involved with the "Sex Dwarf" clip. The original version of the music video featured Almond and Ball in a bloody butcher shop surrounded by chainsaws, nude actors, and dwarves. However, the film was confiscated by police and censored before it was even released. As a tongue-in-cheek substitute, a re-filmed "Sex Dwarf" appeared in Non-Stop Exotic Video Show featuring Almond dressed in a tuxedo, directing a symphony orchestra of transvestites.
Isn't It Nice, Sugar & Spice, Lurring Disco Dollies To A Life Of Vice:  Sex Dwarf

Chad Jackson - Hear The Drummer (Get Wicked) (US 12 Inch / 1990)

01) Hear The Drummer (Get Wicked) (Extended Version) @ 6:45
02) Hear The Drummer (Get Wicked) (Radio Edit) @ 3:43
03) High On Life (Live In Manchester) (Extended Version) @ 6:46

Mark Chadwick, better known by his stage name, Chad Jackson, is an English DJ, remixer and record producer. He is best known for his hit single "Hear the Drummer (Get Wicked)", but he also created member only mixes for the Disco Mix Club (DMC). Jackson was born in Manchester, England.
He won the DMC World Championships competition in 1987. His career started in 1990, with his debut single "Freedom to Party (Construction Mix)", which failed to chart. However, his second single "Hear the Drummer (Get Wicked)", which consisted of  James Brown, Public Enemy & The Ojay's as sample material, was a hit, peaking at #1 on the UK Dance Chart and #3 on the UK Sing Chart. It was based on "900 Number" by the 45 King, which has also been the theme music for BBC Radio 1's dance music show The Big Beat.
Let's Groove On 'Cause It's Time To Move On:  Drummer

The Mission UK - Wasteland (US 12 Inch / 1987)

01) Wasteland (Anniversary Mix) @ 7:38
02) Wasteland (Dance Mix) @ 7:27
03) Shelter From The Storm (Live) @ 7:20

First off, I want to thank DJ Paul T and his amazing blog  Burning The Ground, from which this post was taken. Paul does amazing work w/ his scans and recordings of the original material. I try to emulate that in this blog of mine! So if you have the time, do check out his other posts! All thanks to Paul & BTG!
On a second note, I want to thank Brad Sherfinski from the SSTM Facebook Fan Page for making this request. An excellent choice if I do say so myself!
The following information was originally posted on the BTG site:
The Mission (known as The Mission UK in the United States were a gothic rock band formed in 1986 from the splinters of the freshly-dissolved rock band The Sisters of Mercy.
The Mission was started by frontman Wayne Hussey and bassist Craig Adams .The first success for Hussey came when he joined Dead or Alive at the request of frontman Pete Burns. After Burns retreated to become more studio-based Hussey decided to leave and was offered a position with The Sisters of Mercy, concentrating on 12-string and 6-string guitars. When the Sisters of Mercy disbanded, Hussey and bassist Craig Adams set up The Mission, recruiting Mick Brown on drums and Simon Hinkler on guitars. Aside from Hussey, the line-up has changed several times during the years.
“Wasteland was the second single released fom The Missions first album “God’s Own Medicine” released in November 1986 on Mercury Records. Wasteland peaked at #11 on the UK singles chart, the song was also used in the 1980s TV show “Miami Vice” in the third series episode “Teresa”, first broadcast on 13 February 1987.
All Over This Land, All Over This : Wasteland

Friday, September 21, 2012

2 Men A Drum Machine & A Trumpet - 'Tired Of Getting Pushed Around' (12 Inch / 1988)

01) Tired Of Getting Pushed Around (6:24)
02) Tired Of Getting Pushed Around (The Mayhem Rhythm Remix) (6:32)

Fine Young Cannibals (David Steele and Andy Cox) released an instrumental house single under the moniker Two Men, a Drum Machine and a Trumpet in 1988, called "Tired Of Getting Pushed Around", which reached No. 18 in the UK Singles Chart and was popular on the U.S. dance charts reaching No. 3 status.
Derrick May, also known as Mayday and Rhythim is Rhythim, is an electronic musician from Belleville, Michigan U.S.A. He was an only child born in Detroit on June 4 1963 and began to explore electronic music early in his life. Along with his Belleville, Michigan high school friends Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, commonly known as the Belleville Three, May is credited with developing the futuristic variation on house music that would be dubbed "techno" by Atkins.

May's career started in 1987 with the release of a record called 'Nude Photo' (co-written by Thomas Barnett), which helped kickstart the Detroit techno music scene. A year later he was following it with what was to become one of techno's classic anthems, the seminal track 'Strings of Life'. It 'hit Britain in an especially big way during the country's 1987-1988 house explosion.' It became May's best known track, which, according to Frankie Knuckles, 'just exploded. It was like something you can't imagine, the kind of power and energy people got off that record when it was first heard.'
The 'Mayhem Rhythm Remix' provided by May has all of his classic signature sounds he used to make 'House' tracks stand out above all the rest!
Do You Wanna Make Money Or Do You Wanna Play House: There's Something Wrong With Me

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Meat Beat Manifesto - Edge Of No Control (CDS/12 Inch) (1992) 320 w/Art

01) Edge Of No Control @ 4:21
02) Edge Of No Control (Take Control - Orbital Reply) @ 6:11
03) Edge Of No Control (Satyriconsolidated - Consolidated Reply) @ 4:48
04) The Circular Cosmic Spot @ 2:58
05) DJ Interruptus @ 3:08
06) Original Control (Version 3) @ 3:16
12 Inch
01) Edge Of No Control (Pt. 2) @ 4:21
 02) Edge Of No Control (Take Control - Orbital Reply) @ 6:11
03) Edge Of No Control (Satyriconsolidated - Consolidated Reply) @ 4:48
04) Edge Of No Control (Consolidated Dub) @ 4:41
Meat Beat Manifesto, often shortened to Meat Beat or MBM, is an electronic music group originally consisting of Jack Dangers and Jonny Stephens formed in 1987 in Swindon, UK. The band, fronted by Dangers (the only permanent member), has proven versatile over the years, experimenting with techno, dubstep, jungle (drum'n'bass), IDM, industrial, dub, and jazz fusion while touring the world and influencing major acts such as Nine Inch Nails, The Chemical Brothers, and The Prodigy. Some of the band's earlier work has been credited with influencing the rise of the trip-hop, big beat, and drum and bass genres.
For more information regarding Jack Dangers & MBM: Wikipedia
Sample the Satyriconsolidatedorbits: Edge Of No Control



Killing Joke - Adorations (UK 12 Inch / 1986)

01 Adorations (The Extended Mix) 5:11
02 Exile (Chris Kimsey Mix) 6:14
03 Ecstacy (The Extended Mix) 6:29

'Adorations' is Killing Joke's first single from their sixth studio album, Brighter than a Thousand Suns. It was released in August, 1986.

This single was released as several versions including remixes, and even on cassette. "Adorations (the Extended mix)" was featured on the A-side of the 12 inch, with the B-side containing "Exile" and "Ecstasy (the Extended mix)". Both original versions of the songs were originally featured on the CD and cassette releases of Brighter than a Thousand Suns.

The 12 inch was released under E'G Records in the UK, Virgin Records in Spain, and Virgin Schallplatten GmbH in Germany. "Adorations (the Supernatural mix)" was also released on 12 inch in the UK and featured "Love Like Blood (the '86 Remix)" and "Exile" as B-sides. The 7 inch single release featured "Adorations", a shortened, non-remixed, version of the original "Adorations" featured on their studio album, as an A-side, with "Exile" as its B-side.

E'G Records also released a 7 inch limited edition double single exclusively in the UK, and featured the remix of "Adorations" as the A-side, "Exile" as the B-side, "Ecstasy" as the C-side, and "Adorations (instrumental mix)" as the D-side. The cassette maxi release of "Adorations" featured "Adorations (the Extended mix)" and "Ecstasy" as side one and "Exile" and "Love Like Blood (the'86 Remix)" as side two.

Throughout all the releases, "Adorations" was mixed by Julian Mendelsohn and Zeus B. Held, and produced by Chris Kimsey and Stewart Levine.

"Adorations" was the first single to show the "new sound" that Killing Joke had produced. There was some appreciation - Kerrang! described the single as "a brilliant, uplifting slice of swooning synth romanticism, with Jaz Coleman in full croon. A guilty KJ pleasure if there ever was one." However, reviews were mixed at best. As described by Jaz Coleman in a 1991 interview with MTV pertaining to their eighth studio album, Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions, "we went through hell." This was primarily because the members of Killing Joke did not agree on the material to write, and as a result, Paul Raven and Paul Ferguson were fired in 1988 by Coleman.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Simple Minds - Waterfront (UK 12 Inch) (1983) @ 320 w/Art

01) Waterfront @ 5:49
02) Hunter And The Hunted (Live) @ 5:55

'Waterfront' (1983) is one of the first singles released from the album Sparkle In The Rain.
Featuring a new, rockier sound, 'Waterfront' scaled the charts in various countries around the world, including hitting #1 for two weeks in New Zealand. It also reached #13 on the UK Singles Charts. Today, it is a live favorite and is regarded as a signature song for the band.
The version as released on 7 inch vinyl (and on the original Now That's What I Call Music compilation) differs from versions available on CD. The original single didn't feature the repetitive bass-line that leads into the main body of the song, but had a "one,, two, three, four.." drumstick count-in by drummer Mel Gaynor.
It has been used for many years as the song, the English football team, Sheffield Wednesday, come out to at kick off.
Come In, Come Out Of The Rain: Waterfront

Sunday, August 12, 2012

INXS - Original Sin (US 12 Inch) (1984) @320 w/ Art

01) Original Sin (Dance Version) @ 5:57
02) Original Sin (LP Version) @ 5:19
03) Stay Young @ 3:25
04) Just Keep Walking @ 2:45
05) Original Sin (Extended Remix) @ 6:20

This 12 Inch has been blogged before in various bit rates & vinyl versions. I wanted to post the full version w/ an extra track too. What's keen to note here is that the LP Version on this 12 inch is actually the Extended Remix. Not sure how that got messed up in the pressing.

Track 2 was taken from the 2011 Remaster of 'The Swing'
Track 3 was taken from the 2011 Remaster of  'Underneath The Colours'
Track 4 was taken from the 2011 Remaster of  'INXS'

Dream of black boy, dream of white girl: Original Sin (New Link 8-6-14)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Slade - Run Runaway - My Oh My (Promo 12 Inch) (1984)

01) Run Runaway @ 4:59
02) My Oh My @ 4:09

I've had this Demo 12 inch since '84 and only up until now have decided to pull it out and render it to MP3 format. The only unique thing about this is the fact that 'Run Runaway' is a full 5 minutes as opposed to the LP/CD version @ 4:22. It provides a longer intro prior to the main track kicking in.

I used to work this track into my 'Retro 80's DJ sets awhile back. It worked perfectly as a cross fade coming off of Big Country's 'In A Big Country (Extended Mix)'. Only a slight speed adjustment was needed to match the rapid fire drum pattern of both tracks.

Along with the tracks (@320) and the LP photos, I've included various other photos of Slade's 12" & 7" releases of the same tracks. The photo's taken from Discogs were cleaned up for my own personal reference.

It's time to start running: Chameleon 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Spoons - Nova Heart (US 12 Inch) (1982) @ 320 w/ Art

01) Nova Heart (Extended) @ 6:36
02) Symmetry @ 6:38


03) Nova Heart (Album Version) @ 4:21

Spoons was formed in Burlington, Ontario in 1979. The band initially consisted of Gordon Deppe (lead vocals and guitar), Sandy Horne (vocals and bass), Brett Wickens (keyboards, synths) and Peter Shepherd (drums). Deppe, Horne and Wickens attended Aldershot High School, and Deppe and Horne (the only constant members of the band) dated in high school.

In late 1979, Shepherd left the band and was replaced by Derrick Ross on drums. Spoons then released an independent single, "After the Institution", in 1980 on Mannequin Records. Shortly thereafter, Wickens left the band to release an electronica album under the pseudonym Ceramic Hello, also on Mannequin Records, and later became a graphic designer designing album covers for such artists as Peter Gabriel. He was replaced by keyboardist Rob Preuss, who was only fifteen when he joined Spoons.

The band's first album, Stick Figure Neighbourhood, was released in 1981, and is notable for being one of the earliest New Wave albums engineered by Daniel Lanois.

The following year, Spoons released their breakthrough album Arias & Symphonies. This album spawned three Top 40 hits in Canada: "Nova Heart"(released May 10th, 1982), "Arias & Symphonies", and "Smiling in Winter". All were dance-oriented New Wave hits.

"Nova Heart" was their first song to appear on the Canadian singles chart.

Following the success of the initial 7″ single version of "Nova Heart" (#40 Canada), an extended 12″ single was subsequently released. The B-side, "Symmetry," which did not appear on the Arias & Symphonies album, was a dance single, and while it did not get much airplay, it got significant play in clubs.

Around this time, Spoons' higher profile allowed them to become the opening act for bands such as Culture Club, Simple Minds, and The Police.

Sleep In My Nova Heart: Listen



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Red 7 - Heartbeat (Promo 12 Inch) (1985) @ 320 w/ Art

01) Heartbeat (Promo 12 Inch Mix) @ 4:16

Red 7 was a short-lived rock group, formed in 1984 as a side project of Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + the Mechanics). The three core members were Michael Becker, Gene Stashuk and Paul Revelli; Rutherford himself played bass on some of their songs and sang in the choir on one song, "The Way".

Red 7 recorded two albums. Their self-titled debut Red 7 was released in 1985 (MCA LP MCA-5508). Two cuts from that album were used in popular movies: "Less Than Perfect" was featured in the soundtrack to Joe Dante's 1985 film, Explorers ("Explorers: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack", MCA LP MCA-6148) . Arguably their best-known song, "Heartbeat", was featured in Michael Mann's 1986 thriller, Manhunter, as well as an episode of Miami Vice.

The second album, When the Sun Goes Down (MCA LP MCA-5792) was released in 1987.
The band lost their contract to MCA soon after the second album, and disappeared from public interest

Thump, Thump...Thump, Thump....Listen To It

Saturday, July 14, 2012

ABC - Ocean Blue (UK 12 Inch) (1985) @ 320 w/ Art

01) Ocean Blue (Atlantic Mix) @ 5:06
02) Tower Of London (Instrumental) @ 3:33
03) Be Near Me (Ecstacy Mix) @ 4:39
04) Ocean Blue (Pacific Mix) @ 3:33

I want to thank Eighties Vinyl for originally posting this 12"along with the excellent recordings.

 I took the liberty to re-amplify the tracks and add all the artwork from my originally purchased 1985 UK import 12 inch.

(Originally posted on Eighties Vinyl):

“Ocean Blue” is a song by ABC released as the fourth single from their album How to Be a…Zillionaire!.
The song’s music video, shot in black-and-white, features lead singer Martin Fry singing the song, intercut with scenes of violinists and the remaining members of the band.
The song peaked at #51 on the UK Singles Chart; the song failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was the only single from the album not to chart on the Hot 100; their next single to chart there would be “When Smokey Sings” the following year.
The single version was re-recorded with drummer David Palmer after the release of the album, also referred to as the “Pacific Mix”.

As clear as an unmuddied lake: Take A Swim

Friday, July 6, 2012

China Crisis - Working With Fire & Steel (US 12 Inch) (1983) @ 320 w/ Art

01) Working With Fire And Steel @ 3:38
02) Working With Fire And Steel (Fire & Steel Mix) @ 4:59
03) Dockland @ 4:09
04) Forever I & I @ 3:04

A big thank you to all of you who have questioned my whereabouts and posts within regards to the blog. Jostling family and free time is difficult, but the inspiration I get from you readers is outstanding. As always, thanks for taking YOUR time to seek this blog out and to comment or email me! Best to you! (Rob/djraf2003 [djraf2009])

I could never keep a beat...too busy in my paradise: CC2 (8-5-14)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

China Crisis - Scream Down At Me (UK 12 Inch) (1982) @320 w/ Art

01) Scream Down At Me (3:15)
02) Cucumber Garden (6:58)

Screaming in the garden:  CC1 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams (US Promo 12 Inch) (1984) @ 320 w/Art

01) Together In Electric Dreams (Extended Version) 6:22
02) Together In Electric Dreams (Instrumental) 5:06

Do you dream in colour? Are friends electric? : 220V