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