Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – ‘Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)’ (Dindisc DIN40-12), 1982 – ‘Coin’ sleeve version

September 14th, 2019

Back in January 2013 I first posted about the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ‘Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)’ 12″ single with the foil finish ‘stained glass’ artwork version, with the note that I would follow-up with the foil-finish ‘coin’ artwork version at a later date. Well, some years later on than I had imaged, here we are!

'Maid of Orleans' front cover design 2 - 'coin' sleeve version - detail

^ ‘Maid of Orleans’ front cover design 2 – ‘coin’ sleeve version

Unlike the ‘stained glass’ versions, the rear of this variant does not contain any text – just a continuation of the fine vertical lines that you can see on the front of the cover. So, there aren’t several variations available on this design, unlike the other. In fact, it appears that the ‘coin’ sleeve was the original design and that the band rejected it – nevertheless, copies were issued. So, it lists ‘Experiments In Vertical Take Off’ as one of the tracks. The OMD ‘Messages’ fan site has a good discography entry on the ‘Maid of Orleans’ 12″ single that covers this release in detail. The period advertising clearly states ‘available in 2 special silver foil sleeves’, as seen on the ‘Like Punk Never Happened’ Flickr site. The advert seems to be hedging its bets by listing the extra track as ‘Experiments In Vertical Take Off (Of All The Things We’ve Made)’.

'Maid of Orleans' front cover design 2 - 'coin' sleeve version

^ ‘Maid of Orleans’ front cover design 2 – ‘coin’ sleeve version

It is only the sleeves that differ between the releases – the 12″ singles themselves are the same as those included in the ‘stained glass’ sleeve version. The ‘coin’ sleeve seems to be the rarer of the variants and even more so finding a copy in mint condition – every time I see one for sale, they are always affected to a greater or lesser degree by some wear and tear.

'Maid of Orleans' rear cover design 2 - 'coin' sleeve version

^ ‘Maid of Orleans’ rear cover design 2 – ‘coin’ sleeve version

Whichever version you come by, without a doubt this single, including its B sides, is definitely a high water mark for OMitD.

Gary Numan – ‘Remember I Was Vapour’ (Live) West German 12″ (Beggars Banquet INT 126.600, 1980)

August 28th, 2019

An odd choice of single perhaps, not the most immediate song to shout ‘single’ release from ‘Telekon’ – but then, neither was ‘This Wreckage’, was it? This 12″ single was only released in the then West Germany and was immediately of appeal to collectors worldwide due to its attractive sleeve design and unique pairing of tracks. Remember, for me anyway, this was the era of interesting import releases that would be listed in the back pages of music papers such as Sounds, NME, etc with excitingly brief descriptions as ‘diff pic bag’ indicating some (variable) picture sleeve design from the familiar UK versions.

Gary Numan - 'Remember I Was Vapour' (Live) West German 12" front cover design

^ Gary Numan – ‘Remember I Was Vapour’ (Live) West German 12″ front cover design

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Bill Nelson – ‘7″ Bill Nelson Singles’ Box Set (Cocteau Records, JEAN 6)

August 14th, 2019

Just when you thought there could be no more Bill Nelson box sets, here is this little curio, ‘7″ Bill Nelson Singles’ (aka ‘Assorted Nelsons’, as it was described on the merchandise sheet of the time. Released in the latter period of the ‘Acquitted by Mirrors’ fan club period, this box set gathers together a few stray singles and packages them up in a unique box. I would bet that this may well have been a way to bundle together bought back overstock of earlier Cocteau, Mercury and Portrait records era singles.

Bill Nelson - '7" Bill Nelson Singles' Box Set (Cocteau Records, JEAN 6) box front

^ Bill Nelson – ‘7″ Bill Nelson Singles’ Box Set (Cocteau Records, JEAN 6) box front

Whatever the reason, it was nice to get a couple of them again in minty mint condition, or which were otherwise different in some way. For example, I had the double-pack version of ‘Youth of Nation on Fire’. The box set cost the small sum of £4.75 plus 75p post and packing back in the day.

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Bauhaus – ‘Kick In The Eye’ UK 7″ and 12″ (Beggars Banquet, BEG54 and BEG54(T), 1981)

July 28th, 2019

The first release of this song dating from early 1981 features a mix that has rarely resurfaced on CD re-issues since – on the myriad Bauhaus compilations that have been released over the years, the 1982 ‘Searching For Satori’ EP remix version has been by far the go-to version. The only releases of the original mix to be found on CD appear to be on 1995’s various artists compilation CD ‘Gothic Rock 2 – 80’s Into 90’s’ and 2009’s ‘Omnibus’ boxed set re-issue of ‘Mask’, where it is listed as ‘Kick In The Eye (Original Single Version A Side)’. (I believe this mix may also be on the Canadian ‘The Sky’s Gone Out’ CD too, but have never come by a copy of this to verify – anyone?)

Bauhaus - 'Kick In The Eye' 1981 UK 7" front cover design

^ Bauhaus – ‘Kick In The Eye’ 1981 UK 7″ front cover design

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Kraftwerk – ‘Home Computer’ Promo 7″ (EMI Odeon SDP-867, 1981)

July 14th, 2019

This curious 7″ single hails from Brazil and the background to its release I presume to be its use in a television series from late 1981 into 1982, ‘Brilhante‘. What is of particular interest is that both sides feature unique edits of the track. When I say edits, I really mean they are faded out at specific points – in the case of the A side at the 2 minute 17 mark and in the case of the B side 4 minute 47 mark. The A side edit is abrupt, while the B side edit had a somewhat more generous use of the fader control. Not terribly exciting in comparison to some of the editing scissor work on single edits from around the world, such as ‘Autobahn’. Mind you, that was a case of whittling down 22 minutes down to a mere 3 to 4 minutes. Still, it is an interesting curio to have ‘Home Computer’ as a single on its own. The labels don’t mention it, but the the record pls at 33 1⁄3 RPM for some reason, rather than the more common 45 RPM.

Kraftwerk – Home Computer Promo 7" (EMI Odeon SDP-867, 1981) front

^ Kraftwerk – Home Computer Promo 7″ (EMI Odeon SDP-867, 1981) front

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