Love and Rockets – ‘Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven’ on CD – UPDATE

November 30th, 2018

With this post I’m going to look at the various releases on CD of ‘Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven’, the debut album by Love and Rockets, released in Late 1985 and a particular favourite of mine through the years – and specifically digging about at the various different mixes of some of its tracks and bonus tracks which were added to the numerous CD issues. This updated post adds a few additional points that have become known since the original post, mostly thanks to the wonderful comments left by well-informed readers of this blog – thank you! In short, these are a slight edit to ‘The Game’ on the US version of the album and the US 12″ promo version of ‘Dog End of a Day Gone By’ being a unique mix that is not simply an edit of the US album remix.

Original UK CD (front)

^ Original UK CD (front)

Winding back to 1985, the album was preceded by two related releases ahead of its won release: firstly, the fabulous (IMHO) single, ‘If There’s A Heaven Above’, which in the UK came in 7″ and 12″ versions, the 12″ including an extended version of the A side, which remains one of my all time favourite songs and, in particular, 12″ mixes – at least, the actual mix that was on the original UK 12″, because the version labelled as such on the 1999 UK CD re-issue is not the same. The B side on both 7″ and 12″ was ‘God and Mr Smith’ (4 mins 47 secs), a rearrangement of the A side stripping out the main vocals and including copious samples, largely of an eastern bent.

Original UK CD (rear case)

^ Original UK CD (rear case)

The other release that previewed one of the album’s tracks was the Beggars Banquet compilation sampler album ‘One Pound Ninety Nine (A Music Sampler Of The State Of Things’ (Beggars Banquet, BBB1) – this included ‘Haunted When The Minutes Drag’, same version as found on the album. (A note for fellow Bauhaus solo project spin-off fans – the version of Peter Murphy’s ‘The Light Pours Out Of Me’ is unique to this album, and is noticeably different to the version that appeared half a year later on his debut solo album, ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’.)

Original UK CD (rear of insert and CD label)

^ Original UK CD (rear of insert and CD label)

When the ‘Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven’ album came out in the UK (October 1985) the version of ‘If There’s A Heaven Above’ clocked in at the 4 minute 50 odd seconds mark, so it was different from the mixes on both the 7″ (shorter, at 4 mins 10 secs, approx.) and 12″ (longer, at 6 mins 30 secs, approx) singles. The complete tracklisting for the original UK album (Beggars Banquet, BEGA 66) and cassette (Beggars Banquet, BEGC 66) releases was;

Side One:

  1. ‘If There’s A Heaven Above’
  2. ‘A Private Future’
  3. ‘The Dog End Of A Day Gone By’
  4. ‘The Game’

Side Two:

  1. ‘Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven’
  2. ‘Haunted When The Minutes Drag’
  3. ‘Saudade’

The UK CD version (Beggars Banquet, BEGA66CD) came later however – in 1986 – and had changes in the shape of a different mix of ‘If There’s A Heaven Above’ (Canada Mix) and a few extra tracks from the earlier singles added – ‘Ball Of Confusion’ (USA Mix), ‘God And Mr Smith’ (Mars Mix) – note, despite being labelled the Mars Mix, this version of ‘God and Mr Smith’ is the same as the 7″ and 12″ single releases.

Original UK CD (insert centrefold)

^ Original UK CD (insert centrefold)

The tracklisting for the original UK CD release is:

  1. ‘If There’s A Heaven Above’ (Canada Mix) *
  2. ‘A Private Future’
  3. ‘The Dog End Of A Day Gone By’
  4. ‘The Game’
  5. ‘Ball Of Confusion’ (USA Mix) **
  6. ‘Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven’
  7. ‘Haunted When The Minutes Drag’
  8. ‘Saudade’
  9. ‘God And Mr Smith’ (Mars Mix)

* Note: This is the mix that appeared on the A side of the Canadian 12″ issue of ‘If There’s A Heaven Above’ (Vertigo/Beggars Banquet, SOVX 2363 )

** Note: This is the mix from the A side of the second UK 12″ release of the ‘Ball Of Confusion’ single.

First UK 'Lowdown' series CD re-issue (front)

^ First UK \’Lowdown\’ series CD re-issue (front)

The UK album (vinyl/cassette/CD) was re-released at a later date as part of Beggars Banquet budget-price ‘Lowdown’ series – no major changes, but altered catalogue numbers and a ‘Lowdown’ logo added to the front covers.

First UK 'Lowdown' series CD re-issue (rear case)

^ First UK \’Lowdown\’ series CD re-issue (rear case)

America

The American release of the album had a different tracklisting on both vinyl and CD in comparison to the UK releases from day one, with an altered running order featuring two of the earlier single B sides added (‘God and Mr Smith’, ‘Inside The Outside’) and notably a remixed version of ‘Dog End Of A Day Gone By’ included instead. The version of ‘If There’s A Heaven Above’ was the same as the UK album mix though. Inexplicably, there is also a slight difference with ‘The Game’ – the intro on the US version edits out one repeat of the opening guitar refrain (which repeats only three times as opposed to the four times on the original UK issue.) This American version also appeared on CD (Beggars Banquet/RCA, 8507-2-R).

USA CD (front) - note the thicker rim to the circular logo

^ USA CD (front) – note the thicker rim to the circular logo

USA CD (rear case)

^ USA CD (rear case)

Tracklisting for the US CD is:

  1. God And Mr Smith
  2. A Private Future
  3. Dog-End Of A Day Gone By (Remix) *
  4. The Game
  5. If There’s A Heaven Above **
  6. Inside The Outside
  7. Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
  8. Haunted When The Minutes Drag
  9. Saudade

* It’s also worth noting that ‘Dog-End Of A Day Gone By’ was also released as a 12″ promo single (b/w David Lanfair a – unique interview with the band) (RCA/Beggars Banquet, 8758-1-RDAB) – and guess what… it is yet another version – seemingly an edit of the remixed version that appeared on the US LP version but is more than that. A very useful comment from Dave K, left after the original post:

“The promo version of “Dog-End of a Day Gone By” is not just an edit of the US mix, it’s also a remix! I got a hold of the 12″ and figured I’d edit the CD version down to match it. One detail is that the 12″ edits out the long synthesizer break that’s on the CD. But on the CD, the synthesizer is still playing when the lyrics, “Well, the drunk outside the Wendy’s is becoming less than friendly” come in (around 3:19). In the edited version, there’s no synthesizer at the start of that verse (around 2:52). I had to insert a few seconds from the vinyl version to remedy the problem. So the edited version was definitely also remixed so that the synthesizer part was no longer present at the beginning of the verse. That’s really the only difference that I noticed, and I know it’s a trifle, but it does establish that the 12″ promo is both an edit *and* a remix, however slight, of the US version.”

** Note: This version is the same as on the original album, i.e. the 4 mins 55 secs version.

USA CD (insert rear and CD label)

^ USA CD (insert rear and CD label)

USA CD (insert)

^ USA CD (insert)

USA CD (insert centrefold - note that it is black and white!)

^ USA CD (insert centrefold – note that it is black and white!)

Back in the UK…

The third major CD version is the UK remaster from 1999 (Beggars Banquet BBL 2025CD), this time with a new cover design and significantly altered tracklisting – to restore the original album versions and running order followed  by an attempt to include as many of the various tracks and mixes (though falling short, as will be noted…). The tracklisting is;

  1. If There’s A Heaven Above (4:55)
  2. A Private Future (5:06)
  3. The Dog-End Of A Day Gone By (7:38)
  4. The Game (5:09)
  5. Seventh Dream Of A Teenage Heaven (6:37)
  6. Haunted When The Minutes Drag (8:03)
  7. Saudade (5:00)
  8. Ball Of Confusion (12″ UK Mix) (7:20) *
  9. Inside The Outside (4:22)
  10. If There’s A Heaven Above (12″ UK Mix) (6.58) **
  11. God And Mr. Smith (4:47)
  12. Haunted When The Minutes Drag (USA Mix) (4:30) ***
  13. If There’s A Heaven Above (Canada Mix) (4:26)

Notes:

* This is the mix from the A side of the first UK 12″ release of the ‘Ball Of Confusion’ single.

** Although it is labelled as the UK12″ mix, it is not in fact the same – it is yet another mix of this song! It certainly is very similar, but a couple of easy to spot key differences are that a) it doesn’t fade out and b) there is no reverb on the guitar at the start of the song. There are other differences too in the mix, this is definitely not the original UK 12″ mix as it appeared on vinyl.

*** This edit of the song hails from the soundtrack album to the movie ‘She’s Having A Baby’

‘If There’s A Heaven Above’ versions

(For those that are interested…)

  • The original UK 7″ version (4 mins 10 secs, approx)
  • The original UK 12″ version (6 mins 30 secs)
  • The original album mix (4 mins 55 secs)
  • The ‘Canada Mix’ (4 mins 26 secs)
  • The UK 12″ version on the 1999 re-issue CD of ‘Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven’ (6 mins 58 secs)

Richard Jobson – ‘No Bad Words 1977-2017’ book (Bracket Press, 2018)

November 30th, 2018

This wonderful little book appeared earlier this year – these photos give a flavour of the hardback edition.

Richard Jobson 'No Bad Words 1977-2017' first edition hard back paper bag cover

^ Richard Jobson ‘No Bad Words 1977-2017’ first edition hard back paper bag cover

Richard Jobson 'No Bad Words 1977-2017' first edition hard back paper bag cover and sticker seal

^ Richard Jobson ‘No Bad Words 1977-2017’ first edition hard back paper bag cover and sticker seal

Richard Jobson 'No Bad Words 1977-2017' first edition hard back dust jacket front cover design

^ Richard Jobson ‘No Bad Words 1977-2017’ first edition hard back dust jacket front cover design

Richard Jobson 'No Bad Words 1977-2017' first edition hard back front cover design

^ Richard Jobson ‘No Bad Words 1977-2017’ first edition hard back front cover design

Richard Jobson 'No Bad Words 1977-2017' additional flyers included in the package

^ Richard Jobson ‘No Bad Words 1977-2017’ additional flyers included in the package

Bauhaus – ‘Shadow of Light’ UK VHS cassette (Kace International, KIP 2 006 D, 1983)

October 28th, 2018

This is the original issue of this VHS cassette that I bought when it was first released in late 1983. That year had been quite momentous for Bauhaus of course with their final album, tour and split and they had gained a level of popularity that they had been working towards for some time. As David J infamously opined in a contemporary interview, with ‘Spirit’ they had knocked on the door of recognition, with ‘Ziggy Stardust’ they decided that it was time to boot it in. There’s no doubt that part of the appeal was their visual edge and the promo videos were all part of this (even if at the time in the UK, it was never easy to actually see these with any regularity).

Bauhaus 'Shadow of Light' front cover design

^ Bauhaus ‘Shadow of Light’ front cover design

So, for me, this video was a big deal. Not least the price – this was was still relatively early days of video releases and I can recall that this video cost something in the region of £20+, which was pretty astronomical compared to the budget for LPs and 45s I had – but such was my fixation with the band at the time, and the near mythical status of some of the videos, that it had to be done. ‘Mask’ for example had been subject of an article about its making by the production company, Standard Pictures, in the NME in June 1982, focusing on how they conjured a pseudo-horror clip in a low-budget fashion filming at night in a disused location. With only three television channels in the UK at the time, it had never been aired, so it just had to be seen by this means, along with the infamous footage from the Old Vic theatre (where their fans had ripped up seating, much to the outrage of the venue).

Bauhaus 'Shadow of Light' rear cover design

^ Bauhaus ‘Shadow of Light’ rear cover design

A mixture of their promo clips and footage from that gig, it is of its time and is on the short side but captures the bands aesthetic as it progresses. The ‘performance’ promo videos of ‘Telegram Sam’, ‘Spirit’ and ‘Ziggy Stardust’ show an increasing degree of polish. ‘Mask’ is quite primitive in retrospect, bigger on ideas than execution, though you can forgive that given the miniscule budget available, while by the time of ‘She’s in Parties’ the budget has been upped a good bit and it shows.

Bauhaus 'Shadow of Light' and 'Archive spines

^ Bauhaus ‘Shadow of Light’ and ‘Archive spines

The live performances from the Old Vic are quite something and capture Bauhaus in the finest of form – only four, but highly charged in the case of Rosegarden Funeral of Sores and In the Flatfield, more of this footage would emerge later on the ‘Archive’ video, but that is another story…

Bauhaus 'Shadow of Light' front cover design

^ Bauhaus ‘Shadow of Light’ front cover design

There have been quite a number of video cassette issues of this on various labels, a later Beggars Banquet release would swop the colourway on the front cover from red to purple. Both ‘Shadow of Light’ and ‘Archive’ would eventually be paired together for a DVD release in 2005.

Bauhaus 'Shadow of Light' rear cover design

^ Bauhaus ‘Shadow of Light’ rear cover design

Bauhaus 'Shadow of Light' label design

^ Bauhaus ‘Shadow of Light’ label design

Wire – ‘Life In The Manscape’ US CD single (Enigma/Mute, 7 75553-2 / MUTE 107, 1990)

September 25th, 2018

‘Life In The Manscape’ turned out to be the one and only single release from Wire’s fan-testing ‘Manscape’ album, a period where the band’s insistence on devotion to process (in this case MIDI/computer-based recording and editing) dragged them well out of shape from the nominal ‘beat combo’ of the preceding Mute releases. (And even those releases had already had their fair share of playing second fiddle to the technology…) The album was viewed by Wire as their ‘1990’ album, a deliberate change in direction and methodology. I personally have a lot of time for it, but the band themselves have long since distanced themselves from it and many’s the fan who have either joined them in that view or would hope for some 21st century remix of it to sort it out.

Wire - Life in the Manscape US CD front insert design

^ Wire – Life in the Manscape US CD front insert design

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Propaganda – ‘The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse’ cassette single (ZTT, CTIS101, 1984)

March 27th, 2018

An incarnation of Propaganda recently reactivated and performed ‘A Secret Wish’ in full at a couple of sold out shows at ‘The Garage’ in London, under the monicker of xPropaganda. I never thought I would get a chance to hear this album performed live, so it was quite the event, one that simply had to be attended if at all possible. Many highlights, inevitably, ‘Dr Mabuse’ chief amongst them. What better way to celebrate the re-emergence than to take a look back at the ‘singlette’ edition (as ZTT were wont to call their cassettes) of their debut single…

Propaganda - The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse - cassette single inlay and case - front

^ Propaganda – The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse – cassette single inlay and case – front

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