A curiosity, to be sure. ‘Days In Europa’ has a bit of version history to it from not long after its first release. Originally issued on vinyl in late 1979 it was re-issued in remixed form and a new sleeve design within six months! The original version was produced by Bill Nelson and came in a sleeve design copied from a magazine cover (Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung) from the time of the 1936 German Olympics, the Skids appropriation of which came in for some flak about flirting with Nazi imagery. The remixed version changed the sleeve design radically (though the original design makes a cameo appearance as a painting on the wall), removed one song (‘Pros And Cons’) and replaced it with an earlier single, ‘Masquerade’, and generally fiddled about with the sound somewhat. I have to say that I much prefer the original Bill Nelson production.
This Japanese CD dates from 1991 and was the first appearance on CD for the album. On first look you’d expect it to be the remixed version from 1980, since that is the sleeve design (and tracklisting!) that the CD features. It is actually the 1979 Bill Nelson produced version included in the CD however and only comes with the ten tracks from the original issue. Therefore, despite the fact that the sleeve design lists ‘Masquerade’ as one of the songs, you won’t find it on there and ‘Pros and Cons’ is included instead.
This CD issue is pretty rare and appears to be be only a promo item? Can anyone confirm that?
The more common CD issue is the UK release on Captain Oi records from 2001 (AHOY CD172). This uses the original 1979 sleeve design and comes with seven extra tracks from singles of the time.
The remixed version of the album has never appeared in its entirety on CD as yet, though some of the remixed versions did appear on 2007’s compilation CD, ‘The Saints Are Coming – The Best Of The Skids’ (Virgin/EMI CDV 3028) – ‘Animation’, ‘Charade’, ‘The Olympian’ and ‘Peaceful Times’.
Another couple of tracks from singles of the time (the ‘Working For The Yankee Dollar’ double-pack 7″ single) were not included on the 2001 CD Captain Oi! CD, but did appear elsewhere – ‘All The Young Dudes’ and ‘Hymns From A Haunted Ballroom’, appeared on the 2003 compilation CD ‘The Very Best Of The Skids’ (Virgin/EMI, 7243 5 90658 2 3). Unfortunately, the original version of ‘Out Of Town’ (from the ‘Masquerade’ 7″ single) has never appeared on CD as yet* – the Captain Oi version includes 1980’s re-recorded version from the LP ‘The Absolute Game’ instead.
* Update: It has now finally been re-issued, with the boxed set CD set ‘The Singles Collection 1978-1981’ (Captain Oi! â€ŽAHOY DCD 313). Further, the entire remix version of the â€˜Days In Europaâ€™ album was re-issued as part of the boxed CD set â€˜The Virgin Yearsâ€™ in 2015 (Caroline International, CAROLR013CD).