Peter Murphy – ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ – versions

Having walked away from the stalled Dalis Car, Peter Murphy would release his debut solo album, ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ in the middle of 1986 and as this post will document, it would spawn a large number of version craziness for most of the album tracks. From late 1985’s first single, ‘Final Solution’, into 1987 and the release of the title track as a 12″ remix, along the way, a unique Canadian release of the LP would see a totally different album cover design and selection of tracks for good measure, all pointing to quite a bit of mixing and re-mixing going on around this release.

UK Should The World Fail To Fall Apart LP front cover

^ UK Should The World Fail To Fall Apart LP front cover

The Light Pours Out Of Me

The very first release to feature a track that would appear on the parent album came in the shape of the Beggars Banquet budget compilation sampler album ‘One Pound Ninety Nine (A Music Sampler Of The State Of Things) (Beggars Banquet, BBB1) – this included a version of ‘The Light Pours Out Of Me’ that was unique to this album, and noticeably different to the version that appeared half a year later on the ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ album. This version has subsequently been released digitally on the expanded 2CD Cherry Red Records re-issue of the album from 2011.

One Pound Ninety Nine (A Music Sampler Of The State Of Things)

^ One Pound Ninety Nine (A Music Sampler Of The State Of Things)

Final Solution

Next up was the ‘Final Solution’ single, in November 1985. Initially on 7″ and 12″ versions (the 12″ coming with a free poster to boot), it was joined some weeks later by a limited edition second 12″ remix single. In addition, a Canadian 12″ EP with a totally different and unique cover design would also subsequently appear. These releases would account for a number of versions of not only ‘Final Solution’, but also the additional B side tracks.

Starting with the UK 7″ single of ‘Final Solution’ (Beggars Banquet,BEG 143), this featured the same mix that would eventually appear on the LP, at 3’56” in length. The B side featured ‘The Answer Is Clear’ (Version), clocking in at 3’13”. When it later appeared on the LP, this track was fairly radically different from this rawer, stripped back single mix and would be doubled in total running time. This single version can be found on CD on both the 2011 2CD Cherry Red expanded re-issue of the ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ album and also the Japanese ‘Compositions’ compilation.

UK Final Solution 12 inch single front cover

^ UK Final Solution 12 inch single front cover

On the first of the UK 12″ singles for ‘Final Solution’ (Beggars Banquet BEG 143T), the A side featured ‘Final Solution’ (Club Mix) (Mix by Stephan Gerbier – Edit by The Latin Rascals), coming in at 5’30”. This can also be found on CD on the Japanese ‘Compositions’ compilation CD – however, it is NOT featured on the 2011 Cherry Red Records expanded 2 CD edition of the ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ album – the ‘Club Mix’ that is included on the second CD of that set is a totally different and otherwise unreleased mix! Side 2 of the first UK 12″ single then features ‘Final Solution’ (Full Version), at 4’47” – this is to be found on CD on both the 2011 2CD Cherry Red expanded re-issue and also the Japanese ‘Compositions’ compilation. The second track on the B side of this first 12″ single is the same version of ‘The Answer Is Clear’ (Version) as found on the 7″.

The second UK 12″ single of ‘Final Solution’ (Third and Final Mix) (Beggars Banquet BEG 143TP) appeared a couple of weeks after the first, came with a sleeve design worked up from the back of the first release and a unique remix by Ivo of 4AD fame on the A side, at 5’50”. The B side of this 12″ contains two of the tracks from the first 12″ – the ‘Final Solution’ (Club Mix) (Mix by Stephan Gerbier – Edit by The Latin Rascals) and once again the same version of ‘The Answer Is Clear’ (Version) as found on the 7″.

Final Solution (Third and Final Mix) UK 12 inch single front cover

^ Final Solution (Third and Final Mix) UK 12 inch single front cover

The last release for ‘Final Solution’ as a single was in Canada, in the form of ‘The Final Solution EP’ (Beggars Banquet/Vertigo, SOVE2359), a 12″ that came with an altogether different sleeve design and a free poster with a different photo to the UK 12″ single poster. This Canadian 12″ managed to include two of the previous versions of the song, the ‘Club Mix’ and the ‘Third and Final Version’, plus ‘The Answer Is Clear’ (Version) and also a whole new track in the form of ‘Canvas Beauty’ (The Fast Mix), at 5’54”, which was otherwise unreleased at this time. This version of ‘Canvas Beauty’ is radically different from the LP ‘Romance Version’ mix and has since been released digitally on the second CD of the Cherry Red 2CD re-issue as ‘Canvas Beauty’ (Fast Version).

Canadian Final Solution EP 12 inch single front cover

^ Canadian Final Solution EP 12 inch single front cover

Blue Heart

Leading up the album’s UK release, ‘Blue Heart’ came out as the second single from the album. In the UK this appeared on both 7″ and 12″ versions. This was a relatively straightforward release – the 7″ of ‘Blue Heart’ (Beggars Banquet, BEG162) featured the same version at 4’27” that would appear on the album. The B side features ‘Canvas Beauty’ (Up Version) at 5’12” – this is the same as the previously released ‘The Fast Mix’ from the Canadian ‘Final Solution EP’, but fades out much earlier, hence the shorter duration.

UK Blue Heart 12 inch single front cover

^ UK Blue Heart 12 inch single front cover

The 12″ version (Beggars Banquet, BEG162T) features a longer version of ‘Blue Heart’ on the A side – this would eventually see a digital release on the 2011 expanded 2CD Cherry Red release of ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’.

Some time later there was also a ‘Blue Heart’ Canadian 12″ EP (Beggars Banquet/Vertigo, PEP4 334) that combined a selection of various tracks, two of which were the 7″ and Extended 12″ mixes of ‘Blue Heart’. It also includes the LP mixes of ‘The Light Pours Out Of Me’ and ‘Canvas Beauty’ (Romance Version) along with the ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ remix, somewhat confusingly listed as (Version), that would be found elsewhere on the A side of the ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ 12″ single from early 1987 – more on that below.

Canadian Blue Heart 12 inch single front cover

^ Canadian Blue Heart 12 inch single front cover

Tale of the Tongue

I include ‘Tale of the Tongue’ here as, though it wasn’t on the original UK album release, it was later included on the Canadian version of the album. In the UK, the 7″ single (Beggars Banquet, BEG174) featured a 4’18” version on the A side, with a new ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ (Version) at 4’35” duration on the B side. Neither the A side or B side versions on this 7″ have ever been re-issued on any CD versions to date – oddly though, the 7″ version of ‘Tale of the Tongue’ can be bought as part of the digital download version of the 2011 expanded edition remaster, such as from iTunes and Amazon. No idea why it was not included on the CD. The version of ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ is clearly derived from the LP mix, but somewhat stripped down and less cluttered by comparison.

Should The World Fail To Fall Apart Canadian LP front cover

^ Should The World Fail To Fall Apart Canadian LP front cover

The 12″ single (Beggars Banquet, BEG174) features a longer version of ‘Tale of the Tongue’ on the A side at 6’28”. This longer version can be found on CD on both the 2011 2CD Cherry Red expanded re-issue of the ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ album and also the Japanese ‘Compositions’ compilation.

Should The World Fail To Fall Apart

The album’s title track was released as a 12″ only single in early 1987 (Beggars Banquet, BEG179T) – this featured another remix of the track, though to add to the confusion, it is also listed only as ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ (Version) on the sleeve and label – make no mistake though, this is a very different mix to both the preceding LP mix and the version that had been on the B side of the ‘Tale of the Tongue’ singles. The credits note additional recording and mix by Hugh Jones. This version has been included on both the 2011 2CD Cherry Red expanded re-issue of the ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ album (where it is listed as ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ (Version 3) and also the Japanese ‘Compositions’ compilation CD.

^ Should The World Fail To Fall Apart UK 12 inch single front cover

^ Should The World Fail To Fall Apart UK 12 inch single front cover

The B side of this 12″ single also saw a further two new versions of tracks from the parent album, with ‘Confessions’ (Remix) and ‘Jemal’ (Version Two) included. Both of these have been included on the 2011 2CD Cherry Red expanded re-issue and earlier on the Japanese ‘Compositions’ compilation CD.

Other versions…

The 2011 2CD Cherry Red expanded re-issue of the ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ album saw a few previously unreleased recordings/mixes made available;

  • ‘Stay’ (4’52”) – Peter’s cover version of this David Bowie song that originally appeared on his ‘Station To Station’ album.
  • ‘Final Solution’ (Club Mix) (5’14”) – this is yet another mix and very different to the original ‘Club Mix’ from the ‘Final Solution’ singles that I have been referring to as (Club Mix) (Mix by Stephan Gerbier – Edit by The Latin Rascals)
  • ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ (Unreleased Version) (6’46”) – this is yet another mix of this track, somewhat more meandering and dub-like, with a hefty kick drum backbeat propelling it forward and prominent violin figure emerging towards the end that does not appear to be heard on the other mixes.

There are also ‘Confessions’ (Live) and ‘God Sends’ (Live) that appeared on the 7″ and 12″ singles of ‘Indigo Eyes’ in the UK – these have appeared digitally on CD on the Canadian ‘All Night Long’ CD EP (Beggars Banquet/Vertigo, 870 413-2).

The following table gathers together all of the known versions in a handy cutout-and-keep guide!

Canvas Beauty LP / Romance Version (4’47”) Up Version (5’12”) The Fast Mix / Fast Version (5’54”)
The Light Pours Out Of Me LP (3’17”) Original Version (3’17”)
Confessions LP (5’41”) Remix (5’14”) Live (5’39”)
Should The World Fail To Fall Apart LP (4’49”) Version (4’35”) Version 3 (5’06”) Unreleased Version (6’46”)
Never Man LP (6’14”)
God Sends LP (5’50”) Live (6’14”)
Blue Heart LP / 7″ (4’27”) 12″ Extended (5’49”)
The Answer Is Clear LP (6’28”) Version (3’13”)
Final Solution LP / 7″ (3’56”) Full Version (4’47”) Club Mix (5’30”) Third and Final Mix (5’50”) Club Mix (Version) (5’14”)
Jemal LP (5’32”) Version 2 (5’28”)
Tale of the Tongue LP / 12″ (6’29”) 7″ (4’18”)
Stay CD (4’52”)

All timings are approximate and intended largely as an aid to differentiate the versions.

2 Responses to “Peter Murphy – ‘Should The World Fail To Fall Apart’ – versions”

  1. Cue Darth Vader saying “…most impressive.” This album and all of its attendant singles/mixes were the apex of Peter Murphy for me. Everything afterward was more watered down. The arrangements were very stimulating and left-field for what was ostensibly dance music and the mixes were worth the time and effort.Instrumentation like fretless guitar were utterly unique to my ears at the time and ever since, actually.

    Little did I know that merely having the UK CD album and the Japanese “Composition” package [which I bought used for about $30!] was still leaving me out in the cold somewhat. Don’t think I didn’t notice that the choreography in the “Final Solution” music video was completely appropriated by Madonna [!] for her “Papa Don’t Preach” clip some time later!

  2. Shelf says:

    Thorough research and outstanding presentation – bravo, sir. Murphy’s first solo album is near perfect, although the wealth of additional material on the various singles was challenging to collect back in the day. The 2011 Cherry Red reissue was a long time coming, and while that release is more than satisfactory, I was disappointed that the proper ‘Club Mix’ of “Final Solution” was not included. Fortunately, the presence of the original version of “The Light Pours Out Of Me” makes up for that faux pas.

    I was unaware that the digital release also includes the 7″ mix of “Tale Of The Tongue” – thanks for pointing that out (available in FLAC on 7Digital, by the way).

    The 2013 reissue of “Love Hysteria” was also botched, with an alternate, shorter version of “Indigo Eyes” included on the main disc. Still waiting for a double disc remaster of “Deep.”

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