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He Said – ‘Could You?’ versions

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Some while back I posted about the wonderful (though of its time) He Said album, ‘Take Care’. The supporting single release for the album was the uneasy ‘Could You?’. Who knows for sure what the ‘text’ by Graham Lewis really alludes to, but for me it has always leaned towards some cryptic confession of murder/mercy killing. Despite the opaque nature of the lyric, it looks like there were high hopes for its commercial success as a single and it provides rich pickings for version craziness to be uncovered, with no less than six mix variants across the ‘Could You?’/’Could You (Too)’ main variants.

He Said - Could You? - UK 12 inch single front sleeve design.

^ He Said – Could You? – UK 12 inch single front sleeve design.

By my count, these are the versions that exist, at least those I have come across on my travels – as ever, all timings are approximate and intended as a rough guide to the variations in duration across the mixes:

  • ‘Could You?’ (LP version) 5’45”
  • ‘Could You? (Too)’ 6’04” (wrongly listed as a duration of 5’45” on the UK CD case)
  • ‘Could You?’ (UK and West German Single Edit) 4″44″
  • ‘Could You?’ (UK 7″ Promo ‘Radio Edit’ and US CD Promo ‘German Edit’) 3’27”
  • ‘Could You? (Too)’ (US Edit from US CD Promo) 5’08”
  • ‘Could You?’ (‘Stumme Dokument’ Mute CD Promo edit) 4’08”

Are there any more out there?

He Said - Could You? - UK 12 inch single rear sleeve design.

^ He Said – Could You? – UK 12 inch single rear sleeve design.

He Said - Could You? - UK 12 inch single A side label design.

^ He Said – Could You? – UK 12 inch single A side label design.

He Said - Could You? - UK 12 inch single B side label design.

^ He Said – Could You? – UK 12 inch single B side label design.

As to where these edits all belong, it’s worth noting the following;

  • The ‘LP version’ is obviously what appeared on the ‘Take Care’ album. You’d be tempted to think perhaps it is also what was used on the various 12″ single versions too, right? But not so. Instead, the 12″ single A sides featured…
  • …’Could You? (Too)’ – as well as the A sides of the 12″ single releases, this was also included on CD editions of the LP. ‘Could You (Too)’ is quite a different mix compared to the regular version of the track with extensive additonal overdubs in the way of piano, additional keyboards, guitar and drum programming.
  • A shorter single edit of ‘Could You?’ was used on the 7″ singles and also on the B side of the 12″ singles (along with the other B side, ‘He Said:She Said’ – it is just listed as ‘Could You?’ on the sleeves and labels though, no mention made of it being an edit. This edit of ‘Could You?’ is quite subtle, with deft editing scissors shortening sections of the track and leaving the overall structure in place.
  • A further, more drastically chopped and changed edit is what is to be foound on the UK promo 7″ as the ‘Radio Edit’ and also on the US promo CD as the ‘German Edit’. Despite the different titles, they sound the same to my ears. Why ‘German Edit’? Could be because Paul Kendall was responsible for the edit – perhaps at Hansa Tonstudio maybe? This edit plays around with the structure of the track a good deal more and starts off on a more rhythmic assault, before the gentler aspects of the first verse appear.
  • The ‘US Edit’ of ‘Could You’ is unique to the US promo CD and nowhere else – and in fact, it is an edit of ‘Could You? (Too)’, not ‘Could You?’.
  • Finally, a Mute records promo compilation, ‘Stumme Dokument’ features another unique edit, though nothing to get overly excited about – it is just the regular single edit but with a much earllier fade out.

The eagle-eyed with copies of the Belgian 12” may notice an odd duration listing… read more on that much further elbow.

He Said - Could You? - UK 7 inch Radio Edit' Promo single front sleeve design.

^ He Said – Could You? – UK 7 inch ‘Radio Edit’ Promo single front sleeve design.

He Said - Could You? - UK 7 inch 'Radio Edit' Promo single rear sleeve design.

^ He Said – Could You? – UK 7 inch ‘Radio Edit’ Promo single rear sleeve design.

He Said - Could You? - UK 7 inch Radio Edit' Promo single A side label design.

^ He Said – Could You? – UK 7 inch ‘Radio Edit’ Promo single A side label design.

He Said - Could You? - UK 7 inch 'Radio Edit' Promo single B side label design.

^ He Said – Could You? – UK 7 inch ‘Radio Edit’ Promo single B side label design.

The UK ‘Radio Edit’ promo single 7″ that features a drastically re-edited version of the A side has a few things to note round the packaging. The label credits appear to have been based on the 12″ design – so, it mistakenly refers to ‘Could You? (Too)’ on the A side label, while the B side lists both ‘Could You?’ and ‘ He Said: She Said’ – it is only the latter track that is included on the record though.

He Said - Could You? - US Promo CD single front sleeve design.

^ He Said – Could You? – US Promo CD single front sleeve design.

He Said - Could You? - US Promo CD single disc label design.

^ He Said – Could You? – US Promo CD single disc label design.

Before signing off, it is worth clarifying about the Belgian 12” single. The labels on that edition states that the A side of ‘Could You? (Too)’ runs for 6’15” (i.e. longer than usual) while on the B side the version of ‘Could You?’ runs for 5’45” (as with the album version). In fact, it is the regular version of ‘Could You? (Too)’ on side A, while the B side has the 7” edit of ‘Could You?’ just like the various other 12” single releases.

New Order – ‘Confusion’ UK Promo 7″ (Factory FAC93, 1983)

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

A unique 4’08” edit of ‘Confusion’, released as a promo-only 7″ contemporary with the original release of the single, which commercially was only available on 12″, released August 1983. This 4’08” ‘re-structure’ is to be found on both sides of the single, same labels each flip too and it all comes housed in a black, round hole cut-out sleeve. Somewhat plain in comparison to the now somewhat iconic 12” sleeve design.

New Order - Confusion UK promo 7" single

^ New Order – Confusion UK promo 7″ single

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

Sunday, 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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New Musik ‘Greatest Hits’ Promo 7″ EP (GTO, XP112, 1981)

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

This unusual release gathered together New Musik’s six singles to date, all tracks being edited down to lengths unique to this release, playing at 33 1⁄3. I am unsure of the date of release, but perhaps it either came around about the ‘Anywhere’ LP in early 1981 or the ‘Planet Doesn’t Mind’ single from late 1981. Although the label design is plain white, it seems to be before the period where GTO records were fully absorbed into the Epic roster, which their 1982 releases from ‘All You Need Is Love’ were the case.

^ New Musik ‘Greatest Hits’ Promo 7″ EP (GTO, XP112, 1981)

The first four singles run, all from the ‘From A To B’ LP are pretty strong, catchy and gave the band their biggest successes. By the time of the two singles from ‘Anywhere’, the sound was polished to perfection but the music took longer to absorb and its sophistication proved to be a harder sell – neither ‘Luxury’ nor ‘While You Wait’ would repeat chart placings of the earlier singles. (more…)

Tones On Tail – Burning Skies/OK, This Is The Pops versions

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Burning Skies [12″ Version] (6’20”)

Burning Skies [7″ Edit] (4’13”)

Burning Skies [Gothic Rock compilation Edit] (5’15”)

Burning Skies [‘Something!’ promo CD ‘Single Edit’] (4’34”)

OK, This Is The Pops (7″ / 12″ version)

OK, This Is The Pops (fade-in start)

OK, This Is The Pops (‘phased’ version)

NB: All timings are approximate and intended as a guide for differentiation only

Tones On Tail - Burning Skies / OK This is The Pops 7 inch single front cover

^ Tones On Tail – Burning Skies / OK This is The Pops 7 inch single front cover

I never imagined there was going to be quite so much version craziness when I sat down to listen to these original vinyl releases and compare them against what has subsequently emerged across various compilation LPs and CDs. First off, it was a surprise to realise that the 7″ edit of ‘Burning Skies’ had never appeared on CD at any point – and in the end, no less than four different variants of ‘Burning Skies’ came to light when I dug the vinyl out for a spin. Similarly, ‘OK, This Is The Pops’ in the version as was released on vinyl back in 1983 (the versions on 7″ and 12″ are the same) hasn’t quite made it to CD unscathed either. I would love to know how these things come to be – can there be so many different tape boxes at Beggars Arkive that it is so easy to confuse? Or are these accidents that happen during remastering? (more…)