Archive for the ‘Promo only’ Category

Win: ‘Unamerican Broadcasting’ custom sleeve promo 12″ single (Swamplands, SWX 5, 1985)

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Sometime after Davey Henderson had ceased on his mission to lubricate your living room and the Fire Engines had stalled, he ponied up with new outfit, ‘Win’, which I rank in my top three Scandalously Neglected Acts Of The ’80s and who also hold the dubious accolade of being The Band I Spent The Most Money On A Single CD On for when I simply, positively, definitely, absolutely had to scratch that materialistic itch and possess the shiny, silvery disc of ‘Uh! Tears Baby’. If you are unfamiliar with Win (and it would not be difficult, regardless of their swagger, given the lack of commercial success they enjoyed despite the music machinery’s best efforts to Re-issue Till We Got The Message And Bought The Damn Thing with ‘You’ve Got The Power’), their confections of delicious, sugar-thrill, polished to perfection ramshackle pop, wrapped in the then relatively fresh packaging garb of ├╝ber-corporate irony, certainly appealed to yours truly, if not the greater populace. But before producer David Motion had brought the same gleaming machine-finish that he had squeezed and primped Strawberry Switchblade into for Win’s ‘Shampoo Tears’, ‘Super Popoid Groove’, et al, their first release was the rougher-cut ‘Unamerican Broadcasting’. And this short but sugary sweet post shines a light on the curious custom sleeve promo copy I came by back in the day in the second-hand bins and which, until this last weekend, I had never seen another copy of knocking around.

Win 'Unamerican Broadcasting' custom promo 12 inch single front sleeve design

^ Win \’Unamerican Broadcasting\’ custom promo 12 inch single front sleeve design

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More Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark press photos

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Following on from a previous post with OMitD press photos, a couple more snaps of a mean ‘n’ moody Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark from their ‘serious young men’ heyday, which I unearthed at a record fair a while back for a decent sum.

The first is a promo photo for the ‘Urgh! A Music War’ film, where a live version of ‘Enola Gay’ was featured. The photo pictures the four piece line up with left to right: Dave Hughes, Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Malcolm Holmes.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Urgh! A Music War promo photo (front)

^ Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – ‘Urgh! A Music War era promo photo

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Urgh! A Music War promo photo (rear)

Winding on a few years, the second photo is from the ‘Dazzle Ships’ era of 1983… (more…)

Gary Numan ‘White Boys and Heroes’ USA 12″ Promo Single (Atco, PR468)

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Issued in 1982 by Gary Numan’s then US label, Atco, this 12″ promo single features a unique remix of ‘White Boys and Heroes’ which has still never been released on CD to date, despite the numerous re-issue campaigns that Beggars Banquet have had for Numan’s back catalogue.

'White Boys and Heroes' USA Promo 12 inch single

^ 'White Boys and Heroes' USA Promo 12 inch single

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The remix of ‘White Boys and Heroes’ is by Chris Nelson and clocks in at 8 minutes and 20 seconds. ‘We Take Mystery’ on side two of the promo 12″ (which is referred to as a ‘Promotional 12″ EP’ despite only having two songs) is the 7 minutes 42 seconds version as per the standard 12″. It comes in a plain white card sleeve with a large sticker on the front cover only.

Side One label close-up

^ Side One label close-up

‘White Boys and Heroes’ is interesting because it is not just an edit – it has additional overdubs (mostly keyboards and fretless bass), different vocals in places and a lot less saxophone that the regular mixes (it sneaks in only towards the end).

Side Two label close-up

^ Side Two label close-up

To my ears, it is a great mix and it is a real pity that despite the umpteen CD issues for its parent album, ‘I, Assassin’, it has never surfaced on any of them. Perhaps the master tape has been lost? Record company politics (this was on Atco only, not Beggars Banquet) – who knows? It would be great to see it re-issued in digital format some day. What’s great about it is that it has extra keyboards at the start (which give it a more ‘Music For Chameleons’ similarity), some fairly extended fretless bass interludes and very little saxophone (which I’ve never been keen on on this track).

If you want to hear the track, check out the Audio Principle page of the North American Gary Numan Fan Club (NAGNFC) pages maintained by Jim Napier.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1980 Dindisc press photos

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Found while rummaging at a record fair in London last year, some nice glossy black and white Dindisc press photos from 1980 of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark… or OMitD – i.e. before they lost ‘it’ and became just OMD…

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark press photo

^ Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark press photo – four piece line up with left to right: Dave Hughes, Paul Humphreys, Malcolm Holmes, Andy McCluskey

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark press photo

^ Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark press photo – Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey

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Brian Eno, ‘Textures’ CD (Standard Music Library, ESL 003)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

If you are not already familiar with it, ‘Textures’ is a CD by Brian Eno that has never been commercially available to the public, instead only a limited, promotional-only release, intended as a stock library music source for licensing by film and television makers, released by Standard Music Library, cat. no. ESL 003.

'Textures' CD front cover

^ 'Textures' CD front cover

Despite its limited availability, it appears that it has been issued a few times, so this particular sleeve design is not the only one available.

'Textures' CD back case design

^ 'Textures' CD back case design

Although all the titles may appear unfamiliar, much of the music on the CD has been released on regular CDs, mostly ‘The Shutov Assembly’, though much of it remains exclusive to this CD, at least to date.

'Textures' CD - disc label

^ 'Textures' CD - disc label

Tracklisting is:

  1. Soft Dawn (2:19)
  2. The Water Garden (2:53)
  3. Shaded Water (3:16)
  4. Suspicions (4:14)
  5. Ozone (1:42)
  6. Landscape With Haze (4:06)
  7. Mirage (3:20)
  8. River Mist (4:33)
  9. Constant Dreams (3:57)
  10. Dark Dreams (3:07)
  11. Black Planet (2:52)
  12. Night Thoughts (3:37)
  13. Travellers (3:52)
  14. Evil Thoughts (2:01)
  15. Darkness (1:24)
  16. Jungles (2:00)
  17. Sanctuaries (1:37)
  18. Menace (1:46)
  19. Suspended Motion (3:43)
  20. The Wild (4:22)
  21. River Journey (11:14)

All tracks are composed by Brian Eno except for 3, 12 and 13 which are composed by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno, and tracks 14-17, which are composed by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.

'Textures' CD - insert, middle pages

^ 'Textures' CD - insert, middle pages

The tracks which are here under another name are as follows;

  • The Water Garden is Cavallino, from ‘The Shutov Assembly’
  • Shaded Water is Alhondiga, from ‘The Shutov Assembly’
  • Suspicions is Lanzarote, from ‘The Shutov Assembly’
  • Mirage is Triennale, from ‘The Shutov Assembly’
  • Landscape with Haze is Riverside, from ‘The Shutov Assembly’
  • River Mist is Asian River from ‘Music For Films III’
  • River Journey is an extended remix of Asian River from ‘Music For Films III’
  • Constant Dreams is an edit of Neroli from ‘Neroli’
  • Suspended Motion is Markgraph, from ‘The Shutov Assembly’
  • The Wild is Stedelijk, from ‘The Shutov Assembly’

'Textures' CD - insert, middle - left page

^ 'Textures' CD - insert, middle - left page

What with being intended for television and film makers, each track comes with its own brief description of the mood it evokes, so in the case of ‘Ozone’ it is ‘gently-pulsing, tinkling slightly dramatic’, while something like ‘Dark Dreams’ is ‘weird confused bizarre atmospheric’.

'Textures' CD - insert, middle - right page

^ 'Textures' CD - insert, middle - right page