Archive for the ‘Region crazy’ Category

Side by side: Brian Eno and John Cale – ‘One Word’ CD singles

Monday, September 7th, 2020

What news it was at the time of the ‘Wrong Way Up’ album release that Brian Eno had returned to vocal duties and was actually to be heard singing on record once more. As big a thing as his continual questioning in interviews in those first few years of why wasn’t he singing anymore… Of course, he had still been singing, just not centre-stage on his own albums. Just listen to Talking Heads for example and even closer to this period he had sung on his take of ‘You Don’t Miss Your Water’ included on the soundtrack of the movie ‘Married To The Mob’ in 1988.

Brian Eno and John Cale - 'One Word' UK CD single front cover design

^ Brian Eno and John Cale – ‘One Word’ UK CD single front cover design

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Kraftwerk – ‘Autobahn’ MusikExpress magazine German 7” single (Kling Klang/Parlophone, 2019)

Friday, August 21st, 2020

Given away with the April 2019 edition of the German magazine MuzikExpress, this blue vinyl, one-sided 7” single includes a new and unique edit of the track. The magazine itself came with a lengthy write-up on the parent album, hailing it in the number 1 position of the ‘100 Best Albums from Germany’.

The record features the new 4’35” edit from the original recording of ‘Autobahn’ and this differs from the 7” single edits originally issued back in the day. This new edit is something of a best of both and includes a good deal more of the vocal sections than either. Being a minute and thirty seconds longer than the rather brutal British edit, that’s perhaps no surprise.

Kraftwerk - ‘Autobahn’ MusikExpress magazine German 7” single front cover

^ Kraftwerk – ‘Autobahn’ MusikExpress magazine German 7” single front cover

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Bauhaus – ‘Go Away White’ 2008 Japanese CD

Friday, August 7th, 2020

The second resurrection period for Bauhaus saw the band reunite long enough to record a whole new album while they kept it together. Not without friction the recording sessions, by all accounts, but ‘Go Away White’ was the result, released once again like their first ‘last’ album, ‘Burning From The Inside’, after they wrapped up business as a living, breathing going concern. It’s a mixed affair – I wasn’t sure at all about it at first other than the tracks which clearly wore the obvious vintage DNA loud and proud such as ‘Adrenalin’ and ‘Endless Summer Of The Damned’. It is expecting the impossible to imagine the album might pick up the thread of their first period. Those albums were powered by the dark desires of youth. Even ‘Burning From The Inside’ had seen the thread start to unravel and let more colour peek in from the darkness. Meantime, the band members had individually gone their ways and done a good bit of living.

Bauhaus - 'Go Away White' 2008 Japanese CD front cover

^ Bauhaus – ‘Go Away White’ 2008 Japanese CD front cover.

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Gary Numan – ‘Telekon’ 2015 Double LP re-issue (Beggars Banquet, BBQLP19, 2015)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

Back to a favourite subject of mine, the variations to be found with Gary Numan’s wonderful ‘Telekon’ album. Here we have the most recent vinyl re-issue, from 2015 and the lure of the limited red vinyl double album edition clearly proved far too tempting. So, go on Beggars, give me yet another copy for the collection…

Gary Numan - ‘Telekon’ 2015 Double LP re-issue front cover design

^ Gary Numan – ‘Telekon’ 2015 Double LP re-issue front cover design

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Fast Forward 008/009: Annual Report (Australian 2 × Cassette Magazine Compilation, December 1981)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

This snappily packaged little item was attached to the wall of the wonderful 1-UP Records back in the days of their shop on Rosemount Viaduct for a long, long while. I would hardly dare guess quite how long it was sellotaped up on the wall (which hasn’t done the soft vinyl pack too much good), but it seemed to be up there forever. I can’t recall how it came to be that I decided to investigate it further, but at some point I think I became aware of the presence of Kraftwerk and The Cure in particular on it. And when it became clear that these were exclusive items, well, it was time to buy.

Fast Forward 008/009: Annual Report cassette magazine - pack front

^ Fast Forward 008/009: Annual Report cassette magazine – pack front

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