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Peter Murphy – ‘Love Hysteria’ – singles and versions

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The previous post focussed on Peter’s debut LP and the many versions of the tracks that exist – a similar story in this post, but somewhat less in the way of numbers. Still a fair few to round up, however.

All Night Long

The first single to be released from the album, it is a reasonably straightforward story here – originally the main variants being 7″ mix and 12″/album mix. However, note that the UK and US 7″ mixes are different lengths. The UK 7″ (Beggars Banquet, BEG207) saw a longer edit, at approx. 4’30”. The 2011 CD re-issue of ‘Love Hysteria’ saw the release of a ‘demo’ mix of the song as well though. In the UK, standard 7″ (the A side a 4’30” edit) and 12″ (same version as the LP) singles featured a non-LP B side in the shape of ‘I’ve Got a Miniature Secret Camera’, while the 12″ came with an extra non-LP track, ‘Funtime (In Cabaret)’, Peter’s lounge lizard take on the more frenetic ‘Funtime’, which would surface on the ‘Love Hysteria’ LP. Both of the B sides would be added to the ‘Love Hysteria’ CD (the latter with a slightly different title in ‘Funtime (Cabaret Mix)’) in the UK.

'All Night Long' UK 7" front cover

^ ‘All Night Long’ UK 7″ front cover

A CD single (Beggars Banquet, BEG207CD) was also issued in the UK, Peter’s first such release and it included a fourth track, ‘Blind Sublime’ – same version as would be found on the LP.

'All Night Long' UK CD single label

^ ‘All Night Long’ UK CD single label

'All Night Long' UK CD single

^ ‘All Night Long’ UK CD single

The US 7″ (Beggars Banquet/RCA, 8620-7-H) and cassette single versions featured a shorter edit at just over 4 minutes in length. Meanwhile, a 12″ promo-only single (Beggars Banquet/RCA, 8309-1 HDAB) featured the slightly longer edit, as used in the UK, with the longer, LP length version on the flip side.

'All Night Long' Canadian CD EP front cover

^ ‘All Night Long’ Canadian CD EP front cover

'All Night Long' Canadian CD EP rear cover

^ ‘All Night Long’ Canadian CD EP rear cover

'All Night Long' Canadian CD label

^ ‘All Night Long’ Canadian CD label

The regular issue Canadian releases saw an interesting mix up of additional tracks – released on 12″, CD and cassette single. Each of these EPs featured the LP length mix of ‘All Night Long’ and also the LP version of ‘Blind Sublime’. Interestingly, the releases also featured the two live tracks, ‘Confessions’ and ‘Godsends’, meaning that the Canadian CD EP (Beggars Banquet/Vertigo, 870 413-2) is where these can be found digitally. Finally from Canada, there is a promo-only 12″ (Beggars Banquet/Vertigo, DJV268), both sides of which feature the longer of the edits, as per the UK 7″.

Speaking of which, the only territory that appears to have released this edit of ‘All Night Long’ on CD form is in Japan, where a two track CD single (Beggars Banquet‎, 10CY-8036) was released.

A couple of live recordings of ‘All Night Long’ exclusive to singles have also appeared: a US promo-only CD single for ‘A Strange Kind Of Love’ (RCA‎, 2625-2-HDJ) featured a 5’42” live recording from Mahassey Theatre, St. Petersburg, Florida. A 5’10” live recording from Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, California 7 August 1990 appeared on various ‘Holy Smoke’ era singles; a US CD single for ‘You’re So Close’ (Beggars Banquet/RCA‎, 62302-2), UK (Beggars Banquet‎, BEG259CD) and German (Beggars Banquet Germany‎, SPV 055-48543) CD singles for ‘You’re So Close’, a US promo CD single (Beggars Banquet/RCA‎, HDJ 62239-2) and promo-only 12″ (HDAB-62239-1) for ‘The Sweetest Drop’.

Indigo Eyes

One of the most beautiful tracks from the LP, ‘Indigo Eyes’ was a fairly obvious choice as a second single release. In the UK, Beggars Banquet were clearly keen on promoting it with a view to chart success, issuing it in standard 7″ form (a shorter 4’09” edit) backed with ‘God Sends’ (Recorded Live), a ‘Collectors Series’ limited boxed edition 7″ (Beggars Banquet, BEG210B) that packaged up the standard 7″ single inside a box and added 4 ‘Mondino art prints’, a 12″ (Beggars Banquet, BEG210T)with an extra track, ‘Confessions’ (Recorded Live), pressed on standard black vinyl and also limited edition ‘indigo’ vinyl (though due to a mis-press, there are two variants in colour – one indigo and one powder blue).

'Indigo Eyes' boxed edition 7" front cover

^ ‘Indigo Eyes’ boxed edition 7″ front cover

'Indigo Eyes' boxed edition Mondino art prints

‘Indigo Eyes’ boxed edition Mondino art prints

While not released on a wider scale, 7″ and 12″ promo editions with an exclusive sleeve design (and plugging tour dates with The Church) were made available in the US – each side of the singles contained the same versions of ‘Indigo Eyes’ – the LP mix on the 12″ (Beggars Banquet/RCA, 8695-1-HDAA), the shorter edit on the 7″ (Beggars Banquet/RCA, 8707-7-HAA).

'Indigo Eyes' US promo 7" front cover

^ ‘Indigo Eyes’ US promo 7″ front cover

When ‘Love Hysteria’ was released as a 2-CD set in 2013 (Cherry Red, CDBRED570), a previously unreleased edit of ‘Indigo Eyes’ was included – in place of the full length original version, a 4’53” edit takes its place. Whether this was deliberate or a mistake is uncertain. The second CD of this set also featured a previously unreleased demo version of the track, at 5’34”.

Blind Sublime

While the LP version of this track had appeared on some of the ‘All Night Long’ singles in UK and Canada, radically remixed versions of ‘Blind Sublime’ were released in America. A five track 12″ EP (RCA‎, 8687-1-HD) featured three unique versions of ‘Blind Sublime’ on side 1, namely ‘Blind Sublime’ (Dance Remix) (7’21”), ‘Blind Sublime’ (Blind Beats Mix) (4’34”) and ‘Blind Sublime (7″ Edit-Remix)’ (3’43”). Meanwhile, side 2 featured ‘I’ve Got A Miniature Secret Camera’ and ‘Fun Time (In Cabaret)’. This edition came with a picture sleeve featuring the same photo as had appeared on one of the art prints featured in the ‘Indigo Eyes’ boxed edition. A two track promo 12″ (RCA‎, 8686-1-HDAB) featured the 7″ Edit remix version on side 1 and the Dance remix on side 2 – it did not feature a picture sleeve though, though a large sticker on the otherwise plain cover did once again plus upcoming tour dates with The Church also on the bill.

'Blind Sublime' US 12" front cover

^ ‘Blind Sublime’ US 12″ front cover

'Blind Sublime' US 12" rear cover

^ ‘Blind Sublime’ US 12″ rear cover

Although originally only released in the US, the remixed versions of ‘Blind Sublime’ would eventually see a re-release on the 2013 double-CD Cherry Red (CDBRED570) re-issue of ‘Love Hysteria’ at last.

'Blind Sublime' US promo-only 12"

^ ‘Blind Sublime’ US promo-only 12″

Finally, the second CD of the 2013 ‘Love Hysteria’ double-CD re-issue set also featured a previously unreleased demo version of ‘Blind Sublime’, at 4’09”.

The following table gathers together known versions as discussed above, as well as the album tracks. Not included are any live versions that belong to complete live albums – only included are the stray versions from singles.

All Night Long LP / 12″ (5’41”) US 7″ Mix / Single Edit (4’09”) UK 7″ Edit (4’30”) Live (Mahassey Theatre, St. Petersburg, Florida) (5’42”) Live (Universal Amphitheatre, LA) (5’10”) Demo (5’24”)
His Circle and Hers Meet LP (6’02”) Demo (4’29”)
Dragnet Drag LP (5’48”) Live (6’36”) Demo (5’48”)
Socrates The Python LP (6’47”)
Indigo Eyes LP / 12″ (5’55”) Single Edit / 7″ (4’09”) Indigo Eyes 98 (6’38”) 2011 Edit (4’53”) Demo (5’35”)
Time Has Got Nothing To Do With It LP (5’20”)
Blind Sublime LP (3’54”) Remix Edit (3’52”) Blind Beats Mix (4’38”) Dance Remix (7’25”) Demo (4’09”)
My Last Two Weeks LP (6’37”) Demo (5’14”)
Funtime LP (3’50”) Demo (3’33”)
I’ve Got A Miniature Secret Camera (4’26”)
Funtime (In Cabaret) (6’00”)

 

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

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

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.

Colin Newman ‘Feigned Hearing’ 7″ single (Crammed Discs, CRAM13457)

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Side A: Feigned Hearing [Edit] 3.30
Side B: I Can Hear Your… [Remix] 3.07

This delightful little single took two tracks from Colin Newman’s ‘Commercial Suicide’ album in some feint hope of contradicting the album’s title perhaps. The A side is certainly a cheery, light, keyboard constructed piece, beat-less through a complete absence of any percussion – you can’t help but feel its chances of success as a 45 were always likely to be limited given that lack of backbeat. But who knows what the reasoning was. It’s well documented in the mighty fine Wire tome, ‘Everybody Loves a History’, that the mid-’80s period saw Colin Newman opting out of the music industry rat-race by way of an extended trip to India. On returning, re-investigating some keyboard-based demos made prior to the trip, pairing up with new partners in both John/Sean Bonnar (musically) and Malka Spigel (musically and by way of marriage), the subsequent album, ‘Commercial Suicide’, was a strong, original work and cheerfully raised two fingers to any notions of commercial success by throwing away any attempts at tracing from the Wire template the previous albums ‘Not To’ and ‘A-Z’ had both clearly drawn upon. The resulting album was still clearly the work of Newman but shot through with a subtler, minimal method and instrumentally a fair remove from the more recognisably Wire-like guitar/bass/drums of ‘Not To’ in particular.

Colin Newman 'Feigned Hearing' 7 inch single front cover design

^ Colin Newman ‘Feigned Hearing’ 7 inch single front cover design

On this single, ‘Feigned Hearing’ clocks in marginally shorter than its album source by near half a minute – its not mentioned at all on the sleeve or label that it is an edit, but the editing scissors get busy from the off, it doesn’t take much time to get to the opening vocals. Other than this though, its not radically different. Over on the flipside however, ‘I Can Hear Your…’ is noticeably re-arranged. The album version is quite brooding, fading in with its heartbeat like electronic rhythm pulse early on and building up from there. The single remix starts with vocals and cellos, being joined by keyboard pads, the rhythmic pulse coming in somewhat later, more prominent. ‘I Can Hear Your…’, although minimal and keyboard based like all of ‘Commercial Suicide’, is a piece you could easily imagine being used for Wire purposes.

Colin Newman 'Feigned Hearing' 7 inch single rear cover design

^ Colin Newman ‘Feigned Hearing’ 7 inch single rear cover design

It’s a pity that neither of these versions made it on to the CD version of ‘Commercial Suicide’ when it was re-released back in 2003, both seemingly only to be found on this 7″ to this day. Well worth seeking out though if you remain a fan of all things Colin Newman.

Colin Newman 'Feigned Hearing' 7 inch single A side label design

^ Colin Newman ‘Feigned Hearing’ 7 inch single A side label design

Colin Newman 'Feigned Hearing' 7 inch single B side label design

^ Colin Newman ‘Feigned Hearing’ 7 inch single B side label design