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Propaganda – ‘The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse’ cassette single (ZTT, CTIS101, 1984)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

An incarnation of Propaganda recently reactivated and performed ‘A Secret Wish’ in full at a couple of sold out shows at ‘The Garage’ in London, under the monicker of xPropaganda. I never thought I would get a chance to hear this album performed live, so it was quite the event, one that simply had to be attended if at all possible. Many highlights, inevitably, ‘Dr Mabuse’ chief amongst them. What better way to celebrate the re-emergence than to take a look back at the ‘singlette’ edition (as ZTT were wont to call their cassettes) of their debut single…

Propaganda - The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse - cassette single inlay and case - front

^ Propaganda – The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse – cassette single inlay and case – front

The inlay card for the cassette noted “Three of Dr Mabuse’s nine lives appear on this cassette. Learn about his black crimes in Dr Mabuse. Hear about his strange lover – the woman with the orchid in Femme Fatale. Then marvel at his unlikely return in The Ninth Life” and went on to list the tracks as follows;

  1. Dr. Mabuse
  2. Femme Fatale (The Woman With The Orchid)
  3. The Ninth Life

However, that is not what appeared on the cassette. No, that would be far too straightforward for a ZTT release, wouldn’t it?!

Propaganda - The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse - cassette single inlay and shell - rear

^ Propaganda – The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse – cassette single inlay and shell – rear

In fact, the correct tracklisting is as follows;

  1. Das Testament Des Mabuse
  2. Dr. Mabuse (A Paranoid Fantasy)

The truly splendid, 10 minute long work that is’ Das Testament Des Mabuse’ made good use of the extended cassette duration, with the more familiar 7″ inch mix ‘Dr. Mabuse (A Paranoid Fantasy)’ alongside. No place then for the woman with the orchid, sadly. The tracklist repeats the same programme both sides of the singlette.

Propaganda - The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse - cassette single shell and case - front

^ Propaganda – The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse – cassette single shell and case – front

Why the tracklisting was incorrect, I don’t know.

The outside of the inlay also states “An ‘incident’ cassette that contains sections from number two of zang tumb tuum’s noble action series. As an ‘incident’, and despite its catalogue number, this cassette becomes number 12 in ZTT’s wondering incidental series.”, in familiar ZTT style. The cassette shell is a fairly standard moulded design, nowhere near as elegant as the later ‘Complete Machinery’ singlette would come housed in.

Propaganda - The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse - cassette single inlay and shell

^ Propaganda – The Nine Lives of Dr Mabuse – cassette single inlay and shell

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.  (more…)

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.  (more…)