Archive for the ‘Versions, versions’ Category

Wire – ‘Life In The Manscape’ US CD single (Enigma/Mute, 7 75553-2 / MUTE 107, 1990)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

‘Life In The Manscape’ turned out to be the one and only single release from Wire’s fan-testing ‘Manscape’ album, a period where the band’s insistence on devotion to process (in this case MIDI/computer-based recording and editing) dragged them well out of shape from the nominal ‘beat combo’ of the preceding Mute releases. (And even those releases had already had their fair share of playing second fiddle to the technology…) The album was viewed by Wire as their ‘1990’ album, a deliberate change in direction and methodology. I personally have a lot of time for it, but the band themselves have long since distanced themselves from it and many’s the fan who have either joined them in that view or would hope for some 21st century remix of it to sort it out.

Wire - Life in the Manscape US CD front insert design

^ Wire – Life in the Manscape US CD front insert design

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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

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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

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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

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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

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