“808”

Coming in 2015: a must-see documentary celebrating the iconic Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, dubbed by the film’s producers as ‘The Heart of the Beat that Changed Music.’

As would be expected, a soundtrack will accompany the release.

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When Do I Get To Sing “My Way”

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PART 1: RADIO EDITS (1994)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Sparks Radio Edit)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid Radio Edit)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid Instrumental)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers 7″ Mix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Pro-Gress Mix)
06 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Remix Edit)
07 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers 7″ – Cold End)*
08 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Edit – Cold End)*

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PART 2: REMIXES (1994)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Frank & Kitty Mix)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Frank & Nancy Mix)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Ron & Nancy Mix)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers Sola Mix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Pro-Gress Mix V.10.3)
06 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Remix)
07 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Men Behind Club Mix)
08 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Microbots Club Mix)
09 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Plutone Club Mix)

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PART 3: US PROMO (1995)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Color Blind Club)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Tone Deaf Dub)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Mereus Vocal)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Sticks & Stones Remix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Total Fog Dub 1)

INFO > Brothers Ron Mael and Russell Mael formed the band Halfnelson in 1968; Todd Rundgren produced the group’s debut LP. Shortly after the album’s 1971 release, the brothers Mael rechristened themselves as Sparks and began a long and illustrious career: experimenting in various musical styles, dabbling in other media, and creating an international cult following in the process.

Sparks’ 1994 album, the cleverly titled “Gratuitous Sax And Senseless Violins”, includes the single “When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way'”, which was released 20 years ago this month. All of the various versions from UK, German, and US CD singles are compiled in Parts 1 and 2 of this post, while Part 3 presents additional remixes commissioned the following year.

*As he and I both prefer a proper ending as opposed to a lazy fade out, Andrei has created custom edits of the Rapino Brothers and Vince Clarke radio mixes. Please enjoy his fine efforts.

The promo video is a wonderful homage to classic film trailers:

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1.01 John ’00’ Fleming – Free (John´s Twisted Dub)
1.02 Vincent De Moor – Fly Away (Instrumental)
1.03 Andy Ling – Fixation (Airwave Mix)
1.04 Christopher Lawrence – Cruise Control
1.05 Nordlander – The Prayer (Fatwah Mix)
1.06 Earthbound – Phuturistic Journey (D&A Remix)
1.07 Push – Till We Meet Again
1.08 Cliff Tangredi – Shimmer
1.09 Knochenbrecher – Nasenbluten (Zone X Remix)
1.10 Marc Michaels – Hyper Intelligence

2.01 Meridian – Reach For The Stars
2.02 Airwave – Above The Sky (Antartica Remix)
2.03 Antartica – Adrift [Cast Your Mind] (Polarise Mix)
2.04 Contact – Signs Of Life (Lee Coombs Remix)
2.05 Blue Alphabet – Musical Crime Killers
2.06 The Green Martian – Industry
2.07 Nick Sentience – Digital Dialogue
2.08 Tyrell Corp. – Running 2.0 (Mauro Picotto Mix)
2.09 Nautica – Tomorrow (DJ Alici’s Remix)
2.10 Flutlicht – Ahmea

Forgotten Town

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01 Forgotten Town (Faded Version)
02 Forgotten Town (Midtown Mix)
03 Forgotten Town (Uptown Mix)

INFO > Brothers Gary, Russell, and Roger Christian, along with Henry Priestman, formed The Christians in 1985. The Liverpudlian ensemble debuted in 1987 with the Laurie Latham produced “Forgotten Town”, which reached 22 on the UK Singles Chart. For its US release, “Forgotten Town” was remixed by Justin Strauss and Murray Elias. As part of the band’s stateside marketing campaign, Island Records pressed promo CDs with sleeve covers personalized for modern rock radio stations in large markets; I recently found a copy branded with the logo of Boston’s now-defunct WFNX.

Looking For The Perfect Beat

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01 Looking For The Perfect Beat (Vocal)
02 Looking For The Perfect Beat (Bonus Beats II)
03 Looking For The Perfect Beat (Instrumental)

INFO > ‘Looking For The Perfect Beat’ would be a great name for a dance music blog (somebody please use it). It certainly worked as a catchy title for Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force’s second single, the 1983 follow-up to their groundbreaking debut, “Planet Rock.”

Don’t Be Afraid

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01 Don’t Be Afraid (Brittany Radio Mix)
02 Don’t Be Afraid (Brittany Remix)
03 Don’t Be Afraid (Tall Paul Remix)
04 Don’t Be Afraid (Original Mix)
05 Don’t Be Afraid (Distant Drums Mix)
06 Don’t Be Afraid (Brittany Dub)
07 Galaxia (Qattara Remix)
08 Galaxia (Original Mix)

INFO > “Don’t Be Afraid” was the first of three singles released by Ferry Corsten under the alias Moonman. Originally released in 1996, the single was licensed by Heat Recordings for a UK release the following year; the CD issue also includes mixes of “Galaxia” (tracks from both discs are consolidated here). Along with reworks from Jim Eliot and Paul Newman, the package also features remixes by Beat Foundation bandmates Andy Cato and Mike Mukhopadhyay under their respective guises as Qattara and Distant Drums.

Cream

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01 Cream (Radio Edit)
02 Cream (Long Version)
03 Cream (Evolution Mix)
04 Cream (Paul van Dyk Shortcut)
05 Cream (Paul van Dyk Mix)
06 Cream (ATB Mix)

INFO > Piet Blank and Jaspa Jones joined forces in 1997 and quickly established themselves within the electronic music community. The duo’s 1999 hit single “Cream” was made even more massive by Paul van Dyk. Barry Jamieson and Jon Sutton’s remix is exclusive to the UK release on Deviant Records.

Dance With Life

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01 Dance With Life [The Brilliant Light] (Edit)
02 Dance With Life [The Brilliant Light] (Full Version)
03 Is Your Love Strong Enough? (Long Version)
04 Help Me

INFO > Bryan Ferry is no stranger to a soundtrack—his music has been featured in multiple movies, dating back to the 1976 flop, “All This And World War II”, and more recently in the 2013 cinematic adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” Penned by Bernie Taupin and produced by Trevor Horn, “Dance With Life” was recorded for the 1996 fantasy film “Phenomenon.” The single release includes two more of Ferry’s soundtrack contributions: “Is Your Long Strong Enough?” from 1985’s “Legend”, and “Help Me” from the 1986 remake of “The Fly.”

LIVE > The legendary Mr. Ferry will grace Philadelphia’s historic Tower Theater this evening as part of a globe-trotting tour to promote his pending new album, “Avonmore.” Ferry is expected to perform classic songs from his 40+ year solo career, as well as choice tracks from the Roxy Music catalog.

From Manchester With Love.net

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01 Simply Red – Ramblin’ On My Mind (Parks & Wilson Mix)
02 The Holy Cow – Understanding
03 First Reaction – Real Freedom
04 Federal Hill – I’ve Got Somethin’ For You (Too Precious Mix)
05 Precious – Your Love (T-Empo Mix)
06 Intastella – The Night (Too Precious Mix)
07 Cine City – Are You Sure Joe?
08 Jon DaSilva & John McCready – Cluster
09 Ricky Rouge – Song For Everyman
10 Nick Hussey – Tear It Up

01 New Order – Blue Monday (Richie Hawtin Mix)
02 808 State – Spanish Marching
03 Sleuth – Bullet Proof
04 Explorer – Aviator
05 Bobby Langley – The Fifth Man
06 Lamb – Transfatty Acid
07 Strange Brew – High Plane Stepping
08 King Tubby – Dub To The Rescue (Blood & Fire Mix)
09 Fat City F.C. – Like Communication
10 M People – Search For A Hero (Smith & Mighty Searchin’ Mix)
11 LuvDup – Funktime
12 Old English All Stars – Lovepump
13 Sub Sub – So Long Suckers

INFO > This 1996 compilation features exclusive and previously unreleased tracks and remixes from Mancunian artists and producers.

Crackers International

It’s been nearly 30 years since Vince Clarke discovered Andy Bell via an advert in Melody Maker. Still going strong, Erasure were as entertaining as ever last Friday on the Atlantic City stop of their current world tour.

My buddy and I arrived as Erasure took to the stage; quite surprisingly, their set started just after 9:00 PM—the time printed on the ticket. The flamboyant Mr. Bell looked and sounded wonderful, and can still pull a few fancy moves at 50. Mr. Clarke added a contemporary sheen to arrangements of older songs, as well as playing acoustic guitar on a couple of selections. The duo performed four tracks from “The Violet Flame” amid a generous helping of hit singles. While small, The Music Box wasn’t an ideal venue—a general admission theater would have been more conducive to dancing. However, the audience was enthusiastic and warmly receptive to Erasure’s merry melodies, both old and new.

With no stage set, a modest light show, and two background singers, Erasure proved that quality songwriting and earnest showmanship trump shallowness and spectacle any day.

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01 Stop!
02 The Hardest Part
03 Stop! (12″ Remix)
04 Knocking On Your Door
05 She Won’t Be Home
06 Knocking On Your Door (12″ Remix)

INFO > The “Crackers International” EP was a perfect Christmas present from Erasure in 1988. The US edition omits Clarke and Bell’s version of traditional English carol, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, which features on the limited UK CD single.

NOTE > You can download an unreleased Justin Strauss remix of “Stop!” on Soundcloud.

HELP > Would someone kindly share the 3:05 cold end edit of “Stop!” from the UK CD?