Category Archives: D:ream

I Can See Clearly

Happy birthday to Deborah Harry, who turns 70 today!

094632490827

01 I Can See Clearly
02 I Can See Clearly (D:reamix)
03 I Can See Clearly (Deep South Mix)

INFO > Arthur Baker produced “I Can See Clearly”, the lead track on Deborah Harry’s 1993 LP, “Debravation”, as well as the album’s first single. This EU CD includes remixes from D:ream and Murk.

Black Girl Rock – The Theme

Black Girl Rock
“The Theme”
1993 Devotion Dance (UK)
CDDVND 101

01. The Theme (Pete Lorimer 7″ Mix) 03:47
02. The Theme (D:ream Mix) 06:27
03. The Theme (Pete Lorimer 12″ Mix) 06:44
04. The Theme (BGR Mix) 06:16
05. The Theme (BGR Instrumental) 06:14
06. The Theme (Pete Lorimer 7″ Instrumental) 03:49
07. Can A Black Girl Rock? 03:58

INFO > Black Girl Rock was a one-off project of Jamie Petrie and Tim O’Riordan. The former wrote and sang backing vocals on D:ream’s hit single, “Things Can Only Get Better”; subsequently, the D:ream team produced and remixed “The Theme” in collaboration with Pete Lorimer.

THE THEME

D:ream – Things Can Only Get Better (Remixes)

D:ream
“Things Can Only Get Better”
1993 Magnet Records/Warner Music (UK)
MAG1020CD

01. Things Can Only Get Better (D:reamix Edit)
02. Things Can Only Get Better (12″ D:reamix)
03. Things Can Only Get Better (Cleveland City Style)
04. Things Can Only Get Better (Superfly Development Vocal)
05. Things Can Only Get Better (Cleveland Main Vocal)
06. Things Can Only Get Better (Cleveland Euro Style)

3, 5, 6 > Remix by Rhyme Time Productions
4 > Remix by Development Corporation

THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIXES)

D:ream
“Things Can Only Get Better”
1993 Sire Records (US)
9 41047-2

01. Things Can Only Get Better (Superfly Development Vocal Edit)
02. Things Can Only Get Better (Superfly Development Vocal Mix)
03. Things Can Only Get Better (Overworld Mix)
04. Things Can Only Get Better (12″ D:reamix)
05. Things Can Only Get Better (Album Version)

1, 2, 3 > Remix by Development Corporation

THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (US CD)

INFO > About a year after the original release of “Things Can Only Get Better”, Warner Music issued these new mixes from Neil Claxton & Johnny Jay (Development Corporation) and Cleveland City’s Rhyme Time Productions. The ‘Superfly Development Vocal Edit’ is exclusive to the US maxi-single, which is also the only digital source for the ‘Overworld Mix.’ Attracted by the song’s chorus of optimism, the UK’s Labour Party adopted “Things Can Only Get Better” for use during the 1997 general election campaign, prompting yet another reissue of the single.

NOTE > Normally, I would consolidate unique tracks from related releases into one file. However, I felt the variations between these singles—as well as the discernible volume difference—warranted separate posts.

D:ream – Things Can Only Get Better (US Promo)

D:ream
“Things Can Only Get Better” (US Promo)
1993 Sire Records (US)
PRO-CD-6609

01. Things Can Only Get Better (Radio Edit)
02. Things Can Only Get Better (7″ D:reamix)
03. Things Can Only Get Better (12″ D:reamix)
04. Things Can Only Get Better (12″ Danny Rampling Mix)
05. Things Can Only Get Better (12″ Vocal Dub)
06. Things Can Only Get Better (MK Trance Mix)
07. Things Can Only Get Better (Danny Rampling Dub)

INFO > D:ream’s second single was initially previewed on their 1992 EP, “4 Things 2 Come” (FXU 4EP). This US promotional release features content from the original UK single (Magnet MAG1010CD), along with two exclusive tracks: the radio edit and Marc Kinchen ‘Trance’ mix. Additionally, you’ll not find the Danny Rampling dub elsewhere on CD. This material was never commercially available in the US; for the official release, Sire instead opted to use tracks from the second UK issue of “Things Can Only Get Better.”

THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (US PROMO)

D:ream – U R The Best Thing (1994)

D:ream
“U R The Best Thing”
1994 Magnet Records/Warner Music (UK)
MAG1021CD

01. U R The Best Thing (Perfecto Radio Mix)
02. U R The Best Thing (Original 7″ Mix)
03. U R The Best Thing (Perfecto Mix)
04. U R The Best Thing (Sasha Full Mix)
05. U R The Best Thing (Mo Bass Pt II)
06. U R The Best Thing (D:ream Extended Mix)

INFO > First out in 1992, “U R The Best Thing” was the debut single for Peter Cunnah and Al Mackenzie. It was reissued in 1993 and again in 1994; this third take features a then new remix by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne, along with versions by Sasha and David Morales carried over from the prior releases.

U R THE BEST THING (1994)

D:ream – Unforgiven

D:ream
“Unforgiven”
1993 Magnet Records/Warner Music (UK)
MAG1016CD

01. Unforgiven (7” D:reamix)
02. Unforgiven (Sine 7” Edit)
03. Unforgiven (12” D:reamix)
04. Unforgiven (Leftfield Hands Mix)
05. Unforgiven (EMF 7” Mix)
06. Unforgiven (Leftfield Hard Mix)

INFO > “Unforgiven” was D:ream’s third single and the last to feature Al Mackenzie as a contributing band member. In addition to the standard D:reamixes, this release includes pumping prog house mixes by Leftfield, and a rocked out version from EMF (returning the favor after D:ream remixed two of EMF’s singles the previous year). Vocalist Peter Cunnah disbanded D:ream in 1997, but reunited with Al MacKenzie in 2008; a new album, “In Memory Of…” is scheduled for release in March 2011.

UNFORGIVEN