Peter Gabriel ‎– Big Time (US 12″)

From ’86 and one of my favourite Gabriel mixes on one of my favourite tracks. Cutting edge sounds and production on what is a better track than “Sledge Hammer” that preceded it and remixed by Tom Lord-Alge. The Bill Laswell produced “In Your Eyes” again is an improvement to the album original, given a remix by Jason Corsaro (Duran Duran) and brings Youssou N’Dour distinct vocals as well as the talking drum of Manu Katché. True World Music. Last track is the still haunting album track “We Do What We’re Told” which harks back to the experimental-ism of his early albums.

Love the Pete Saville sleeve and that promo vid.

Geffen Records ‎– 0-20600big

A Big Time (Dance Mix) 6:10
B1 In Your Eyes (Special Mix) 7:14
B2 We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37) (LP Version) 3:18

Michael McDonald ‎– Sweet Freedom (US 12″)

Blue-eye soul from the singing beard, Michael McDonald, released in 1986 and from the comedy film “Running Scared”. Lots of cowbell and touches of “Yah Mo B There” ( a previous hit he had with James Ingram – that I’ve still not found but have!) Here in a myriad of long mixes but all sounding very similar. It was written by Cleethorpes lad, Rod Temperton who wrote for Michael Jackson. Produced by him and Dick Rudolph (husband of Minnie Ripperton) and remixed by Bruce Swedien (another engineer for Jackson) it is typical mid-80’s in sound. Louil Silas jr. brings more of a club vibe to the “Child Of Freedom” mixes.


MCA Records ‎– MCA-23641sweet

A1 Sweet Freedom 8:26
A2 Sweet Freedom (Instrumental) 9:25
B1 Sweet Freedom (Freedom Mix – Extended Club Version) 10:10
B2 Sweet Freedom (Child Of Freedom Mix – Radio Edit) 6:48

Sparks – Just Got Back From Heaven (US 12 “)

Sparks- the Barren Years.

Although still very prolific most people seemed to have ignored Sparks in the late 80’s. This was from the album “Interior Design” and see’s them get into a more synth/dance direction. This would be their last album before the more successful “Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins” from 1994.

Plenty of mixes of this quirky piece of synthpop with extra toy piano. Bright as you like with plenty of bubbling synth bass.

The “Angels With Dirty Faces” even samples “Number 1 Song In Heaven” is my pick of the mixes.

Fine Art ‎– RNTW 70412heaven

A1 Just Got Back From Heaven (Heaven Can Wait Mix) 6:45
A2 Just Got Back From Heaven (Heaven Can Wait Dub) 6:47
A3 Just Got Back From Heaven (Single Version Edit) 3:54
B1 Just Got Back From Heaven (Angels With Dirty Faces Mix) 6:34
B2 Just Got Back From Heaven (Heaven Knows Mr. Allison Mix) 6:52

UB40 With Chrissie Hynde ‎– I Got You Babe (US Promo 12″)


A like the way this blog sort of appeals to completists and vinyl geeks. Mike throws over a batch of rips and somehow I have a batch of complimentary twelves by the same artist (without actually buying them deliberately) It is like a psychic team with the gulf of the Atlantic in between.

This was put up a few months ago, the UK 12″ and so I’ll put up the US Promo which has the extended version of this famous cover by Sonny Bono with Cher. Definite more synth reggae with the extra dub instrumental tagged in the end or simply joined on. Don’t get too excited!!!


A&M Records ‎– SP-17333got

A – I Got You Babe – 3:09

B – I Got You Babe (Extended Version) – 7:19

Billy Idol – White Wedding (Original ’82) (12″)

Not thinking that it isn’t any different to the 1985 re-release. However the production from Keith Forsey from the ’82 release is superb, the long 12″ version bloody amazing.

Combining synths and guitar it takes you on a rock trip with almost sarcastic lyrics from Idol. It sounds a bit like Sparks, “Beat The Clock” on Part 2.

The B-side is the gothy sounding “Hole In The Wall” an album track with more excellent guitar from Steve Stevens.


Chrysalis ‎– CHS 12 2656whitefrontcov

A White Wedding (Parts 1 And 2) 8:20
B1 White Wedding 3:30
B2 Hole In The Wall 4:14

The Comsat Angels ‎– Will You Stay Tonight? (Picture Disc 12″)

Oh the joys of a well worn Picture Disc !!!! (Raw and treated versions of the 3 tracks provided)

From 1983 and off my favourite album from them, “Land” Comsat Angels were all set up to be the next big thing. Originally a post-punk band from Sheffield, England, they were active from 1978 to 1995. Here they have their sights on America with Mike Howlett (Flock Of Seagulls) producing. Dark but melodic with the synth sounds a bit different from the typical ’83 sounds. Two quality B-sides, a “Dub” mix of album track ” A World Away” The closing track is “Shining Hour” a bit more quirky and even darker with some great keyboards from Andy Peake.

Jive ‎– JIVE S 46willfrontcov

A Will You Stay Tonight? 4:18
B1 A World Away (Dub Mix) 5:03
B2 Shining Hour 4:30

Dave A. Stewart Feat. Candy Dulfer – Lily Was Here (12″)

Main man behind the Eurthymics, Dave Stewart, had a bit of solo success with this instrumental track from 1989 (just!). Championing the previously unheard of Candy Dulfer (her 1990 track “Saxuality” will be making an appearance at the end of the week as we go into the 90’s !)

Technology was always in Stewart’s psyche but it’s this dueling guitar and sax track that most will remember and here he teams up with The Orb to give it that Trippy vibe. Summer Chill Out (especially the Space Lab Mix)

The B-side is more of the same, saxophone noodle over a different backing.


RCA ‎– ZT 43046lily

A Lily Was Here (Space Centre Medical Unit Hum) 8:10
B1 Lily Was Here (Orbital Space Lab Mix) 6:57
B2 Lily Robs The Bank 2:33