In May, Universal Music will release Extended 80s a three-CD compilation of classic extended remixes from pop’s classic era.
The selection is notable for including a few relative rarities, even if they are not as “sought after” as the blurb describes. John “Tokes” Potoker’s superb ‘Dance Mix’ of Peter Gabriel‘s Sledgehammer (famously absent from the So deluxe box) gets its first proper mainstream CD reissue and the ‘US Dub Mix’ of Tears For Fears‘ Shout is not commonly used on remix compilations.
Assuming the labelling is correct (it often isn’t) they may have missed a trick by opting for the ‘Extended Version’ of Alison Moyet‘s All Cried Out. That version has been available on the Alf CD for the last 30 years. The version on the second twelve-inch (QTA4757) called “The Remix” is a more creative reworking and hasn’t been issued on CD before.
Scritti Politti‘s Absolute remix was included on Salvo’s 2012 compilation Art of the 12″, Volume Two, while the ‘Extended Version’ of Sign Of The Times by The Belle Stars was on the third volume of the same series which was released in February this year.
Whether they are rare or not, this is an attractive collection. It includes the long versions of Wham!‘s Everything She Wants, The Cure’s Lullaby, Swing Out Sister‘s Breakout and Visage’s Fade To Grey (an 80s/new wave stalwart) amongst its 38 tracks (almost four hours running time). It is also a bargain at just over a tenner.
Extended 80s is released on 19 May 2014.
- 1. Relax (12inch New York Mix) – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
- 2. Situation (Extended Version) – Yazoo
- 3. Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go (Extended Version) – Soft Cell
- 4. Girls On Film (Night Version) – Duran Duran
- 5. Everything She Wants (12inch Remix) – Wham!
- 6. Don’t You Want Me (Oliver Lieb Extended Remix) – Human League
- 7. Atomic (Diddy’s 12inch Mix) – Blondie
- 8. Sledgehammer (Dance Mix) – Peter Gabriel
- 9. It’s My Life (US Mix) – Talk Talk
- 10. (Feels Like) Heaven (Extended Version) – Fiction Factory
- 11. Absolute (Gary Langan Version) – Scritti Politti
- 12. Shout (US Dub Version) – Tears For Fears
- 1. Lullaby (Extended Mix) – The Cure
- 2. Spellbound (12inch Mix) – Siouxsie and the Banshees
- 3. Pretty In Pink (Berlin Mix) – The Psychedelic Furs
- 4. Never Stop (Discotheque Mix) – Echo & The Bunnymen
- 5. Quiet Life (12inch Mix) – Japan
- 6. Fade To Grey (Extended Version) – Visage
- 7. Close To the Edit (Closely Closely, Enough’s Enough) – Art Of Noise
- 8. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) (Murder Mix) – Dead or Alive
- 9. Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Escape Act Video Mix) – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
- 10. Diggin Your Scene (Long Version) – The Blow Monkeys
- 11. Poison Arrow (US Remix) – ABC
- 12. Really Saying Something (Extended Mix) – Bananarama feat Fun Boy Three
- 13. Our House (12inch Extended Version) – Madness
- 1. Chant No.1 (12 inch Version) – Spandau Ballet
- 2. Pull Up To The Bumper (12inch Remixed Version) – Grace Jones
- 3. Sometimes (12inch Mix) – Erasure
- 4. I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Extended Mix) – Nik Kershaw
- 5. Love Of the Common People (Extended Version) – Paul Young
- 6. Breakout (N.A.D Mix) – Swing Out Sister
- 7. A New England (12inch) – Kirsty MacColl
- 8. All Cried Out (Extended Version) – Alison Moyet
- 9. Duel (Bitter-Sweet MIx) – Propaganda
- 10. Genetic Engineering (Extended Mix) – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
- 11. All Stood Still (12inch Version) – Ultravox
- 12. Pacific State (Origin Mix) – 808 State
- 13. Sign Of The Times (Extended 12inch Version) – The Belle Stars