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Keychains and Snowstorms: The Soft Cell Story / 9CD+DVD box set

9CD+DVD box is a treasure-trove for Soft Cell fans

In September, Universal Music will release Keychains and Snowstorms”, a new 10-disc Soft Cell box set that “tells the definitive story of one of electronic music’s most thrilling and pioneering acts”.

The 9CD+DVD package features a wealth of material – 50 percent of which the label claim is unreleased – including 12-inch mixes remastered, B-sides remastered, new extended/reworked versions, early versions and demos, radio sessions, live recordings and more.

Going through this set, disc-by-disc, the first CD features remastered versions of the band’s early ’80s 12-inch single A-sides.  Numbers and Soul Inside have been  “very slightly edited” in order to fit onto the disc. The second CD features remastered versions of the full-length B-sides and CD 3 includes brand new versions and extended versions of ‘key’ Soft Cell fan favourites. A bit like when Blank & Jones worked on their Frankie Goes To Hollywood set, these extended versions feature only original parts from the multitrack master and have been created especially by Dave Ball.

CD4 includes a mixture of unreleased and rare audio material and demos from the 1980-1984 period, rare international radio-only edits, and the unreleased 12” mix of Forever The Same. The next CD is made up of music from Soft Cell’s earliest years, including one of the first recordings ever made by Dave Ball, plus tracks recorded at the band’s first ever gig in December 1979. This disc also includes a remastered version of the debut Mutant Moments EP, plus one of Soft Cell’s earliest recordings, previously unreleased and not even available on any bootleg. As well as other early demos, this CD also documents Daniel Miller’s work with Soft Cell in 1980 and 1981.

The sixth disc contains live recordings made by Flood of the US dates from 1983 where the band previewed songs from the then-upcoming This Last Night In Sodom album. These tapes have been mixed and mastered for this set. CD 7 features the final section of the Los Angeles show, plus other live highlights, including tracks from Soft Cell’s farewell shows at Hammersmith Palais in January 1984. Remaining selections come from the band’s reunion tour dates in 2002-3, where producer Ingo Vauk recorded the whole UK tour.

CD 8 features Non-Stop Euphoric Dubbing, a Dave Ball directed 12-suite continuous mix of Soft Cell classics. This CD also includes a some other remixes, including the first ever remix by Erasure, who have remixed Bedsitter. In addition, The Grid’s 1991 remixes of Memorabilia and Where The Heart Is have been reworked to replace Marc’s 1991 re-vocalled versions with his original takes.

The final audio disc – CD 9 – features highlights from the BBC’s vaults, including previously unreleased audio of their Whistle Test appearance in 1982. Soft Cell’s first recordings since 1983 are also included, with an unreleased extended version of Divided Soul, and the set is completed with Marc and Dave’s favourite tracks from 2002’s comeback album Cruelty Without Beauty.

The DVD features the Non-Stop Exotic Video Show, a host of TV appearances, including The Oxford Road Show, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Top Of The Pops, The Tube, The Switch and The 1983 Supersonic Christmas Special plus a previously unreleased gig ‘Live At The Amnesia’ from 28th May, 1981. Finally, there’s promo videos and the Young Guns Go For It BBC documentary.

Keychains and Snowstorms is presented as a ten-inch square book packed with photos and a new essay by Simon Price. It will be released on 7 September 2018. The price was £96 earlier today, so £73 is an improvement on that! For US fans once VAT is deducted this works out to be about $88 plus shipping… not bad.

Please note: the track listing is ‘subject to change’.

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CD1: THE PHONOGRAM 12″ HITS 1981-1984

Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go 8.57
Bedsitter 7.52
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye 8.56
Torch 8.29
What 6.10
Where The Heart Is 9.46
Numbers 9.49
Soul Inside 11.12
Down In The Subway 7.50

CD2: THE PHONOGRAM B-SIDES 1981-1984

Tainted Dub/Where Did Our Love Go? 8.51
Facility Girls (12″ Version) 7.17
Fun City 7.33
Insecure Me (12″ Version) 8.16
So (12” Version) 8.44
It’s A Mug’s Game (12″ Version) 8.11
Barriers (12” Version) 7.10
You Only Live Twice (12″ Version) 6.58
Her Imagination 5.20
007 Theme 3.27
Disease & Desire 4.04
Born To Lose 2.55

CD3: NEW EXTENDED & REWORKED MIXES

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Dave Ball Lateral Mix) 7.08
Youth (Dave Ball Wasted On The Young Mix) 5.41
Secret Life (Extended Mix) 5.17
Chips On My Shoulder (Extended Mix) 6.14
Facility Girls (2018 Mix) 7.43
Heat (Alternative Version) 6.04
Kitchen Sink Drama (Extended Mix)
The Art Of Falling Apart (Extended Mix) 8.47
Martin (Hallowe’en Mix) 6.14
Barriers (Dave Ball Broken Down Angels Mix) 7.09
Meet Murder, My Angel (Extended Mix) 6.00
Slave To This (Life Of Existence Mix)

CD4: RARITIES, ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS & CURIOS

The Girl With The Patent Leather Face (Original Version) 4.57
A Man Could Get Lost (Daniel Miller Vocal Edit)
Memorabilia (Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing Version) 5.21
Forever The Same (Unreleased Extended Version) 10.58
Heat (US 7″ Version) 4.01
Loving You, Hating Me (Special USA Mix) 7.45
Martin 10.13
Hendrix Medley (Hey Joe, Purple Haze, Voodoo Chile) 10.22
Numbers (7” DJ Version) 4.26
Down In The Subway (7″ Remix Version) 4.21
L’Esqualita (7″ Version) 4.22
Soul Inside (Demo) 5.21
So (Dave Ball Demo Outtake) 3.16

CD5: THE EARLY YEARS 1978-81

Memorabilia (Original Daniel Miller Mix)
Persuasion (Original Daniel Miller Mix)
Metro MRX (Flexipop Version)
A Man Could Get Lost (Daniel Miller Demo)
The Girl With The Patent Leather Face (Demo)
Tainted Love (Demo)
Bedsitter (Demo)
Potential (From Mutant Moments EP)
L.O.V.E Feelings (From Mutant Moments EP)
Metro MRX (From Mutant Moments EP)
Frustration (From Mutant Moments EP)
Red Tape, Sticky Tape (Demo – Previously Unreleased)
Martin (Original 1980 Demo)
Paranoid (Black Sabbath Cover)
Science Fiction Stories (Demo)
Bleak Is My Favourite Cliché (Demo)
Cleaning Fanatic (Demo)
Mix (Demo)
A Man Could Get Lost (Original Version)
Walking Make Up Counter (Live at Leeds Polytechnic, December 1979)
Occupational Hazard (Live at Leeds Polytechnic, December 1979)
Persuasion (Live at Leeds Polytechnic, December 1979)
Dave’s Theme (Previously Unreleased Demo)

CD6: IN SESSION / REUNION / CRUELTY WITHOUT BEAUTY

Entertain Me (Richard Skinner Radio 1 Session)
Seedy Films (Richard Skinner Radio 1 Session)
Chips On My Shoulder (Richard Skinner BBC Radio 1 Session)
Youth (BBC Whistle Test)
Sex Dwarf (BBC Whistle Test)
Soul Inside (David Jensen BBC Radio 1 Session)
Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most) (David Jensen BBC Radio 1 Session)
God Shaped Hole (Remix)
Divided Soul (Hooker Mix)
Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
Monoculture – Dave Ball Extended Mix
The Night
Darker Times
Last Chance
Together Alone
Caligula Syndrome
Desperate

CD7: NON-STOP EUPHORIC DUBBING (CONTINUOUS MIX) & REMIXES

Barriers (Dave Ball Broken Down Angels Dub)
Numbers (Extended Dub)
Youth (Dave Ball Wasted On The Youth Dub)
Where The Heart Is (Marcus Lancaster Dub)
Seedy Films (Richard X Dub)
L.O.V.E Feelings (Demo)
L’Esqualita (Dub)
Loving You, Hating Me (Dub)
Baby Doll (Dub)
Facility Girls (2018 Mix Dub)
Little Rough Rhinestone (Solvent Dub Mix)
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Dave Ball Lateral Dub)
Bedsitter (Erasure Remix)
Where The Heart Is (The Grid Remix : 2018 Re-Edit)
So (The Grid Remix)

CD8: LIVE IN LOS ANGELES ’83 – PART 1

Mr Self Destruct
Soul Inside
Forever The Same
Insecure Me
L’Esqualita
Loving You, Hating Me
Torch
Youth
Disease & Desire
Where Was Your Heart
Baby Doll
Martin
The Art Of Falling Apart

CD9: LIVE IN LOS ANGELES ’83 PART 2 + PLUS OTHER LIVE RECORDINGS

Hey Joe/Purple Haze
Memorablilia
Heat
Ghost Rider (with Clint Ruin)
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
+ LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH PALAIS, 84 (FAN RECORDING)
Down In The Subway 4.01
The Best Way To Kill 5.20
Numbers 5.29
It’s A Mug’s Game 8.12
Frustration
+ UK TOUR, LIVE IN 2003
Tainted Love 3.39
Where Did Our Love Go 5.33
Bedsitter 3.43
Sex Dwarf 6.17
Barriers 5.28
Surrender To A Stranger 4.22

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TV appearances, promos etc.

168 responses to Keychains and Snowstorms: The Soft Cell Story / 9CD+DVD box set

  1. Annabel Lecter says:

    Lots of comments about the missing instrumental of Say Hello, Wave Goodbye. As far as I’m aware, we’ve never had the seven-inch mix of Barriers on CD – just the twelve-inch version?

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  3. Antonio says:

    I’m late (I know) but… someone knows where to find the bundle of this box with the poster? Thank you

  4. Andrew B says:

    If Coldplay ever did a set like this, I would immigrate to hell.

  5. Gregg Mitchell says:

    Nice to finally have the “Special” U.S. remix on CD (which was previously only available on U.S. promo 12″ – I have my copy!), as well as Mutant Moments EP tracks, etc. – Sure some may quibble about a track or mix missing here or there, but on the whole – with the live and video tracks – this is an amazing box set for decades-only Soft Cell fans/completists like me – couple with Marc’s recent “Trials of Eyeliner” big box set, you’ve got a lost to wade through! :)

  6. Neil Parnell says:

    ‘This looks amazing…..oh there’s one track missing….lets not bother then”….insert facepalm gif here

  7. Isaías says:

    Hi there everyboby, so let’s go!

    1- My words to CJ:
    The 2-CD companion piece or the 2-CD reissue back catalogue are just especulations and we can’t count on it in order to get the missing tracks.
    PW.: The right moment to do it is now in this forthcoming box set and further more the tracks (7″ and 12″ singles) should be put in cronological order and its full length like the way it was released at the time NOT THE WAY IT IS IN THE BOX SET.

    2- My words to Darren Howard:
    As I can see you are not a die hard fan of Soft Cell so what is released or not it really doesn’t matter to you and the order the tracks are put on the CDs doesn’t matter also. I suppose you do not mind or care about anything.

    3- My words to Paul Sinclair:
    Thank you for your post and the words you said which report us what’s behind deal. Sadly we fans should be the target audience after all we pay for the box and sometimes a high price. Without us there would be no pop stars, no hit singles, no smash hits, no gold albums. We must be ask about what should be release or not. We pay for the box set it isn’t for free and they (Dave Ball, Chris Smith and Universal) couldn’t decide by their own what put on the CDs. They made the product and we buy. We are the ones who make it moves without us there would be no music business.
    PS.: Please people think about it !!

    • Guill says:

      Could’t agree more.
      This is the last for Soft Cell and there are so many flaws.
      They should what Demon Music did to Dead Or Alive Boom Box send the CD’s of their mistakes fixed or simply press it all again with full length versions of the UK 12″ singles and every B side of all 7″ singles.
      Think people! think!

  8. Martin says:

    This comment is not to be taken out of context, but given all the past deluxe box sets that have been released by many bands, some of which have had the odd niggle or compromise, do we still get the “slight editing” situations. Just reorder or add in an additional disc so that everything can be included.

    However, I will be ordering this set, I just live in hope that the powers that be read this website and start producing uncompromised releases.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      The issue with ‘slight editing’ is that it illustrates that ‘they’ don’t understand the target audience… They think it’s a very minor thing – no harm done etc. – but they are marketing this to uber-fans who DO care. No matter what great content is on the 9CDs they have, from the very off, given people a reason to grumble… And instead of them concluding ‘oh we got that wrong’ they turn on fans. Chris Smith (Mr ‘co-manager’ of Soft Cell i.e. Dave Ball’s manager) was very arrogant and dismissive of criticisms on Facebook the other day. A few people were pointing out that the O2 is a poor venue for a band like Soft Cell… but his only repost was basically “we’ve sold it out, what do you know?”. He was attacking and trolling like some disgruntled teenager with a computer, in a darkened corner of his bedroom.

      • Auntie Sabtina says:

        It could be a win-win for the group and us fans, a sold out concert and Official after-party, plus a definitive boxset. They just need to rre-jig the boxsets running order, maybe in chronological order?

  9. So much talk about so much insignificance , just a money spinner / sinner…….dark London……..get you love x

  10. Darren Howard says:

    I’d hate to be the person that puts stuff like this together. You give people a 10 disc box set with loads of unreleased stuff and all they do is go off on one because you’ve not included one instrumental! Which, incidentally is technically included as the 12’ Of SHWG is just the 7 inch and the instrumental stuck together. If you really want to deny yourself this great set simply because it’s missing the odd track or two then there’s only yourself missing out!

    • EW99 says:

      I totally agree with what you say – it’s a great set with a really good balance of new, old and live, released and unreleased. But to be fair to the people complaining about the exclusion of that 7″ b-side I think it’s more than just half of the 12″. I looked into recreating it from the extended version at one time and it isn’t possible – as far as I recall it’s mostly made up of a segment near the beginning and a segment near the end but there’s also a chunk of clarinet twiddling that isn’t on the 12″ at all.

      • Guill says:

        EW99 YOU GOT IT RIGHT BABE!
        DAVE TOFANI GAVE MUCH MORE ON THAT INSTRUMENTAL THAN ON THE EXTENDED VERSION.
        BINGO!

    • Guill says:

      No it is not.The instrumental of SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE has loads more of composition and Dave Tofani’s clarinet that only this solo is a piece of art.
      Your words sound like the people that put this boxset together.clueless.

  11. CJ says:

    For all the people concerned about “missing tracks,” perhaps they intend to do a 2-disc companion piece like they did with Trials of Eyeliner, which had tracks exclusive to it, such as the Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go track, which wasn’t in the box, but in the collection. It would make the release parallel to the first box, and save some of the “lost tracks” in case the deluxe versions of the albums ultimately don’t happen. (Or, ultimately, it would free up space for more rarities and unreleased material on the deluxe versions if some of the classic mixes/tracks were on the 2-disc).

  12. Isaías says:

    Ups!!
    I MEAN “CAN’T BE MISSING” !!!!!
    I was in such a hurry writting !!!

  13. Isaías says:

    Sorry I forgot to mantion SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE (instrumental). This track CAN BE MISSING in this box. If this happans there will be no sorry to Dave Ball and Universal label.

  14. Isaías says:

    Let’s go right to the point:

    USELESS CDS = 3, 7, 8 AND 9 !!!
    It would be much better to include all the missing 7″, 12″, demos instead.
    REALLY LOST OPPORTUNITY INDEED !!!

    But wait a moment: If (word has it) there will be deluxe edition schedule for all the back catalogue albums (let’s pray for this to happen-it’s really hard to believe in it) then the missing tracks (terrible mistake) can be forgiven. On the other way this box set is the biggest mass that I ever seen unfortunately!!!

    We die hard fans still have time to ask Universal to fix it !!!
    Please Paul (SDE) maneger help all of us in this mission. I suppose you have the contacts.

  15. Francis says:

    Oh dear, 3 of the 12inch versions have been shortened – ‘Tainted Dub/Where Did Our Love Go?’ (9.14 to 8.51), ‘Numbers’ (10.25 t0 9.49), ‘Soul Inside’ (11.50 to 11.12). Also, the original 12inch versions of ‘Memoribillia’ and ‘Persuasion’ have not been included, neither have the 4 remixes from 1991 (‘Memoribillia’ Extended Grid Remix, ‘Tainted Love’ Mendelsohn Remix, ‘Say Hello Wave Goodbye’ Mendelsohn Remix, ‘Where The Heart Is’ The Grid Remix). I think I will stick with the 3 Disc Set “The Twelve Inch Singles” because I am quite happy not to have new remixes, a non-stop continuous mix, demos and live tracks.

  16. Francis says:

    Oh dear, 3 of the 12inch versions have been shortened – ‘Tainted Dub/Where Did Our Love Go?’ (9.14 to 8.51), ‘Numbers’ (10.25 t0 9.49), ‘Soul Inside’ (11.50 to 11.12). Also, the original 12inch versions of ‘Memoribillia’ and ‘Persuasion’ have not been included, neither have the 4 remixes from 1991 (‘Memoribillia’ Extended Grid Remix, ‘Tainted Love’ Mendelsohn Remix, ‘Say Hello Wave Goodbye’ Mendelsohn Remix, ‘Where The Heart Is’ The Grid Remix). I think I will stick with the 3 Disc Set “The Twelve In Singles” because I am quite happy not to have new remixes, a non-stop continuous mix, demos and live tracks.

  17. EW99 says:

    I wonder if I’m too easily pleased but this looks perfect to me. If only Dave Ball had been involved in compiling the Roxy Music deluxe.

  18. Michael Fortin says:

    Just ordered mine from Amazon.UK since I’m not sure this will be available domestically in the USA. Total cost was only $95 at today’s exchange rate, which includes expedited shipping. Good deal!

    They still have some available with an exclusive art poster at uDiscover, but the cost was almost $130 with slower shipping. Collectors might be interested though.

  19. memoryboy says:

    I look forward to this and will be buying it. Judging on the recent remastered Marc Almond and Soft Cell releases, this should sound great. I really appreciate when the remastering is done well. I did purchase the recent Marc Almond box set and also the Soft Cell best of after hearing how good they sound.

  20. Charles Christopher says:

    I’m genuinely excited by this! As someone who loves the debut album, but never really investigated their early career past it and the spin-off EP (though I do have Cruelty Without Beauty), this looks like it was made with me in mind. If I had that much cash lying around, I’d have already pre-ordered it.

  21. Will Scarlet says:

    This must be just a taster for more focused future releases.
    I can’t believe they would leave the ‘Leeds Poly’ gig incomplete and so many early demos are still missing that didn’t make the ‘demo nonstop and bedsit tapes’‘

    Overall it’s a little confusing and a little bit cheap in places. (DAF got Giorgio Moroder and Soft Cell get Jon Pleased Wimmin for example ) who needs remixes anyway as the awful ‘Heat’ mixes still in recent(ish) memory.

    But there is so much here to look forward to ( especially the DVD of the Amnesia gig that was teased on the ‘Young Guns’ doc. )

  22. Dean says:

    I’ve no interest in this – but I do like to applaud a job well done. That some are finding things to complain about it a bit baffling. £80 or so for 10 discs, and a lot of material that hasn’t seen CD before. It’s a good deal. Actually, a great deal.

    There may be some tracks missing – but talk about the glass being half empty, look at all the stuff that IS there!

    Nah – a nice looking set, imo.

    • Charles Christopher says:

      I suspect that the people most likely to complain about tracks being ‘slightly edited’ are the people who already have those very same, UNedited versions in their collections already.
      Just think of the slight edits as new versions to collect, and bam – there’s everything solved.

  23. Michael says:

    “very slightly edited” – the standing joke of the year.

  24. David says:

    Can’t see a problem with this myself. Looks fantastic.

  25. stefano says:

    Now again available with the poster from Universal.
    Cheers.

  26. Dav says:

    Inevitable really that a release of this size and complexity would set the catfood among the pigeons, fanwise. Looks pretty good to me.

  27. Chris Squires says:

    What a superb thread.

    It makes me realize the levels of fandom that exist here for each and every artist. From the level 0 – (never heard of – Hate that kind of music), Level 1 – (Never heard of but like that kind of music) up to level 10 – (know everything about them, used to run the fan-club.)

    For me and Soft Cell I would say I am level 6 – Got most of / all of their original / re-issue LP output and bought a few 12″ singles back in the day but haven’t bought anything else for 35 years but still feel positive about them.
    To me this set looks like superb / overkill but looking at it from a level 8 / 9 / 10 point of view I can see why people are looking closely at what is missed as well as / rather than what is included. I have learned so much just from reading what others have said. Thank-you.
    Ultimately it will depend on what the band are trying to achieve. A good collection of most of the highlights and a few rarities and oddities – hit (for levels 1 to 6). Or a definitive collection of everything possible – Miss (for levels 7 to 10).

    Still being level 6 (or below) doesn’t stop me wanting as definitive a collection as possible. The Debbie Gibson set had quite a lot added after first news was released and that went down well.
    From my simple point of view the production costs of making a 10 disc set into a 12 disc set to mop up the stragglers wouldn’t be too much of a stretch, depends on how far into the process they are and how serious they are about listening, do they mean it or is it lip-service.

  28. Richard Seedhouse says:

    You can’t please everyone but i think they have made a pretty good job of it.

    I could do without a whole CD of Dubbing continuous mixes ( CD7) and would rather they had put on some more demos like the already mentioned ones from the Art of Falling Apart and there are a couple of omissions particularly from “Demo Non Stop” and “Bedsit Tapes” CDs – the demo for “Secret Life”, for instance, is of good quality and has a different rhythm track. I would have also loved to hear “Penthouse Pet” and “As Advertised” but I suspect they couldn’t find a good enough recording. There was talk of Deluxe editions of all the Soft Cell albums so maybe some of the omissions will find a place on them.

    Finally, Paul, – I think you handled the email from Soft Cell’s co-manger very well. We don’t want to fall out with record labels and mangers as they are the people who can secure the unreleased and rare product we want – we just want to give them some er..guidance……..after all we are the people the buy the stuff. PS I think the original cover was better as well!

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thanks Richard. Chris Smith was also rude to various fans giving feedback, just because he didn’t like what they were saying (let’s face it the O2 is a crap venue for their big concert).

    • Eamonn says:

      Whither news of this email exchange?

    • Will Scarlet says:

      ‘As Advertised’ was on the Demo non stop. Would have been nice to have ‘Purely Functional’ and ‘I am 16’ as well.
      ‘When We Go Marching’ was the best early Soft Cell track, so much missed.

  29. Dave says:

    I wish Universal woild issue a Human League box set like this.

  30. slapshot says:

    No longer such a good deal, currently shows $137.70 USD. Ouch, baby, very ouch…

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      The price hasn’t gone up. The widget is wrong at the moment… but if you click on the link you’ll see the same price as yesterday.

  31. Steve says:

    Where’s the 12” of memorabilia, Surely that should be the opening track?

  32. Eugene S. says:

    A couple months ago on the official Soft Celll FB it was asked for input for fans. I asked for only one thing: the 1982 Cellmates fan club flexi of “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” where Marc fumbles the chorus part but is able to keep it going with not much of a distraction. I guess I’ll have to give in and buy my own copy off discogs.

    Also a photo of two demo recording reels for the album “The Art of Falling Apart” were posted on FB stating that these demos might make the box set or possibly sold separately .

  33. eric Slangen says:

    Great box and a must buy for me.

  34. Benjamin Adams says:

    Man, it’s SO CLOSE to being perfect. It just needs unedited 12″ mixes and all the 7″ edits. I’d order in a heartbeat if the live material was replaced with the correct mixes and edits.

    • Shaun Pierce says:

      I totally agree, I’m not into live recordings either.

      • Guill says:

        And include Say Hello Wave Goodbye (Instrumental) which is Soft Cell’s real jewel.Who needs live recordings?
        Useless!!!
        I think up to now the only Deluxe Edition that did not f***d up was Grace Jones’s Nightclubbing & Warm Leatherette and also Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night which included all 7″ & 12″ singles nit edited.that’s what we fans want not radio shows or live shows recordings.Last chance.total flop.

      • Guill says:

        I agree.Live recordings are useless if you were not there to watch the show.pointless!

    • Dudley Morris says:

      Come on Universal, there’s still time to do this right and throw in one more disc with the 7″ edits and unedited mixes!

  35. Renato says:

    I’m kinda disappointed… I was thinking this would be a collection of all their previously released material, including the albums (Bedsit Tapes and Demo Non Stop too), singles and EPs (12” and 7” versions), compilation tracks, assorted rarities and maybe the odd radio session/live track.
    Instead, we get still another CD of the old singles 12” versions, recent remixes, unreleased live stuff, a “continuous mix of Soft Cell tracks” and some tracks from Cruelty Without Beauty… I thought this would be a day one purchase for me, now I’m not so sure. Got to think about it for a very long time. Probably going to give it a miss, though.
    By the way, where are Dancing Alone and Perversity, respectively the B-sides to Monoculture and The Night? These should be here too.

    • stefano says:

      I stand with Renato (irrespective of the fact he is Italian or not).
      To throw in a replica of the Mutant Moments EP with its postard (am I right) would have been appreciated by some.

      I also wonder if in a while we will get a Marc And The Mambas box set, of probably disappointing contents, that is without live shows.

      Shall we buy the SC box mainly for the book (or booklet, this is not very clear)?

  36. Neil says:

    It seems the original 12 inch mix of Loving You, Hating Me is missing. Looking at their discography i was baffled to discover that song never charted as i remember hearing it on the radio a lot at the time very strange.

    • sfcbows says:

      Neil, Loving You, Hating Me was only released as a single in the US which was a shame as I’m sure it would have been a massive hit in the UK. Although it was included on their 1st compilation ‘The Singles’

    • Guill says:

      Neil,

      The original 12″ of Loving You Hating Me ?
      It does not exist.
      Soul Inside has a version of the track but it was released as Soul Inside not aa a double A side single.

  37. Luke says:

    “CD 1 features remastered versions of the band’s legendary early-’80s 12″ single A-sides, with ‘Numbers’ and ‘Soul Inside’ being very slightly edited in order to fit onto the disc”

    Therefore, I’m curious if they (again) will also use the early fade-out on the 12” version of Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (8:58min.). The full version is 9:21min. and is VERY rare to find.

    Furthermore: it seems that the instrumental version of SHWG will, again, be excluded.

    Hopefully some things will change for the better in the tracklisting between now and September.

  38. Clive says:

    Limited version (250) with poster was available via Soft Celll Lexermusic £70, sold out, but another 250 boxsets with same poster should be coming available via uDisocver at some point according to Soft Cell site.

    I’m slightly underwhelmed by some of the items on this box set, but over joyed by others. Some sections feel incomplete (gigs – -why only a few tracks from the last soft Cell gig in 84?), and some feel over represented (Cruelty) , and some tracks are missing Remixed version of 2nd 12″ of Down in the Subway, Say Hello Instrumental.

    Purchased it anyway as Soft Cell where my first ever gig (Blackpool 83) so have a huge soft (cell) spot for them.

  39. Neil Kelly says:

    2 tracks slightly edited? How much is a CD in this day and age? They could’ve added a few more tracks with another CD and scrapped the edits. And where’s the supposed new tracks. Looks a little messy to me maybe include the proper 1991 versions too.

  40. Melvin Lead says:

    Now down to £73.60 at Amazon UK.

  41. Conner-Bennett says:

    It would be nice to get the 7″ edit of Tainted Love/Where Did our Love Go from the US Promo 7″ on CD. That was very commonly played on US radio at the time. I hope they consider adding that.

    • Eugene S. says:

      Amen to that. KROQ Pasadena would usually play the 12” mix of “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” while all the other top 40 radio stations would play that US 45 edit.

    • DAF says:

      For reasons unknown, they always leave this version off of their compilations (even though this was the version that radio played the most here in the US). I believe you can find it on a various artists compilation called “Hard To Find 45s on CD Volume 16”.

  42. Michael says:

    I think the Soft Cell graphics and 10′ box packaging are very elegant! The electric neon image is clean, appropriate and consistent with the look established by Soft Cell on their album ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’. Paul, please clarify if VAT is charged to persons purchasing outside of the U.K., or is it better that I wait until it’s made available from Amazon in the U.S. and Canada?

  43. Jason Schafer says:

    Brilliant collection and more intriguing than Marc’s box simply by the fact more of it seems of a previously unreleased nature. That being said, I wish there was more surrounding the release of Cruelty Without Beauty as well. There’s a bit, but it’s a fantastic album that seems to get a little lost since the material was of a completely different time.

  44. Michael C says:

    So very bitterly disappointed with this release.
    I was counting down the days to what would be in this box set.
    Among the goodies, I was hoping for a fully comprehensive disc of 7″ single edits among all the remastered discs.
    Gutted. I will not be buying this.

  45. Michael C says:

    So very bitterly disappointed with a box set that I was quite looking forward to.
    No fully comprehensive 7″ single edits featured anywhere.
    With great sadness I will not be buying this.

  46. Larry Davis says:

    I put in the preorder myself…the price (minus VAT) is really good. I was curious why this box didn’t include the 3 studio albums in full?? Surely, there was enough room for them?? And teasing us about new material as well, like 4 songs?? Will get Marc’s “Trials Of Eyeliner” afterwards…

  47. Anthony James says:

    From their website:

    “CD 1 features remastered versions of the band’s legendary early-’80s 12″ single A-sides, with ‘Numbers’ and ‘Soul Inside’ being very slightly edited in order to fit onto the disc”

    Oh.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I could have told them that wouldn’t go down well. Who remembers the “slightly edited” Stay Together from the Suede Dog Man Star deluxe?

      • Glenn says:

        Reminds me of the This is Big Audio Dynamite deluxe edition remix edits. Would rather have had the full mixes than the unreleased material.

      • Lee Realgone says:

        Neither of the ‘Coming Up’ reissues include the full version of ‘Asda Town’ either. The original b-side had studio chat on the end. In both cases, that’s been lopped off.

        • SimonP says:

          Human League did the same with the Improvisation mix of Fascination on one of their remix albums. It faded out rather than stopping dead like the 12″.

  48. Gary Hunter says:

    As someone else has pointed out, where are the new tracks they were recording for the Box Set, I understand they were recording 2 new songs for the collection.

  49. Stephen dC says:

    At least Dave Ball is on most of the remix duties. The dire ‘Heat’ remix album shows their work is not safe in other people’s hands.

    • Steve says:

      I love the heat remix album. I was ready to be disappointed but still have it on rotation to this day

  50. Jason Brown says:

    I wonder if the ‘track listing to be finalized’ is to allow a little feedback, a little opinion to seep through, test the water and tweak the contents to suit the reaction? If so, seems like a very shrewd move. Look excellent as is!

  51. Chris Squires says:

    I’ve got my order in. Takes me back to one of the first 12″ records I ever bought…What!

    Again, it would be useful for us, and I think decent marketing, if they were to publish the run total. Any box with a stated run and numbered on the back will usually be received more positively, and will probably sell quicker (FOMO). Although I don’t see the words limited edition anywhere above. Any 10-disc set of a 38 year old band will have to be limited (they are not going to sell 100,000) so why not state it and cherish it.

  52. Walter says:

    Just thought of something , if the promo music video of Sex Dwarf (and any others) is an issue or a problem then just release the DVD separately or offer it on a limited basis.

    Would really like a DVD of ALL of the promo videos from early to last.

    Any update on this?

  53. Mike says:

    Not what I was hoping for and a crap sleeve!

  54. Mike says:

    Is this only a CD release?

  55. Walter says:

    Wow! This looks really really good. Will have to buy when available here in the U.S. There is a lot of good stuff there. (demos, 12-inch, b-sides, etc. ) Hopefully, the overall price will be reasonable for us U.S.A fans.

    Curious to know what will be the official track listing for the DVD. TV appearances are nice. Hopefully ALL of the promo videos will be represented. (including Sex Dwarf, the ’91 versions, newer videos – like Monoculture, videos from The Last Night in Sodom, and any others)

    Any chance for a re-release or 2-cd release of This Last Night in Sodom or Cruelty Without Beauty? I can’t find these anymore.

    Have the first three studio releases plus Very Best of – Excellent sound. Great music.

    • Auntie Sabtina says:

      The Sex Dwarf video was edited on the original Non-Stop Exotic Video Show release so fingers crossed…

  56. mike says:

    i thought there were going to be a few NEW tracks- that they were working on -NEW songs–where are they?? I still love the box set, but would love some new material!!

  57. Mike Williams says:

    Does anyone know if the DVD will be NTSC-All regions? I have too many PAL DVDs that I can’t play here in the USA.

    • John says:

      You can purchase software to de-region Dvds on PC, I had to get one to watch a Seinfeld stand up show one in Britain

  58. johninely says:

    What?
    No keychain?

  59. John S says:

    Any idea if there will be a limited release of the box set with some bonus item? Trials of Eyeliner had the limited CD EP for some preorders, will there be something similar for this release?

    • Gareth Pugh says:

      The first 250 copies from two particular retailers (Lexer Music, who are Erasure’s official web store but have broadened out to carry stock of other synth artists; and udiscover.com, Universal’s own shop) come with a repro poster/print of Dave Ball’s artwork to promote their Mutant Moments EP. Memorabilia, y’see ;-)

      Lexer have sold out their allocation of that bundle but as of this morning UDiscover have a few left.

  60. Ben in Colorado says:

    I am really pumped hearing this news.
    I consider N-SEC to be in my top 10 all time albums.
    Soft Cell just had something different in their music that other “electronic” groups didn’t; mainly soul, pain, humor, and the ability to actually write beautiful music.

    Ordered, and now we wait….

  61. James Dawson says:

    The 64.41 pounds grand total (61.33 plus 3.08 shipping) for delivery to my US address works out to $104.69 in US dollars at today’s exchange rate, according to the Live Chat person I contacted there. (For some reason, the currency converter didn’t work on the checkout page.) I was told that the actual dollar amount could change if the exchange rate has changed when the September 7 release date of the box set rolls around (which is when the credit card charge will go through), however.

    • Joe Mac Pherson says:

      Always, whenever you’re making an international purchase, regardless of the country you live in, use XE.com before you buy. XE.com is the world’s best foreign currency conversion site. Every monetary denomination is listed. Plus, every 2 minutes, the entire site does a “sweep” across your computer screen. Don’t panic- the site automatically presents the most current status of the world’s money, every 2 minutes. ALSO: THIS SITE IS FREE.
      Scroll down, choose your country’s money if you wish, pick the amount you wish to use, and then pick the country where you’re thinking of buying something from. Press Convert. There you are! Up to the minute, the most accurate value of your money, and what you’d pay in their money. Or, their money, and what it comes to, in your money.
      XE.com. Since the day I discovered this site in 2001, I use it all the time!

      • AdamW says:

        Why bother? Google and Bing do it automatically, which means more than likely you just have to type it into your browser search bar. I just type in GBP 64.41, and since it knows I’m in the US, the resulting page will show the value in US dollars for me.

      • Danny says:

        xe.com is good as a guide but it gives the “mid-rate” conversion figure, so it isn’t what you would get in a commercial transaction.

  62. Greg says:

    Can’t wait it’s been a long coming but looking good to me shame we have to wait September as one of the devotees September will be a great month tinged with a bit of sadness

  63. don cooper says:

    Now That’s What You Call A Boxset!
    As long as the DVD has Marc saying “I never refuse a sherry in the afternoon,” I’m happy.
    (Mines a tot of Madeira,btw)

  64. Michael Fortin says:

    Paul – could you let us know if/when this is available in the USA?

    • Derek Langsford says:

      Micheal, I often find it better to order boxed sets from Amazon UK and get them delivered to the USA. It often works out cheaper than getting it from the US Amazon, especially if the sets are only manufactured in Europe. As others have posted, you can currently pre-order it for £61.33 pounds plus £3.08 shipping, £64.41 total or around $91. And so far all the larger format boxed sets I have ordered from Amazon UK (8 total) have arrived double boxed, and miraculously, undamaged.

      • Michael Fortin says:

        Thanks Derek, just ordered mine from Amazon UK today. I was hesitant because I was worried about shipping damage, but as you mentioned, I probably don’t have to worry about that.

        I’d rather have it with a ding on the box than not have it all, right?

  65. Michael Fortin says:

    I only have ‘non-stop erotic cabaret’ and ‘very best of Soft Cell’ but for some reason I want this. Those 2 albums are really good!

  66. Cj says:

    Any chance of some sort of remastered 12″ vinyl singles collection, I know trials of eyeliner wasn’t on vinyl but with this being the last major big collection maybe! just wondering thanks

  67. Tom says:

    It’s down to 62 pounds

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      That’s the VAT-free price for those outside the EU

      • Guill says:

        Dear Mr Sinclair,
        Why not release the instrumental original B side of Say Hello Wave Goodbye instead of a medley like of the extended version and instrumental?
        As we never had the Instrumental or the Extended Version ever to be released on CD!
        You might not know but the UK 12″ Single is 9:11 minutes long.all other versions were edited.The German 10 CD BOX SET was the first time the extended version appeared on a digital format and was faded out.then again on Soft Cell’s RM,RE.
        Why touxh something so perfect?

  68. alan hansen says:

    i’m only a very casual Soft Cell fan… so a simple single cd compilation works for me. but i LOVE to see sets like this and it makes me happy for all the big SC fans out there. KUDOS!

  69. Eamonn says:

    Eyeliner, keychains and snowstorms…which is the most quintessential for modern living?

    Seriously though, is there much/any crossover with Almond’s solo boxset thingy from last year?

  70. Richard says:

    This looks lovely and is an automatic order for me. At last, I can retire my flexipop copy of Metro Mr X – an all time classic! I was a member of the fan club, Cell Mates, many years ago. Really pleased to see some interesting rarities here. The only addition I would make is to add the B-side, 7″ instrumental version of Say Hello Wave Goodbye. Everybody raves about the long 12″ version but it is the a-side and b-side stuck together with a clumsy couple of edits that I could hear even though I was 12 at the time. Dave Tofani’s lovely clarinet work on the B-side deserves this honour.

    • Petebtn says:

      Totally agree that the SHWG instrumental should be on here. It’s criminal if they miss it off.

    • Stan Butler says:

      Love the 12″ of Say Hello Wave Goodbye but as you say, it is two (albeit wonderful) tracks stitched together end to end.

    • Will Scarlet says:

      Would have been nice to have the proper demo of metro mr x (?minus the ‘Happy Birthday’ )

  71. Andy says:

    I thank all who have been involved in this project. It just shows how manic and intense those few short years must have been. It seems to be a lifetimes amount of work for some bands, not a starting block for two amazing careers in music.

  72. Arik says:

    THIS IS AN EXCITING & IMPORTANT RELEASE, for both Soft Cell and electronica fans in general. Can’t Wait!

  73. Neil says:

    Every single original 12 inch mix is missing from this ???

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      The first disc is all 12-inch mixes. Not indicated on Amazon, but I happen to know this is the case, so I’ve added that info.

  74. James Dawson says:

    Interestingly, the price comes up as 61.33 pounds (plus 3.08 shipping, adding up to 64.41 pounds total) for pre-ordering this at amazon.co.uk and having it shipped to the US. Not sure why the price is lower for me as a US buyer (possibly the lack of VAT?).

  75. John Lloyd says:

    Ordered quicker than anything else I’ve seen on this (fabulous) site, but – (a) is disc one not rather weak and short, and (b) would more chronological order have served the material better? Until we get a full grip of things it’s hard to tell what’s what, but it seems really higgledy-piggledy at the mo. Still, there’s always a flipside, and I hope this means we can get on The Grid more in the future.

    • Auntie Sabtina says:

      Disc One seems (to me) to be 12 inch versions, based on the inclusion of Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        It is.

        • Guill says:

          Not 12″ full versions here.

          Numbers edited
          Soul Inside edited
          Say Hello Wave Goodbye edited

          what else will go under the knife Paul?
          This should be SC last 12″/7″ compilation box set but left main jewels out of the box.
          Why?

  76. gwynogue says:

    This is awesome news, a definite purchase for me. And it’s not until September, so my budget should be ready for it by then, LOL.

    However, I do have one minor concern about the DVD – I hate to sound like a Negative Nancy, but I hope it’s a blu-ray…that sounds like an awful lot of footage squashed onto a DVD.

  77. sfcbows says:

    Considering their back catalogue has been pretty much done to death – various greatest hits, 12″ mixes etc, this looks like a fantastic collection. The fact the band have got involved and remixed seems to add far more value. Hopefully this will set a new standard for others to follow. Count me in!

  78. CJ says:

    YES! I’ve been excited to find out what would be on this set since it was originally referenced on here a couple months back. I’m sure there are some who are going to complain about the sequencing and whatnot, but you can always program your own order if you want.

    I’m ecstatic to see such a wealth of material. I’m actually new to Marc and Soft Cell, but I’ve become obsessed with them both since I finally picked up on there being much more than just “Tainted Love.” Can’t wait for a big box of new discoveries in September.

  79. Neil McL says:

    It’s missing all of the ‘91 stuff by the look of it which I love and thought was better then the originals wanted these to be remastered in this box

  80. Oh the seemed to have forgotten the Sex Dwarf original video yet again. Shame.

    • CJ says:

      Where are you seeing a tracklist for the DVD? All I’ve seen is a general rundown of “TV performances and promo videos,” no specific track listing. I should think, with the care that seems to be going into this, if the original elements (or a reasonable version of them) are there, then we’ll very likely get it. It’s not like it’s a big secret that it’s highly desired by fans.

      • Auntie Sabtina says:

        Amazon’s description does mention “….Finally, the DVD features the ‘Non-Stop Exotic Video Show’ plus the official promos for ‘Where The Heart Is’, ‘Numbers’, ‘Down In The Subway’ and ‘Monoculture’.” The Sex Dwarf video on the Non-Stop etc was edited if I remember correctly?

  81. Heraldo says:

    I’m very fortunate to have heard the “non-stop euphoric dubbing” (disc 8), the live in LA set (disc 6 & part of 7) and many of Dave’s new mixes (disc 3). Alongside that I have have some understanding of the care and attention the Dave and Marc, their managers and producers etc are putting into both this and the live show.

    I feel pretty confident that Soft Cell fans will be very pleased come September!

    Re the price. £73 seems very reasonable considering especially considering the comparison to things like the Human League anthology set and the last REM super deluxe which have much less content as a whole let alone a tiny a fraction of the unique content this. I had expected it to be more expensive I must say!
    Order placed!!!!!!

    • CJ says:

      Even at 100, that would work out to 10 pounds per disc. I think that is more than reasonable and fair. 73 pounds seems almost like giving it away!

    • Will Scarlet says:

      To be fair Dave Ball’s ‘Youth’ reimagined mix is great.

  82. Darren Briscoe says:

    I hope this is available in the US!! Would a vinyl highlights be possible?

  83. Alan says:

    Ordered!! Sooooo gooood! ❤️❤️❤️

  84. Chris Merritt says:

    Paul – any word on a vinyl version?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Pretty unlikely, I would have thought. They didn’t do a vinyl version of Trials of Eyeliner.

  85. Auntie Sabtina says:

    As you say the tracklist is subject to change. The guys are on Graham Norten’s BBC Radio 2 show from 10.00am, Saturday 21 April…

    Fingers crossed for the Sex Dwarf video…

  86. Jan Burnett says:

    Whoop!
    At last.

  87. Chris Merritt says:

    Oh. Oh man. Been following the teases from Dave Ball on FB – this sounds better than I ever expected!

  88. Robert Lett says:

    Really excited about this! This will be a nice compliment to Trials of Eyeliner. If anyone sees any signed copies offered anywhere please post a link.

    • johninely says:

      Don’t think that signed copies are likely, as there was some issue about the Marc Almond box set and his signature. Believe I recall reading somewhere that there was an arthritis issue and he would no longer be signing. I could be wrong, however.

      • Gareth Pugh says:

        That’s interesting. I bought a bundle of Marc’s (excellent) Shadows and Reflections album last year that came with a signed lyric sheet and 12″ flat of the sleeve artwork but the signatures looked printed to me, so that would explain that…

  89. Mr. Self-Destruct says:

    Well, it looks good and plentiful – though a little random and haphazard in spots. What is disc 6 supposed to be? Personal favorites, maybe?

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