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Sexmix / Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Coming in August

Frankie Goes To Hollywood / Sexmix: Archive Tapes and Studios Adventures, Volume OneAs reported on this blog back in August last year, ZTT/Salvo Music are set to release a new two-CD compilation featuring material from the archive of legendary ’80s chart toppers, Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

Sexmix: Archive Tapes and Studio Adventures, Volume One, collects together rare and unearthed material from original cassette singles (singlettes), CD singles and shines a light on favourite B-side material.

All seven of Frankie‘s UK singles are featured in one form or another, from Relax (originally released in 1983) to Watching The Wildlife (February 1987). Fans can look forward to some rarities such as the CD debut of the full Welcome To The Pleasuredome cassette single (effectively a mini-album) and unique, remastered mixes of Rage Hard and Warriors of the Wasteland which have been out-of-print for a quarter of a century.

Sexmix is coming on 6 August, and boasts this splendid front cover which perfectly captures the spirit of Frankie Goes To Hollywood circa 1984. Full track listing below the image.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood / Sexmix: Archive Tapes and Studios Adventures, Volume One

Track listing:

CD1: Frankie Goes To Hollywood in The Pleasuredome, a Zang Tuum Tumb singlette in five parts: Happy Hi! (All in the Body), The Soundtrack from Bernard Rose’s Video of the Welcome to the Pleasuredome single, Get It On, Welcome to the Pleasure Dome (How to Remake the World), Happy Hi! (All in the Mind); Relax (International); The Power of Love (I’ll Protect You From The Holocaust) can be read in various ways but, for the sake of CD indexing, has six distinct sections: The Power of Love (extended, singlette – as opposed to 12” – version), The World is My Oyster (Trapped), Holier Than Thou (FGTH’s Christmas message), The World is My Oyster (Scrapped), Holier Than Thou (further festive messaging), The Power of Love (instrumental, singlette version); The World is My Oyster (at its full length); Don’t Lose What’s Left, Rage Hard + ++ *.

CD2: Extracts from Relax, From Soft to Hard, Dry to Moist: Relax (Sex Mix), Later On (from One September Monday), Ferry Cross The Mersey (…and here I’ll stay); Music from and inspired by Two Tribes (Keep The Peace): Two Tribes (singlette extracts), One February Friday (singlette extracts), War (somewhere between Hidden and Hiding); Further elements from The Liverpool Look: Warriors of the Wasteland (Compacted), Do You Think I’m Sexy?, Watching the Wildlife (Voiceless).

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26 responses to Sexmix / Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Coming in August

  1. Ur Anus says:

    Ztt is one of the most confusing labels around afaik..

    Does anyone know if the (long) cd single mixes of

    Warriors of the wasteland
    Rage Hard

    were ever re-released ????

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      No they weren’t but they are both on this new Sexmix compilation. Warriors of the Wasteland (Compacted) and Rage Hard + ++ * are the two mixes in question. Warriors is around 20 minutes and Rage Hard is 17 minutes.

  2. Daniel says:

    Best news for a long time, always fantastic to hear rare Frankie stuff after all these years. Even a part two to come out next year as well i hear :)

  3. Paul Kent says:

    Paul, do you know what the differences are between Warriors (Compacted) and Warriors (Cassetted) which appeared on the Liverpool Deluxe reissue?

  4. Luke says:

    I also would like to know if the instrumental version of Relax (as on the Island CD single) is included here.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      It doesn’t look like it – it does include “Extracts from Relax, From Soft to Hard, Dry to Moist” that means the Relax Cassette single although since ‘Relax (greatest bits)’ from that cassette appeared on the Pleasuredome deluxe edition it looks like they’ve replaced that with the Sex Mix of Relax. I’m assuming that is the very original 15 minute version that is a bit of a mash-up but you never know when it comes to ‘Relax’

  5. Galley says:

    I don’t believe I’ve ever heard the term “singlette”. I though they were cassingles.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      There is an element of making it up as you go along with ZTT. The first four cassettes were ‘cassette celebrations’ and on The Power of Love it reads “This cassette is not a “cassingle” anyone who calls it such will be shot”. The “All In The Mind, All In The Body” Pleasuredome cassette does use the term ‘Singlette’ but it is still also called a ‘cassette celebration’. Warriors is “A Zang Tuum Tumb Singlette” as well as ‘cassetted’ and Wildlife is ‘cassetted’ and ‘cassetted highlights’. Make of all that vital information, what you will!!

  6. Rich says:

    Are these the full unedited cassingles/singlettes as originally released? What exactly does ‘singlette extracts’ mean?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Yes for Pleasuredome and The Power of Love. No for Relax and Two Tribes.

      • Rich says:

        Why not just release the first 4 cassingles/singlettes. That’s what I’ve been waiting for. I guess I’ll wait for the next compilation (shouldn’t be too long knowing ZTT). Hopefully they’ll get it right one of these days.

  7. Steve Marine says:

    I am loving ZTT’s re-releases.

  8. Lazlo Nibble says:

    Hard to say for sure without the release in hand, but it looks like Pleasuredome and Power of Love are the complete releases, with Relax trimmed to omit material readily available elsewhere (I doubt any of us are missing the US 12″ mix at this point). Can’t tell exactly what’s up with Two Tribes from the listing.

    The Cassetted and Compacted versions of Warriors are completely different animals. If you dig up my old ZTT discography (or one of its descendants) there’s an attempt to break down the contents of each of the cassette/cd singles in detail beyond just the printed tracklist.

    I agree it’d be nice to have all of the original singles in their original form but for CD releases it makes sense to trim out common stuff to make room for other hard-to-find material. Still wish we could have a compresensive single-by-single reissue program for early-era ZTT though.

  9. Paul Kent says:

    Thanks Lazio. Can you post a link to your ZTT discog? I’d be interested to see that. Like what’s been said, we don’t know anything for sure until we hear it, but it seems a shame that space has been taken up by edited versions of (just guessing) Relax (greatest bits) and (almost certainly) Two Tribes (Keep The Peace) when the full versions have already seen a digital release. Won’t stop me buying it, though!

  10. Rich says:

    Paul, I don’t think Two Tribes (Keep The Peace) has ever been released in its entirety since the original cassette. Same goes for the Relax cassingle.

    R

  11. Paul Kent says:

    Rich – oh, right. So, is the version on Art Of The 12″ Vol.2 an edited version, then? I’m not up on all the formats as, at the time, I only bought the vinyls!

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I think we need to make a distinction between the full Cassette running order and the cassette ‘version’ of singles. For example the full cassette running order of the relax single is unreleased on CD, but the full version of ‘Relax’ on that cassette (greatest bits) IS released on CD (deluxe Pleasuredome). Likewise the full cassette version of Two Tribes ‘Keep the Peace’ has appeared on CD already (Art of the 12″ vol 2) BUT the full running order of that tape hasn’t. That is why for both of the above the track listing refers to ‘extracts from’ (relax) and ‘music from and inspired by’ (two tribes). It makes no sense to repeat the entire running order of the cassette when 15 out of the 20 odd minutes in both cases have already appeared on other CD release. With the Welcome To The Pleasuredome and The Power Of Love Singles they are both unreleased (almost) totally which is why this Sexmix compilation is reproducing in full. Hope this makes sense.

  12. David Gibbs says:

    Two Tribes (Keep the Peace) on Art of the 12″ is the full Two Tribes mix from the cassette, but this Sex Mix release replaces that with Carnage (which was part of Keep the Peace!), otherwise presenting the full cassette tracklisting. I think. But this is ZTT, who can tell?

    There is a kind of logic to all this – it’s cassette or CD singles, except for the bits that have been re-released recently. But honestly, do we need the full 16 minute Relax again? Even the rarer 8 minute edit would be more interesting. But to get DYTIS on CD, I’ll forgive anything!

  13. Lazlo Nibble says:

    Apparently, including a link kicks your posting to the mod queue…so I’ll suggest googling “Lazlo’s discography machine” instead. It hasn’t been updated since 1999 though, so it won’t be much use sussing out the Element series. You may want to see if you can find a more recently updated fork, of which I believe there are several.

  14. Rich says:

    Also search for “Zang Tuum Tumb and all that”
    They have details of the cassette versions in their discography section

  15. Paul Kent says:

    Thanks for all the info , everyone. It’s a minefield, innit? It’s certainly not easy for a Frankie fan to keep on top of all the myriad releases and mixes, is it? Any release that includes stuff that fills in the blanks for me is most welcome, even it features material I already have. So, this is a definite purchase for me, along with any subsequent volumes. Interesting to see that they have sanctioned a CD release for DYTIS. As I recall, at the time of the release of the Universal “Frankie Say Greatest” comp, Brian Nash was venting his spleen on the ZTT Alternate Board forum about the release of both this and Every Kinda People on the iTunes version.

  16. Rich says:

    Comparing this…
    http://www.discogs.com/Frankie-Goes-To-Hollywood-Sexmix/release/3279462

    and these…
    http://www.zttaat.com/detail.php?item=97
http://www.zttaat.com/detail.php?item=104
http://www.zttaat.com/detail.php?item=110
http://www.zttaat.com/detail.php?item=106

    …it looks like…
    Two Tribes replaces Cassingle mix [15:19] with Two Tribes (Carnage) [7:55]

    I’m not too sure about Relax. The original cassette version clocked in at 23:03, the Sexmix version is 22:09 so it’s not much shorter

    TPOL cassette version was 22:55 but the Sexmix version is 22:17

    WTTPD cassette version was 22:55 the Sexmix version is 23:10

    This is presuming that the zttaat.com info is correct

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Regarding Relax, the ‘greatest bits’ version on the cassette and the 16 min sex mix are very similar in length. I think the later has replaced the former.

  17. Lazlo Nibble says:

    Per ZTT: “Please note that due to, as they say in the trade, a ‘technical f*** up’, mono masters were sent to press for CD1 tracks 01-05. One channel is mirrored on both sides.”

    Sad.

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