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Sparks / Extended The 12 Inch Mixes 1979-1984

Sparks Extended - The 12 Inch MixesSparks – brothers Ron and Russell Mael – are to release some of their best 12-inch versions in this new two-CD compilation due to be issued on 13 August 2012.

The pair found success in Europe in 1979 working with Italian-born producer Giorgio Moroder who, with Pete Bellotte, had turned US singer Donna Summer into a megastar with his hypnotically repetitive Eurodisco instrumental style. Beat The Clock and Tryouts For The Human Race were early results. They then moved on to register US dancefloor hits with the likes of I Predict and Cool Places – a collaboration with Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos.

This unique compilation chooses the best versions from the various labels Sparks inhabited and the countries in which they released their music between 1979 and 1984 and comes complete with a booklet with extensive liner notes written by journalist Michael Heatley.

On the same day Sparks: Shortcuts – The 7 Inch Mixes (1979-1984) will also be released.

PRE-ORDER Shortcuts and Extended.

Full track listings below:

Sparks: Extended – The 12 Inch Mixes (1979-1984)


CD 1:

  • 01. Tryouts For The Human Race (Extended Version)
    12” A-side, (USA) Elektra AS 11412, ℗1979
  • 02. Beat The Clock (Extended Version)
    12” A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 27012, ℗ 1979
  • 03. La Dolce Vita (Extended Version)
    12” A-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 600011, ℗ 1979
  • 04. The Number One Song In Heaven (Extended Version)
    12” A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 24412, ℗1979
  • 05. Young Girls (Disco Version)
    12” A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 34312, ℗ 1980
  • 06. I Predict (Club Mix)
    12” A-side, (France) Underdog 8159, ℗ 1982
  • 07. Modesty Plays (Extended Version)
    12” A-side, (France) Underdog 8226, ℗1982
  • 08. Cool Places feat. Jane Wiedlin (Doorman’s Delirium Mix) 12” A-side, (USA) Atlantic 089863, ℗1983

Bonus Track:

  • 09. The Number One Song In Heaven (Extended Version) with Jimmy Somerville CD Single, track 2, (Germany) Virgin 724389428421, ℗1997

CD 2:

  • 01. All You Ever Think About Is Sex
    (12 Inch Club Version) 12” A-side, (USA), Atlantic 086990, ℗1983
  • 02. Dance Godammit (12 inch Club Version)
    12” B-side, Atlantic 086990 (US), ℗1983
  • 03. Progress (Vocal / Extended Club Mix)
    12” A-side,track 1, (USA) Atlantic 086939, ℗1984
  • 04. Pretending To Be Drunk (Extended Version / New Mix)
    12” A-side, (USA) Atlantic PR 644, ℗1984
  • 05. Kiss Me Quick (Extended Version / New Mix)
    12” B-side, (USA) Atlantic PR 644, ℗1984
  • 06. With All My Might (Vocal / Extended Club Mix)
    12” B-side, (USA) Atlantic 086939, ℗1984
  • 07. Sparks In The Dark (Instrumental/ Extended Club Mix)
    12” A-side, track 2, (USA) Atlantic 086939, ℗1984
  • 08. Tryouts For The Human Race (12 inch Short Version)
    12” B-side, (Germany) Ariola 600150, ℗ 1979

Sparks: Shortcuts – The 7 Inch Mixes (1979-1984)

Disc: 1

  • 1. Tryouts For The Human Race – Single A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 289,1979
  • 2. The Number One Song In Heaven – Single A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 244,1979
  • 3. La Dolce Vita – Single A-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 100294,1979
  • 4. Beat The Clock (3 48 version) – Single A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 270,1979
  • 5. Young Girls -Single A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 343,1980
  • 6. When I’m With You – Single A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 319,1980
  • 7. Rock n Roll People In A Disco World – Single B-side (France), Underdog 49705,1980
  • 8. Funny Face – Single A-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 102744,1981
  • 9. Tips For Teens – Single A-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 103279, 1981
  • 10. I Predict – Single A-side, (UK) Atlantic K 11740,1982
  • 11. Eaten By The Monster Of Love (Promo Single) – Single A-side, (USA) Atlantic 4065,1982
  • 12. Modesty Plays (Short Version) – Single A-side, (France) Carrere / Underdog 13001,1982
  • 13. Angst In My Pants – Single A-side, (France) Carrere / Underdog 13001, 1982
  • 14. Cool Places (feat. Jane Wiedlin) – Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis 613809,1983
  • 15. All You Ever Think About Is Sex – Single A-side, (USA) Atlantic 789797, 1983

Disc: 2

  • 1. Please, Baby, Please – Single A-side, (France) Carrere 13287,1983
  • 2. With All My Might – Single A-side, (France) Underdog 13573,1984
  • 3. Pretending To Be Drunk – Single A-side, (USA) Atlantic 789616,1984
  • 4. My Other Voice – Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 100294, 1979
  • 5. Just Because You Love Me – Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 101999,1980
  • 6. When I’m With You (Instrumental) – Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 101230,1980
  • 7. Wacky Women – Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 103279, 1981
  • 8. Don’t Shoot Me – Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 102744, 1981
  • 9. Moustache – Single B-side, (UK) Atlantic K 11740,1982
  • 10. Nicotina – Single B-side, (Germany) Metronome 0030564, 1982
  • 11. Sports – Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis 613809,1983
  • 12. I Wish I Looked A Little Better (Promo Single) – Single B-side, (USA) Atlantic 789797,1983
  • 13. Rockin Girls – Single B-side, (France) Carrere 13287,1983
  • 14. Beat The Clock (Canadian Single Version) (4 25 ) – Single A-side (Canada) Elektra EF 90157,1979
  • 15. Sparks In The Dark (Instrumental) – Single B-side, (France) Underdog 13573,1984

 

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5 responses to Sparks / Extended The 12 Inch Mixes 1979-1984

  1. Ron says:

    I think it is still a pity that they didnt include the Alternate version of the Beat The Clock 7″ b-side (UK and/or German edition).

  2. Lazlo Nibble says:

    It looks like all but one or two of the tracks from the late-’90s 12″ collection(s) get repeated on this version. And most of Sparks’ “extended” versions from this period clock in under five minutes so the discs in the 12″ set are actually a bit sparse. But at least they dug up another CD’s worth!

  3. Bigarbel says:

    Hmm, no Music That You Can Dance To in any of its several versions. Odd omission in my eyes.

  4. baward says:

    Bigarbel, MTYCDT was 1986, so none of its one of its pretty good remixes would have been eligible for this comp. Also the extended version of Rosebud is great, and improved upon IMHO.

  5. Lazlo Nibble says:

    I think it’s just that, for whatever reason, the tracks from “No.1″ through “Rabbits” are a lot easier to license. (Or maybe the rights have actually reverted to the band?)

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