Exclusive: China Crisis / deluxe editions

In September, Caroline International will reissue as expanded multi-disc deluxe editions of the first three albums by eighties Liverpool band China Crisis. SDE can exclusively bring you the full track listings for these re-releases.

The albums in question are 1982 debut Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, the follow up from 1983 Working With Fire and Steel and 1985’s Flaunt The Imperfection. All three albums were originally released on Virgin and have been remastered from the original tapes (by Andy Pearce) for these new expanded editions (which have been produced with the full cooperation of the band).

Gary Daly (vocals/keyboards) and Eddie Lundon (vocals/guitars) made Difficult Shapes… on a budget back in the early eighties and the new reissue is a two-CD set, with the album on the first disc and a bonus disc that offers three demo recordings, eight tracks used as B-sides and a John Peel Session.

Working with Fire and Steel (which produced the band’s only UK top ten hit Wishful Thinking) is expanded to an impressive three CDs. The first bonus disc includes demos, B-sides, single edits, extended versions and a couple of live tracks, while the second features 12 tracks from radio sessions (John Peel and David ‘kid’ Jensen).

Steely Dan’s Walter Becker produced Flaunt The Imperfection (and plays some synth) and this album contains the hits Black Man Ray and King In A Catholic Style. Although neither could better the success of Wishful Thinking, the album itself was the only long-player to penetrate the UK top ten, peaking at number nine. It’s back to two discs for this reissue. The bonus CD includes more demos, B-sides and five tracks from a Janice Long radio session.

The band have been interviewed by Daryl Easlea for the booklets and all three albums are due for reissue on 1 September 2017. Note: the track listings below are subject to any last minute changes/tweaks.

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Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms - 2CD deluxe


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Working With Fire and Steel - 3CD deluxe


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Flaunt The Imperfection - 2CD deluxe


Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun to Entertain (2CD deluxe edition)

CD 1

Difficult Side

  • Seven Sports for All
  • No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool)
  • Feel to Be Driven Away
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives
  • Christian

Entertainment Side

  • African And White
  • Are We a Worker
  • Red Sails
  • You Never See It
  • Temptations Big Blue Eyes
  • Jean Walks in Freshfields

CD 2

  • Paula and Patricia – Demo
  • lowlands – Demo
  • African And White – Demo
  • African And White – B-Side
  • No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool) – B-Side
  • No Ordinary Lover – B-Side
  • Watching Over Burning Fields – B-Side
  • Scream Down at Me – non-album A-Side
  • Greenacre Bay – B-Side
  • Performing Seals – B-Side
  • Cucumber Garden – B-Side
  • Seven Sports for All – John Peel Session
  • This Occupation – John Peel Session
  • Be Suspicious – John Peel Session
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives– John Peel Session

Working With Fire And Steel Possible Pop Songs Volume Two (3CD deluxe edition)

CD 1

  • Working with Fire and Steel
  • When the Piper Calls
  • Hanna Hanna
  • Animals in Jungles
  • Here Comes a Raincloud
  • Wishful Thinking
  • Tragedy and Mystery
  • Papua
  • The Gates of Door To Door
  • The Soul Awakening

CD 2

  • Jon and Van – Demo
  • Tragedy and Mystery – Demo
  • When the Piper Calls – Demo
  • Fire and Steel – Mix
  • Dockland – B-Side
  • Forever I and I – B-Side
  • Tragedy and Mystery (5.28)
  • A Golden Handshake for Every Daughter – B-Side
  • Wishful Thinking – Edit
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives – B-Side
  • This Occupation – Extended Mix
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives – Extended Mix
  • Hanna Hanna – Extended Mix
  • Here Come a Raincloud – Live
  • African And White – Live

CD 3

  • Hanna Hanna – Kid Jensen Session
  • You Never See It – Kid Jensen Session
  • Animals and Jungles – Kid Jensen Session
  • Reflections – Kid Jensen Session
  • A Golden Handshake for Every Daughter – John Peel Session
  • Wishful Thinking – John Peel Session
  • Here Comes a Raincloud – John Peel Session
  • Greenacre Day – John Peel Session
  • Papua – Kid Jensen Session
  • No Ordinary Lover – Kid Jensen Session
  • When the Piper Calls – Kid Jensen Session
  • The Soul Awakening – Kid Jensen Session


CD 1

  • The Highest High
  • Strength of Character
  • You Did Cut Me
  • Black Man Ray
  • Wall of God
  • Gift of Freedom
  • King in a Catholic Style
  • Bigger the Punch I’m Feeling
  • The World Spins, I’m Part of It
  • Blue Sea

CD 2

  • Wall of God – Demo
  • Black Man Ray – Demo
  • Bigger the Punch I’m Feeling – Demo
  • Animalistic – B-Side
  • Christian – B-Side
  • You Did Cut Me – B-Side
  • Seven Sports for All – B-Side
  • King in A Catholic Style (Wake Up) – edit
  • Animalistic – B-Side
  • It’s Never Too Late – B-Side
  • 96-8 – B-Side
  • Orange Mutt – Mutt Dance
  • Gift of Freedom – Janice Long Session
  • Strength of Character – Janice Long Session
  • Wall of God – Janice Long Session
  • King in A Catholic Style (Wake Up) – Janice Long Session

126 responses to Exclusive: China Crisis / deluxe editions

  1. Kevin says:

    I finally got Working with Fire and Steel earlier this week (had several hundred $ of auto repairs to get out of the way first), and can happily report that it is most definitely NOT brickwalled. In fact, volume-wise, I hear no appreciable difference between this deluxe edition and the original CD edition. In terms of sound quality, the deluxe may sound slightly fuller, but it’s a subtle difference.

    I never had anything beyond the original album and subsequent CD edition, so my only complaint with the deluxe edition is that the lyrics and some of the design elements from the original CD are not included, meaning I will likely end up keeping both editions for at least a while.

  2. FrankieP says:

    Received my signed copy of all three albums yesterday and I just have to say that these remasters sound absolutely wonderful!

  3. RobbiS from Germany says:

    The version of “Wishful Thinking” on disc 2 is not the edit version. It’s the same version like on disc 1, the album version. Both has the same length – 4:40 min. The original edit version has a length of 4:08 min !!!

  4. Trash says:

    Have to say I am very very pleased with these.
    The albums sound very good and the extras are superb. The demos are excellent – some of their instrumentals are truly wonderful. I’ve always loved Docklands and Forever I and I so hearing more of their unreleased tracks in that style is a true delight.

    Well worth the wait imho!

  5. Roland K. says:

    I’m very pleased with these box sets, but would like to know more for purchasing these all: are there e.g more comments about their sound quality? And is someone able to check the dynamic range (which I can’t)?

  6. mike says:

    Flaunt sounds great and fab to hear King 12”. It is an amazing album.

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  8. Harry Williams says:

    As of this morning, all three reissues now available as signed versions from the site… plus a lot more incentives being added soon… Gotta love that! Seriously considering cancelling my Amazon preorder and getting my copies scribbled on… Fingers crossed they do another run of their superb ‘Autumn In The Neighbourhood’ too, for all those that missed the boat the last time.

    • NW says:

      Consider yourself lucky. I ordered the Flaunt deluxe edition and it never showed up. I should have stuck with my Amazon preorder. :-(

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  10. Neil says:

    Just noticed they have appeared on HMV but i will stick with Amazon as i will get them quicker.

  11. Neil says:

    The release dates for these have changed to the 15th September and why are Amazon the only site that has these for preorder ?

  12. Scott Truelove says:

    Why can’t the person or persons who compile these reissues check with the real people who intend to buy them and include all the mixes that any fool would include i.e. the standard 12 inch versions of the singles that were released at the time.These people are clueless as to the whole point of a so called deluxe version!

    • Neil says:

      There a lot of clueless people indeed when it comes to compiling deluxe versions. Regarding these reissues the band obviously knows what the correct tracklists are but are quite happy to sit back and not make a comment about it. I have bought these and if there are tracks missing i will just have to live with it like everybody else. Pity Paul wasn’t involved with these and then at least we would know what we were getting.

  13. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Regarding the lack of clarity regarding the track details, you may have missed this at the end of the main article “Note: the track listings below are subject to any last minute changes/tweaks.”

  14. Neil says:

    You would think somebody even the band would have the correct track listings for these. Apart from a link to here on their FB page they don’t seem to be bothered about these reissues. I tried the record labels website but they aren’t even listed on there

  15. alan hansen says:

    @Martin D.: unless “Janice Long Session” = the 12″ version of “King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up),” then i’m afraid we’ll both have to settle for our vinyl editions of that great extended version. i’ve looked online and hunted through my collection to see if that 12″ version exists on cd elsewhere, but came-up with nothing. if i’m wrong, would somebody PLEASE let us all know. thank you!

    • Martin D. says:

      We can but hope Alan… I’ve often wondered what King In A Catholic Style is about. I’ve had a quick ‘Google’ but no luck.

  16. Martin D. says:

    Back in the day, I was lucky enough to pick up the limited edition 2 disc version of China Crisis Collection. The second disc contains B sides from several of the twelve inch singles. Even the instrumentals are quality. As previously mentioned, they were/are a vastly underrated band. They had a certain mellowness to them which belied a tough undercurrent. Scream down at me being a good example. They did go a bit ‘MOR’ for me around Flaunt The Imperfection, but still a great band. It would be great to have a crackle free version of the twelve inch of King In A Catholic Style, but if not I’ll have to make do with my vinyl rip and tack it onto the end of the Flaunt reissue on my iPod.

  17. Albais says:

    Not much more to add to this great news from one of my fav “obscure” bands from all eras…

    …just that on their FB pae they posted a link to this place so it seems that they are in some way on touch with this great place on the net,

    Hoping more artists could do just same because will find a great guy who delivers great stuff as well :D

  18. Joe T. says:

    Splendiferous news! Have been waiting and hoping these would be released for years. Love all of their music, including the 2015 “Autumn In The Neighborhood”. As an American fan, hoping to see them live in concert for the first time in November when I cross the pond to see Bananarama.

  19. Joshua Wheeler says:

    HAPPY JOY HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY….I have been waiting forever for these to come out as Deluxe Editions. I will be buying these without a doubt. I love this bands brilliant music. I would have sold my family for these. Did I say I was happy?

  20. Robert says:

    I never thought that there would be so many people who have been waiting for these reissues. I have also been waiting for this and I did not expected that it was going to happen.

    But I am very happy that “Working With Fire And Steel” and “Flaunt The Imperfection” are going to be released as deluxe editions.

    Any more information about the packaging. Is it going to be a digipak?

    • Neil says:

      All the reissues i have bought from Caroline have been jewel cases hopefully these will be as well.

  21. Nancy says:

    Just pre-ordered FTI and snooped around more to find ANY sound bites from the 2CD edition of Diary of a Hollow Horse. It’s not the best quality, but it’s interesting to compare the original Walter Becker versions to the Mike Thorne mixes:

  22. Frank P says:

    Wow!!! And here I was attempting to needledrop these 3 albums to take with me on a long trip! Never got around to it due to time constraints so I opted to for “Acoustically Yours” instead.
    This is wonderful news! These are must haves for me!

  23. Rickjapan says:

    Oh, I held off for so many hours, but couldn’t resist and pressed the buy button!!! (forgive me, bank account)

    Looking forward to these but even more in the hope that they include the material that everyone is talking about. Crossed fingers!

    Whatever, I’m looking forward to them (and feeling older than ever, living in the eighties).

  24. Frenchy Eric says:

    It is just incredible how many people react with enthusiasm in such a little time !
    It is sad in fact that sales at those periods did not reflect …
    Anyway, first time i connected with them was in january 1985 when i met a girl from Scotland working in Paris and she had a tape with Difficult Shapes on the A side (can’t remember what was on the B side, maybe the Tourists ?) we listened to and i immediately loved the songs; what is funny is that, some days later, i went to a mate ‘s home and he made me listen to the Fire and Steel LP he had just bought (he did not know Shapes…); and to end the story, i came to London to work in august 1985, bought the Flaunt and saw them live at the Town and Country Club some months later.
    One of my favourite english pop bands of the 80’s !
    Can’t wait to listen to the extras !

  25. Mark Franklin says:

    These are great! Have been trying to locate the 7″ of Christian for years to no avail and had hoped it would be included on the deluxe release – shame, especially as edits of other singles are included.

  26. alan hansen says:

    paul: from the 12″ “King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up)” – the (Extended Version) of that track appears to be missing from this reissue. is it possible that this is the same as the Janice Long Session? or has this remix truly been overlooked? thanks, paul.

  27. Larry Davis says:

    Pre-ordered…hopefully, changes will be made and the missing stuff will be added…and went to Cherry Red’s site and signed up…the European Electronica box looks great…as does the Manchester box…

  28. Johnny B says:

    This is great news!!! Have been waiting for CC reissues for several years now. Can’t wait to get them!

  29. Daran says:

    It was Review Preview… thanks Discogs…

  30. Daran says:

    Great band. Did they really only have one top 10? No justice. I still fondly remember the new album sampler / promotion cassette I picked up for £1.99 back as a teen, it featured a couple of new album tracks including Arizona Sky and all their previous big hits. Anyone else get that, 1986 I think it was.

  31. peter m says:

    I would advise ordering these if interested
    They look the sort of releases that tend to sell out.

  32. Ian says:

    This is good news, thanks for the update. Nice to see they’ve used the LP artwork for the first two rather thank the cropped and reworked versions that were used on the original CDs as well (that always bugged me!)


    I wonder if No Ordinary Lover “Methods Of Dance” version could be added too..It’s totally different and should be in it too

  34. Stephen says:

    wow, great news but upon checking the track listings a few key ommisions. King In A Catholic Style 12″ has never shown up on any of the many Eighties 12 inch compilations over the years so was hoping to see it here – on the bands own releases! How dare I hope for such a thing. AAARRRGGGGG :(

  35. Wax Monster X says:

    5 things:
    1. Been waiting 25+ years for these remastered CDs so ….YAY! Please don’t eff em up.
    2. Couldn’t be happier that Cherry Red is nowhere near these, worked at Caroline in NYC way back in the day, so cheers to them.
    3. Will be 54 in early Sept. so a brilliant b’day present for me! Thanx for getting these out while I can still hear.
    4. Three down, 1 to go. PLEASE don’t leave What Price Paradise on the shelf for too long.
    5. Picked up a new CD player after 15 years and it’s screamingly good and now longing to play these discs!

    • richard says:

      agree with # 4

      4. Three down, 1 to go. PLEASE don’t leave What Price Paradise on the shelf for too long. That era has some of my favorite B sides too!

  36. Derek T. says:

    The short version of Animalistic is just the first half of the long version. So, do we really need both here?

  37. Derek T. says:

    Of all the singles tracks of theirs that haven’t made it to CD so far, Ii reckon about half of them are here. So now I’m not sure if my glass is half full or half empty. In particular, I’d liked to have seen the remixed 7″ version of Hanna Hanna here.

  38. JuzzyB says:

    Agree that Autumn In The Neighbourhood should be more widely available, or at least orderable from the band. It’s very good. I only have it digitally – which is like not having it at all!

    • Simon Taylor says:

      The band sell cd copies of Neighbourhood at their live shows. Worth getting along to one of those before end of this year. They go out as a 3 piece with keyboard player. Highly recommended. Saw them last year and going again in October.

  39. alan hansen says:

    i feel all warm and tingly in my nether-regions!

  40. Greg says:

    Question for the China Crisis mega-fans about the Flaunt the Imperfection album title. I always thought it had to be something Walter Becker said to the band during the sessions, based on Steely Dan’s legendary quest for perfection on their recordings. Am I right, or is that just my imagination running away?

    • Trash says:

      Interesting theory – not something I have ever read though (which of course does not mean it isn’t true).

      To be honest I always thought it sounded like one of the cards from Eno and Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies set. It’s just the sort of thing I can imagine Eno thinking/saying/doing…

  41. Stephen K. says:

    Great, fantastic news! There’s a glitch on other digital versions of “Performing Seals”, but it can be easily fixed in a digital editor. Hopefully it’s either not on the master tape, or something they can fix before it gets pressed. Doesn’t matter to me, these deluxe editions have been a decades-awaited dream! And the demos and Peel sessions are superb.

  42. JNungrove says:

    Recently, Gary from the band posted photos of the covers of the reference CDs for the bonus discs on the China Crisis FB fanpage (along with track timings), which indicate that the African & White, Blue Horizons, Tragedy & Mystery and Hanna Hanna versions listed above as B sides ARE in fact the extended 12″ versions…and the “King In A Catholic Style” (Edit) clocks in at 7’31” which would probably mean that it’s the 12″ version too…and the second listed version of Animalistic is the extended “Day At The Zoo” mix.

    Agree it’s a shame that the studio version of Be Suspicious and the 7″ version of This Occupation (in my opinion vastly superior to the extended mix) haven’t been included…nor has the Steve Levine produced version of No Ordinary Lover which appeared on the Methods Of Dance compilation. On the other hand, will be delighted to have It’s Never Too Late on CD finally.

    A bit confused as to why Some People I Know To Lead Fantastic Lives appears in it’s non-extended form on the Fire & Steel bonus disc. Whilst both regular and extended versions were on the Wishful Thinking 12″, the regular version is already part of Difficult Shapes.

    Still…these re-issues are long overdue so mustn’t grumble.

  43. Derek Cornish says:

    No US release. We suck

    • Derek Langsford says:

      Hi Derek: That’s weird, my name is also Derek and I am Cornish by birth but in the US now :-)

  44. pinkfloyd says:

    After reading the 50 odd posts above, it’s quite clear that the reissues are missing key b-sides, radio edits & 12 “es :(
    We fans have been waiting 30 years for some china crisis, and unlike bands like u2, def leppard, radiohead, 2nd reissues are unlikely. All we are asking is for it to be comprehensive, why can’t caroline or CC get this right? is that to much to ask for?

  45. JuzzyB says:

    Yeah, come on ver Crisis, sort it out. You don’t want a ‘where is Saxophones as Opiates?’ type scenario. Some obsessives (me) find it hard to live with shit like that.

  46. Wolfgang Mintrop says:

    Fantastic News! We have waited too long for expanded versions of these real hightlights of “Intelligent Pop”. PS: how about a cd-issue of the (first) ENDGAMES-Album, with the 12″ Versions and b-sides as additional bonus stuff ….?

  47. Kauwgompie says:

    I think in several cases the extended version is mis-labeled as b-side. If that is indeed true, the only 12″ mix that is sadly missing is “King In A Catholic Style”. That’s a real shame because that is a 7’28” mix and is great. I do hope that they will add that as a last minute change. All 12″ mixes should be on here, come on guys!!

  48. Paul English says:

    These look great. Hopefully there will be a few late additions to cover off any missing tracks.

    1985 is my favourite year for albums. Here’s 101 reasons why:

    10,000 Maniacs – The Wishing Chair
    ABC – How To Be A Zillionaire
    A-ha – Hunting High And Low
    Arcadia – So Red The Rose
    Big Audio Dynamite – This Is Big Audio Dynamite
    Blancmange – Believe You Me
    Michael Brook – Hybrid
    Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love
    Camper Van Beethoven – Telephone Free Landslide Victory
    Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – The Firstborn Is Dead

    The Chameleons – What Does Anything Mean? Basically
    China Crisis – Flaunt The Imperfection
    The Church – Heyday
    Clan Of Xymox – Clan Of Xymox
    Lloyd Cole and The Commotions – Easy Pieces
    Phil Collins – No Jacket Required
    Colourbox – Colourbox
    The Cult – Love
    The Cure – The Head On The Door
    The Damned – Phantasmagoria

    Dead Can Dance – Spleen And Ideal
    Dead Kennedys – Frankenchrist
    Dead Or Alive – Youthquake
    Dexys Midnight Runners – Don’t Stand Me Down
    Dif Juz – Extractions
    Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
    Dream Academy – The Dream Academy
    Stephen TinTin Duffy – The Ups And Downs
    Dukes Of Stratosphear – 25 O’Clock
    Brian Eno – Thursday Afternoon

    Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight
    Everything But The Girl – Love Not Money
    The Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace
    Felt – Ignite The Seven Cannons
    Bryan Ferry – Boys And Girls
    Fine Young Cannibals – Fine Young Cannibals
    Five Star – Luxury Of Life
    Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin’ Who
    Peter Gabriel – Birdy
    Half Man Half Biscuit – Back In The DHSS

    Paul Hardcastle – Paul Hardcastle
    Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians – Fegmania!
    Husker Du – New Day Rising
    Husker Du – Flip Your Wig
    Iron Maiden – Live After Death
    Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri – Worlds In A Small Room
    Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
    Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm
    Howard Jones – Dream Into Action
    Killing Joke – Night Time

    Level 42 – World Machine
    LL Cool J – Radio
    Lone Justice – Lone Justice
    Love and Rockets – Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
    Madness – Mad Not Mad
    Marillion – Misplaced Childhood
    Meat Puppets – Up On The Sun
    Mekons – Fear And Whiskey
    Microdisney – The Clock Comes Down The Stairs
    Mission Of Burma – The Horrible Truth About Burma

    Joni Mitchell – Dog Eat Dog
    Van Morrison – A Sense Of Wonder
    New Order – Low-Life
    Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Crush
    Pale Fountains – From Across The Kitchen Table
    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Southern Accents
    The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy and The Lash
    Andrew Poppy – The Beating Of Wings
    Power Station – The Power Station
    Prefab Sprout – Steve McQueen

    Prince and The Revolution – Around The World In A Day
    Propaganda – A Secret Wish
    Chris Rea – Shamrock Diaries
    REM – Fables Of The Reconstruction
    The Replacements – Tim
    Run DMC – King Of Rock
    Sade – The Promise
    Scritti Politti – Cupid and Psyche ’85
    Shriekback – Oil And Gold
    Simple Minds – Once Upon A Time

    Sisters Of Mercy – First And Last And Always
    The Smiths – Meat Is Murder
    Belouis Some – Some People
    Sonic Youth – Bad Moon Rising
    The Sound – Heads And Hearts
    Squeeze – Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
    Sting – Dream Of The Blue Turtles
    Strawberry Switchblade – Strawberry Switchblade
    Style Council – Our Favourite Shop
    David Sylvian – Alchemy: An Index Of Possibilities

    Talking Heads – Little Creatures
    Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair
    Richard Thompson – Across A Crowded Room
    Thompson Twins – Here’s To Future Days
    Those Nervous Animals – Hyperspace
    Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega
    Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
    The Waterboys – This Is The Sea
    Working Week – Working Nights
    Robert Wyatt – Old Rottenhat
    Paul Young – The Secret Of Association

    • SimonH says:

      Nice to see the Sound in there!
      Great year.

    • Paul E. says:

      @ Paul English – you must have access to my iTunes library…nice list! Just a couple of additions below for fun:
      Big Self – Stateless
      Bryan Ferry – Boys and Girls
      Cruzados – Cruzados
      Depeche Mode – Catching Up With…
      INXS – Listen Like Thieves
      [I’m from Chicago so it’s a local thing] Naked Raygun – All Rise

      ’85 was and is a great year for music!!

    • Larry Davis says:

      1985, the year I graduated highschool and started university…yeah it was a big one…enjoy all those records I have heard and will prob love the ones I have not.

    • Dave says:

      That is RAD! Do you have any more years to share??

  49. Alan Jones says:

    Magnificent. Cheers Paul.

  50. Martin Aspland says:

    Finally and great to see that never too late is going to be on cd definitely a great lostime b side. I agree some ofriends the b sides seem wrongly categorised and look like the 12 inch a side as the tracks are grouped like they were on the vinyl

  51. Rob Kirby says:

    Great news – long overdue. Hopefully the remaining album will follow soon, with the final Virgin album have been reissued a few years back now.

  52. Gary C says:

    These look great, really good band from my youth, catchy pop but also sophisticated and a political edge to many of their songs.
    I am kinda surprised that they didn’t need a Pledge/Kickstarter type campaign to get these out there, so congrats to Caroline International for their hard work.

    I noticed that Ultravox have gone down that route, for what are essentially reissues of reissues, but the vinyl looks fantastic tho with all the original finishes to the packaging. I think the Lament double vinyl looks fantastic

  53. Garry says:

    There’s so much missing, but there’s so much to hear as well! I’m looking forward to the demo’s and session material. Hey Caroline, if you’re reading – I see the track listings are subject to any last minute changes/tweaks. If there was a third disc with Flaunt The Imperfection – any chance of it being Showbiz Absurd?

  54. ooking says:

    Looking on their FB page the band don’t seems to give a monkeys about these reissues as there is no mention of them at all. I can’t like or even comment on their page for some bizarre reason to get more info.

  55. adam shaw says:

    Working With Fire And Steel was the first cd I ever bought , HMV Oxford St , they had one short rack and the price was about £10 which was a lot those days .
    I’m getting old .
    So can’t wait for this reissue!

  56. Dan says:

    That news is the greatest this year relating to re-releases. I absolutely love this band. They should be declared national heroes. Why China Crisis never achieved megastardom is a criminal oversight. If these 3 re-releases are half as good as ‘Diary Of A Hollow Horse’ released on Cherry Red a few years ago, then there’ll be no complaints from me.

    • Nancy says:

      Augh! I wish I knew about the DOHH 2CD release. I love that album so much and still have the original CD of it. If only it was still available to purchase as a physical CD or download. :-( Thx for the info. Anyone know if there’s a place online to listen to it at least? (soundcloud, youtube?)

      • Craig says:

        Cherry Red will have it back in stock at their online store at some point. They tend to let stock sell out, and then reprint the release at some point. I found this when I was after an Abc reissue. It went from been out of stock to been available across the U.K. again within a few months. You can sign up to get an email notification when it’s back in stock.

        • Larry Davis says:

          Will do…I used to have the original album on tape in 1990…when “St Saviour Square” was a minor modern rock “hit” on WLIR…highly enjoyed it then, might enjoy it more now…I have the cool (and cheap, paid like $5) 2CD Music Club Deluxe “Very Best Of” and all the songs from it (and the whole catalogue really) are brilliant!! Possibly the most underrated band…then again, why sophistipop bands like China Crisis keep getting overlooked and underappreciated is beyond me…subtle over hit-you-over-the head to get attention…the Brit way, haha.

        • Nancy says:

          Terrific. Already did. Thanks Craig for the good tip.

  57. Michael says:

    Fire & Steel is must have. God the memories that brings back. Cheers Paul. Excellent news.

  58. daveid76 says:

    I only know 2 songs of theirs, so I’ll shut up.

  59. JuzzyB says:

    They look pretty comprehensive to me – surely some of those tracks listed as B sides or edits are actually the 12″ versions we want? Be Suspicious really should be on there though. Hopefully all will soon become clear but I will order them anyway. Oh, and they should reissue the 2CD Diary Of A Hollow Horse – because I missed that one and it’s impossible to find at a reasonable price!

  60. Rob C says:

    Here’s hoping Autumn In The Neigborhood gets a wider distribution – I bought mine on the secondary market for a markup – it’s brilliant.

    Also wish they would tour Australia – holding out hope…

    • Simon Taylor says:

      Neighbourhood is superb. Love that album. Needs to be more well known. Criminally only heard by a small amount of fans. Their best album for me.

      • Larry Davis says:

        I bought my copy at my first China Crisis show…a little highpriced at $20, but it was funded on Kickstarter and they signed it, so I forgave the price in exchange for the rarity of it, but yes, bloody impressive work…it’s like the type of record Nick Heyward would release…well-crafted sophistipop tunes and tasteful production…

  61. Rob C says:

    Wow! Been waiting for these for years! Hopefully What Price Paradise is coming soon as well!

  62. Justin (UK) says:

    Very exciting news- thanks Paul. Any news about heavyweight vinyl reissues of the remastered albums?

  63. Simon Taylor says:

    Would be nice if they could supply SDE with an interview. They don’t seem to do much press.

    Not bothered about lack of 12″ mixes but would be good to have all the available b-sides.

    Autumn in the neighbourhood, their last pledge music release is very hard to obtain. I have a CD-R copy but I know they sell the cd at their live shows. Would be nice if that was more widely available. Vinyl pressing would be superb. Unlikely though.

    Are any of their other albums included as part of these reissues in future?

    • Larry Davis says:

      Welllll, being they do play quite a bit around these parts…I saw them for the first time at my sorta local venue called Revolution, in Amityville on the south shore of Long Island, NY (saw Men Without Hats play there as well, not too long ago, they were pretty good!!)…I vow to see them again next time they come round. Last time, I actually befriended Eddie Lundon and he gave me his card…I kinda lost it…but next time, I will reintroduce myself and include that am a representative of SDE and will they grant an interview??? Nice chap, Eddie.

  64. Simon says:

    Brilliant…..for my money just about the most underrated band ever. ” Working …” is one of those albums, a bit like Automatic for the People, that just works as an album. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

    Now if we could just convince them to tour New Zealand.

  65. garax says:

    That is super exciting – Flaunt is the first album I ever bought on CD. And the band made in my view a magnificent return with their album of about 18 months ago, although distribution for it was appalling.

    • Larry Davis says:

      It was on Kickstarter…with money contributed by their small fanbase…there was no distribution in place, maybe this new Caroline deal will include a reissue of “Autumn In The Neighbourhood”?? I knew about that Cherry Red 2CD of “Diary Of A Hollow Horse”…maybe a reissued one of that will come about?? And “What Price Paradise??”

  66. Mrk says:

    I just died and I’m in heaven. Well, I will be on 1st Sept. Excellent news. (PS Some SDE typos in tracklistings? )

  67. John Moore says:

    Top class band and these are certainly their best albums- Pity about all the missing stuff as stated especially the 12″ stuff- but these will be ordered- Cheers for the info!

  68. Dr Avalanche says:

    * other = the others

  69. Dr Avalanche says:


    But I do agree with other; these should have been complete.
    I’m really missing those 12-inch mixes.
    Weren’t they able to locate the masters?

    For now I’ll stick with the old vinyl. ;-)

  70. Michel Bendichou says:

    No vinyl?

  71. Guido says:

    Flaunt is one of my all time favourites. But an expanded CD Reissue does not bother me.
    I’m fine with my original vinyl album and 12″es.
    An Audiophile Vinyl Reissue or a Bonus DVD with high Resolution Audio would change my mind on this Reissue campeign.

  72. Chris Squires says:

    I bought Flaunt the Imperfection on day of release (WHSmiths – Birmingham – those were the days). I liked it but it got lost in the melee of The Secret of Association, Make it Big, Steps in Time and The Ups and Downs and couldn’t fight it’s way to the front for a proper hearing. It will have the same problem now, sadly, fighting for space with so many great re-releases and so little time.

  73. Jan V says:

    Ordered them right away. I have been waiting for these recordings since the band told me about their deal with Caroline almost a year ago. Wonderful!

  74. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Well done on getting an exclusive! Who needs the Pet Shop Boys then. Christian is a fantastic track.

  75. Jon says:

    Hi Paul.
    Can’t wait for these, been waiting many many years…but is there anyway you could use your influence to some track omissions at all? (Just in case!)

    Missing are –
    African And White (Remixed And Extended Version)
    Be Suspicious (B side)
    Cucumber Garden (Edit)
    No More Blue Horizons (12″)
    Christian (7″)

    Working With Fire And Steel (7″)
    This Occupation (7″)
    Hanna Hanna (7″)

    Animalistic (Full 12″)
    King In A Catholic Style (12″)

    There’s room for these, would make the releases more complete. Maybe the masters are missing?

    • Neil says:

      I’m just glad i have Be Suspicious and African And White (Remixed And Extended Version) on the CD single of African And White from 1990. It looks like Animalistic (A Day At The Zoo Mix) will be on Flaunt as there are two versions listed on the tracklist. I cannot see the point in including the edit of King in A Catholic Style and not putting the 12 inch mix on there and i hope No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool) listed as a b side is in fact the 12 inch mix.

    • richard says:

      agree 100% ..please add!

  76. Nigel D Day says:

    Yes please ! I’ll be having all of these. Haven’t heard Flaunt in years but remember that one being particularly good.

    Some of the tracks on the bonus disks marked as B sides were actually A sides.

  77. Aevion says:

    These look quite good, and for a very reasonable price too! Definitely buying them.

  78. pinkfloyd says:

    fantastic news! ordered some days ago! been waiting ages for these reissues!
    question for all: are the bonus tracks complete? perhaps we are missing some radio edits? or 12″?

  79. Trash says:

    Yes, Yes and Yes! This has made my day! Probably more excited about this than the forthcoming Bowie box set.

    Been waiting for this to happen for a long time! Three great albums and a good selection of bonus material. I hope any last minute tweaks to the tracklustings are minor as I’m pretty happy with the list as it stands. I’m particularly pleased about the inclusion of some demos as China Crisis demos are always interesting.
    Ordered without hesitation…

    Thank you Paul!

  80. Larry Davis says:

    Wow very cool and fairly cheap too…wonder if deluxes will be made of albums 4 and 5…what price paradise?? And diary of a hollow horse?? They’ve been playing the US a lot lately, espesh the NY area…and made a great new album on Kick-starter “Autumn In The Neighbourhood’…

    • Neil says:

      Diary Of A Hollow Horse has already been done by Cherry Red in 2013 and is perfect.

    • DJ Salinger says:

      ‘Diary of a Hollow Horse’ got the two-disc reissue treatment in 2013 (here in the UK at least). Worth having: bonus material includes demos, alt mixes and 12″ mixes.

      Definitely agree about ‘Autumn in the Neighbourhood’. It’s a lovely album, a really good start to the second act of their career. Still the consummate craftsmen, but the songs aren’t stifled by overproduction and are often pared-down and beautifully concise; none outstay their welcome – not a single track even reaches the four-minute mark.

  81. Kauwgompie says:

    Paul, on disc 2 of Working With Fire and Steel, shouldn’t “Tragedy And Mystery” be the extended version in stead of b-side?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Yes, I believe you are right. Timing for that is 5.28 so makes sense.

      • Simon says:

        Hello Paul. Do you think that applies to African And White – B-Side and
        No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool) – B-Side?

  82. Daveyman says:

    Great as these are good albums – but as usual shame theres none of the extended mixes of the singles on Flaunt the Imperfection 2nd disc, as this is one of my favourite 80’s albums.

  83. Neil says:

    First impressions where the hell are the 12 inch mixes of King in A Catholic Style,No More Blue Horizons and African And White ?

    • Bryan says:

      My thoughts exactly

    • Ian says:

      Yes I agree – KIACS is the one 12 inch mix that would be the icing on the cake for these releases. Been looking for a digital copy of this mix everywhere without joy. Mini fist pump when I saw these were being remastered and the best hope of finally getting hold of it… I almost actually wept when I saw it wasn’t on this release.

    • Harry says:

      Yeah – waited years for these and the 12″ are not there ???

  84. Ian Harris says:

    Been waiting for these for years!
    Just a note Paul – Scream Down At Me is a non-album a-side, not a b-side.

  85. OMAR says:

    This is superb. I hope the cds are remastered well and not brick walled. Paul can you confirm the packaging. Are they jewel cases or digipaks?

  86. Stevo says:

    oh dear will have to get all of these I guess :)

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