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Howard Jones – Pearl In The Shell (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 9th, 2011



This 12″ is the UK release which includes an eight minute version of “Total Conditioning” that does not appear on any Howard Jones CD release, including the 12″ Collection compilation which only contains a 6:58 version making this 12″ a true HoJo collectible. I posted the US 12″ Promo back in April of 2010 and it includes the Remix Version of “Pearl In The Shell” you can get it here.

“Pearl in the Shell” is the fourth and final single released by musician Howard Jones from the album Human’s Lib. Released in May 1984, the song reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart. It features a saxophone solo by Davey Payne of Ian Dury’s band The Blockheads.

“Total Conditioning” is an extended version of the song “Conditioning” also taken from Human’s Lib the mix feature a medley  at the end of the track of all ten songs from Humans Lib as well as Always Asking Questions.

Pearl In The Shell 3:55
Saxophone [Uncredited] – Davey Payne, Stephen W. Tayler
Saxophone [Uncredited] – Davey Payne, Stephen W. Tayler
Producer – Rupert Hine
Lyrics By – Howard Jones
Engineer – Stephen W. Tayler

Law Of The Jungle 3:16
Lyrics By – Howard Jones
Engineer – Mike Roarty

Total Conditioning 8:01
Producer, Remix – Rupert Hine
Lyrics By – William Bryant
Engineer – Stephen W. Tayler

Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 Pearl In The Shell U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Did Not Chart


Label:WEA Records Ltd., WEA
Catalog#: HOW 4T, 249370-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 26 May 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Music By – Howard Jones
Photography – Mike Prior

Taken from the album ‘Human’s Lib’
A2 – Recorded in Howard’s Front Room, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
Cover photo courtesy of No1.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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8 Responses to “Howard Jones – Pearl In The Shell (UK 12″)”

  1. Christian Says:

    Thank you Paul! I was disappointed that the full-length Total Conditioning was left off HoJo’s recent bonus discs with the remasters.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Christian it was disappointing not to see it included on the remasters. I’m happy I was able to share it.


  2. ric Says:

    Another rare gem…that was the time when Paul Young, Howard Jones and Nik Kershaw ruled the UK with their debut albums, producing those string of singles…I enjoyed all 3 albums and their respective singles.
    Good times!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Three of my favorite male artists from the 80’s and three great debut albums. Definately good times they don’t make music like this anymore.


  3. Woz Says:

    I’m a big HoJo fan, so thank you for all the great shares, Paul 8)


  4. Jermajesty Says:

    A big thank you. 🙂


  5. AudioDile Says:

    Hi Paul. Just found your blog again, I used to read it a year or two back at another site. You do amazing work, I am a rabid remix collector but you put me to shame! Whenever I would tell people I had over 500 12″ singles they’d look at me like I was mad. You must have ten times that many.

    Been looking for the long version of Total Conditioning, thanks much!


  6. Junior Says:

    Great single from Howard.
    Thanks for your rip, Paul 🙂


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