Posted by DjPaulT on July 28th, 2011
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983
“Nightmares” was the 7th single released by synth-pop band A Flock Of Seagulls. The single was taken from the the bands second album “Listen.” “Nightmares” peaked at #53 on the UK singles chart on April 16, 1983 and #62 on the US Billboard Dance Chart.
The two B-sides reveal the often-overlooked experimental side of A Flock of Seagulls. Slightly edited versions of “The Last Flight of Yuri Gagarin” and “Rosenmontag” appeared on the original cassette and CD pressings of “Listen.” Both tracks are extended for this 12″ and have never appeared on CD. However the 2010 remastered CD version of “Listen” does contain the 12″ version of “Nightmares”.
Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin was a Russian cosmonaut and the first man in space. He orbited the earth in April 1961, a humilating blow to the U.S. spaceflight team which at the time was in heated competition with its communist counterparts. His “last flight” took place on March 27, 1968, when the UTI MiG-15 (an experimental jet he was piloting) crashed. He was 34 years old. The Apollo 15 astronauts put a plaque on the moon naming all of the men who’d died in the space race. Gagarin was honored among them.
“Rosenmontag” (German for “Rose Monday”) is a festival which takes place in Cologne, Germany in the days leading up to Lent. Rosenmontag is the Monday prior to Ash Wednesday. It is likely that the band learned about this Catholic holiday while in Germany during the recording of “Listen.” Coincidentally, it is also the title of a 1930 film directed by Hans Steinhoff.
Producer – Mike Howlett
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
|1983||Nightmares||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||#62|
Catalog#: JIVE T 33
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Released: Apr 1983
Credits: Bass, Vocals – Frank Maudsley
Composed By [All Material], Performer – A Flock Of Seagulls
Design [Sleeve] – Pete Watson (2)
Drums – Ali Score
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Paul Reynolds
Lead Vocals, Keyboards – Mike Score
Management – Checkmount Ltd.
Mastered By – BilBo (3)
Photography – Eric Watson
Written-By – A. Score*, F. Maudsley*, M. Score*, P. Reynolds*
Recorded at Conny Plank’s Studio, Neunkirchen, W.Germany.
Mixed at Union Studios, Munich
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Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 20
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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