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Katrina And The Waves – Walking On Sunshine (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 10th, 2011

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

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“Walking on Sunshine” is a song written by Kimberley Rew for Katrina and the Waves’ 1983 eponymous debut full-length album. A rerecorded version was released on the band’s 1985 self-titled album as the album’s second single and reached No. 4 in Australia, No. 9 in the United States, and No. 8 in the United Kingdom. It is the Waves’ first U.S. top 40 hit, and their biggest success in the UK until “Love Shine a Light” (1997). Conceived of as a ballad, Katrina decided the better part of valor was to belt the song out.

Royalties from airplay and advertisements of “Walking on Sunshine” has been extremely high. Katrina and the Waves kept the publishing rights and the royalties that typically go to the songwriter have been divided among the band members, though Katrina Leskanich was fired from the band in 1998. Estimates are that the song has earned $1 million per year for the ten years ending in 2010. According to a former employee of EMI, “Walking on Sunshine was the crown jewel in EMI’s catalog,” and that it was one of EMI’s biggest earners from advertisers.

SIDE A:
Walking On Sunshine (Extended Mix) 5:37

SIDE B:
Walking On Sunshine 3:55

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (generic)

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 Walking On Sunshine U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #9
1985 Walking On Sunshine U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #21
1985 Walking On Sunshine U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #19
1985 Walking On Sunshine U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #21
1985 Walking On Sunshine U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles #11

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Capitol Records – SPRO-9372, Capitol Records – SPRO-9373
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Pop Rock, Synth-pop
Credits: Mixed By, Producer [Additional Production] – Scott Litt
Producer – Katrina And The Waves, Pat Collier
Written-By – Kimberley Rew

NOTES:
Recorded in England.
From the LP “Katrina And The Waves” ST-12400

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
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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26 Responses to “Katrina And The Waves – Walking On Sunshine (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Steve Says:

    Love this song! Never realised there was an extended version. Thanks. 🙂

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  2. Orlando Says:

    A HUGE classic that i found out through another classic: The Secret Of My Success. Thank you so much DjPault.

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  3. Personal Jesus Says:

    I’m with Steve – I didn’t know there was an extended version. Keep up the good work matey! You’ve got some genuine gems in your collection, and you should be sainted for sharing them with the world.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you.

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  4. Chwee (Singapore) Says:

    This is one of those (literally) sunshine song that charges you up for the day!

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  5. Chris Daniel Says:

    I’ve always adored this extended mix! When I did a post on this I talked about how the intro on this version gives you that “happy-go-lucky” feeling, snapping your fingers walking down the street. Silly I know, but that’s what it makes me think of. I remember a guy I met had it, in a white jacket promo with a blue and teal Katrina and The Waves sticker on it. Really nice promo!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have never seen that promo would love to though. Mine just came in a generic Capitol records sleeve 🙁

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    Chris Daniel Reply:

    Yeah it was pretty awesome. I bought it from him and ended up selling it years ago along with a bunch of other stuff in moments of despair. The guy was plugged into a lot of radio and record companies, told me about these “record pools” that they would have, and that was among them. Had a cool one for Corey Hart “Sunglasses At Night” which was very similar. I’d love to get a hold of some of those unique vinyls again.

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  6. Bellenger1981 Says:

    Paul, it’s been a while since I’ve visited your blog and commented on any of your posts. I have a ton of catching up to do!!! I just want to give you another huge “thank you” for all the rare, excellent music which you’ve shared since my last visit. It’s because of you that gems like this post allow us to have them in lossless digital quality for the first time ever since the record labels can’t get behind pulling this stuff from their vaults for the digital age. I’m referring to the rare extended mixes, b-sides, and such that can only be found on their original vinyl pressings, rarities which remain in the vaults of the record companies after all these years and may never see a CD release.

    “Walking On Sunshine” is a classic, and I didn’t know that an “Extended Mix” existed until, well, last year. This “Extended Mix” is a true rarity, having never been released on CD before (at least the research I’ve done shows that it hasn’t). It’s a shame that certain versions like these are left in the vaults when they are classics. It also goes to show that music goes beyond chart position. While this song is a legitimate “hit” one would have thought that it would have charted higher considering the longevity with licensing and radio airplay. Thank you again, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Bellenger1981 I was really happy to see your name pop up in the comments. I missed seeing you and I hope that we will see more of you.

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  7. Rob Feutz (DJRAF) Says:

    Thanks for posting this one Paul! I can finally retire/sell my promo 12 inch of this one. That’s just how good you’re recordings & scans are and still prove to be!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Rob.

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  8. ric Says:

    A classic upbeat song if there ever is one!
    I have the UK 12″ and your rip will now replace it! Thank you!

    Trivia…the irony here is that songwriter Kimberly Rew wrote this song on a cold winter’s night, alone and sick with bronchitis and freezing with no heat and out of job (his previous band had just broken up).
    Perfect ingredients for a sunny hit song?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Ric thank you for the trivia interesting stuff. It was raining yesterday while I was ripping this record and it did make it feel as though it were sunny outside 🙂

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  9. guss Says:

    Friend Paul, for the first time I have this song in excellent quality, thank you very much.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome my friend.

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  10. Kris Says:

    Thanks for the rip!!
    Can you describe this generic sleeve? I can’t find any pic of it (exept from http://www.ebay.com/itm/Katrina-Waves-Waking-Sunshine-12-Promo-/250884134566). I need one good pic for my collection..

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    That is what the sleeve looks like it’s a generic Capitol Records sleeve.

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  11. JohanErikson Says:

    Many thanks for the two K&TW rips – a truly underrated band if there ever was one. many classy songs on several albums, it´s a shame they are mostly remembered as a one hit wonder. If you ever come across Sun street or Is that it on 12″, don´t hesistate to buy them, I could donate to have those ripped…

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  12. Angge Says:

    Can you please re-upload this song please? I also love this song. Thank you very much for all you’ve done sharing your great collection. Peace.

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  13. Andrew Says:

    A Stone Cold Classic ! I loved ’em but all this One Hit Wonder malarkey makes me sick. They had more than 1 hit so why??? Any one with ‘good ears’ can tell they did gr8 Pop/Rock. What’s so wrong with Happy Tunes ? Anywho gr8 ‘post’ !

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  14. ritwik Says:

    Thank you for re-uploading this great song.

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  15. NKelly Says:

    MP3 alive FLAC down. Intriguing. Any chance for re-up of FLAC?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    it’s working now

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  16. CL Says:

    🙂

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  17. Grant Says:

    Can’t thank you enough for this – a MAJOR song of my youth!

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