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Falco – Rock Me Amadeus (Salieri Mix) (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on July 6th, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

R E Q U E S T

“Rock Me Amadeus” is a 1985 song by Austrian pop musician Falco from his album Falco 3. It topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic. It was Falco’s only number one hit in either the United States or the United Kingdom, despite his popularity in Germany, his native Austria, and much of Europe. The song was written by Falco and Dutch music producers Bolland & Bolland.

Originally recorded in German, the song is about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his popularity and his debts. A longer version (eight minutes), named the “Salieri Mix,” appeared on the initial US release of the album Falco 3. The song was inspired by the movie Amadeus. For the US release, the song was remixed with an English background overlay by L.A. DJs Boris Granich and Chris Modig. There was never a full English version.

The song was released in Europe in 1985 in its original, German-language version. For the international markets (USA, UK, Japan etc.) several different single and extended mixes were produced; none of them were a solely English-language version, but the international single versions reduced the German lyrics. However, the video, which featured the original European version, was used world-wide.

SIDE A:
Rock Me Amadeus (Salieri Mix) 8:21
Rock Me Amadeus (The Can Am Mix) 4:04

SIDE B:
Rock Me Amadeus (Extended Mix) 7:02
Urban Tropical 3:51

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1986 Rock Me Amadeus U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1986 Rock Me Amadeus U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #6
1986 Rock Me Amadeus U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #4

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: A&M Records – AMYE 278
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – Bolland & Bolland (tracks: A1, A2, B1), Kurt Hauenstein (tracks: B2)

NOTES:
“Rock Me Amadeus (The Can Am Mix)” is not listed on sleeve but does appear the record label.

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

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37 Responses to “Falco – Rock Me Amadeus (Salieri Mix) (UK 12″)”

  1. publicimage Says:

    Cool, Falco again… Thank you! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Publicimage 🙂

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  2. Silver Blue Says:

    Thanks so much! Too bad the US edit (3:13) wasn’t part of the 12″ on either side of the water. It’s so difficult to come by (the one that starts with two drum beats and “OH Rock me Amadeus” before the “Rock me Amadeus R-R-Rock me Amadeus” echos. I don’t even know what the name of that Mix Edit is. LOL. DJPT, you’ve done a great job, once again!

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    Silver Blue Reply:

    Duh! I guess that would have been considered as the “American Edit”. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Spring you’re welcome 🙂 I believe that already have the “American Edit” 12″ posted. Just look in the Flco category.

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    Silver Blue Reply:

    Yes…. the 12″ American Edit. I was referring to the 7″ American Edit (it gets CONFUSING with all the versions of this song floating around.) I found your 12″ in my archives (thank you by the way). Here in Virginia, they did the 7″ mix on the radio and … just listening took me back to 1985/86 all over again. Cheers to you, DJPaulT!

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    mjb Reply:

    Correct. The American Edit is the A-side of the US 7″ and has Falco “rapping” in German. The B-side is the (edited) Canadian Version, which has the English biographical voice-over and is what I think was most commonly played on US radio (at least where I was). Here’s my rip: 52 MB RAR (click).

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    Silver Blue Reply:

    Thanks!! Grabbed it and listening to it now. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Mjb I don’t have the US 7″ so I am going to buy a copy 🙂

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    ric Reply:

    Thanks Mjb for sharing the US 7″!

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    Dan Reply:

    I think the American 7″ edit has appeared on several compilation CD’s over the years. Don’t recall the exact titles of those comps since I have so many, but I know it’s on at least a few.

    The Salieri Mix has always been a challenge to find on CD, for sure. I remember when I first started going on eBay about 12 years ago, I was always looking for the Falco 3 album on CD because it had that mix. There is another version of the album whose cover is mostly red with the title kind of handwritten and with a smiley face in the upper right hand corner. THAT version of the album has what I think is the video version of “Rock Me Amadeus” on it. The copies of “Falco 3” with his face on the cover have The Salieri Mix. But even then, the mastering is 25+ years old.

    So thank you once again, Paul, for doing another excellent job on an 80’s classic whose several different versions are the kinds of things collectors like me are on the lookout for. Cheers to you!

    By the way, was pleasantly surprised to see that this song did so well on the Black Singles chart at #6! And I checked, it was #1 for 2 weeks in Cashbox.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dan. Thanks for all the info as always 🙂

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  3. Drake Says:

    Thanks!
    we miss Falco!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I miss him too 🙁

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  4. ric Says:

    The US success of this single really surprised me back in 1986. The British Invasion has already slowed down in the US by then, and Falco isn’t even British! LOL!
    But I suppose the novelty and OTT of it struck a chord with the US buyers, and this later led to its conquest of the UK charts as well, kicking George Michael’s A Different Corner off the top in the process.
    And I’m still confused by these numerous remixes of this song, with so many remixes and edits! And like Dan mentioned, even different album pressings had different versions!
    So anyone has the lowdown on the number of versions for this?
    Thanks for this Paul, and Happy Saturday!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric. I think I read on Wikipedia that there are 18 different versions. I never understood why so many. I like George Michael and “A Dufferent Corner” but I like this one better so I can see why it took the top spot.

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  5. feanor Says:

    thanks so much, i was obsessed with this song when it came out in ’86! got the 45 and played the grooves out of it! so nice to have these remixes, and your remasters sound so nice!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Feanor.

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  6. Paul Says:

    Thanks man. I’ve got the American 12″ with a full side dedicated to the Solieri (sp?) mix. Unfortunately it has severe cue burn from trying to scratch with it on my old all-in-one stereo back when I was a kid. If anybody has the Falco3 version as it appeared on the US CD, please share! Thanks for the upload, DJPaulT… you rock!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are very welcome Paul. I enjoyed restoring this one 🙂

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    Paul Reply:

    Hey DJPaulT… Another possible request, and I know this is fairly mainstream, but the US 45 version of Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar has never shown up on a CD in decent mastered form. It is notably different because of the added guitar riffs on the beginning of the song. This was the “hit” version that played on 80s radio. Now most stations play the version that appears on most CD compilations and the original album, which just features rhythm guitar leading up to the first verse. For such a powerful song, it sounds really weak compared to the hit version with the lead guitar riff at the beginning.

    I know you’re a fan of Pat Benatar because you’ve posted her stuff before. Once again, I have a copy of the 45 that I bought as a kid back in ’81, but mine is in pretty bad shape. Any chance you could source a clean one and post it to your awesome blog?

    Thanks,

    Paul

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  7. Jon.sb Says:

    Hey DJ… Do you happen to have the original 12″ of Go West’s “We Close Our Eyes” which started with a string (synth) intro. I have looked everywhere for it. It was called the Total Overhang Mix however most Overhang mixes that I’ve bought/heard don’t include the string into.

    Jon

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    ric Reply:

    Jon, there are basically two 12″ mixes for this, which one are you referring to?
    “Total Overhang Mix” = “Complete Underhang Mix” (6:42)
    And another mix is “Total Overhang Club Mix” (5:55)

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  8. dancemachine Says:

    Dear Paul, another gem, once again great ripping quality, thanks a million for sharing such a milestone – Falco the Austrian rap artist going up to #1 in the USA … RIP Johann ‘Hans’ Hoelzel

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  9. Jon Says:

    It was the Total Overhang version but lot of album mixes that claim o be the total overhang are not. I know, I’ve spent a lot of money on “best of” CD’s trying to find this mix.

    Actually, in preparing to reply to you I did find it here “http://wn.com/Go_West__We_Close_Our_Eyes” (second version in the list).

    I have this 12″ along with a few other classic vinyls but no way to rip them with good quality so they sit in a corder of my bedroom waiting for me to find a solution. What a waste of great music. Thanks to guys like you we can all be transported back 20+ years whereas music companies just rip us off with inaccurate labelling.

    JOn

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi JOn

    It’s DjPaulT do you have the catalog number of the record that you have by Go West? I will look and see if I have it in my collection. If not you can always donate your copy to the blog and I would be happy to rip it.

    ~ DjPaulT

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    Silver Blue Reply:

    The one JOn’s mentioning is the 6:42 version – I have a very poor MP3 of it. It would be great to have a DjPaulT “remaster” of the track. 🙂

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  10. Dirk Says:

    Hi DJPaulT,

    thanks for this great Falco Rip. The Salieri Mix 12 Inches are all different. In Germany, the Salieri Mix contains another tracklist. On Side A is only the 8:20 version. Side B includes an edit of the Salieri Mix (4:50 min.) and Urban Tropical. The 4:50 edit released only on the Germand 12 Inch.

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  11. Stefano Says:

    In May 1985 ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ went sky high in the German language territories of Europe: Germany, Switzerland and of course Austria. The single contained the original album version. Why this dull flat album mix got so big in these countries is still an enigma to me.

    In the beginning of 1986 it really hit other countries in Europe and surprisingly also the US, Canada and Japan. And thank God it got remixed! The US remix and the Canadian remix were combined to a new rock single mix, starting off with the (by now familiar) English voiceover ‘rap’ by DJ’s Boris Granich and Chris Modig from LA. This Canadian/American 1986 Mix (3:59) is in my opinion the best version of ALL mixes made. It combines the best of the US and Canadian remixes. I personally don’t fancy the Salieri remixes, I think they are not very cohesive, somehow they lack a certain flow.

    Strangely enough the Canadian/American 1986 Mix never made it to any Falco compilation (as far as I know), nor to any of the Falco 3 different album CD-releases. And no, you won’t find it on the 25th anniversary release. It got its only CD-release on the rare German Teldec CD-single ‘Satellite to Satellite’ back in 1988.
    Sometimes I don’t understand the compilers of record companies…

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  12. Jon Says:

    Hi there (again) I tried contacting you via Facebook ages ago to see if I could donate my vinylt to you. We’ve recently moved house and I went digging through crarboard boxes without success but I will find them.

    The catalogue number is “CHS12-2850”.

    I don’t have a lot of vinyl any more but everything that I have is quite obscure and some of it very interesting!

    Jon

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Jon I just ordered that 12″ yesterday because I didn’t have the 6:42 version. As soon as I get it I will post it :). I will be sending you an email regarding the records.

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  13. Ally Says:

    Hi Paul, I thank you for posting these mixes, however there is a fairly distracting hum throughout. This is not normally present in your rips.

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  14. rnet Says:

    Thanks for this, Paul! I’ve had this 12″ since ’86, but my ripping skills and equipment are lacking compared to yours. Much appreciated!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Rnet :0

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  15. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks Paul. I didn’t have the “Extended Mix” until now.

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  16. Michael Says:

    Actually neither the ‘Salieri Version’ nor the other international mixes (‘American Edit’, ‘Canadian Version’, ‘Can/Am Version’, ‘Extended American Edit’) which base on this mix were made by L.A. DJs Boris Granich and Chris Modig as stated on this site.

    All remixess were done by Rob and Ferdi Bolland, who co-wrote and produced this song. Granich and Modig only made the various edits from the remixes done by the Bollands.

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  17. pollen Says:

    This is the first version of ‘Rock Me Amadeus’, and it’s my favorite! I found this for a long long time…thanks a lot!

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