Burning The Ground: DjPaulT's 80's and 90's Remixes

80's and 90's 12 Inch Mixes

Bananarama – A Trick Of The Night (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on February 28th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986

A. Front

“A Trick Of The Night” is a ballad recorded by English girl group Bananarama. It was written and produced by Steve Jolley and Tony Swain and released as the final single from Bananarama’s album True Confessions.

The song was remixed slightly for its single version, adding extra synthesizer lines and vocal harmony layering. It was also given a more “upbeat” remix by the Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) production trio, at the request of London Records for the UK release.

The cautionary message in the lyrics are directed towards a friend who has gone to seek his fortune in the big city and ended up a rentboy.

“A Trick Of The Night” was a top-forty hit in the UK, peaking at number thirty-two (the SAW-remixed version received the most airplay in their home country), while the ballad version stalled at number seventy-six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single made a very brief appearance on the Australian singles chart, where it peaked at number ninety-nine.

The song was included on the CD version of Greatest Hits Collection as a bonus track, it was not included on the vinyl version nor their 2001 compilation The Very Best of Bananarama.

It was included on the soundtrack to the 1986 American film Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

SIDE A:
A Trick Of The Night (The Number One Mix) 8:14
Producer – Stock/Aitken/Waterman*

SIDE B:
A Trick Of The Night (Tricky Mix) 7:17
Producer – Jolley and Swain*

A Trick Of The Night (Dub Mix) 4:31
Producer – Pete Waterman

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1986 A Trick Of The Night U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #76
1986 A Trick Of The Night U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #39

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: London Records ‎– 886 119-1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Design [Sleeve Design, Assistant] – Andrew Biscomb
Design [Sleeve Design] – Peter Barrett (3)
Written-By – Jolley/Swain*

NOTES:
Tracks A & B2 produced for P.W.L. Productions.
Original version on the London album #422 828 013-1 R-1 “True Confesssions”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

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

You can help show your support for this blog by making a donation using PayPal. Thank you for your help.

60 Responses to “Bananarama – A Trick Of The Night (US 12″)”

  1. Wayne Says:

    Love all the Bananarama posts Paul – thank you so much!!

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Wayne 🙂

    [Reply]

  2. Silver Blue Says:

    Thank you Paul! Anyone have the Number One Edit, and the SAW Remixed 7″ (that the video uses). Sorry to ask here… great post as always, Paul! 😀

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Silver Blue. sorry I don’t have those only this 12″.

    [Reply]

    sergio Reply:

    Hi Silver Blue,

    The version you mentioned is on the remastered version of the album True Confessions.in all it’s digital glory!

    [Reply]

    Silver Blue Reply:

    Thanks Sergio. Now just have to track down the other version that was used in the video (which has different vocal layering as well. I’d forgotten about the bonus tracks on the remasters (I bought them all when they were released).

    [Reply]

    Sergio Reply:

    That’s the one I am telling you.it is on this remastered CD.
    The video version is the 7″ Mix.which is an edit of the Number One Mix.

    [Reply]

    Silver Blue Reply:

    I mean the version that is used in the Promo video (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyjXV4lts0Y ) which is a different mix from the 7″ mix. I just listened and the intros to Track 16 on the remaster and the video are completely different. 🙂

    [Reply]

    sergio Reply:

    I meant this version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpG3Agp3_f8

    [Reply]

    sergio Reply:

    I think the version for the US promo video as some people call it is on The Greatest Hits.
    I have a copy do you want it so you can compare?

    [Reply]

    Silver Blue Reply:

    Going through my archives, I’ve discovered the following: ATOTN Album Version (4:41), The Number One Mix (8:18), The Number One Dub (4:33), Number One Video Edit (3:37), Number One Video Mix (4:19) (Yes, two different Video edit/mixes), UK 7″ Mix (4:08), and Tricky Mix (7:18). It’s the UK 7″ Mix that’s used for the video that I posted as far as I can tell (and I found I did have it in my archives). ATOTN isn’t on the US “The Greatest Hits” Collection, or is it on the 2CD “The Very Best of Bananarama” or on 30 years of Bananarama CD (though the DVD that accompanies it, track 13, uses the UK 7″ mix). Sorry for all the confusion.

    [Reply]

    Sergio Reply:

    It is on my Greatest Hits made in the UK CD.

    [Reply]

    sergio Reply:

    There’s one version missing on your archives the A Trick Of The Night (Instrumental) from a UK 12″ Promo.

    [Reply]

    Silver Blue Reply:

    Thanks! I’ll be on the lookout for that. Appreciate the information, Sergio!

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You mean “Clipping” glory lol

    [Reply]

    Silver Blue Reply:

    They could use some lessons from you, Paul! I noticed the clipping, too!

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Silver Blue 🙂

    [Reply]

    sergio Reply:

    Here you go:

    http://www.discogs.com/Bananarama-True-Confessions/release/1265163

    [Reply]

  3. wolfie Says:

    Awesome track and it amazed me that it wasn’t a bigger hit even with the BBC show that surrounded it. Thanks for all the Bananarama and other tracks you put all your hard work into

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Wolfie. I was surprised at it’s chart performance too 🙂

    [Reply]

    ric Reply:

    After the massive success of Venus, both More Than Physical and A Trick Of The Night surprisingly under-performed. But both singles are actually banana-brilliant!

    [Reply]

    wolfie Reply:

    I loved More Than Physical – I don’t even think it hit the top 40 🙁

    [Reply]

    ric Reply:

    Yes, it was my favourite too…both remixes are hot!

    [Reply]

  4. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul for this . I’ve been looking for a decent vinyl version of ATITN.

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

    [Reply]

  5. JamieH Says:

    Thanks, Paul! Such an underappreciated song, but still one of my favorites. Hopefully we haven’t exhausted the Banana vaults at this point…

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    Nope I still have more Jamie 🙂

    [Reply]

  6. Steve Says:

    WOO! Love this track, both the original and remixed versions. Thanks for more Bananarama gems, Paul. 🙂

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Steve 🙂

    [Reply]

  7. bfore Says:

    LOL

    Exact copy of

    Princess – Say I’m Your Number One

    by the same production team (SAW),

    who can blame them, they made millions

    by copying themselves hundreds of times!

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    They were pretty smart or they just ran out of ideas lol.

    [Reply]

    Jonathan Reply:

    SAW sued MARRS for sampling them on Pump Up The Volume. They then ripped them off for one of their mixes of Sybil’s My Love Is Guaranteed. Some of their mixes were virtually identical – e.g. their Jack Le Freak mix of Chic and (I can’t be sure without digging out the vinyl, but I think I’m right) a Mel & Kim remix – or was it Blue Mercedes? lol

    [Reply]

  8. Ally Says:

    Thank you so much. I had requested this a long time ago, because the recording of The Number One mix that appears on The Twelve Inches Of Bananarama compilation obviously was sourced from vinyl and is poorly done.

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    Sorry it took so long Ally but it’s finally here. Enjoy!

    [Reply]

    sergio Reply:

    Hi Ally,

    Do you really think the Number One Mix from The 12″ Of Bananarama was recorded from vinyl because of the storm like noises at the beginning?

    [Reply]

    Ally Reply:

    Hi Sergio, yes, it is a terrible rip from vinyl. Thankfully it appears on the recent True Confessions 2-CD/DVD deluxe edition.

    [Reply]

  9. josmon10 Says:

    Well, it’s not really a copy of the Princess track, but some sort of mash-up, hence the “Number One Mix” tag.

    Once of my favourite Bananarama tracks! I have the 12″ that has the album track “Set On You” on the flip side instead of the Dub, so it’s great to have a new mix after all this time 🙂

    Thanks a bundle, Paul!

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Josmon10! One of my favorites too 🙂

    [Reply]

  10. Chris Says:

    Thank you, Paul! One of my favorite Bananarama songs!

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Chris 🙂

    [Reply]

  11. music_fan Says:

    “The cautionary message in the lyrics are directed towards a friend who has gone to seek his fortune in the big city and ended up a rentboy.”

    LOL

    I never knew that. It’s weird to hear old songs and not know their true meaning. The Blow Monkey’s classic 80s song ‘Digging Your Scene’ is about getting HIV (which can lead on to AIDS). For years I never knew it was about that!

    This is one of Bananarama’s best songs. Deserved to chart higher.

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    Music_fan I never knew the meaning either until I researched the song for this project. You also just taught me something new about the Blow Monkees track 🙂

    [Reply]

  12. Dean Says:

    This is a holy grail!! My favorite Bananarama 12″. Thank you so much.

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dean 🙂

    [Reply]

  13. ric Says:

    As mentioned by Ally, the one in the 12″ compilation CD sucks big time. So it is such a relief and joy to have you rip it here, Paul. Thank you!
    And it seems like the masses just wanted the girls to be bimbos and stay frivolous then. Rough Justice, another single with a heavy theme, didn’t fare well too. I think this expected stereotype is mainly what led Siobhan to leave the group in 1988.

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric. Can’t believe I hadn’t posted this before now. I think I was bananna’d out lol. I agree the public didn’t want the girls to grow up. Very under rated song.

    [Reply]

    Silver Blue Reply:

    In a land far, far away (I don’t remember which incarnation of the blog it was), you did post the UK version of this 12″ single that has the Tricky mix on it, as well as “Set on You”. I’m proud to say it’s in my archives with the DJPaulT tag. 🙂

    [Reply]

  14. woz Says:

    Thanks!

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Woz 🙂

    [Reply]

  15. Paul Says:

    Thanks so much for this. One of my most favourite songs ever. I used to listen to this song constantly while doing my exams at School. I saw it got me though them.
    Fab song and I have a copy of the 7″ Number One Edit if anyone wanted it. It’s ripped at 320kbs from the single.

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are so very welcome Paul. I’m glad that I was able to post this one of my favorites too 🙂

    [Reply]

  16. music_fan Says:

    “You also just taught me something new about the Blow Monkees track”

    Dr Robert:

    “And the song was written basically about AIDS and the way that it was beginning to kind of happen to people that I knew within that scene.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/music/singersong/drrobert.shtml

    🙂

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    Interesting read. Thanks 🙂

    [Reply]

  17. sergio Says:

    How funny I recorded the 12″ UK I had last night.nice to compare the quality of the US vinyl.

    Thanks for posting!

    [Reply]

    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Sergio.

    [Reply]

  18. Gilbert Says:

    Yay!!! another Bananarama post!!! Always excited about Nana’s music here. I believe the Tricky Mix is exclusive to this vinyl release only. Can’t find it on any digital format. Thanks Paul. Happy weekend and always stay well.

    [Reply]

  19. Jermajesty Says:

    Oh god this is too funny – I’d not heard the Number One mix before.

    They must’ve been *so* p****d off to have been given Princess’s cast offs. I’m really surprised they agreed to this mix being released.

    Thanks DJPaulT!

    [Reply]

  20. MusicMan3 Says:

    Paul, this post is truly awesome – and superior to the “rip” on The Twelve Inches of Bananarama, as another fan mentioned. This is one of my favorite Nana songs and LOVED when they released new 12″ singles. I truly like the Tricky Mix, it’s very true to the original version, which I understand the nanas preferred.

    The Fire & Brimstone Mix of Venus is also amazing. I haven’t heard that in a really long time. If you have that in your collection, please consider posting it. 🙂

    Thanks for all the great nana gems!

    [Reply]

  21. george e. Says:

    One of my very favourite Nanas 12″s! I also liked the B-side “Set On You” (nice-little-dance-number). As far as the CD-compilation of 12inches is concerned, I find the sound far inferior than the vinyl. I stopped buying “remasters” since they proved to be bad for my ears. The only remasters I bought (at a very high price though) are the Japanese ones for some great Salsoul albums with bonus tracks. Japan mastering outgraded the rest easily, offering a superb sound quality in comparison with the rest of the world. Thanks, paul! I wonder if you can find the “Aie-A-Mwana” UK 12″, that was actually their first single in the U.K. The versions on that one have nothing to do with the U.S. remixes. I only own the 7″ (their very first one) which has a unique version that never appeared on any compilation, as they always contain the album version (for some unknown reason).

    [Reply]

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>