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Breathe – Hands To Heaven (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on July 3rd, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

A.-Front2

Although it was released as the first single from the group’s debut album All That Jazz, “Hands to Heaven” was not Breathe’s debut single; the group had recorded and released songs prior to signing an album deal with A&M Records. One of these songs, “Don’t Tell Me Lies”, reached #77 on the UK Singles Chart in 1986 before being included on Breathe’s debut album and subsequently being reissued.

“Hands to Heaven” was, however, Breathe’s breakthrough hit in both the UK as well as the United States. The ballad peaked at #4 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1988. In the US, it logged two weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that same month (kept from the summit by “Roll with It” by Steve Winwood) and spent 16 weeks in the Top 40. “Hands to Heaven” also peaked at #2 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.

The song also reached #4 in Norway and #14 in Sweden.

This song was one of a number of singles, many by British and Australian bands, that helped to shape the smooth jazz radio format in the US in the mid to late 1980s. Other associated artists include Swing Out Sister, Johnny Hates Jazz, Icehouse and Sade.

SIDE A:
Hands To Heaven (Extended Heaven) 6:25
Producer – Bob Sergeant*
Remix – Chris Porter

SIDE B:
Hands To Heaven (Radio Mix) 4:18
Producer – Bob Sergeant*
Remix – Chris Porter

Life And Times (Instrumental) 4:46
Mixed By – John Madden*
Producer – Breathe (3)

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1988 Hands To Heaven U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #2
1988 Hands To Heaven U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary #2

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Siren Records (8) ‎– SRNT 68
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Downtempo
Credits: Arranged By – Breathe (3)
Design – Arefin*
Photography By [Back] – Drew Carolan
Photography By [Front] – Eamon J McCabe*
Written-By – D.Glasper*, M.Lillington*

NOTES:
From the LP:
“ALL THAT JAZZ”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B.-Back2

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Pro-Ject Speed Box S
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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27 Responses to “Breathe – Hands To Heaven (UK 12″)”

  1. Ludovic Says:

    Great posts mate and fantastic quality rips!

    By the way, do you have Bryan Ferry’s “Don’t Stop the Dance” 12″? and Belouis Some’s Animal Magic 12″?

    Thanks DjPaulT!
    Regards from Croatia.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Ludovic 🙂 I will have to check on that one 🙂

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    Ludovic Reply:

    Many thanks!

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  2. Andy Says:

    A favorite song of mine. Takes me back to being 18 and starting to “find myself”. Good memories and bad mixed together.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I can relate Andy 🙂

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  3. Nacho Says:

    Dear Pault.

    (Extended Heaven mix) is a amazing, thanks..!!!

    Saludos from South America.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Nach 🙂

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  4. JonEthin Says:

    One of my all time favorite ballads. Good Memories of good people who shapped my life.
    thank you Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome JonEthin 🙂

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  5. Jim Says:

    Great song, and one of my favorite 80’s LPs! Just an FYI, an import double CD was just released of the ‘All That Jazz’ album with tons of extended, live and b-side tracks, remastered. Ordered it from England a while back, well worth checking out if you are a fan. On another FYI tangent, Marcus now works for Headscape web design company in the UK and is one of the hosts on the Boagworld podcast.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for the FYI Jim. I’m not really into remasters due to the way they pump up the loudness on tracks. I’m a vinyl over.

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    Jim Reply:

    Understand that, have been disappointed with some ‘remasters’ that have come out over the years. Some good, some really bad, you take your chances these days 🙂

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  6. Conner Says:

    I LOVE this.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy Conner 🙂

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  7. omar Says:

    Thanks paul . Do you also have Jonah ?

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  8. Fred Says:

    Hi Paul…I have been trying all day…the FLAC download is going at about 11k/sec which is about 1/3 the old “dialup” speed of the 28.8 late 1980s. 🙂 The website is very slow, too. Any chance the site will be fixed within the next few days? It’s definitely the site…not my ISP. Thanks for the great rip!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    This is the first I have heard of a problem Fred. Hopefully it will fix itself.

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    Fred Reply:

    Hi again…8:25am and still same problem…about 10k/sec download and the site in general is terribly slow. I have a 30Mbit connection and all other sites/FTP work just fine…even Fun With Vinyl (I thought you 2 were on the same host). Someone else here said the speeds are slow too. Hopefully this is not the problem you had a year or so ago. The download dies, too, about 2 hours into the transfer. 🙁

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Sorry Fred it’s out of my control. we are on the same host but I have many more readers than he does so my site has more traffic which is slowing things down. They also moved me to a new server and are now taking more control of my speed. The only thing I can really do is pay more money and get a dedicated server. The server I am on now is shared with other sites.

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  9. Ramone Says:

    PERFECT vocals on this song. They don’t make them like this anymore .. I truly miss the 80s ..

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  10. SimonP Says:

    Weirdly I ripped my own copy of this the other day. Don’t remember buying it, so I think it must’ve once belonged to my ex- girlfriend. Makes sense, as it is the musical equivalent of a chick flick and far too girly for my tastes! 😛

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  11. Zack Says:

    the flac download is extremely slow – usually takes minutes – now 2h at around 20KB/sec

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  12. oldDJ Says:

    website slowed to a crawl…not just downloads (went from a minute or two, to couple of hours) but even just loading the simple pages…

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I think everything is working better now.

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  13. jose Says:

    Amazing song….thanks.¡¡

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  14. jose Says:

    Amazig song…..Thanks.¡¡¡

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  15. joanne Says:

    awesome! thanks for sharing! love the extended version!

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