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Nik Kershaw – The Riddle (Europe 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on July 30th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

A. Front

“The Riddle” is a song recorded by English synth-pop singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw. It was released in 1984 as the lead single from the album of the same name. It reached number three on the UK Singles Chart. In the US the single debuted on the Billboard Charts on April 13, 1985 however the single failed reach the Hot 100 peaking at #107.

SIDE A:
The Riddle (Extended Riddle) 5:10
Producer – Peter Collins

SIDE B:
Progress (Live) 3:04
Mixed By – Simon Boswell

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 The Riddle U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 #107

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: MCA Records ‎– 259 225-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: Europe
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Photography, Art Direction – Iain McKell
Written-By – Nik Kershaw

NOTES:
Cover states A as a “Special Extended Mix”, whereas label says “Extended Riddle”.
B is recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon.
From the album: “THE RIDDLE”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

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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46 Responses to “Nik Kershaw – The Riddle (Europe 12″)”

  1. omar Says:

    Paul you’re an Angel. This is my favorite NK single. Thanks !!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Omar that was nice of you to say:) Enjoy!

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    Goodguy Reply:

    Ditto. It’s a favorite, and his best (imo). 🙂

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  2. Stefano Says:

    Always happy to see Nik Kershaw added to the blog! I’m a big fan of NK, from the beginning. Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I’m a big fan too Stefano always have been 🙂

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    Stefano Reply:

    The extended version of ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’ is my favourite NK song. Listened to it a thousand times. The 12 inch version should have been the album version, I think.

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  3. Jermajesty Says:

    Hahaaa…. I loved this when I was little. Seemed so dark and mysterious.

    Not so keen now, find most of NK’s output repetitive – good hooks that hook too much! Apart from Wouldn’t It Be Good, that’s still a fave.

    Thanks. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jermajesty. I’m a NK fan love his music. Always thought he and Howard Jones were a lot alike in some respects.

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    hehe.. i don’t think you’re the first or last to make that connection!

    In the 90s Chris Morris (UK satirist) sampled The Riddle at 33rpm to make a spoof Portishead type jingle for his radio show, Blue Jam. I loved it from the moment I first heard it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CizeIDDNTP0

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  4. Gerry Says:

    Cheers again Paul – you’ve pulled a few of my faves out of the bag in the last week – must be psychic link! This album is being released as a remastered & expanded edition next week – a must have – his best album. The Wide Boy 12″ is a cracker too.

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    omar Reply:

    Aug. 12th according to AmazonUk. I’ve already preordered mine !

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Lett’s hope they do a good job on the remaster.Looks like it’s being released only in the UK by Commercial Marketing label.

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    Stefano Reply:

    Actually it’s a European release by Universal, and Nik personally gave his blessings to the tracklisting (for disc 2 a rather strange sequence). He left out a few bonus tracks. One track he threw away is this Progress B-side. He never liked the live version.

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    josmon10 Reply:

    Yes, this is what he said about it:

    —> [“Progress” is a dodgy performance of a mediocre song, badly recorded. Re-mastering it wouldn’t have helped – My song – My opinion – My choice to leave it off.]

    So this is a good chance to grab it in excellent quality. Thanks, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Josmon10 hope you like my remaster 🙂

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  5. Drake Says:

    Thanks!
    This music is a personal favorite! I love the music video , mae me remember alice in Wonderland!

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    Drake Reply:

    Make

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Drake 🙂

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  6. dazz22 Says:

    another classic def good choice

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Dazz22 🙂

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  7. Lordofvhs Says:

    what a couple of maxis: visage & kershaw-2 fantastic 80’s tracks.thank you very much
    have a nice God always bless you.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you very much Lordofvhs 🙂

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  8. Lordofvhs Says:

    sorry I wanted to say have a nice rest of week

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Gotcha 🙂

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  9. Michael Says:

    Thank You Paul! Love the Riddle. NK has been my favorite when I was 12 or 13 and his show in Munich was the first (actually my second) concert I went to all by myself. I was close to the front but next to the speakers so my hearing wasn’t so great the days after :-).

    I was also a huge Howard Jones fan but I never made it to any of his shows. Probably one of the most underrated songwriter from the 80ties. Hide and Seek is still fantastic!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are lucky you got to see him I bet it was a great show. I have never seen Hik or Howard. Wouldn’t it be good if they did a gig together. Just wishing 🙂

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    ric Reply:

    Nik did tour US as Paul Young’s opening act back in ’85…such a great value for money to see two of UK’s top male of the mid 80s.
    You missed that tour, Paul?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah I missed that one Ric 🙁

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    Michael Reply:

    I have seen Paul Young as well – it was at Circus Krone in Munich (an amazing venue) in 1985. I’ve had a moment that I can describe as a moment where I did not knew what was going on and that was that I jumped up and ran to the left of the stage when Paul left the stage to walk through the audience. I stood at arms reach in front of him and then been stopped by the body guards. I really have no idea what gotten into me. LOL … However, it was a great show! Back in the days I’ve seen so many great shows and in Germany it is really no masterpiece to get a decent ticket to a decent price … oh, and a few days later Tears for Fears played at the same venue. Some guy that had a crush on my “babysitter” for Frankie goes to Hollywood gave us free tickets … can you believe that?

    Yes, Howard Jones and Nik Kershaw – I would love to see that. And yes, the show was amazing, even though I believe that was even before “The Riddle” …

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    SimonP Reply:

    Nik and Howard have performed together. There may be a vid or 2 on YouTube, I expect…

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  10. Michael Says:

    oh, I forgot to ask: do you have the extended version of: I won’t let the sun go down on me. Not the one from Simon Boswell 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Been looking for that one Michael. It has an alternate blue sleeve and is pretty hard to find but I am looking 🙂

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    ric Reply:

    That Phil Harding original 12” I think is much better than the Boswell one, which is more like a Dub than a Remix.
    I hope you can find that, Paul!

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    Michael Reply:

    Oh wow … I love DUB … yes, I hope you will find that one Paul!

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  11. giorgios-greece Says:

    you’re an oasis after a hard day’s work!!!!

    just got home and what a big surprise!!!!!

    thank u dj!!!!!

    i love Nik Kershaw’s music!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Cheers Giorgio. Hope this made your day a little brighter 🙂

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    ric Reply:

    For me you are like a strong cup of rich black coffee. A fabulous perk-me-up for the rest of each mundane day.
    How does it feel to impact so many people’s lives on a daily basis?

    I’m so glad you decide to revisit Nik. You have posted many of his 12″ remixes before, and I always thought… Wouldn’t It Be Good if Paul can weave his remaster rerip on them and when will it be? I’d imagine it’d be a Human Racing against time, but I know you Won’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me.
    The Riddle is finally solved today and now you make us all jump for joy like Dancing Girls!

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  12. Mark Says:

    Great Track ! Hope to see Wild Boy coming . Thanks

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Mark 🙂

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  13. Goodguy Says:

    Thanks again Paul! This is my favorite Nik track. I knew you’d do a great job with it, as usual. 🙂

    While secondary to the music itself, the graphic design of 80’s European singles and albums was always stellar, and I always considered The Riddle a great example of those that incorporated photography of the artist in question. Photography, Typeface, and even an artist/album logo all gelled here to create a brand that that stuck in your head from adverts, videos, and tours. Some felt that detracted from the music (sometimes the artists too), but I loved it, and still do. I love to see this stuff as well as hear it.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Me too Doodguy. I love the artwork just as much as the music that is one of the reasons that I love vinyl so much. You don’t get that big over sized artwork with a CD 🙂

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  14. Christian Says:

    Hey there. Great job ripping this – but right now none of the download links are working? It asks for an authentication with login and password. Hope you get to fix it, and thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Please read the site FAQ for log in information.

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    Christian Reply:

    Ah OK. Sorry for not checking that out – I presumed there that was an bug, not a feature. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah I had to implement this due to people leeching my bandwidth.

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  15. Junior Says:

    Another favourite of mine from Nik.

    Thanks for your rip 🙂

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