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Yazoo – Situation (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 5th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1982

A. Front

“Situation” is a 1982 single by the British synthpop band, Yazoo. The song was originally released in the UK as the B-side to Yazoo’s debut single, “Only You”, which went to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Released as a single in North America, the song peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, and hit the top 40 in Canada, peaking at number 31. In late summer 1982 it became Yazoo’s first song to top the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, remaining at number one on this chart for four weeks. It also crossed over to the R&B chart, peaking at number 31.

The song features a memorable synthesizer hook by Vince Clarke (similar to the work he had done with his previous band, Depeche Mode), combined with the vocals by Alison Moyet (including her laughter, which has since been sampled in countless other songs, including the international novelty dance hit “Macarena”).

SIDE A:
Situation 5:40

SIDE B:
Situation (Dub Version) 5:45

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1982 Situation U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #73
1982 Situation U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles #31
1982 Situation U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Sire ‎– 0-29950
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Design [Sleeve] – Rocking Rick Lego
Engineer – http://www.discogs.com/artist/John+Potoker
Mastered By – Herb Powers Jr.
Producer – Daniel MillerEric RadcliffeVince Clarke
Remix [Remixed By] – François Kevorkian
Written-By – Moyet*, Clarke*

nOTES:
From the Sire LP:
“Upstairs At Eric’s”

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B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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Password: burningtheground

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33 Responses to “Yazoo – Situation (US 12″)”

  1. kookoo Says:

    Thank you Paul. This was the first 12″ I ever purchased. Thanks for the great covers as well. All the best.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Kookoo. A great one to begin your record collection with 🙂

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    Goodguy Reply:

    Kookoo, same EXACT story here. I ran across a used copy of this, and while I have like 2 or 3 copies more in better shape (forgetting other editions and pressings), I still have that crackly scratched copy. It means so much to me now as an introduction to the world of Vince Clarke. 🙂

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  2. omar Says:

    I love the 12″ mix. Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  3. Kenneth Says:

    A CLASSIC and a half! Thank you Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Kenneth 🙂

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  4. MAN Says:

    Thank you for this track I love Dub version … never heard it before

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MAN!

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  5. Charly Says:

    This is one of the great in the history of the 12-inch. Thank you.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Charly. You’re welcome 🙂

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  6. Jermajesty Says:

    I thought their name was shortened to Yaz for the US market?

    Went to see them on the Reconnected tour, was v exciting as I never imagined them ever getting back together. jeez I can’t believe that was 5 years ago already..! Was really cool to see them enjoying it too.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Wish I could have seen that show I bet it was really a fun time. They were known as Yaz in the US and Canada don’t know why the sleeve says Yazoo maybe an early pressing.

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    Goodguy Reply:

    I’m hoping that tour was only the first reunion…hoping. 🙂

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  7. JTF Says:

    Thanks Paul… a classic I never actually picked up the proper 12″ on!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome JTF 🙂

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  8. Alone With Strangers Says:

    Great disc – thanks for the rip. By amazing coincidence I got a copy of this yesterday:

    http://www.discogs.com/Yazoo-Situation-Remixes/release/388773

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Coll Alone With Strangers. I never picked up the 90’s mixes.

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  9. Mike Says:

    Is the A side just the album version? Thanks!

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  10. ric Says:

    Another great 80s flashback, Paul!
    They had such a short-lived but BRILLIANT career. Sad and strange that the tension between Vince and Alison is so errr….tense.
    A worthy single and should not have been just a B-side to Only You, which was intended as Vince’s parting gift to Depeche Mode but the group rejected the song offer.
    Situation is another of those 80s classics that got remixed over and over again throughout the years.
    Tainted Love, Blue Monday, You Spin Me Round…put your hands up. LOL!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Don’t forget “Relax” as well. I never got into the 90’s remixes I really enjoyed the original. It’s interesting that “Situation” did not appear on the 1982 UK LP and Cassette it didn’t show up until ’86.

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    Goodguy Reply:

    Ah, but less or more tense since the last tour? Time tends to heal wounds, as well as mellow people.

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  11. bfore Says:

    When a song with-stands the test of time, you know it’s a classic!
    Great remixes by François for this legendary duo,none of the later mixes
    of this song come even close to this 12inch.
    Only Ben Liebrand did a nice (Special Dub/Vocal Edit) which he released
    on his historic compilation Grand 12-Inches.

    http://www.discogs.com/Various-Grand-12-Inches/release/183186

    Initially the song wasn’t even included on the UK or EU album release,
    of Upstairs At Eric’s ,only later on the CD reissue they included,
    of course ,this US remix of Situation, which was included on the US
    pressing of the album.

    80s,and I was there,and Paul reminds us every day

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  12. Chris Says:

    Will You release “Don’t Go” as well? I’m looking for the Yaz/Sunfire – Don’t Go/Shake Your Body (Sire Records Company – PRO-A-1072, Warner Bros. Records – PRO-A-1072), (12″ US ’82): Don’t Go (Long Version) 5:59 . This one is quite difficult to locate..
    Thanks.

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    SimonP Reply:

    Can’t be that hard to locate, there are 7 copies for sale on Discogs….

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    Goodguy Reply:

    Ah yes, one of those early custom sleeves before they decided to add art to those. I was also sold on “Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)” as single (didn’t happen) from this.

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    Chris Reply:

    IF I’d like to buy…not.

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  13. lordofvhs Says:

    thank you once and again-have a great weekend,mate

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  14. maxi Says:

    Amazing sound quality for a 30 yrs old vynil, no a single glitch, congrats Paul.

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  15. antbee Says:

    Thanks Paul!

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  16. Nathan Alan Says:

    Paul, haven’t heard this for a long time. So glad to get to hear it in your analogue to digital lossless one-of-a-kind quality. Do record companys often offer you paying gigs to restore their vinyl remixes for their 20 or 30 year remix collections that are often being released nowadays? I know Tabu in the past year released a few of their 80s signed artists in remastered albums and 12″ remix compilations by the same artist or mixer, I’ve only ordered a couple of them, they did several remastered CDs each for some of their artists like Cherrelle, The S.O.S. Band, and Alexander O’Neal that I know about. I would like to know if people our age are buying them in the quantities they had hoped, or made their project worth the time and effort. 12″ of David Morales, or Casablanca records for example, and others I forget off the top of my head are being restored and re-released. I don’t know, I figure they hear your stuff here and someone says, “have you reached out to this guy Paul to restore our masters from vinyl?” since so many studio masters have been mis-placed or misappropriated over the years, or were simply kept in improper storage conditions.

    I got the only 2 albums I know of Yaz on cassette because I was in the hospital when I was introduced to them, and was allowed to keep a small boom box with detachable speakers in the hospital room. This was long before portable CD players, or Yaz had their albums transferred to CD, which I could have played the vinyl as long as I owned my last turntable with pre-amp, amplifier, subwoofer, and full range speakers until 1993 or 1994.

    I was around 14 or 15 y/o at the time I heard Yaz in the hospital, and now in hindsight Yaz were already broken-up by the time I heard of them in either 1983 or ’84 in those days. I was very young, and had no contact with the popular world outside of the small town and cult religions (separate) my parents belonged to. I had to smuggle music where they couldn’t see it, but thankfully they both lost custody of me in 1984. Coincidentally, one of the nurses in this hospital who introduced me to Yaz was trying to explain to me what Spandaux Ballet’s musical sound-style was like. I wanted to know before I signed up to buying anything from them, and she explained “they sound like a Pepsi commercial but really happy and you can dance to it.” I don’t know what Pepsi commercials sounded like in 1983-84, but I guess music style is something that is very difficult to explain to someone if you haven’t given it much thought, I have read articles by professional music critics that did not describe an album’s quality in a way that I agreed with at all, so it’s very subjective and in the mind of the listener.
    Again, thank you.

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  17. deir Says:

    Paul, sou do Brazil não consigo fazer nenhum download….

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    deir Reply:

    consegui, Yes, thanks Paul … Brasil

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