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Billy Idol – Eyes Without A Face (Japan 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 6th, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

B. Front (Obi)

A. Front

“Eyes Without a Face” is a song by Billy Idol, co-written with guitarist Steve Stevens from Idol’s 1983 album Rebel Yell. The song is softer and more ballad-like than most of the album’s other singles.

Released on 29 May 1984, this was the second single from the Rebel Yell album. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Idol’s first Top 10 hit in the US. In the UK the single peaked at #18.

In the liner notes for the Expanded Edition of Rebel Yell, Idol notes that this song was one of the first three written for the album (the other two being the title track and “(Do Not) Stand In The Shadows.”) The original track was recorded in Studio A at Electric Lady Studios in New York, with a Linn drum machine and the bass parts played by Steve Webster.

The song is notable for the female voice of Perri Lister that sings ‘Les yeux sans visage’ (French for ‘eyes without a face’) as a background chorus.

The title of the song refers to French director Georges Franju’s movie Les yeux sans visage (1960).

In a retrospective review of the single, Allmusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco praised the song. He wrote: “The music plays against the dark tone of the lyrics with a ballad-styled melody comprised of yearning verses that slowly build emotion and a quietly wrenching chorus that relieves the emotional tension in a cathartic manner.

SIDE A:
Eyes Without A Face (Single Version) 4:10
Love Calling (Dub Version) 5:37

SIDE B:
Dancing With Myself (Long Version) 6:03
Rebel Yell 4:47

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1984 Eyes Without A Face U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #4
1984 Eyes Without A Face U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #5

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Chrysalis ‎– WWS-50143
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: Japan
Released: 21 Sep 1984
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop/Rock, Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Arranged By – Steve Stevens
Producer – Keith Forsey
Written-By – Billy Idol, Steve Stevens

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

C. 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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46 Responses to “Billy Idol – Eyes Without A Face (Japan 12″)”

  1. ex15 Says:

    Awesome choice Paul, Billy’s finest ballad..

    Thanks as always for the rip.. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15 🙂

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  2. kookoo Says:

    Thanks for this great 12″. 1984 was a great year for music!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yes I agree Kookoo ’84 was a great year 🙂

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    woz Reply:

    Not only a great year for music, but also a great year for movies 🙂

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  3. woz Says:

    Thanks for this one, Paul! Always loved the song and look forward to hearing your rip 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Woz. Enjoy 🙂

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  4. NKelly Says:

    Awesome!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Neil 🙂

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  5. Jeff Says:

    Fantastic way to start the week Paul!!! Always loved this song but always lamented that there wasn’t a 12-inch version. I’d love to hear one that has the integrity of the original mix, just an extension. I don’t think any of the remix services did one; NOW that would be very cool.

    Great song for October. I beleive that the movie, “Eyes Without A Face” was a disturbing horror film.

    http://www.amazon.com/Eyes-Without-Face-Criterion-Collection/dp/B0002V7O0Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412619793&sr=8-1&keywords=Eyes+Without+a+Face

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    It is quite a pity that there was never an extended mix or remix service version. A bit of a missed opportunity but still the track did very well in the US and internationally. I love this particular 12″. Not sure if there is anything that rare onit but the art itself is fab!

    I am an avid horror fan Jeff will have to check out that movie 🙂

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    Mike C. Reply:

    DJ: Ever try your hand at a remix?

    Thanks,

    Mike C.

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    woz Reply:

    I can’t get into horror movies too much. I guess I’m a bit of a scaredy cat. haha oh well. I don’t mind silly 80s horror movies as much though. They can be funny and entertaining.

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  6. CL Says:

    Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome CL 🙂

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  7. Brian Says:

    DJPaul, thanks for Billy Idol and thanks for everything you do…

    … Brian

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Brian 🙂

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  8. Ezequiel Says:

    Yes, I love this music!
    I heard a long time ago, an extended version of Eyes…, where the “punk rock part of the song” repeats. It’s all I remember.

    Hugs!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hugs Ezequiel 🙂

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  9. maxi Says:

    Paul take a listen to this
    https://soundcloud.com/vdublu909/billy-idol-eyes-without-a-face

    a very well played unedited instrumental version

    😉

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    nice wish it was official 🙂 Thanks Maxi.

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    woz Reply:

    Thanks for the link, Maxi! Really nice instrumental!

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    opoder Reply:

    It was awesome!
    Thank you!

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  10. Public Image Says:

    Amazing! Paul, thank you a lot! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Public Image 🙂

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  11. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul a million. This is Billy’s best song and one of the best singles of the 80s.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  12. mothloop Says:

    Love Mr. Stevens’ guitar on this one. The sleeve shall haunt 80s pop culture haters’ dreams for all time (I hope)!

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    woz Reply:

    I’m still trying to figure out the need for the neon leg warmers on the back cover.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    One of the greates in Pop music in my opinion 🙂

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  13. ex15 Says:

    Just looking at the comments, just to clarify the album version was some 50 seconds longer, so one asks why didn’t they put this this out on the 12″ ?

    As for the remix options, an instrumental mix would of been nice..

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    That’s a good question we will never know.

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    Paul Chapman Reply:

    In the UK the album version was indeed used & labelled as the ‘extended version’ (isn’t that annoying when they do that) certainly the best version with the extra verse etc

    It was even included in 1988 (?) on the limited 15 of The Best version of Idol Songs – 11 of The Best, once again as the extended Version!

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    woz Reply:

    Yeah, an instrumental mix would be have been a great addition. Too bad for us 🙁

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  14. Sergio Goncalves Says:

    Really awesome! Thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Sergio 🙂

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  15. Dirk Says:

    Ahw, a bleeched Adam Ant with colourful legwarmers, how roug’n’bad.. 🙂 But with a few great songs. This one i am gonna grab straight away! Thanx for the rips and the scans, Paul!

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  16. Bill Says:

    Great song, one of Billy’s finest.

    Thanks for your effort Paul

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  17. Tim Says:

    DEFINITELY going on my list of Greatest 12″ Single Covers of All-Time. Another great upload, cheers Paul!

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  18. woz Says:

    Is the ‘Love Calling’ dub exclusive to this release?

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  19. opoder Says:

    Idol always had their songs well remixed.
    EWAF is a delightful song. The end comes and leave a “want more”. Deserved a looong version 😉

    DWM is classic \o>

    Sorry about my english. XD

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    opoder Reply:

    In the Single version lacks these phrases:
    “Hanging out by the State Line
    Turning holy water into wine
    Bringing it down, oh-oooo…”

    😡

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  20. coloresparadelores Says:

    Great site, awesome rips, all of them, sounds fantastic, your job is really incredible. And thanks for all these 80s treasures

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  21. gonzalo76 Says:

    Oh yes, I really wanted this LP digitalized!!!!
    How strange a “long version” of this song doesn’t exist 😉
    Any Billy Idol LP is more than welcome!
    Thank you so much Paul!!!

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  22. Ally Says:

    The left and right stereo channels of this recording are reversed from how they are in the video version and on the Idolize Yourself compilation:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OFpfTd0EIs

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  23. TY Says:

    Thank You

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