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Screamin’ Lord Byron Featuring Thomas Dolby and Timothy Spall – The Devil Is An Englishman (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 7th, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

A. Front

“The Devil Is An Englishman” is a 1986 single by Sreamin’ Lord Byron featuring Thomas Dolby and Timothy Spall taken from the soundtrack for the film Gothic.

In Ken Russell’s film Gothic, poet Lord Byron was played by Gabriel Byrne. Thomas Dolby’s soundtrack for the film closes with the song “The Devil Is An Englishman”, which prominently features samples of Byrne’s dialogue from the film, much of it shouted — hence, the half-serious “featuring Screamin’ Lord Byron” credit on the single and the soundtrack album.

SIDE A:
The Devil Is An Englishman (Extended Version) 6:00
Artist – Screamin’ Lord Byron Featuring Thomas Dolby and Timothy Spall
Remix – Martin Rushent
Vocals – Timothy Spall

SIDE B:
Fantasmagoria 2:11
Artist – Thomas Dolby

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Virgin ‎– VS 937-12
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Composed By – Thomas Dolby
Producer – Clif Brigden, Thomas Dolby

NOTES:
Both tracks taken from the soundtrack album “GOTHIC”

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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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24 Responses to “Screamin’ Lord Byron Featuring Thomas Dolby and Timothy Spall – The Devil Is An Englishman (UK 12″)”

  1. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. Anything by Thomas Dolby is good. Thanks for the awesome new wave!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  2. mothloop Says:

    Well this was certainly unexpected! Not a great song but an embarrassment of riches in other ways. I wonder what led you to acquire this one. Ken Russell and his Merchant Ivory a-listers? Tom Dolby? Your selections are inscrutable man, I love it! This one’s just gone on my Halloween playlist. Harry Potter fans: Timothy Spall = Peter Pettigrew!

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    Jeff Reply:

    Great that you pointed out the Harry Potter connection of Timothy Spall. I am so impressed with Paul’s fans because you guys bring wonderful anecdotes to this site.

    Jeff

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  3. Jeff Says:

    I am freaking-out Paul!!!! I can’t believe it!! How STIMULATING IS THIS!!! Beyond thrilled!! Beyond excited!!! Beyond grateful!!! You are tremendous for posting this!!! I can’t wait to get home from work and download what will be an outstanding rip!!! Already this is turning out to be a wonderful Halloween season!! Afterall, it’s my favorite holiday and Burning The Ground has some wonderful Halloween goodies on its site and now this addition.
    Paul, wow, a trillion thanks!

    I love the “Gothic” film and its soundtrack. Thomas Dolby created a truly unique score built entirely on samples (so I’ve heard) that compliment Ken Russell’s hallucinatory imagery very well. It all was tipped-out and disturbing too. “Gothic” condenses that notorious summer when poets and artists got together to tell the ultimate ghost story. Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” came about from this summer holiday at Lord Byron’s villa. I think Russell’s film did a fantastic job at creating the mood and the madness of that summer long ago.

    There was another film based on this story too called “Haunted Summer” which I haven’t seen, but will seek out. That has a great electronic score by horror maestro Christopher Young.

    Paul, again, you’ve made me so very happy.

    Cheers!

    Jeff

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    mothloop Reply:

    Jeff, your comments are always brimming with excitement! Indeed, we fans of Burning The Ground are a particular sort.

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    Jeff Reply:

    Hey, thank you for that. Oh, I like your name a lot as it reminds me of one of my favorite bands, Shriekback. The song “Moth Loop” appears on their “Tench” EP.

    Jeff

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    mothloop Reply:

    Nice. I’ve dug Shriekback since my teens. You are the first person who ever got the reference (that I know of)!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks so much Jeff I just hope I did record justice. It was a fun one to work on. I have never seen the film so I am gonna have to seek it out just to see how the song fits in. Thank you for alwys having something great to say. I appreciate that so much 🙂

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    Jeff Reply:

    You totally did the record justice! I thought I’d never hear the extended version of this song ever again. And if so, not in such splendid quality. Man, the stereo seperation is wonderful and the bass and treble are clear. I’m not a perfect audiophile, but I know what I like when I hear it, and this is stellar in my opinion. I love the lyrics to this and the samples from “Gothic” are a great touch. PluDear Paul,

    s, from what I can remember from the soundtrack album, sounds of the score are incorporated into the mix. I forgot Martin Rushent did the remix on this and he’s a class-act when it comes to mixing/remixing and producing.

    This song came when the end credits rolled and it was a perfect closing number. Yes, the movie was weird and nightmarish, typical of Ken Russell’s style of film making, but I did enjoy it. A lot of excess, sensationalism and garish-ness. Was panned by the critics, but I can’t help but enjoy the mahem of it all. I had the soundtrack on cassette which I played a lot. It’s short, but very evocative. Mr. Dolby created the perfect soundscape to match Russell’s vision. Oh, and the flip-side, Paul, you did awesome on that rip as well. I think that was the opening credit theme and it sounds marvelous.

    This song is so good because it is not an over-played Halloween song that’s become tired like “Thriller” and “Ghostbusters.” (Speaking of “Ghostbusters” your rip with the dub version is my favorite mix of the song. The refrain of “ghostbusters” sounds terrifically spooky!!! It’s my choice to play on a Halloween playlist.) Anyway, your site has the coolest Halloween jams. Like “Dracula’s Tango” and “Something In My House (Mortevicar Mix)” with those “Exorcist” movie samples make it fabulous to play on All Hallows’ Eve. Oh, and I can’t forget your Scat Brothers “Walk The Night” too. I think it fits in the spirit of Halloween in a way.

    Paul, forgive the ramblings, but you really knocked it out of the ball park. Phenomenal job and HUGE thanks for all of your hard work and dedication.

    Most sincerely,

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Love your rambling Jeff. Thank you 🙂

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    woz Reply:

    Are you a writer by chance, Jeff? You really have a way with words 🙂

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    Jeff Reply:

    Woz,

    Actually no, but thank you for the compliment. I just get so full of excitement when it comes to Paul’s work, that the words seem to come out. I really love this place and the community here. The web can be so full of negativity, but on Burning The Ground, there is a lot of love and positivity and I am so grateful for that.

    Jeff

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    woz Reply:

    Right on, Jeff. You have a gift of expressing yourself in text, my friend. I have to agree, this place is great, lots of positivity here at BTG. How could there not be? With Paul taking music sharing to a level never seen before. He has attracted a pretty good group of people here to open and celebrate each audio treasure chest together in the comments.

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    Jeff Reply:

    Hello Everyone,

    I just re-watched the film “Gothic” over this past weekend, and I have to apologize for stating that the song “The Devil Is An Englishman” came during the end-credits of the movie. It does not appear anywhere in the film. I guess I played the soundtrack album so much back-in-the-day, that I assumed the song came at the end. Too bad. I’m wondering if a music video was ever filmed? It would be a trip if it was. Well, I’m sorry for the wrong information I passed along to everybody.

    Anyway, back to the movie. What a hallucinatory fever-dream it all is. Ken Russell’s vision is relentless and is pure madness. I just really love this movie and anyone with an interest, should check it out. It’s weird and disturbing at times, but that’s what gives it its personality.

    Since I lost my cassette of the score a long time ago, I decided to buy the MP3. Even though individual tracks aren’t listed (it’s only divided into two parts)it’s still great to have it once again. PLUS, I will always support the artists with purchasing their music. I owe it to them for all the pleasure their music gives me.

    Jeff

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  4. JamieH Says:

    Ooh, is it gonna be Halloween-ish entries for the rest of the month? If so, yay! If not, still good! 🙂

    Thanks, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    It just very well may be Jamie 🙂

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  5. Tyson Says:

    Thanks Paul, I love Thomas Dolby and I love songs I can add to my Halloween playlist!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Tyson 🙂

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    woz Reply:

    Ditto to what Tyson said!

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  6. cdmaniac Says:

    GREAT POST PAUL!!!!
    I didnt even know there was a 12″
    I wish Gothic was out on Bluray.
    Someone mentioned Haunted Summer above, another great movie!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome my friend 🙂

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  7. woz Says:

    Thank you!

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    woz Reply:

    I haven’t heard this one in a looong time. Pretty much forgot about it. It’s great to hear it again!

    Never seen Gothic before, I will have to track it down. It’s not really my type of genre, but I’ll give it a try.

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