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The B-52’s – Rock Lobster (US 7″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 4th, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1978

A. Front

“Rock Lobster” is a song written by Fred Schneider and Ricky Wilson, two members of The B-52’s. It was produced in two versions, one by DB Records released in 1978, and a longer version, which was part of the band’s 1979 self-titled debut album, released by Warner Bros. The song became one of their signature tunes and it helped launch the band’s success.

“Rock Lobster” was the band’s first single to appear on Billboard Hot 100, where it reached No. 56. A major hit in Canada, the single went all the way to No. 1 in the RPM national singles chart. Its follow-up was “Private Idaho,” in October 1980, which reached No. 74 in the US. It was well received by critics and was placed at No. 147 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

SIDE A:
Rock Lobster 4:38
Written-By – Schneider*, Wilson*

SIDE B:
52 – Girls 3:23
Written-By – Ayers*, Wilson*

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1979/80 Rock Lobster U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #56
1979/80 Rock Lobster U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #24

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: DB Recs ‎– DB-52
Format: Vinyl, 7″, Single, 45 RPM, Yellow logo
Country: US
Released: 1978
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave

CREDITS:
Engineer – Bruce Baxter
Photography By – Ann States
Producer – B-52’s*, Kevin Dunn

NOTES:
Recorded at Mountain Studios, Atlanta, February 1978

Find the 7″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
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: Manual
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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50 Responses to “The B-52’s – Rock Lobster (US 7″)”

  1. NKelly Says:

    Awesome! It arrived quickly then. A HUGE omission / void in The B-52’s catalogue of material has finally been filled 37 years too late but at least it’s finally done. Thanks so much i will treasure this i have a rip on a bootleg CD but i know you’re rip will trounce the other one and become the definitive one as i cannot see a time The B-52’s will commit this version to CD. Even then there’s a very high chance it will not be done as good as you have done it.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Neil I really hope that I did the track justice. Enjoy mate 🙂

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    NKelly Reply:

    Thanks Paul, i will / am! I meant to ask some time ago if you do get time could you possibly update the other The B-52’s post as it’s down. Looking for it it’s gone AWOL lol? Don’t understand that maybe you’ve already deleted it for replacement tomorrow. Think it was Girl from Ipanema goes to Greenland if i remember correctly

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I took that one down Neil until I have a chance to work on it again.

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  2. Jeff Says:

    I certainly echo NKelly’s statement above Paul. So many times we await rarities to be released, but nobody, save you and MAYBE, a small amount of others care what the finished product sounds like. I am so happy that you are out there, with all of your talents and caring to bring these out to fans and collectors. I am humbled once again by your enthusiasm and generosity. THANK YOU Paul.

    Humbled,

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Jeff I enjoyed working on this track. Sad that these versions have been neglected for so long 🙂

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    NKelly Reply:

    Thank you Jeff. Now this post has died down (with 33 comments no less) i’d just like at add that i suggested and contributed to this post by Paul. It was a huge omission in their catalogue and one that is becoming ever-increasingly unlikely to be rectified. I also contributed to the Level 42 Micro Kid post as the best mix bar none (UK 12″) was the only mix not available on CD (this unbelievably included the 2014 deluxe of ‘Standing in the light’ with no fewer than 6 other mixes of said track). I have a few more ideas that i will put to Paul at certain intervals. I’d highly recommend that if anyone else has ideas to put it forward and contribute to a near mint / mint copy of your idea. I’m very glad at the response of this B-52’s post and feel proud and honoured to get this excellent track back out there. It’s interesting to hear how some people never knew of it’s existance. I only found out about it myself around 15 years ago via the bootleg CD i bought with a rip of the 1978 version on there. It’s interesting to hear not only the difference of this version around 18 months before but just the fact that’s it’s their first ever recording. Of course 52 girls is also a 1978 version as opposed to the late 1979 album version which is naturally much more well known. Of course if record companies had any sense they would put out an excellent remaster of the debut album as a deluxe 2 CD with the 1978 single, alternative versions and some Demos. There was a 1986 re-release of Rock lobster of course here in the UK which featured an edit of the 1979 album version which is another track i guess unavailable on CD. Maybe this version appeared in 1979 also as the single version. I really hope Paul can one day add some more The B-52’s to his wonderful blog. There’s no doubt a fair bit out there as vinyl only or on very scarce CD singles. I’m a huge fan of The B-52’s and have been fortunate enough to see them live four times. 3 in the UK (2008, 2013, 2013) and once in las Vegas (2008). I own pretty much everything they have ever done but their catalogue is in major need of an overhaul like a lot of artists. There’s 3 versions out there of Mesopotamia lol. Mainstream CD, rarer CD combined with Party mix (1991 mixes of Mesopotamia) and the UK album vinyl with 3 tracks in alternative mixes by David Byrne (yes Talking heads)!

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    Jeff Reply:

    Thank You NKelly for your excellent contribution to Paul’s blog. I get so fired up when it comes to the knowledge and/or contributions of his readers. Every time you post, I always know there will be some valuable information included in the response. It’s so important, and dare I say it: VITAL, that we fans/music lovers/audiophiles do all that we can to help Paul out. The donations are so important as also the contributions of near mint vinyl. I love giving back, especially to someone like DjPaulT who is such a beautiful soul. And the atmosphere on Burning The Ground (as I’ve said numerous times before) is wonderfully positive and full of light and love. I would do anything and everything to pay it forward to Paul and his community on BTG. I am so thrilled when I see such VAST knowledge and information passed on by Paul’s readers. And Neil, thanks so much for your passion. This B-52’s rarity was incredibly AWESOME!! So a huge debt of thanks to you and our Paul for making it materialize. What the labels aren’t doing, it just makes me bubble over with bliss that the fans are doing all they can to keep vinyl memories alive. I worship all you archivists around the world for all they are doing for the artists and the music itself. I feel that Paul has created a gold mine here, heck, more like Fort Knox with Burning The Ground. The riches here are to die for!

    Have a great day and thanks for this contribution!!!

    Jeff

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    NKelly Reply:

    Thanks Jeff. Yes we can all make a little difference here and do what those record companies fail to do.
    Thanks Paul, for that. It wasn’t my place to put it like that so i thought i’d leave that part to the imagination. BTW i’m no expert but in reply to a previous comment at the top i’m sure from everyone’s comments through the years, your RIP is bound to have done the tracks justice. I wish i had the time, inclination and money to have such great equipment as yourself to be able to rip my entire collection of over 6,000 7″ singles and around 500 12″ singles. Unfortunately i also had my collection wrecked by floods last year 🙁 which is another reason i treasure your rips of things i have in the garage which are now pretty much ruined. But most of my collection was 2nd hand and VERY little is / was Mint / Near mint

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    #1Fan Reply:

    How did you contribute NKelly?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    #1Fan it went down like this. I didn’t have the record so NKelly donated I bought it and ripped it and here it is 🙂

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    woz Reply:

    Thank you, Neil and Paul! Too cool!

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  3. JTF Says:

    THanks Paul! I didn’t know there were 2…

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome JTF 🙂

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  4. Junior Says:

    Looking forward to hearing this version

    Thank you, Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  5. Joey Says:

    Wow, the original Rock Lobster. So unshellfish of you to share this one with us. Total Awesomeness! You Rock.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Joey 🙂

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  6. AntBee Says:

    Thank you so much, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Antbee 🙂

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  7. Stephen Says:

    Thank you so very much for this! I’m a lifelong huge B’s fan and am so happy to finally have an impeccable copy of this recording. I echo the wishes of one of the above posters–I have followed your site for years and would be overjoyed if “Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland” is posted again! 🙂 Thank you so much for all your hard work! I’m dancing in my living room to this post!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stephen. Have fun!

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  8. Marty Says:

    Paul! These original versions are amazing! I did not know of these before and they’re both treasure! As are you for sharing these. 🙂 Thank you so much! OMG

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Marty 🙂

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  9. Tyson Says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Tyson 🙂

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  10. The Doctor Says:

    Wow, they really reworked this one a lot when they re-recorded it for the debut album, didn’t they… The tempo is so much faster than the original that if I didn’t know better, I’d almost suspect this of being a 33 being played at 45; and Fred Schneider sounds like someone slipped him a tranquilizer before the recording session, compared to his manic delivery on the album version. 😀

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    yeah completely transformed 🙂

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  11. David Says:

    Thanks. Love the B’s

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome David 🙂

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  12. Cdman Says:

    Paul you rocks!!! Good choice my friend , any chance to Legal tender 12″????? All the best

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    All I have seen is a 12″ promo are their remixes?

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    NKelly Reply:

    Don’t see any remixes on discogs. Peru / Mexico feature alt names in native language but i’m guessing they aren’t recorded in another language though. 12″ promo is here http://www.discogs.com/B-52s-Legal-Tender/release/661746 I’ve checked the track lengths and all are the same as the album versions (Whammy!) so i personally see no point in riping this as there are many other B-52’s pieces of vinyl that have exclusive tracks / mixes

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  13. VanceMan Says:

    What a great surprise! I’ve always wanted to hear this version. Thank you SO much.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    My pleasure VanceMan 🙂

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  14. J Says:

    I been secretly hoping that this would appear here some day…thank you so much for doing this one!

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  15. Glenn S. Says:

    This was the first version of “Rock Lobster” I ever heard, on the Dr. Demento show of all places. I was disappointed with the slowed-down album version, which I always thought lost in excitement what it might have gained in production values. When REM put the original single of “Radio Free Europe” on one of their comps I hoped The B-52’s would follow suit, but as far as I know it’s never happened.

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  16. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul.

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  17. Stefano Says:

    Great rarity! Thanks Paul.

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  18. Dean Says:

    OMG, thank you so much for this!

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  19. mothloop Says:

    Great to hear the indie versions of these tracks in such wonderful quality. Thank you!

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  20. Dave R Says:

    Thanks so much for your hard work on this. What a treat!

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  21. DavidJ Says:

    Great find Paul! I recently got the B-52’s (almost) entire catalog at HD Tracks and this was not among them. I didn’t even though this existed. Big thanks.

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  22. Jason Says:

    Thank you both Paul and the person who donated for this rarity. I wish it wasn’t so expensive to post records to the U.S. from Oz as I have a load of 12″ singles that sound terrible when I rip them. Oh well I’ll keep trying and if I get it right maybe Paul could put my blog on a side bar. Will keep you informed.

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    NKelly Reply:

    Look forward to that. And thanks it was not only a pleasure in suggesting this and being part of it but for Paul to give me the bonus of re-upping ‘GFIGTG’ in a new rip followed by ‘Summer of love’ taking the toll of working B-52’s links from 0 to 3 in just 3 days on this blog is awesome.

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  23. mixhunter Says:

    Sweeeeet! Love the original video as well. Thanks Paul.

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  24. CL Says:

    quite different

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  25. cherbette Says:

    Sounds fabulous. I love it.

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  26. woz Says:

    Totally awesome!

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  27. Mark P Says:

    Thank you very much, sir.

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