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Tracey Ullman – Breakaway (UK 10″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 15th, 2015


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Originally posted April 25, 2011

“Breakaway” (spelled “Break-a-Way” on the original 45 RPM label, and spelled “Breakaway” on most subsequent releases and compilations) is a song written by Jackie DeShannon and Sharon Sheeley. It was originally recorded by Irma Thomas in 1964 and released as the B-Side of her biggest hit, the US #17 hit single “Wish Someone Would Care”.

The original version of “Breakaway” was never a hit — it did not make the Billboard Hot 100, nor the Bubbling Under charts, and the extensive chart archive at ARSA does not record a single instance of any radio station anywhere in North America placing the track on its playlist. Nevertheless, “Breakaway” is today generally considered a better-remembered song than the A-Side of Thomas’ record , a situation that may be partly due to Tracey Ullman’s hit 1980s cover. It has become a staple in Thomas’ live performances and appears on several recent Irma Thomas and “New Orleans music” compilations.

“Breakaway” was Tracey Ullman’s 1983 debut single in the UK, and reached #4 in the UK charts. The track then appeared on Ullman’s album You Broke My Heart In 17 Places, which was released in 1984.

In North America, “Breakaway” was actually Ullman’s second single, being released after her hit “They Don’t Know”. It charted at a modest #70 in the US in 1984, although the video for Ullman’s version received significant play on the then-fledgling MTV and Canada’s MuchMusic. The “Well Extended And Remixed Version” was remixed by Phil Harding an English audio engineer, producer and remixer, best known for his extended collaboration with keyboardist and programmer Ian Curnow. The highlight of the duo’s career is their 1980s work for the highly successful record label PWL, and its creative core at the time: Stock Aitken Waterman productions.

Breakaway (Well Extended And Remixed Version) 5:04
Remix – Phil Harding
Written-By – Jackie De Shannon*, Sharon Sheeley*

Dancing In The Dark 2:53
Written-By – Collins*, Chapman*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 Breakaway U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #70


Label: Stiff Records – SBUY 168
Format: Vinyl, 10″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Mastered By – Arun*
Producer – Peter Collins

Extended Remixed 10″ Record
Produced for Loose End Productions
Made In England

Original version appears on the LP “YOU BROKE MY HEART IN 17 PLACES”

Find the 10″ on DISCOGS

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17 Responses to “Tracey Ullman – Breakaway (UK 10″)”

  1. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul once again. Tracey’s singles were always very sweet. Do u also have Mari Wilson’s Baby It’s True (12″) ? Much appreciated.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar. Sorry I do not have that 12″.


  2. Jermajesty Says:

    Thank you for spoiling us with your 10 inches, Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    My pleasure Jermajesty 🙂


  3. Stefano Says:

    Another Tracey Ullman! Nice Paul. I always had a soft spot for her, still do actually.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Me too stefano. Enjoy!


  4. Jeff Says:

    Oh how I’ve missed you and the board Paul!! So excited about this Tracey Ullman song and really over-the-moon that it’s a version I’ve never heard before. You always pull out the surprises for everyone of us. Looking forward to all of the songs I’ve missed over the past week. I can’t thank you enough.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    We missed you too Jeff. Have fun catching up on what you missed 🙂


  5. ex15 Says:

    Awesome, that just leaves Move Over Darling, My Guy & Sunglasses..

    Thanks Paul.. 🙂


  6. NKelly Says:

    Ooo yes My Guy please if you have it as it has Madness links of course! Thanks for this


  7. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Although the song is about a bad relationship, it always sounded happy and uplifting to me! LOL. Well Extended & Well Remixed, the single version is only half the length and fades out much to early, like ,arrrrrrrgh, WHERE’S THE REST OF THE SONG????? LOL. The various 12″ releases don’t list the mix name, but same length, I asume it’s the same mix?
    This extended version strongly reminds me of the fantastic extended mix of The Way To Your Heart by Soulsister which was a huge hit in Europe.

    There’s a mix of Breakaway, called Monitor Mix on this album reissue
    Anyone know if it’s the same as this Well remix?


    ex15 Reply:

    I can confirm they are the same Davos.


  8. Dean Says:

    Thank you, Paul! I never knew there was an extended mix for this song.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Dean 🙂


  9. PapayaSF Says:

    Great song, great cover. Thanks again for all your work bringing these gems back to life.


  10. woz Says:

    The cover art on these Tracey Ullman singles are great too! Great stuff, thank you!


  11. Stefano Says:

    Tracey Ullman is one of a (British) kind. Still fancy her. Her songs make me smile. Thanks for sharing her 12 inches.


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