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Soft Cell – Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go (US 7″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on July 31st, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1981

Side 1

“Tainted Love” is a song composed by Ed Cobb, formerly of American group The Four Preps, which was originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964. It attained worldwide fame after being covered by Soft Cell in 1981 and has since been covered by numerous groups and artists.

Soft Cell released their version of “Tainted Love” on July 7, 1981 as their second single (their first was “Memorabilia”, which did not chart). “Tainted Love” rapidly reached #1 on the UK singles chart. “Tainted Love” was the best-selling single in the UK for 1981 and sold 1.27 million copies as of November 2012.

On the US chart dated January 16, 1982, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #90. It appeared to peak at #64 and fell to #100 on February 27. After spending a second week at #100, it started climbing again. It took 19 weeks to crack the US Top 40. The song reached #8 during the summer of 1982 and spent a then record-breaking 43 weeks on the Hot 100.

SIDE A:
Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go (Edit) 4:02
Written-By – Edward C. Cobb*, Holland / Dozier / Holland*

SIDE B:
Where Did Our Love Go (Edit) 4:18
Written-By – Holland / Dozier / Holland*

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (generic)

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1982 Tainted Love U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #8
1982 Tainted Love U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #12
1982 Tainted Love U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #4

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Sire ‎– PRO-S-1028
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer – Mike Thorne

NOTES:
Promo edits of the 12″ single medley

Find the 7″ on DISCOGS

Side 2

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 Removal: 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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Password: burningtheground

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26 Responses to “Soft Cell – Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go (US 7″ Promo)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Paul!! Everyday on BTG is a heartwarming gift from you, but it seems like you make Fridays a special event. You always give us the incredible treat to start off our weekends like nobody else can. And, boy oh boy, today is a rare treat!! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for this rare gem. I’ve always wanted this mix because it’s what I grew up with on the radio. I don’t think this has wound up on any CD compilation. I’ve heard of people making their own edits, but it is so grand that you have given us the original vinyl grooves of this mix. Oh Paul, words can’t express how eternally grateful I am to have you in my life. The music here is really THAT precious to me. All of your labors getting the perfect fidelity extracted from rare vinyl, it takes my breath away and gives me that most intense feeling of pleasure. It’s aural sex, to be honest, with out the clean up (well, sometimes there is, because your work is excruciatingly orgasmic!!) You just make me smile, bringing me records I know very well, but also the ones I am new too. Even this week, having a lot of New Edition records I’ve never heard the 12-inch mixes to, is the most perfect gift. You are(again I have to say this) our Sonic Saint Nicholas with your massive collection that you so unselfishly share with us in Cyberspace. You are the sun and we are all the planets that circle around you in admiration and deep, sincere and overwhelming gratitude!!

    Have an ORGASMIC weekend Paul. I’ll never stop the “sun” worship of you!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeeff. I always love an orgasmic synth-pop track lol. I love this single so much and have so many memories associated with it. I usually try to end the week with something fun that will carry over into next week. Have a terrific weekend.

    Hugs.

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    Christian Reply:

    Actually this version can be found on an 1997 US compilation CD
    named “Hard Rock Cafe: New Wave”, but I have to admit that the b-side edit
    ist totally new to me!!!

    As I am a very big fan of Mr. Marc Almond: a BIG THANK YOU to you, Paul!

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  2. Jermajesty Says:

    Awesome choice, I don’t think I’ve ever heard this edit, though I mist have every Soft Cell release going.

    Thanks Paul.

    In his autobiography, Tainted Life (a must read if you haven’t already) he explains how they barely made a penny off this record, despite its amazing success, due to them also doing a cover version for the b-side. (I think in those days if you wrote the b-side you’d get at least 50% of sales profits, even though people were buying it for the A-side).

    As if that wasn’t lesson enough, he then repeated the exact same mistake years later with his Gene Pitney collaboration, by allowing Gene Pitney to have the instrumental on the b-side! The way he explains it is so funny, such a good book. I thoroughly recommend!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you for the insight into the book which I have not read yet. I must admit I don’t read as much as I should. It’s a very interesting story. I adore Mr. almond such a great guy with a personality to match. Enjoy Jermajesty 🙂

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    Dishy Reply:

    Jermajesty – you are correct – that is one of the BEST autobiographies ever!!! I found it so illuminating! A MUST read!

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  3. Kurt B. Reighley Says:

    I’m so glad you posted this. When I interviewed Dave for my Soft Cell ebook, I asked about this particular edit. He had no idea such a version existed until our chat.

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  4. Snowy Says:

    Love your work.

    Some extra info on early Soft Cell:
    They actually had an 7″ EP “Mutant Moments” as their first release.
    It was released on: A Big Frock Record ‎– ABF 1
    About 2000 copies I believe
    It had some early versions of songs we were to hear later on Album.
    A1 Potential 3:26
    A2 L.O.V.E. Feelings 3:27
    B1 Metro Mrx 2:12
    B2 Frustration

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  5. CL Says:

    Thanks again 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome CL 🙂

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  6. woz Says:

    Very cool! You always spoil us, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I enjoy it Woz. Have a great weekend 🙂

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  7. J Says:

    Thanks for posting this one…I had this mix on the reissue oldies 45 but it didn’t have this B-Side on it…which is just an excerpt of the 12″ mix. The CD which has this mix is a little too loud so this is a very welcome upgrade.

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  8. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar :0

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  9. Davos Via 45 Says:

    I think they are very clumsy edits of this synth-pop hymn. Just listen to the 9 min 12″ version of this medley, which is a masterpiece! The sound quality on the 12″ is excellent, so is the mastering on the Maxi CD that I got, a must have! And no I’m not undermining Pauls everyday efforts, just the idea of ruining a great 12″ mix. Of course it’s so easy to judge now days with all this software available and the possibility to make far better edits just in minutes.

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  10. Junior Says:

    I thought Marc Almond did a fantastic job on this 60’s Nothern Soul classic. I also loved Marc’s cover for “Days Of Pearly Spencer” in 1992.

    Thanks Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  11. Jeff Says:

    Like many of you, I adore Marc Almond intensely. When I was in high school and this song was popular, my friend let me borrow Soft Cell’s “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret” on cassette. This album I would play over and over…and over again. It spoke to me unlike any other record I had listened to before. I guess it was my adolescence, but the music and the words touched me somehow. I remember how “Frustration” ignited a spark in me. Not very pleasant, but it was my secret theme song for bit. And the song “Youth” was so beautifully sad. Although I was young, I imagined someday how the song would ring true and there are days when I stare into a mirror and the melody and lyrics keep flooding back. Ah, Marc’s words and David’s synths. Oh, and the album closer, “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” is such a gorgeous and heartbreaking piece. Marc is a true diva. So many of his songs I got into because of his words. Some of it depressing, but he is such the poet and I cling to his prose like he’s speaking truths about me and the bright and dark sides of life. Oh Paul, thanks for posting Soft Cell’s music. They are more than nostalgia and sentimentality, they are representatives of my life at certain times.

    Jeff

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  12. Cdman Says:

    Cool Paul!!!! More new wave please!!!!

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  13. Stevo Says:

    Thank you for this Paul, although I’ve known of this record/edits existence, I’ve never found a copy, either digital or in tangible format. As a big SC/Marc fan I have almost everything they’ve released, even the Canadian 12″ of Say Hello with Tainted dub/Where did our love go vocal which has never appeared anywhere else but still not this one……keep up the incredible good work

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  14. Paul Says:

    Nice Post, PaulT!

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  15. Joey Says:

    Thank You Paul!
    I love this record, and absolute classic, the song that introduced me to Soft Cell and Marc Almond. Though most famous for his cover versions, Marc Almond is a true poet.
    I was just thinking about this edit this week and thinking of digging this one out and making a transfer and see how it sounds, thank you as this will undoubtedly sound much better. A true lost classic.
    One thing of note, for fans of this song, for teh very first time, the full Mike Thorne remix from 1981 is included on the compilation Extended 80’s, released last year, possibly by mistake as it is not noted on the packaging. Though the 12″ version is a staple, the version on the 12″ is a cross-fade of the original Tainted love and not the remixed version such as it’s Tainted Dub counterpart.

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  16. Rich Says:

    A huge thanks. I had no idea there was a version of just “Where did our love go”. I am adding music to my phone and this will definitely be going on there.

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  17. Conner Says:

    As I mentioned on Facebook, I am so VERY excited to have a copy of this with your loving mastering. It will be a huge improvement on my crappy vinyl to cd recorder copy from 1999. Thank you so very much. This particular mix I count among my most cherished songs (which is why I’ve been putting up with a bad copy for so long–that and I’m old). THANK YOU.

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  18. Paul Says:

    This is brilliant – thank you so much –

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