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Erasure – Sometimes (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on February 15th, 2016

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

A. Front

“Sometimes” is a song by British synthpop duo Erasure, released in October 1986 as their fourth single overall.

After three commercial flops from their debut album Wonderland, “Sometimes” became Erasure’s first bona fide hit, peaking at number one in South Africa, number two in their native United Kingdom and in Germany, and becoming a huge international hit. The song became Erasure’s second Top 5 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, where it charted alongside “It Doesn’t Have to Be” and peaked at number four.

Written by band members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, “Sometimes” typifies the Erasure “sound” — an uptempo, dance-oriented pop tune accentuated by Clarke’s analogue synthesizers and Bell’s lyrics about being in love. The music video showcases Erasure on a building rooftop — Clarke playing an acoustic guitar and Bell singing — as they weave through white sheets hanging from a laundry line; near the end of the video rain starts to fall on the duo.

“Sometimes” spent seventeen weeks in the UK singles chart — the duo’s longest chart run for a single in that country — and was included on Erasure’s second album The Circus, released six months later in March 1987.

SIDE A:
Sometimes (Shiver Mix) 5:50
Remix [Uncredited] – Rico Conning

Sometimes (Extended Mix) 7:30
Edited By – Joseph Watt
Remix – Rico Conning

SIDE B:
It Doesn’t Have To Be (The Boop Oopa Doo Mix) 7:13
Remix [Uncredited] – Phil Harding

Sexuality (Private Mix) 5:56
Remix – Rico Conning

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1987 Sometimes U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #4
1987 Sometimes U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #37

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Sire ‎– 0-20614, Sire ‎– 9 20614-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Maxi-Single
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer – Flood
Written-By – Clarke/Bell

NOTES:
Tracklist of Side A is incorrectly identified on back cover and center labels as:
A1 Sometimes (Extended Mix)
A2 Sometimes (Shiver Mix)

“Sometimes (Extended Mix)” is a longer version of the “Shiver Mix”.

Find the 12″ 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 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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36 Responses to “Erasure – Sometimes (US 12″)”

  1. OMAR Says:

    thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  2. Jeff Says:

    So nice of you Paul to generously share this Erasure single with us. I missed out on the first time around for buying this single. Karen is going to flip!! We love Erasure so much and we certainly love you Paul. This is exquisite of you!!

    Hugs,

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I was thinking of Karen while i was working on this one Jeff. I hope that you both enjoy this one 🙂

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  3. Pablo(dj) Says:

    a large of very good music… DjPaulT.-

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Pablo(Dj) 🙂

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  4. Junior Says:

    I have enjoyed other Erasure singles on here before, this one is one of my favourites from Andy & Vince.

    Thanks Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  5. Christian Says:

    Thanks, Paul! This U.S. Extended / Razormaid mix remains unique to this vinyl.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Christian 🙂

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    NKelly Reply:

    Wow yes it’s not on EBX 1. Can’t believe it. What a mess the EBX boxes were / are! Is this definitely not yet available on CD though? I have the deluxe albums but can’t be bothered to check. Maybe it’ll appear somewhere during Erasure 30. 10 disc set on the way…

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    Christian Reply:

    Nope, NKelly, not on CD yet. Because of that, this remains one of the several Erasure vinyl rips in my library. But I’m sure Paul’s rip is way better than mine 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I hope they don’t ruin the box by over compressing or making the tracks loud.

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  6. Conner Says:

    An iconic 12″ of my youth. Thank you.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Conner 🙂

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  7. Tim Says:

    Aaaaand Monday just got a hundred times better 🙂

    Thanks Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Glad to hear that Tim 🙂

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  8. Kent H. Says:

    Thanks Paul. I have the UK CD single and the UK remix 12″ (probably yours). Thanks again. 🙂

    Kent

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Do I know you by chance?

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    Kent H. Reply:

    I’ve been a member of your site(3) for several years.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    aah I gotcha Kent. i used to have a school mate that was a Kent H.

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  9. archiefax Says:

    Ahh yes… the first Erasure song I heard! I was at college and this came on in a pub and immediately got my attention! I went out and bought the 12″ limited edition (naturally) and I was hooked. Went straight back out the next day and bought the “Wonderland” LP. I was familiar with Vince Clarke’s work with Depeche Mode, Yazoo and The Assembly, but this incarnation of his music style seemed the right fit. Those first few bars of the Shiver Mix get me every time!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Archiefax thanks for sharing your story. I first became familiar with the band when they opened for Duran Duran on the Strange Behavior tour 1987 I think. I was blown away 🙂

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  10. NKelly Says:

    Awesome. Andy sang this song the day before you posted this live on UK radio BBC Radio 2. I recorded it! Also sang a new ‘Torsten…’ song live too.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Very cool Neil 🙂

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    Dirk Reply:

    To record from radio, how old fashioned 🙂 Loveit

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    NKelly Reply:

    Actually i recorded it onto Blu ray disc from Sky+ HD! Also i did record from digital radio onto Minidisc too!

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    Dirk Reply:

    I hope you did not feel the need to defend yourself. Some still use waxrolls, i hear.

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    NKelly Reply:

    Not at all lol. But love my Blu ray recorder. Would recommend to all!

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  11. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Sometimes must be one of the best known synth-pop songs of the 80s. I followed the sound exhibitions of both Depeche Mode and Vince Clarke since the 1st DM album Speak & Spell in 1981. Although Vince got stock with main-stream synth-pop with Erasure and I found Depeche Modes more alternative albums much more interesting, Vince just kept producing this catchy synth song after song, and made me returning to Erasurers music time after time, still nothing beats Yazoos Upstairs At Eric’s album!
    These mixes of Sometimes are not bad, but for me the 12″ mix is the mix to go-to, it’s just on point, a great extended version of the song.
    Note that on many 80s CD compilations they miss-labelled the 12″ mix, which is around, 5.22 minutes as the Extended Mix, even on some CD re-releases of the Circus album by Erasure it’s labelled Extended Mix, but is in fact the 12″ mix.
    Anyway, great effort Paul for presenting this 12″ to us!

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  12. miran0019 Says:

    Thanks, hombre. I never knew that Erasure’s first three singles were considered commercial flops. I guess that I listened to them so much and heard them played in clubs so I never considered them flops myself.

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  13. MillCity9 Says:

    Will anyone expand on my observation that Paul’s Erasure rips some better than most of the content on this site? I haven’t to listen all the Erasure rips but for some reason the ones I have listen to appeal to my auditory cortex. Did the record company have a secret sauce in mastering or is it my personal preference? If anyone has a fact or an opinion on the subject I would love to hear it.

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    Dirk Reply:

    As it is largely a matter of taste, it takes a master to produce stuff that is and enjoyable on the surface and that will satisfy unconsious expectations or listening habits. It takes a master to combine psychology with predictions anfd translate it to Art. But it takes an artist to make it seem as if it comes naturally. (We know better, sometimes sex, drugs and scented candles are involved..)

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    Davos Via 45 Reply:

    No, you just had to much candy! 😀

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    Dirk Reply:

    I love Candy. (And, for NKelly – That reminds me of Bow Wow Wow in a strange way 🙂

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  14. Synthpopper Says:

    I’m a huge Depeche fan but I also followed (and bought) almost everything by Vince Clarke through about the first three Erasure albums (I preferred Vince in YAZOO and ASSEMBLY).

    Thank you for sharing these wonderfully nostalgic moments with us!!!

    Keep up the great work!

    p.s.: I used to have a 12″ of “Oh L’amour” with a German version on the flipside … you wouldn’t by any chance have that one?

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