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Red Box – Lean On Me (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 2nd, 2016


A. Front

“Lean on Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)” is a 1985 single by British pop group Red Box.

In August 1985 the duo had their first UK hit single, “Lean on Me (Ah-li-ayo)”, a song which reached and stayed at number three in the UK Top 40 for over a month. It also reached number 1 in five countries and the top 5 in a further 12 giving worldwide exposure to the band. It was promoted with an unusual video (nominated for Best Video at the Brit Awards 1985) in which a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter provided a translation of the song’s lyrics, which led to a feature on BBC Two’s Newsweek programme.

The single was taken from their debut album The Circle & the Square.

Lean On Me (Ah-li-ayo) (Dogmatix) 6:40
Engineer – David Bascombe, Trigger (6)
Mixed By – Red Box, Tony Richards
Producer, Recorded By – David Motion
Producer, Recorded By [Additional Recording] – Chris Hughes

Stinging Bee (Catmatix) 4:36
Producer – Red Box

Lean On Me (Ah-li-ayo) 4:32
Engineer – Trigger (6)
Producer, Recorded By – David Motion

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Sire ‎– Sire ‎– W 8926T, Sire ‎– W8926(T), Sire ‎– 920344-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop

Mastered By – Arun*
Written-By – Julian Close (tracks: B1), Simon Toulson Clarke*

From the LP “The Circle & the Square”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back


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
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

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

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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20 Responses to “Red Box – Lean On Me (UK 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Oh how you make my heart soar Paul!! This is another track I first heard on the “Living In Oblivion” series and I am positively THRILLED that you have the 12-inch mix. Boy, you really dazzle my senses with what you have in your already MASSIVE collection!! Ooh, I hope the twelve gives the song justice. Thanks again for all you have given Paul. Today, alone, I just went through your posts and am amazed at the bounty of phenomenal dance mixes you have amassed over the years. It’s humbling to receive all these sonic goodies from you. Once again, you hit all my sweet spots!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff 🙂


  2. OMAR Says:

    Paul, we love you. This is definitely one of the best singles from the 80’s, especially the ext. mix. Could you post all that you have from Red Box please?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I will do my best Omar 🙂


  3. NKelly Says:

    Love this, so many thanks. I’ve been toying with the idea of buying the deluxe of their album for over a year! One day…


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Neil. I don’t think the Cherry Pop reissue has the remix on it.


    NKelly Reply:

    No indeed it doesn’t! Seems to have the other two tracks though. Poor omission from Cherry Pop TBH


  4. Roy Mahoney Says:

    You always deliver Paul, every single bloomin’ time!!! This song is certainly, by far one of the very best from the eighties. How I been longing to get this rare mix uploaded and you’ve done it for us. A million thanks over and over dear matey.
    “From the centre of the Earth, to the corners of the globe. Everybody here say aye”


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome matey 🙂


  5. Daniel Says:

    Thank you Paul for this rip. I love this song and especially this Extended Remix.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Daniel 🙂


  6. Junior Says:

    It will be cool to re-visit this track again and with your dedicated skills.

    Thanks indeed Paul 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂


  7. Kent H. Says:

    Thanks Paul. Never heard this song before. I checked it out on youtube and instantly like it.

    Thanks again. 🙂



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Kent I am happy you like this one 🙂


  8. Cory Says:

    Absolutely LOVE Red Box! Thanks for this Paul!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Cory 🙂


  9. Tim Says:

    Love it, Paul! Wow, when the vocals came in, I was SURE I was hearing some side project of Colin Moulding from XTC. But I guess not. Terrific track, can’t wait to play it on my 12″ remix radio show next week (with credit to your skills, of course). 🙂


  10. Rickie Says:

    “From the very very young to the very very old
    Everybody now say aye.

    From the center of the earth to the corners of the globe
    Everyone of you say aye

    Nobody better let me down
    Gotta run from the other side

    .. Lean on me”

    Thank you Paul!


  11. GariKuba Says:

    Ooh … one of my favorites from way back when. 🙂

    I’m hoping, that you will be able to post ‘For America’ too .. and perhaps both the 12″ and the 10″ mixes?

    Thanks for another classic post!


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