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Erasure – Chains Of Love (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 17th, 2016

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1988

Side 1

“Chains of Love” is a song by British synthpop duo Erasure, released in May 1988 as their ninth single overall.

The song was released by Mute Records as the second single from Erasure’s third studio album The Innocents. In the United States, Sire Records released it as the first single. The album version was produced by Stephen Hague and was slightly remixed for its single release (most notably the album version starts cold, while the radio version contains a short synthesizer pattern as an intro).

“Chains of Love” became Erasure’s sixth consecutive Top 20 hit on the UK singles chart, just missing the Top 10 by peaking at number eleven. In the United States, it became Erasure’s mainstream breakthrough by climbing to number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming the group’s first entry on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It also hit number four on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. “Chains of Love” remains as Erasure’s highest-charting U.S. pop hit.

The song, written by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, is an uptempo dance-oriented synthpop track with Clarke’s signature analogue sound and Bell’s lyrics about breaking through any restrictions or stereotypes of what love should be. The lyrics allude subtly to Bell’s desire for wider acceptance of homosexual couples, his pain evident from the opening lines “How can I explain when there are few words I can choose/How can I explain when words get broken”. The chorus is memorable for Bell’s use of falsetto. The music video featured Clarke and Bell performing the song while being hoisted through the air by thick, metal chains.

The instrumental dub as well as the remix radio edit without intro are exclusivley promotional versions/edits.

SIDE A:
Chains Of Love (The Unfettered Mix) 8:23
Chains Of Love (Fetter Dub Dub) 5:10
Chains Of Love (Remix Radio Edit Without Intro) 3:34

SIDE B:
Chains Of Love (Truly In Love With The Marks Bros. Mix) 7:19
Mixed By – Mark McGuire, Mark Moore

Chains Of Love (Instrumental Dub) 3:52
Chains Of Love (Remix Radio Edit With Intro) 3:54

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

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1988 Chains Of Love U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #12
1988 Chains Of Love U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #22
1988 Chains Of Love U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #4
1988 Chains Of Love U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play/Maxi-Singles Sales #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Sire ‎– PRO-A-3186, Mute ‎– PRO-A-3186
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1988
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Edited By – Tim Scott (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3)
Engineer [Mix] – Dennis Mitchell (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3)
Producer – Stephen Hague
Producer [Additional Production], Mixed By – Shep Pettibone (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3)
Written-By – Bell*, Clarke*

NOTES:
Special versions from the LP “THE INNOCENTS”

Find the 12″ 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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25 Responses to “Erasure – Chains Of Love (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. NKelly Says:

    Being that we’re all very different (naturally), there hasn’t been much that has floated my particular boat since the Paul Hardcastle, 19 post but this really does it for me. The added bonus are 2 mixes that are not available elsewhere (which also means i haven’t even heard them before). So, many thanks for this i really appreciate this post. Absolutely awesome!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome. Have a great weekend 🙂

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    NKelly Reply:

    You’re welcome. And apologies I hope you see this. I did you a disservice there I do of course love ‘Why’? and ‘Love and pride’. !!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Neil 🙂

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  2. Joey Says:

    This is a great promo. I believe that this is the only place where the remix radio edit with intro can be found, my favorite mix of this song, while the mix without intro can be found on the promo CD.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are correct Joey they are exclusive to this 12″

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  3. Joey Says:

    I was really hoping for a while you would post this as my copy has a bit of crackle.
    Thank You!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Joey 🙂

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  4. Conner Says:

    OMG! OMG! OMG! THANK YOU!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Conner 🙂

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  5. Jon Lorenz Says:

    YES!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy Jon 🙂

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  6. MusicMan3 Says:

    Thank you Paul, for this magnificent post. This is such a classic track with top-rate mixes. Appreciate it very much! Cheers!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MusicMan3 🙂

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  7. Jeff Says:

    On so many levels I so appreciate this song Paul!! Karen, as you know, loves Erasure so much: her absolute favorite band. I love them as well, but I love how your recent selections are reflective to what’s going on today. Your beautiful sensitivity to events are really to be admired. Thank you Paul for the blessing that is you. You make my heart swell.

    Please, have a good weekend. All the very best!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff, please give Karen my best. Hugs 🙂

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  8. Gustavo Says:

    Thank you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Gustavo 🙂

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  9. CakeSaint Says:

    A lovely one, Paul! Thanks for working your magic on this rare promo with its exclusive mixes. This Erasure fan is ecstatic!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome CakeSaint 🙂

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  10. Peter F Says:

    Thanks for an excellent post. I love this song, and with the earlier Bronski Beat ‘Why’ post, there’s a good chunk of my later 80’s.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Peter 🙂

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  11. Goodguy Says:

    Wow. I thought you had gotten to this one long ago, Paul. I naturally assumed you had covered every major US promo-vinyl-exclusive-only-track release of note, but I see that this, and the similarly exclusive US promo 12″ of A Little Respect (PRO-A-3365) had slipped by.

    https://www.discogs.com/Erasure-A-Little-Respect/release/471882

    I hope you get around to that one as well, but I’m so grateful you got to this one. You’re a godsend. 🙂

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    Goodguy Reply:

    Hey Paul, I’m sure you heard about the new Erasure box set (funny how there’s been a string of synthpop box sets lately). Maybe the ALR Promo 12″ would be a nice celebration of the 30 year anniversary? 🙂

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    Goodguy Reply:

    Just going back to the Chains Of Love 12″…it’s odd and sad that there was no custom artwork for this release, or the previous Foghorn Mix promo 12″. It was so common for many promo-only editions previously and subsequently. Even earlier (’80, ’81, 82, etc) with bands like Yaz, and even Prince, they (WEA-owned labels) would do B/W title sleeves rather than plain stock sleeves. But, at the time this came out, the duotone variants of retail sleeve art was the norm, if not totally new designs. I wonder if one was done for this, and not used for some reason. Maybe it’s in the Warner vaults somewhere waiting to see the light of day? 🙂

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