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S’Xpress – Music Lover (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 23rd, 2016

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1989

A. Front

“Hey Music Lover” was the third and final single taken from the debut album “Original Soundtrack” by British band S’Express. The single reached #6 in the UK Singles chart, #26 in the equivalent chart in Germany, and #6 in the U.S. Dance chart. For its U.S. release, the song was inexplicably titled just “Music Lover” (no “Hey”), even though the original title remained on the album. The U.S. editions contain exclusive remixes.

Vocals on Hey Music Lover by Billie Ray Martin and Eric Robinson. US mixes have a couple of extra lines sung by Billie Ray Martin that never made it onto any of the UK mixes (“I just want to sing to you ’cause playing bad is hard to do”).

Note change of spelling from S’Express to S’Xpress. Radio interviewers would ask “…so why did you drop the E?” and the band would burst into uncontrollable laughter.

SIDE A:
Music Lover (Music Lovers Bass Mix) 6:58
Edited By –Chep Nunez*, Shep Pettibone
Engineer [Remix] – Goh Hotoda
Producer [Additional Production], Remix – Shep Pettibone

Music Lover (Music Lovers Dub) 3:46
Edited By – Chep Nunez*, Shep Pettibone
Engineer [Remix] – Goh Hotoda
Producer [Additional Production], Remix – Shep Pettibone

SIDE B:
Music Lover (Shep Zip Mix) 7:28
Edited By – Chep Nunez*, Shep Pettibone
Engineer [Remix] – Goh Hotoda
Producer [Additional Production], Remix – Shep Pettibone

Music Lover (Glass Mix) 3:57
Engineer [Remix] – Blaise Dupuy
Remix – Kurt Munkacsi, Philip Glass

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1989 Music Lover U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #6

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Capitol Records ‎– V-15454
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1989
Genre: Electronic
Style: House, Acid House

CREDITS:
Artwork By [All Typsetting] – Bats Repro
Artwork By [Art Direction] – D. Little
Artwork By [Computer Images] – David Little / Alex Quero
Artwork By [Design] – Pinky
Backing Vocals [B-vox Orgasmatron] – Michelle*
Brass – Gordon M*
Composed By – Sly Stone
Keyboards, Other [Great Semprini] – Linda Love
Keyboards, Other [Musical Assistance] – Brendan Beal*
Mastered By – Herb Powers Jr.
Other [Directed By] – Mark Moore
Performer [Noise & Electric Doormat] – Mark M*
Photography – Jaco
Producer, Mixed By – Mark Moore & Mark McGuire*
Sampler [Sampled Guitars Chords, Sampled Vox], Percussion – Chilo
Strings – Annie Stephenson*
Vocals [Additional Vox] – Billy Ray Martin*
Vocals [Vox] – Eric Robinson

NOTES:
US release of “Hey Music Lover”

Dedicated with L·O·V·E to Sly.

Recorded In England.

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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28 Responses to “S’Xpress – Music Lover (US 12″)”

  1. Roy Mahoney Says:

    WOW!!! A whole load of different mixes for listening to. Cheers for this Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy! Roy 🙂

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  2. Jeff Says:

    You are on fire with these posts Paul!! I can’t tell you how excited I am because I’m literally bubbling over with all sorts of sensations!! I can’t wait for this treat as I’m not familiar with these mixes. I do love the Phillip Glass mix as I’ve liked the composer and thought it was amazing that he would do a dance remix.

    Again, I am thrilled with these vinyl rips. I only had the import of “Hey Music Lover” and the domestic “Theme From S-Express” so I am, once again, highly indebted to you dear Paul. And yesterday’s post of Steve Bourasa’s mix, was the jam. Much better than even the 12-inch version. I always liked the LP version more, but this Bourasa mix totally bowled me over.

    Thanks again!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Jeff. I think the Philip Glass mix is the only dance remix that he ever did outside of his own work. The Shep mixes are fab as well. Hope that you like them all 🙂

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    Jeff Reply:

    Oh Paul!! There are times when you have me grinning like a Cheshire Cat over what you bring to life!! These Shep mixes are pretty amazing!! Love the dub version because of the inclusion of Freeez’s electro classic “I.O.U.” with that great intro from John Robie and the, almost “Psycho” inspired string stabs. I love that section so much and to have Shep and Chep to slice, dice and loop this section in was amazing. I loved Acid House as a genre so much. They really exploited the 303 drum machine (I think) so much, that it was such a psychedelic experience. I never did drugs, but this really seemed to be the closes one could get to without dropping the ‘E’ or anything else. OH and Paul, I love your readers so much. Checked out Jermajesty’s link to the great interview with Paul Morley and was thoroughly delighted with the interview. Amazing stuff. Such a godsend you are Paul for creating Burning The Ground. You are frisking amazing for your dedication and all. You artist you!!

    Cheers and a Big Time BRAVO to you Always!!!

    Jeff

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    Jeff Reply:

    I meant FREAKING AMAZING!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you so much Jeff I knew from the very begining you would relly dig this record especially the dub 🙂

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  3. Jonathan Says:

    Hi Paul. Many thanks for posting all these S-Express mixes. Brings back great memories as well as giving me clean copies to replace my well-worn originals! I’ve always loved this one in particular because Billie Ray Martin is on it. I bumped into Mark at Billie’s recent gig in London. They’re still close friends even after all these years. Apologies if this has been mentioned elsewhere but check out the recent S-Express remix album. Great new versions of all these classic tunes!

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    miran0019 Reply:

    Yes, the remix album has some great material on it.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I will check it out Jonathan.

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  4. Gilbert Says:

    Yeahhhhh!!!! House music all night long. Thanks for this classic back to back house posts.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Gilbert 🙂

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  5. BE.D12'' Says:

    Thanks DJPaul for another great post!

    I’d always loved in the 80s the remixes that were imported in Europe from the US,
    especially the remixes by Shep Pettibone, but at that time I was young
    and I hadn’t so much money to buy them all
    and the 12″ imported were more expansive,
    but now thanks to You I can finally collect them.
    Respect To Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    BE.D12” It was the same for me in the US all the European imports usually mixes that we could not get in the states 🙂

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  6. Jermajesty Says:

    Their best song I think! Look forward to hearing these mixes. 🙂

    Thank you.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jermajesty 🙂

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  7. Richard the Big Bunny Says:

    “…so why did you drop the E?”

    [*larf!*]

    Epic.

    I have the US promo CD with the different mixes somewhere in storage (in the UK where I am not).

    Thanks for this. I’ve not heard the mixes in ages!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Richard the Big Bunny 🙂

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  8. VanceMan Says:

    Love this one! Thanks so much!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome VanceMan 🙂

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  9. miran0019 Says:

    Thanks, Paul. Love S’Express (I didn’t drop any E). But more than that, I absolutely adore Billie Ray Martin, and had no idea she sang some of the vocals on this track (and also on “Pimps, Pushers, Prostitutes”). Of course, she made a name for herself with Electribe 101 a couple of years later, and continues to make incredible dance music to this day (she even released a soul album earlier this year). Will have to look up what other bands/projects she lent her distinctive vocals to in the late Eighties – I’m sure there are other tracks waiting to be (re)discovered.

    Hoping you’ve got some “Mantra” mixes coming up in your S’Express blitz. That’s my favourite. Appreciate all you do, Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Sorry miran0019 I never bought Mantra but maybe I will track down a copy for future post. We never really got to know Billie Ray Martin in the US except for “Your Loving Arms” which did get radio play here in the USA.

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  10. Carty Says:

    I have just one word for this post (if you ignore the fifteen used here):

    EPIC!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Carty 🙂

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  11. Carty Says:

    I remember when this was released the were three 12″s, and the third included a clear folded wallet to contain all three 12″s, which I still have.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah that was the very cool UK release I only have the first two which are still sealed.

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  12. music_fan Says:

    Classic dance track from the mighty S-Express.

    “I’m gonna take you higher!” 🙂

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  13. Gbear Says:

    Dear,Paul,
    i’m still looking for the german or u.k vinyl of hey music lover a.side:(spatial expansion mix),
    b.side: hey music lover (music is my life mix) and most of i’m looking for the short funny stuff (happy happy s’express),
    maybe you have it,thank you…

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