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Bucks Fizz – New Beginning (Mamba Seyra) (Ian Levine Remix) (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 24th, 2017

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986

“New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)” (often referred to as simply “New Beginning”) is a 1986 single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz. It was a comeback hit (their first release on Polydor Records), achieving their highest chart placing for four years.

The song was written by Mike Myers and Tony Gibber and was produced by Myers along with the group’s regular producer Andy Hill. According to the group, the recording of the song took an unusually long time due to the vocal tracks. As well as the group recording their vocals repeatedly, there was also a children’s choir and gospel choir used on the track. The musicians in the studio also were used on distant back-up vocals. Member Cheryl Baker remembers one version where Hill instructed them to deliberately sing out of tune, which she found difficult. The original mix of the song was completed in February 1986.

“New Beginning” (as it is very often more simply referred) was originally recorded a year earlier by Force 8 – who were actually pop group The Dooleys under an assumed name. The theme of the song is one of hope where the narrator talks about building a happier world, with some parts of the song sung in Swahili and Spanish. The video for the single depicts the group performing the song in a Metropolis-type setting backed by dancers and drummers – due to the heavy drum sound on the track.

The song was released in May 1986 and was seen as a comeback single as it was their first release in eight months and featured new member Shelley Preston who had replaced Jay Aston a year earlier. It was also their first release on new record label, Polydor after their five-year contract with RCA had finished. The song was notable for its full and lavish production and multi-layered vocal work and received much praise from critics as well as becoming very popular on radio. The song became a big hit in the Summer of 1986. After entering at No.55, the song rose sharply to No.24 becoming instantly their biggest hit for three years. Two weeks later the single entered the top 10 at number eight where it stayed the following week. The song remained on the charts for 10 weeks and became the 93rd biggest-seller of the year. “New Beginning” achieved their highest chart position for four years, but was also their last UK top 40 hit. In the United States the single did not chart.

SIDE A:
New Beginning (Mamba Seyra) (Ian Levine Remix) 9:28
Remix – Ian Levine

SIDE B:
New Beginning (Mamba Seyra) (Ian Levine Remix – Dub Version) 8:18
Remix – Ian Levine

New Beginning (Mamba Seyra) 4:07

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Polydor ‎– 885 274-1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer – Andy Hill
Written-By – Mike Myers (2), Tony Gibber

NOTES:
Special versions from the LP “WRITING ON THE WALL”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon 2M Bronze
Isolation: Auralex Acoustics ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform
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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18 Responses to “Bucks Fizz – New Beginning (Mamba Seyra) (Ian Levine Remix) (US 12″)”

  1. Song_And_Dance Says:

    Oooooh what a gem, Paul. What a great find. I´ve always loved that song. Still have the other 12inch version of something over 7 minutes if I remember correctly.
    Thank you very much.

    MAMBA SEYRA! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Song And Dance 🙂

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  2. NKelly Says:

    Oo nice. Friends with Ian on FB you know! Used to love this song. One of their finest IMO. Many thanks!

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    NKelly Reply:

    And Jay i guess more importantly (as far as this post goes)!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Neil 🙂

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  3. Martijn van Heeringen Says:

    Some great reviewer on amazon.co.uk summarized Bucks Fizz as follows (remixes and rarities cd):
    “Epic production, bombastic New Romantic-esque vocal stylings, incredible harmonies and “in your face” percussion ..

    They surely have catchy songs, I will try this one too. Love “the Camera Never Lies”, both 12 inch as well as album version.

    thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Martijn. I think they sound a bit like Fleetwood Mac on this track.

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  4. Jeff Says:

    I can tell that I’m in for a real big treat here Paul. Just reading Martijn van Heeringen’s quoted description, I’m all in. I love bombast and HUGE PERCUSSION as well. I can always count on you to introduce me a track I’m not at all familiar with. Sometimes (and it’s a real head scratcher) because I don’t know a lot of what was popular and the things I like/love, nobody has ever heard about. Well, it’s nice having my own eclectic tastes and you have been the ultimate kindred spirit when it comes to my favorite jams. I can tell that this will be a new favorite of mine. And thanks again for presenting it in splendid fidelity as well. I am most delighted!!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    This really is a beautiful song Jeff love the lyrics and the huge percussion is awesome. I know you are gonna love it.

    “We will restore all the laughter Mamba Seyra
    New beginning has just begun
    Breathing love into everyone”

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  5. Jeff Says:

    Epic production by a sorely underrated group who had 3 number 1 records in the UK. Originators of “Talking in Your Sleep” on your site by The Romantics, as well as Heart Of Stone, later a hit for Cher. And they were the first to record “What’s Love Got to Do With It” prior to Tina Turner. It remained unreleased for years. Thanks for exposing the group to hopefully some new fans!

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  6. Daniel Says:

    I love Bucks Fizz and the Ian Levine Remix of “New beginning” is sublime. I have the UK release of this 12″ and the Dub Version isn’t included. It’s wonderful to get these remixes in pristine quality. Thank you so much Paul for this great gift.

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  7. Roy Mahoney Says:

    Many thanks for this Paul. Love this remix as you know and it is such a brilliant cheerful, uplifting song. As you’re bound to know Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1981 and this years selection show for the UK entry will be televised over here on Friday with the semi-finals and finals being in May. Love all the campness of it all, but I personally think our days of winning are way long gone.
    Hope you’re recovering well by the way and send hugs… x

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  8. SimonP Says:

    I never knew that Bucks Fizz made it big over the pond. Sorry about that. Still, it pays you lot back for New Kids On The Block I suppose!

    😉

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    Ally Reply:

    They had no success in the US. The chart statistics above, taken from Wikipedia, are for the UK.

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  9. tasa+cam Says:

    Hello!Nice song.Do you have 12inch from Bucks Fizz-When we we’re young?

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  10. jonkofied Says:

    thanks for this nice upload.

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  11. Dan Says:

    The cool thing about gay clubs in the 80s USA was hearing songs that were hits in Europe but had no radio-play here. Thanks BTG for giving all these gems new life.

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    Dan Reply:

    and for some, New Beginnings 🙂

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