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Ferry Aid – Let It Be (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 23rd May 2017

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

Although this single was recorded to help victims of a 1987 tragedy. Today we pray for those affected in Manchester, England.

Ferry Aid were a British-American ensemble group, brought together to record the song “Let It Be” in 1987. The single was released following the Zeebrugge Disaster, which had occurred on 6 March 1987 involving the capsizing of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise ferry, which killed 193 passengers and crew. All proceeds from sales of the single were donated to the charity set up in the aftermath of the disaster. The recording was organised by The Sun newspaper, after it had sold cheap tickets for the ferry on that day. “Let It Be” was written by Lennon–McCartney and originally recorded by The Beatles in 1969.

Garry Bushell, then with The Sun newspaper, organised the recording of the song by recruiting record producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman. They then put an invitation out to the music industry for artists to contribute their vocals to the song. Although many stars were initially reluctant to join forces with the newspaper, eventually artists such as Boy George, Kate Bush, Gary Moore and Mark Knopfler agreed to take part. Original writer, Paul McCartney also contributed to the song, although his performance (and section in the accompanying video) were recorded independently in his own studios. In fact, it was later revealed that McCartney used his voice of the original recording of the 1970 Beatles track and added it to the Ferry Aid recording. The song was recorded over three days between 14 and 16 March 1987 and the single was released on Monday 23 March 1987. The first artist to record his part was Mark King (who also played bass guitar on the song) on the Saturday morning, while the last was Paul King on Monday evening.

In the original Beatles recording George Harrison did the guitar solo but for the purposes of this song – as shown in the video – the solo was divided with Gary Moore first, then Mark Knopfler, then back to Gary Moore with Moore’s parts being more ‘rock’ and Knopfler’s being more laid-back.

“Let It Be” reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart in its first week on 4 April 1987, and remained at that position for three weeks. It was the 13th best selling single of the year in the UK; it was certified gold for shipping over 500,000 copies. The single was also a number one hit in Norway and Switzerland, and reached the top 10 in several European countries.

Artists to have contributed and performed solo spots on the song are as follows:

Paul McCartney
Boy George
Keren Woodward and Nick Kamen
Paul King
Mark King
Jaki Graham
Taffy
Mark Knopfler (guitar solo)
Andy Bell
Pepsi & Shirlie
Mel and Kim
Gary Moore (guitar solo)
Kim Wilde and Nik Kershaw
Edwin Starr
Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot
Ruby Turner
Kate Bush

The closing choruses of the song feature an ensemble choir featuring many of the above performers as well other recording artists. The back-up chorus consisted of:

The Alarm, John Altman, Debee Ashby, Al Ashton, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Simon Bates, Alison Bettles, Jenny Blythe, Errol Brown, Miquel Brown, Bucks Fizz, Jay Carly, The Christians, Nick Conway, Linda Davidson, Hazell Dean, Anne Diamond, Difford and Tilbrook, Doctor and the Medics, The Drifters, Drum Theatre, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Roy Gayle, Go West, Carol Hitchcock, Felix Howard, Gloria Hunniford, Imagination, Jenny Jay, Ellie Laine, Annabel Lamb, Stephanie Lawrence, Loose Ends, Linda Lusardi, Ruth Madoc, Bobby McVey, Suzanne Mizzi, The New Seekers, Sadie Nine, The Nolans, Hazel O’Connor, Mike Osman, Su Pollard, Tim Polley, Pamela Power, Maxi Priest, Princess, Jimmy Pursey, Suzi Quatro, Mike Read, Sally Sagoe, Nejdet Salih, Ray Shell, Mandy Smith, Neville Stapleton, Alvin Stardust, Steve Strange, Sylvia Tella, Terraplane, Bonnie Tyler, Maria Whittaker, Working Week.

SIDE A:
Let It Be 6:30
Engineer – Mark McGuire
Mixed By – Burni Adams, Jamie Bromfield

SIDE B:
Let It Be (Mega Message Mix) 6:11
Mixed By – Jamie Bromfield

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Profile Records ‎– PRO-7147
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Pop
Style: Pop/Rock

CREDITS:
Bass – Mark King
Drums – A. Lynn
Guitar – Gary Moore, Mark Knopfler
Keyboards – Matt Aitken, Mike Stock
Producer – Stock/Aitken/Waterman*
Written-By – Lennon/McCartney*

NOTES:
Recorded at PWL Studios.
Special thanks to: Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

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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:
Epson Workforce WF-7610 Professional Printer/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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Nik Kershaw – When A Heart Beats (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 24th August 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

A. Front

“When A Heart Beats” is a song by the English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nik Kershaw. It was released as the lead single from his third solo studio album, Radio Musicola, being Kershaw’s eighth single. The single features the track, “Wild Horses” as the B-side, which was originally released on Kershaw’s previous album “The Riddle”.

Though hitting #27 in the UK Singles Chart towards the end of 1985, “When a Heart Beats” marked the beginning of a downturn of Kershaw’s fortunes on the singles charts, as it was the first time that a lead single from a Kershaw album failed to hit the Top 20 in the US/UK.

SIDE A:
When A Heart Beats (Extended Mix) 6:10
Mixed By – Nik Kershaw, Simon Boswell
Producer – Nik Kershaw

SIDE B:
Wild Horses (Extended Mix) 6:51
Edited By – Simon Boswell
Engineer – Stuart Bruce
Producer – Peter Collins

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: MCA Records ‎– NIKT 9
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Design – Leisure Process, The
Written-By – Nik Kershaw

NOTES:
Track durations are incorrect on labels.
Made 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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Password: burningtheground

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Nik Kershaw – The Riddle (Europe 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 30th July 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

A. Front

“The Riddle” is a song recorded by English synth-pop singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw. It was released in 1984 as the lead single from the album of the same name. It reached number three on the UK Singles Chart. In the US the single debuted on the Billboard Charts on April 13, 1985 however the single failed reach the Hot 100 peaking at #107.

SIDE A:
The Riddle (Extended Riddle) 5:10
Producer – Peter Collins

SIDE B:
Progress (Live) 3:04
Mixed By – Simon Boswell

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 The Riddle U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 #107

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: MCA Records ‎– 259 225-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: Europe
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Photography, Art Direction – Iain McKell
Written-By – Nik Kershaw

NOTES:
Cover states A as a “Special Extended Mix”, whereas label says “Extended Riddle”.
B is recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon.
From the album: “THE RIDDLE”

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B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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Nik Kershaw – Radio Musicola (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 24th August 2010

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986


Side A Label

REQUEST

Radio Musicola was the third single released from Nik Kershaw’s third studio album of the same name. The album deals with subjects of integrity – media skepticism (particularly towards tabloid journalism), privacy, insecurity and mass produced run-of-the-mill pop. The song peaked at #43 on the UK singles chart.

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: MCA Records Ltd.
Catalog#: NIKT11, NIKT 11
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single
Country: UK
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Written-By, Producer – Nik Kershaw

SIDE A:
Radio Musicola (Extended Version) 7:15
Remix – Bryan “Chuck” New

SIDE B
L.A.B.A.T.Y.D 4:12
Radio Musicola 4:16

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

DISCOGS LINK


Side B Label

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 20
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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Nik Kershaw – Don Quixote (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 11th August 2010

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

Front Cover

Don Quixote was the third single taken from Nik Kershaws second studio album “The Riddle”. The song peaked at UK #10, AUS #83, Ireland #9, Germany #39.

The song has some direct ties to the original novel “Don Quixote.” Published in two volumes a decade apart (in 1605 and 1615), Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published.

Don Quixote was from the region of La Mancha, which is likely were Nik Kershaws music video “Don Quixote” takes place, and also lead to the last line? of the song “We’re all men of La Mancha.” There is also a famous scene in the novel where the Don Quixote character (or the man on the horse in the video) has a sword fight with a windmill and looses. That also lead to the line in the chorus “Are we shouting at windmills like you.

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: MCA Records Ltd.
Catalog#: NIKT 8
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits:  Written-By – Nik Kershaw

SIDE A:
Don Quixote (Extra Special Long Mix) 8:41
Mixed By – Julian Mendelsohn , Nik Kershaw
Producer – Peter Collins

SIDE B:
Don’t Lie 3:52
Engineer – Julian Mendelsohn
Producer – Nik Kershaw

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

DISCOGS LINK

 

Back Cover

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 20
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 30th June 2010

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983

1983 Front Cover

“I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” is a song by singer Nik Kershaw, first released on his hit debut album Human Racing.

The song was written during the latter part of the Cold War period when nuclear war between the two superpowers of the USSR and USA was still a very real concern, and the lyrics reflect a satirical view of politics and the threat of war with lines such as: “old men in stripey trousers, rule the world with plastic smiles”, and: “forefinger on the button, is he blue or is he red?”

“I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” only reached number 47 in the UK charts when first released. However, the follow up single from the same album, “Wouldn’t It Be Good”, reached the top five and on the back of that success “I Won’t …” was re-released and soared to number two. It was also subsequently a major hit in several other countries and was responsible for bringing Nik Kershaw to greater public attention.

In Kershaw’s version, the synth tune was produced with an Oberheim OB-8 played by Paul Wickens (Wix).

This 12″ version contains samples from “wouldn’t It Be Good” and “Dancing Girls”.

RELEASE INFORMATION;
Label: MCA Records Ltd.
Catalog#: NIKT 4
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits:  Artwork By [Design] – Clinic, The
Photography [Back Sleeve] – Iain McKell
Photography [Front Sleeve] – Brian Aris
Producer – Peter Collins
Written-By – Nik Kershaw

NOTES:
Front has no remix title, and the label on A has added, below the title in small print, “Special new extended mix by Simon Boswell”.
Back of cover has (Extended Remix By Simon Boswell).

SIDE A:
I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Extended Remix By Simon Boswell) 6:33
Remix – Simon Boswell

SIDE B:
Dark Glasses 4:17

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

DISCOGS LINK

Back Cover

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 20
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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