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The Human League – Don’t You Want Me (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 5th October 2017

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1981

“Don’t You Want Me” is a single by British synthpop group The Human League, released on 27 November 1981 as the fourth single from their third studio album Dare (1981).

It is the band’s best known and most commercially successful recording and was the 1981 Christmas number one in the UK, where it has since sold over 1,560,000 copies, making it the 23rd most successful single in UK Singles Chart history. It later topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on 3 July 1982 where it stayed for three weeks. In 2015 the song was voted by the British public as the nation’s 7th favourite 1980s number one in a poll for ITV.

The lyrics were originally inspired after lead singer Philip Oakey read a photo-story in a teen-girl’s magazine. Originally conceived and recorded in the studio as a male solo, Oakey was inspired by the film A Star Is Born and decided to turn the song into a conflicting duet with one of the band’s two teenage female vocalists. Susan Ann Sulley was then asked to take on the role. Up until then, she and the other female vocalist Joanne Catherall had only been assigned backing vocals; Sulley says she was chosen only through “luck of the draw”. Musicians Jo Callis and Philip Adrian Wright created a synthesizer score to accompany the lyrics which was much harsher than the version that was actually released. Initial versions of the song were recorded but Virgin Records-appointed producer Martin Rushent was unhappy with them. He and Callis remixed the track, giving it a softer, and in Oakey’s opinion, “poppy” sound. Oakey hated the new version and thought it the weakest track on Dare, resulting in one of his infamous rows with Rushent. Oakey disliked it so much that it was relegated to the last track on side two of the (then) vinyl album.

Before the release of Dare, three of its tracks—”The Sound of the Crowd”, “Love Action (I Believe in Love)”, and “Open Your Heart”—had already been released as successful singles. With a hit album and three hit singles in a row, Virgin’s chief executive Simon Draper decided to release one more single from the album before the end of 1981. His choice, “Don’t You Want Me”, instantly caused a row with Oakey who did not want another single to be released because he was convinced that “the public were now sick of hearing The Human League” and the choice of the “poor quality filler track” would almost certainly be a disaster, wrecking the group’s new-found popularity. Virgin were adamant that a fourth single would be released and Oakey finally agreed on the condition that a large colour poster accompany the 7″ single, because he felt fans would “feel ripped off” by the ‘substandard’ single alone.

The Human League often added cryptic references to their productions and the record sleeve of “Don’t You Want Me” featured the suffix of “100”. This was a reference to The 100 Club, a restaurant/bar in Sheffield.

Today, the song is widely considered a classic of its era. In a retrospective review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, senior editor for AllMusic, described the song as “a devastating chronicle of a frayed romance wrapped in the greatest pop hooks and production of its year.” Oakey still describes it as over-rated, but acknowledges his initial dismissal was misguided and claims pride in the track. Oakey is also at pains to point out another misconception: that it is not a love song, but “a nasty song about sexual power politics”.

“Don’t You Want Me” was released in the UK on 27 November 1981. The B side was “Seconds” another track lifted straight from the Dare album. Like previous singles, a 12″ version was also issued featuring the original version of “Don’t You Want Me” and “Seconds” on the A side and an “extended dance mix” lasting seven and a half minutes on the B side. This mix is also features on the Love and Dancing album released under the name of The League Unlimited Orchestra in 1982.
To the amazement of the band (and especially Oakey), it entered the UK Singles Chart at No.9 and shot to number one the following week, remaining there over the Christmas period for a total of five weeks. It ultimately became the biggest selling single to be released in 1981, and the fifth biggest selling single of the entire decade. Its success was repeated six months later in the US, with “Don’t You Want Me” hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Billboard magazine ranked it as the sixth-biggest hit of 1982. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA the same year for sales of a million copies. It is notable as the first song featuring the revolutionary Linn LM-1 drum machine to hit No. 1 on the UK charts and also the first LM-1 track to top the Billboard Hot 100.

SIDE A:
Don’t You Want Me 3:57
Seconds 4:58

SIDE B:
Don’t You Want Me (Ext. Dance Mix) 7:30

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1981 Don’t You want Me U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1981 Don’t You want Me U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #3
1981 Don’t You want Me U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #4

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Virgin ‎– VS 466-12, Virgin ‎– VS466-12
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 23 Nov 1981
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer – Martin Rushent, The Human League
Written-By – Callis*, Wright*, Oakey*

NOTES:
Thank you Gangsters restaurant, Sheffield.

Side A: Taken from the album “DARE”

Mastered at The Town House

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VINYL RESTORATION BY:
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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:
Sovtek 12AX7LPS Vacuum 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, ocenaudio
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
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FLAC (Level Eight)
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Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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Duran Duran – Girls On Film (Night Version) (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 31st August 2017

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1981

Twenty years ago today we lost Diana Princess Of wales. She often said that her favorite band was Duran Duran. This ones for you Diana.

“Girls on Film” is the third single by Duran Duran, released on 13 July 1981.

The single became Duran Duran’s Top 10 breakthrough in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at Number 5 in July 1981. The band personally selected the song for release following the failure of its predecessor, “Careless Memories”, which had been chosen by their record company, EMI. Its popularity provided a major boost to sales of the band’s eponymous debut album, Duran Duran, which had been released a month earlier.

The song did not chart in the United States on its initial release, but it became popular and widely known after receiving heavy airplay on MTV when the Duran Duran album was re-issued in 1983.

The song begins with a recording of the rapid whirring of a motor drive on a camera. Both manager Paul Berrow and photographer Andy Earl claim to have supplied the camera for the recording.

Over the years, “Girls on Film” has become a staple of the encores for Duran Duran’s live performances and is often the final song of a concert, during which lead singer Simon Le Bon introduces the rest of the band.

The song, along with “Rio”, was originally omitted from the 1984 live album Arena to make room for newer and less familiar album material from 1983’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger. Both tracks were included as bonus material in the 2004 CD reissue of Arena.

The b-side of the single was another song initially unavailable anywhere else, a synthesiser-heavy dance track called “Faster Than Light”.

SIDE A:
Girls On Film (Night Version) 5:31

SIDE B:
Girls On Film 3:31
Faster Than Light 4:30

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: EMI ‎– 12EMI 5206
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

CREDITS:
hotography By – Gered Mankowitz
Producer – Colin Thurston
Sleeve – Assorted Images
Written-By – Duran Duran

NOTES:
Mastered at Townhouse.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

VINYL RESTORATION BY:
-DjPaulT
burningtheground.net

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, ocenaudio
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
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Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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The Cure – Primary (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 31st July 2017

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1981

“Primary” is a song by English rock band The Cure, released as the sole single from their third studio album Faith (1981).

The song is unusual in that both Simon Gallup and Robert Smith play bass, with the effects pedals on Smith’s giving the leads a unique sound. There are no guitars or keyboards played in the song.

“Primary” was released as a single on March 20, 1981. It reached number 43 in the UK Singles Chart.

“Primary” was the first song by The Cure to be remixed as a separate extended mix for release on 12″ single (and not co-released on other formats, in the way the 12″ version of “A Forest” was also the album version appearing on Seventeen Seconds, for example). In fact, the original 12″ extended mix is, to this day, still only available on the original 12″ single, which has never been reproduced on any other album, making it quite a rare item. The main difference between the 7″ mix (also the album mix) and the 12″ mix is that the extended mix lengthens the instrumental introductions to the song’s verses.

This cover art is the first visual collaboration between the band & Porl and Undy, later better known as Parched Art.

SIDE A:
Primary (Extended Mix) 5:57

SIDE B:
Descent 3:09

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Fiction Records ‎– FICSX 12, Fiction Records ‎– 2141 338
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: Mar 1981
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, New Wave, Post-Punk

CREDITS:
Artwork – Undy*, Porl*
Producer – Mike Hedges, Robert Smith
Written-By – Tolhurst*, Smith*, Gallup*

NOTES:
Cover by Porl and Undy

Rear sleeve says “Produced by Mike Hedges And The Cure”, labels say “Mike Hedges/Robert Smith”.

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VINYL RESTORATION BY:
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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, ocenaudio
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)
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Duran Duran – My Own Way (Night Version) (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 12th May 2017

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1981

35 years of “RIO”!

“My Own Way” is the fourth single by Duran Duran, originally released as a single on 16 November 1981.

The single was designed as a stop-gap release to capitalise on the Top 5 success of the band’s previous single, “Girls on Film”, but prior to the recording and release of the band’s second album Rio (which was recorded in the early months of 1982).

“My Own Way” was another hit, peaking at #14 on the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at #10 in Australia. Despite its success, the single has often been cited by the band as one of their least favourite and is rarely played live. Keyboardist Nick Rhodes has expressed astonishment that “My Own Way” performed better than 1987’s “Skin Trade”, which ended the band’s record of twelve consecutive Top 20 hits in the UK.

The single release of “My Own Way” has a fast tempo and “disco strings” arranged by Richard Myhill & Duran Duran.

A slower version was later recorded for the Rio album, with slightly different lyrics. This version dispensed with the disco strings in favour of a new wave style with echoing synths and was later remixed by David Kershenbaum for the Carnival EP, and this altered track appeared on the American re-issue of the Rio album on vinyl and cassette late in 1982. All CD pressings of Rio have used the original UK album mix.

The band’s dislike of “My Own Way” is evinced by the song’s omission from all of Duran Duran’s compilation albums. Neither 1989’s Decade or 1998’s Greatest included the track, although it came close on the latter. A promo for Greatest included both “My Own Way” and “Careless Memories”, but the commercial release replaced them with 1990’s “Serious” and 1997’s “Electric Barbarella”.

The b-side “Like An Angel” is a non-album track.

SIDE A:
My Own Way (Night Version) 6:35

SIDE B:
Like An Angel 4:46
My Own Way (Short Version) 3:40

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: EMI ‎– 12EMI 5254
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Arranged By [Strings] – Duran Duran, Richard Myhill
Design [Designed By] – Malcolm Garrett, Peter Saville (2)
Performer – Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Roger Taylor (2), Simon Le Bon
Producer, Engineer – Colin Thurston
Written-By – Duran Duran

NOTES:
A-side dead wax says: “Shake That Dotie Groove Thaaag”
Recorded in London – Autumn 1981.
Mastered at Townhouse.

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:
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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Bim – Romance (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 10th March 2017

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1981

Obscure New Wave Classic!

“Romance” is a 1981 New Wave single by U.K. band Bim. The band released several singles in the early 80s and one album titled Boobams Out! on Swerve Records. After the band fell into obscurity Lead vocalist Cameron McVey went on to work with such musicians as Massive Attack, Portishead, All Saints, Sugababes, Mutya Keisha Siobhan and his wife Neneh Cherry.

McVey was also the second half of the duo Morgan/McVey who released one single in 1986 titled Looking Good Diving, widh was produced by Stock Aitkin Waterman. The song was re-worked for Neneh Cherry and titled Buffalo Stance.

The photo on the front cover is lead vocalist Cameron McVey.

SIDE A:
Romance (Extended Version) 7:57

SIDE B:
Gift Of Time 6:17

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Swerve Records – SKID 002 T
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Arranged By – Bim (tracks: B)
Producer – Jeff Dexter (tracks: A), Laurie Latham
Remix – Laurie Latham (tracks: B)

NOTES:

Bim Are:
Cameron McVey: Vocals
Steve Street: Bass and Percussion
Brian Wren: Drums and Percussion
Andy Harley: Keyboards
Bobby Henr: Guitars

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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Duran Duran – Planet Earth (Night Version) (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 2nd February 2017

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1981

Released on this day 1981.

“Planet Earth” is the debut single by the English pop rock band Duran Duran, released on 2 February 1981.

It was an immediate hit in the band’s native UK, reaching #12 on the UK Singles Chart on 21 February, and did even better in Australia, hitting #8 to become Duran Duran’s first Top 10 hit anywhere in the world.

The song later appeared on the band’s eponymous debut album Duran Duran, released in June, 1981.

For most countries, the B-side track for the “Planet Earth” is a concert favorite called “Late Bar” which was one of the earliest songs Duran Duran had written together after their classic Le Bon/Rhodes/Taylor/Taylor/Taylor lineup had solidified. However, the B-side track for the North American release of “Planet Earth” is “To The Shore”.

Beginning with “Planet Earth”, Duran Duran began creating what they called “night versions” for each of their songs: extended versions that were featured on their 12-inch singles. Back in 1981, the technology to do extended remixes was still quite rudimentary, so the band chose instead to create a new arrangement of the song, loosely based on the version they were playing live at the time. This formed the basis for the “night version”.

The “Night Version” of “Planet Earth” appeared in place of the original on some early US releases of the Duran Duran album.

In addition to the 12″, the night version of “Planet Earth” was included on the EPs Nite Romantics and Carnival.

SIDE A:
Planet Earth (Night Version) 6:17

SIDE B:
Planet Earth 4:02
Late Bar 2:57

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: EMI ‎– 12 EMI 5137
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: Feb 2, 1981
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer – Colin Thurston
Sleeve – Assorted Images
Written-By – Duran Duran

NOTES:
Mastered at Utopia.

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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