Want List: Full Series of Carmel DLX RMs

Jim Parris, Carmel McCourt & Gerry Darby

I just found out today that raving fave jazzpunk heroes Carmel have had all of their studio albums re-issued in DLX RMs with serious bonus tracks added. Released last month, the band’s six studio albums were re-issued by Drumfire Records with appropriate extras [shown in red].

Drumfire Records | UK | CD | 2012 | DRMFR007

Carmel: The Drum Is Everything UK CD RM [2012]

  1. More More More
  2. Stormy Weather
  3. The Drum Is Everything
  4. I Thought I was Going Mad
  5. The Prayer
  6. Rockin’ On Suicide
  7. Rue St Denis
  8. Willow Weep For Me
  9. Tracks Of My Tears
  10. Bad Day
  11. Lament
  12. That’s Cool That’s Neat
  13. Hot Dog
  14. Willow Weep For Me (12″ extended mix)
  15. Rue St Denis (Dance Mix)

Drumfire Records | UK | CD | 2012 | DRMFR008

Carmel: The Falling UK RM CD [2012]

  1. I’m Not Afraid Of You
  2. Let Me Know
  3. Tok
  4. The Falling
  5. Mama Told Me Not To Come
  6. Mercy
  7. Easy For You
  8. Sticks & Stones
  9. Sally
  10. Daddy Long Legs
  11. What A Story
  12. Energise My Soul (live at Victoria Palace)
  13. All Day Long I Shouted
  14. Mercy (Par Pitie)
  15. I’m Not Afraid Of You (extended remix)
  16. Hymn Of Love (recorded live in Emanuel St.James Church Manchester)

Drumfire Records | UK | CD | 2012 | DRMFR009

Carmel: Evrybody’s Got A Little…Soul UK RM CD [2012]

  1. A Hey Hey (Everybody’s Got A Little…Soul)
  2. It’s All In The Game
  3. Every Little Bit
  4. Nothing Good
  5. Azure
  6. Sweet And Lovely
  7. Jazz Robin
  8. Lay Down
  9. I Do And Do
  10.  A Hey Hey (reprise)
  11. It’s All In The Game (12″ mix)
  12. Tracks Of My Tears (live at Ronnie Scotts)
  13. More More More (live at Ronnie Scotts)
  14. The Crocodile Poem
  15. Long Come Liberty

Drumfire Records | UK | 2xCD | 2012 | DRMFR010

Carmel: Set Me Free UK 2xCD RM [2012]

  1. Napoli
  2. You Can Have Him
  3. I Have Fallen In Love (Je Suis Tombee Amoureuse)
  4. I’m Over You
  5. God Put Your Hand On Me
  6. Take It For Granted
  7. Circles
  8. If Birds Can Fly
  9. One Fine Day
  10. Onward
  11. Life Is Hard
  12. The Waterfall
  13. I Have Fallen In Love (12″ extended mix)
  14. Moving
  15. You Can Have Him (instrumental)
  16. You Can Have Him (12″ extended mix)
  17. And I Take It For Granted (12″ mix)
  18. Lovin’ Feel (From You Lost That Loving Feeling)

Drumfire Records | UK | CD | 2012 | DRMFR011

Carmel: Good News UK CD RM [2012]

  1. Java
  2. You’re All I Need
  3. Heaven
  4. Angel
  5. Letter To Margaret
  6. You’re On My Mind
  7. Circle Line
  8. Good News
  9. Chasin’ Rainbows
  10. Desdemona
  11. African Bird
  12. Crazy Joe (Bye-Bye)
  13. The Judge
  14. Come-Back-A-Hero

Drumfire Records | UK | CD | 2012 | DRMFR012

Carmel: World’s Gone Crazy UK CD RM [2012]

  1. If I Don’t Have You
  2. Don’t Lose Your Love
  3. Save Our World (From Drowning)
  4. Backroom
  5. Jacqueline
  6. World’s Gone Crazy?
  7. Jack Dodd
  8. Africa
  9. If You Don’t Come Back
  10. Lean On Me
  11. The Garden
  12. Good Day

I’ll have to hit the Record Cell and do a quantitative analysis on how these stack up and plot my moves accordingly following on that. I have long planned a Carmel BSOG and any time I can shave off of vinyl remastering is worth the cost of buying new remasters of these titles for the vinyl-only rarities in full digital. Particularly the London Records material [albums 1-4]. I have to admit that their tenure on East-West is not my favorite as the group crossed the line from jazz to world music, to their detriment, in my opinion. Now that I think of that, all of the rarities from that era were on CD singles, so I’ll probably sit those out.

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6 Responses to Want List: Full Series of Carmel DLX RMs

  1. jt says:

    By “world music”, do you actually mean “afropop”?

    World music to me is Tibetan singing bowls, Japanese taiko drums, Peruvian ocarinas, Indian sitars, African talking drums, central European accordions, and Indonesian gemelans. Anyone who experiments with this stuff is doing well in my book. See the band Japan’s “Tin Drum”, for starters [oh, I know you have already!].

    “Afropop”, on the other hand is that annoying bullshit that followed in the wake of Paul Simon’s Graceland and a lot of Peter Gabriel’s weakest moments. As much as I enjoy Ladysmith Back Mombazo and some other African acts, that afropop movement was heinous!


    • postpunkmonk says:

      jt – Yeah! I meant Afropop. Not my favorite thing either. I do think that Malcolm McLaren mined that vein first and best among the White Devils who exploited the Dark Continent. All other Township Jive albums paled [no pun intended] next to the majesty of “Soweto!”


  2. Echorich says:

    I’m a great fan of the London Records era Carmel. Her brash jazzy vocals lent some real authenticity to the Jazz/Pop scene of the early 80’s. As much as I was a Sade fan a the time I would always end up in arguments with friends that Carmel was the real deal. The Drum Is Everything is high on my list of favorite albums.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      Echorich – Yeah, Sade is singular for being something I should have loved, but couldn’t*. There was something so bloodless about her. Once I finally heard her, I was strictly nonplussed, even though by 1984 I was diving headfirst into the New Wave Of British Jazz Pop and loving it! Carmel McCourt, you could never accuse of being bloodless! “The Drum Is Everything” is indeed a stunner. Jazz Punk in a vastly different way than James Chance, but ultra compelling. I first heard “More, More, More” on London Calling [MTV] and noted it, but never saw the records. I then saw the CD of “The Falling” when it came out and bought it straight away and was literally floored by it. I acquired the CD of the first album when I saw it after that.

      * Apart from the smoking “Sweetest Taboo.”


  3. Richard Anvil says:

    Absolutely amazed that someone else who is a major early electronica fan is also a big fan of Carmel. I also first got into Carmel’s music when I heard More. More, More on Top of the Pops. Amazing voice and amazing sound. My favourite album is The Falling because of the eclectic mix of sounds and styles with strong emotionally charged singles (I’m Not Afraid Of You, Sally and Mercy). But The Drum Is Everything is also such a singular album, edgy and unique. It was produced by Mike Thorn more well known for producing the electronic Soft Cell. He enjoyed the experience so much he came back to produce ‘Everybody’s Got….’ (though this time with a much more slick lounge style with backing orchestra). If you want to hear early Carmel then I really urge you to buy the recent CD reissue of their first 1982 Single and mini-lp. It raw 80’s jazz at its most impressive and you soon forget that its only a voice, a double bass and drums on each track.

    I was so pleased by these reissues, especially The Drum Is Everything as they also included the B sides which are as crucial as the album. Lament is a shorter pre-curser to The Prayer, That’s Good That’s Neat could easily have been an A side and Hot Dog is a masterpiece. The inclusion of the Extended (in reality the complete unedited) version of Willow Weep For Me is all important as is the Dance Mix (in reality completely different recorded version) of Rue St. Denis. Its just a shame that they didn’t complete the tracks by also including Bad Day (7″ single version) which is in fact the Mike Thorn produced recording as the album version is the 12″ ‘live in the studio’ version which is a completely different recording. It can be found on Carmel Collected along with the 7″ edit of More More More.

    The Falling reissue also has some high quality B sides included, some with a style more like the ‘live’ sound of The Drum Is Everything, What a Story and All Day Long I shouted plus Energise My Soul and the absolutely gorgeous Hymn Of Love (both of which were recorded live). The omissions on The Falling are more disapointing as they don’t include either of the 12″ versions of Sally (The glorious extended version, which is available on a rare French CD single, or the totally reworked ‘version’ which is not available on CD) but it does include a track titled I’m Not Afraid Of You (Extended 12″ Remix) which is identical to the album version (because the album released version is the 12″ version). It forever continues to annoy me how these re-issue compilers continue to make such glaringly obvious mistakes and in doing so rob us of other tracks which could have been included in their place. Also missing is the 7″ version of I’m Not Afraid of You (which is again on Carmel Collected) and the 7″ remixed version of Mercy (which isn’t available on CD anywhere). But even worse is missing off the track ‘How Long?’ from the soundtrack of ‘Letter to Brezhnev’ recorded at the same time which again has never been made available on CD.

    The smooth sounding Everybody’s Got A Little…Soul includes all the B sides and the 12″ versions but still misses of Nothing Good piano version.

    Set Me Free has so many extra tracks that it is the only reissue on 2 CD’s and pretty much covers everything from this era, except two additional different versions of And I Take It For Granted, the first a second recorded version by Brian Eno, which was included as an extra track on Carmel Collected, and the remixed 7″ version, which is on the CD single.

    I also didn’t bother with buying the reissues of Good News or World Gone Crazy as I already have all the tracks on CD and these albums aren’t as crucial as the first four.


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