A BSOG Deconstructed: China Crisis – Docklands [part 2]

Yesterday we took a hard look at the accumulated China Crisis collection. But music doesn’t exist in a vacuum the size of my Record Cell. There was also a fan-run China Crisis website called Docklands that was helpful in that time period. I scoped over their discography to make sure that I had what I needed. Now it was time to build the project spreadsheet that would define where I went with this project, and how I was to achieve it.

Defining the Project Order + Scope

The first spreadsheet is reproduced below with notes detailing where the song came from originally, whether it was analog or digital, and ultimately, where I was going to source my master from. I am a lazy Monk, and I will usually defer to a digital master in 99% of all cases*.

track source used analog digital original source
African & White [orig. ver.] African + White [inev] 7 African + White [inev] 7”
Be Suspicious African + White ‘93 CD5 African + White [inev] 7”
Scream Down At Me Collection CD2 Scream Down At Me 12”
Cucumber Garden [ext.] Collection CD2 Scream Down At Me 12”
African + White ‘82 [ext. remix] African + White ‘93 CD5 African + White [virgin] 12”
No More Blue Horizons [ext. ver.] No More Blue Horizons 12” No More Blue Horizons 12”
No Ordinary Lover Collection CD2 No More Blue Horizons 12”
Watching Over Burning Fields Collection CD2 No More Blue Horizons 12”
Greenacre Bay [ext. ver] Collection CD2 Christian 12”
Performing Seals Collection CD2 Christian 12”
Tragedy + Mystery [ext. ver.] Tragedy + Mystery 12 Tragedy + Mystery 12”
A Golden Handshake For Every Daughter Collection CD2 Tragedy + Mystery 12”
Fire + Steel [mix] Hardest Hits V. 5 CD Working With Fire + Steel 12”
Dockland Collection CD2 Working With Fire + Steel 12”
Forever I and I Collection CD2 Working With Fire + Steel 12”
This Occupation [ext. mix.] Collection CD2 Wishful Thinking 12”
Some People I Know To Lead Fantastic Lives [ext. ver.] Wishful Thinking 12” Wishful Thinking 12”
Hanna Hanna [ext. ver.] Hanna Hanna 12” Hanna Hanna 12”
Here Come A Raincloud [live] Hanna Hanna 12” Hanna Hanna 12”
Hanna Hanna [live] BBC Rock Hour LP BBC Rock Hour LP
Wishful Thinking [live] BBC Rock Hour LP BBC Rock Hour LP
Christian [live] BBC Rock Hour LP BBC Rock Hour LP
African + White [live] BBC Rock Hour LP BBC Rock Hour LP
Working With Fire + Steel [live] BBC Rock Hour LP BBC Rock Hour LP
Animalistic Black Man Ray 7” Black Man Ray 7”
It’s Never Too Late Black Man Ray 12” #2 Black Man Ray 12” #2
Animalistic [a day at the zoo mix] Collection CD2 Black Man Ray 12” #2
King In A Catholic Style [ext. ver] King In A Catholic Style 12” King In A Catholic Style 12”
You Did Cut Me [live] You Did Cut Me 2×7” You Did Cut Me 2×7”
Christian [live] #2 You Did Cut Me 2×7” You Did Cut Me 2×7”
Seven Sports For All [live] You Did Cut Me 2×7” You Did Cut Me 2×7”
96.8 The Highest High 12” The Highest High 12”
Orange Mutt-Mutt Dance The Highest High 12” The Highest High 12”
Trading In Gold What Price Paradise CD Arizona Sky 12”
The Instigator Collection CD2 Best Kept Secret CD
Little Italy Collection CD2 Best Kept Secret 12”
The Instigator [italian fuzzbox ver.] Best Kept Secret 12” Best Kept Secret 12”
St. Saviour Square [12” mix] St. Saviour Square CD3 St. Saviour Square CD3
Back Home St. Saviour Square CD3 St. Saviour Square CD3
Diary Of A Hollow Horse [acoustic version] Red Letter Day 12” Red Letter Day 12”
African + White [steve proctor remix] African & White ‘93 CD5 African & White ‘93 CD5
Everyday The Same [Riff + Hum club mix] Every Day The Same CD5 Every Day The Same CD5
African + White [steve proctor ext. remix] African + White ‘93 12” African + White ‘93 12”
Tell me What It Is Every Day The Same CD5 Every Day The Same CD5
Everyday the same [Drum-a-Pella mix] Every Day The Same CD5 Every Day The Same CD5
Here Come A Raincloud [live w/Peter Coyle] Black Man Ray [live] CD5 Black Man Ray [live] CD5

* Except where the label has brickwalled a digital master…

African + White Inevitable UK7I had managed to mail-order the first, indie single that China Crisis had released. The Liverpool label Inevitable issued “African + White” b/w “Be Suspicious” in 1981 and it was the release that brought the group to Virgin’s attention. I imagined that the single was re-recorded or remixed when Virgin re-issued it. I did have the Virgin/Inevitable 12″ of the re-issue, and knew that the A-side of the 7″ differed from that of the 12″ version.

The B-sides of the first and second issues of the single also differed. The Inevitable 7″ had “Be Suspicious” as the B-side and the Virgin/Inevitable 7″ had “Red Sails.” But “Red Sails” was a track on the China Crisis debut album, and not a track that was needed on this project. These BSOG’s are meant to round up only material that was not issued on the group’s straight albums. So live tracks, remixes, non-LP B-sides were in the cross-hairs for this project. It was not meant to replicate the band’s singles inclusively.

japan - singles2xCDABelieve it or not there was a single commercial CD project, similar in scope to what I do in the non-commercial, personal world, that took all of the group JAPAN’s singles issued from the band’s Hansa masters. The staff of BMG/Japan who compiled “The Singles,” [see right] took each A/B side issued from the groups recordings for the Hansa label and slapped them onto a disc in the order that they were released in, such that several songs were repeated exactly in the 2xCD’s running order because the label released some recordings/songs more than once! That is an anal-rententive level of curation that even passes The Monk by! Sure, sure. I’m detail-oriented, but not that obsessive!

Next: …the remastering begins

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One Response to A BSOG Deconstructed: China Crisis – Docklands [part 2]

  1. Echorich says:

    enjoying this…and now I have to find that Japan collection!!! ARGH!!

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