Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Relax 30th Anniversary Edition UK 12″ 
- Relax [sex mix edition 3] – 8:10
- Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey – 4:08
- Relax [the instrumental] – 4:35
It’s getting so you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a 30th or even 40th anniversary edition of some seminal album, now being remastered and sold in an elite edition of 5xCDs and a DVD/Blu-Ray in a box selling for three easy figures these days. Truth be told, this Monk is getting a little bored with it all. In fact, the trend has probably peaked for me, with The Quietus going 25th anniversary pieces on music from 1988 that are far past the seminal Post-Punk period that is this blog’s métier. However, this is one such record that I find merits the effort, and in a radical move, is a 12″ single instead of an album.
But was there ever a 12″ single that arrived with the impact of “Relax,” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood? The only thing that even hinted to its power beforehand was New Order’s “Blue Monday.” Our friends at ZTT, who generations ago, trained us to buy many, many versions of their fine goods are letting this one drop on February 10, 2014. Thirty years to the day since the original “Relax” began its assault on the world charts and 12″ single history.
As is plainly evident, the single cover has been remixed from the by-now-memorized green and peach sleeve art to monochrome with magenta and blue. The sleeve will have a full LP style spine complete with photographic inner sleeve as befits the occasion. Best of all, unlike many anniversary editions, this one will retail for the normal cost for a 12″ single, making its purchase far from extravagant, but it’s been whispered that this is an edition of 3000 copies, so if you want it… act sooner than later.
Of course, with ZTT pulling the strings, you knew that this would not be another straight issue of the previous Sex Mix [16:24] or the more common New York Mix [7:20]. It’s not even the Sex Mix Edit [8:20] but instead this is being called the Sex Mix Edition 3 [8:10]. It is the mix of the track that has previously appeared on the hideously expensive “Return To The Pleasuredome” Japanese-only ZTT extravaganza as well as the smartly priced “Art of the 12″ Vol. 1.” It now finally makes its debut on 12″ wax where it belongs.
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