So yesterday when investigating “Mespotamia” on CD, I discovered that the EP had been remixed for the “Party Mix/Mesopotamia” mashup CD that has been available for 23 years. Intriguing. I wonder how different the remixes are since the timings are very similar. If I find this CD in a used bin I will investigate. But it sure would be good to have a copy of “Mesopotamia” without “Party Mix” being there to skip through. What are my options?
B-52s – Mesopotamia GER CD [199?]
- Loveland 5:03
- Deep Sleep 3:30
- Mesopotamia 3:51
- Cake 5:50
- Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can 4:32
- Nip It In The Bud 3:32
Our friends at Island Germany managed to issue “Mesopotamia” as a discrete CD release! And intriguingly, the credit for the US CD of “Party Mix/Mesopotamia” for a “Mesopotamia” remix by Tom Durack [who had remixed the band’s “Roam” single] is absent from this release. Methinks this is the way to get the original US vinyl version of “Mesopotamia” on the shiny disc of favor. I’m still not 100% sure, but notice that I referred to the “US vinyl version” of the EP. That’s because while researching this release, I came across the heretofore unknown German/European vinyl version of the EP, which is startlingly different!
B-52s: Mesopotamia GER EP 
- Loveland 8:33
- Deep Sleep 3:30
- Mesopotamia 3:50
- Cake 7:45
- Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can 5:46
- Nip It In The Bud 3:31
Take a look at those timings! “Loveland” is nearly 3:30 longer, and “Cake” gains nearly two minutes. “Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can” is over a minute longer as well. These three tracks are key since alternative takes were used to compile the German/Euro version of this EP on vinyl. The takes in question have been described as “rawer and more electronic,” which sounds like an oxymoron to me.
Considering that until yesterday, I was happy to live without “Mesopotamia” in my Record Cell, today is another game entirely. The sick collector in my can’t help but be intrigued by the previously unnoticed remixed American version on the “Party Mix/Mesopotamia” omnibus CD, and the alternate takes that figured on the German vinyl edition are like catnip to my mind right now. The curator within me also desires the German CD edition to see if it is in fact a replication of the original US vinyl edition, given its timings. I can finally envision an “Ultimate Mesopotamia” REVO edition with all extant mix/variations on a single disc just because the power of musical curation compels me. If I had a spare $80 laying around, I could see grabbing the US/GER editions on vinyl and CD to compare and contrast.
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