REDUX: Remastering Heaven 17 – Civil Defence Box

January 10, 2011

Back in November, I posted on the notion of remastering my boxed set I’d made in 2007 of Heaven 17 rarities. I’ve since done the deed. What was once five discs and a DVD has definitely become 6 CDs, sans video. As shown below, the material making its REVO debut is in red.

REVO | 6xCD | 2011 | REVO 039A

Heaven 17: Civil Defence Box 6xCD

Disc 1

  1. Fascist Groove Thang + B.E.F. Ident #1
  2. Decline Of The West
  3. I’m Your Money
  4. Are Everything
  5. Groove Thang
  6. I’m Your Money [specially fortified dance mix] + B.E.F. Ident #2
  7. Are Everything [specially fortified dance mix]
  8. Play [7” ver.]
  9. Penthouse + Pavement [7” ver.]
  10. Play To Win [12” ver.]
  11. Penthouse + Pavement [7“ inst.]
  12. Play [12” ver.]
  13. Penthouse + Pavement [12” ver.]
  14. At The Height Of The Fighting [He-La-Hu]
  15. Penthouse + Pavement [12” inst. ver.]

Disc 2

  1. Honeymoon In New York
  2. He-La-Hu [inst. ver.]
  3. Wichita Lineman
  4. Perfect Day
  5. Let Me Go [12” ver.]
  6. Temptation [12” ext. ver.]
  7. Let Me Go [inst. ver.]
  8. We Live So Fast [7” mix]
  9. Who Will Stop The Rain [ext. ver.]
  10. We Live So Fast [ext. ver.]
  11. Who Will Stop The Rain [dub ver.]
  12. Come Live With Me [12” ext. ver.]
  13. Let’s All Make A Bomb [new ver.]
  14. Song With No Name [new ver.]
  15. Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry [parts I + II uninterrupted single ver.]
  16. Chase Runner

Disc 3

  1. Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry [ext. dance ver.]
  2. Sunset Now [ext. ver.]
  3. Counterforce
  4. Counterforce II
  5. Sunset Now [12” inst.]
  6. This Is Mine [ext. ver.]
  7. Skin
  8. Mine
  9. …And That’s No Lie [7” ver.]
  10. This Is Mine [filmix]
  11. The Heaven 17 Megamix
  12. This Is Mine [cinemix]
  13. …And That’s No Lie [remixed to enhance dancability]
  14. Contenders [UK dance ver.]

Disc 4

  1. When Your Heart Runs Out of Time [7” ver.]
  2. Excerpts From ‘Diary Of A Contender’
  3. When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time [12” ver.]
  4. Contenders [US 7” ver.]
  5. When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time [drumless]
  6. Penthouse + Pavement [john potoker remix]
  7. Contenders [inst. ver.]
  8. The Foolish Thing To Do [feat. Jimmy Ruffin ver. 1]
  9. Contenders [go-go ver.]
  10. The Foolish Thing To Do [inst. ver.]
  11. Contenders [US Dance ver.]
  12. My Sensitivity [gets in the way]
  13. The Foolish Thing To Do [feat. Jimmy Ruffin ver. 2]
  14. Trouble [at mill mix]
  15. The Ballad Of Go-Go-Brown [ext. ver.]

Disc 5

  1. [Big] Trouble
  2. Slow All Over
  3. The Ballad Of Go-Go Brown [version]
  4. Train Of Love In Motion [mainline mix]
  5. Work
  6. Giving Up
  7. The Last Seven Days
  8. The Foolish Thing To Do [feat. Glenn Gregory]
  9. Designing Heaven [radio mix]
  10. Temptation ‘92 [brothers in rhythm mix]
  11. Designing Heaven [pei mix]
  12. Fascist Groove Thang ’93 [rapino club mix]
  13. Desinging Heaven [starck mix]
  14. Penthouse + Pavement ‘93 [tommy d’s master mix]
  15. Designing Heaven [le corbusier mix]

Disc 6

  1. Designing Heaven [mies van der rohe mix]
  2. We Blame Love [radio mix]
  3. Designing Heaven [rodgers mix]
  4. We Blame Love [7” inst.]
  5. Den Himmel Designen
  6. Theme From Unreal Everything
  7. We Blame Love [ext. ver.]
  8. Holiday
  9. We Blame Love [spacebaby mix]
  10. Sign O’The Times
  11. We Blame Love [matt darey dub mix]
  12. With Or Without You
  13. We Blame Love [ext. inst.]
  14. Temptation [demo ver.]

The biggest hurdle I faced was redesigning the thing! The old cover of a fantasy H17 Sheffield cityscape seemed labored and trite to me. I wanted a simple image that would evoke the larger sense of what the band were communicating. I brainstormed for about six weeks, which is about five weeks and six days longer than it normally takes me to solve a design problem! That I was busy with lots of work in the interim didn’t help. I finally hit upon a geiger counter image as evoking the era and concerns of the music, then the rest fell into place quickly.

Of course, I needed to redesign the booklet as well since there were many changes to the running order. I’m well chuffed with the result. The final package in every way [possibly except for DVD] is a huge trade-up from the original project. What follows is a rundown of all of the changes in the program.

For reasons unknown to me, I inadvertently left off the 12″ version of “Are Everything” from the original. Why, I cannot say, but this is now rectified.  The 7″ of “Penthouse + Pavement” had been previously taken from the soundtrack of the video to avoid surface noise removal. The 50/60 Hz hum was just as bad, in retrospect, and more to the point, the video soundtrack is not the 7″ version! Fortunately, I had a mint 7″ and the track sounds miles better and is accurate to boot! I also included the 7″ instrumental from the B-side of that single as the 1st box lacked this.

The next cut added is the 7″ of “We Live So Fast” that originally backed up “Temptation” in the UK and was a US A-side as shown below. I never listened to my 7″ copy [bought for the sleeve] and thought I’d better check. Sure enough, it’s the 7″ remix as seen on the video. Of course, I mastered the track from the US 12″ of “We Live So Fast” for hotter sound.

Arista | US | 7″| 1983 | AS 1-9027

The elusive “Chase Runner,” from the “Electric Dreams OST finally appears. I confused this cut with the similar sounding “Counterforce II” forever and when a friend pointed the difference out I said at the time, “now I’ll have to remaster this set!” Well, four years later it’s finally happened. Even I’m amazed at this!

One intriguing new track is the 12″ instrumental mix of “Sunset Now.” This was recently unearthed and issued digitally with the 2006 remaster of “How Men Are.” So this cut never hit vinyl back in the day. It’s fascinating to have this material seeing the light of day 23 years later!

A sticking point of the last cut of this project was that the Glenn Gregory/Claudia Brücken duet only appeared in its 12″ version, since I’d never gotten the 7″ of “When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time.” As a Brücken collector I was chagrined that it had come to this after over 20 years so I made a beeline for the disc online and added the 7″ version to this revised program.

I realized that the US “Contenders” 12″ had all of its mixes made by Bruce Forest and so I needed to add the US 7″ remix to the package as well. It’s a very curt 3:00 as opposed to the UK 7″ version that’s practically a 12″ of that length at 4:28. I neglected to add the Glenn Gregory version of “The Foolish Thing To Do” that appeared as a bonus cut on the CD of “Teddybear, Duke + Psycho.” I believe that my thinking at the time was it was an assumption that it was an LP cut. Maybe I hadn’t run across for research purposes yet!

The WEA material from the excellent “Bigger Than America” album period of ’96-’97 is lost to the four winds and hasn’t been anthologized or re-released anywhere yet. It may never be, so I thought it was important to include all of it at my disposal. I’ve since gotten over my squeamishness regarding the modern remixes. Only the Matt Darey dub mix makes me grit my teeth on closer examination; and even that’s there now. This accounts for almost half of the new material appearing in this version of the box.

  • Designing Heaven [radio mix]
  • Designing Heaven [starck mix]
  • Designing Heaven [le corbusier mix]
  • Designing Heaven [mies van der rohe mix]
  • We Blame Love [radio mix]
  • We Blame Love [matt darey’s dub mix]
  • We Blame Love [ext. inst. mix]

Finally, the stellar demo version of “Temptation” was placed at the end because frankly, it sounds more like 2006 [when it was released] than reflective of its 1982 milieu. All that stands between BSOG® [boxed set of god] status and this package are the following cuts:

  1. Designing Heaven [Hysterix Pure Pumpin’ Mix] – German promo 12″ only mix
  2. Designing Heaven [Venturi Mix – Giorgio Moroder’s Vocal 12″] – On UK CD #2
  3. Designing Heaven [Trans European Heaven] – On UK CD #1
  4. Designing Heaven [Pump Up Mix Edit] – German promo CD mix
  5. Designing Heaven [Gregorio’s 12″ Varispeed 130BPM] – German promo 2×12″ mix
  6. Temptation [Brothers In Rhythm Remix Edit]
  7. Temptation [Orchestral Theme From Temptation]
  8. Temptation [7” Backing Track]
  9. Temptation [Brothers In Rhythm Instrumental]
  10. Let Me Go [“Hon, Its Flawless” Mix]
  11. Let Me Go [I Trance Alone Mix]
  12. Let Me Go [Let Me House You]
  13. Temptation [Instrumental]

…Unless you know something that I don’t! If you do, drop The Monk a line in the comment field below.

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21 Responses to REDUX: Remastering Heaven 17 – Civil Defence Box

  1. Omar says:

    Omg! This is fabulous! a dream come true. I love the cover and think that this should be the ultimate fan collection. Would love to see remastered versions of Pleasure One & Teddy Bear, Duke & Psycho as well.


  2. Tim says:

    Never knew of the instrumental of Sunset Now so thanks for the heads up. Probably one of my top three H17 tracks.


  3. Echorich says:

    There are a few Pleasure One/CDP era remixes I still need. This is a glorious collection that includes some amazing remixes – especially the This Is Mine Filmix and Cinemix versions. Oh and the Let Me Go – Hon, It’s Flawless Mix is simply brilliant.


  4. nick says:

    Monk are you saying you don’t have the dreadful BIR mixes cd single of Temptation ? I might have 2 copies of that, don’t know why because i’ve never been a big fan of them – and i wish they would do it live either ! If i’ve got a spare you can have it.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      Nick – I’m back from vacation and catching up with a redux post I had scheduled to break up the monotony. Free music from commenters? I’m all over it and will gladly accept any “donations.” Even the dreaded BIR mixes of “Temptation,” but other BIR mixes I’ve heard have been less than completely toxic, so I’ll risk it. I mean, they’re not the cat’s pajamas, but they aren’t Microbots, either.


      • nick says:

        Don’t get me wrong i love most of what BIR have done and Dave Seaman too but i just don’t think this one works. I guess if you had these missing tracks you would have to re-do the box set or just add another disc or two ? For a basic video dvd you can’t really go wrong with this one – i i bought it just for the dvd [ i hate ‘greatest hits’ comps ]


        • nick says:

          sorry monk, no idea why that link has appeared sooo big ! it wasn’t supposed to do that


        • postpunkmonk says:

          Nick – I bought that “Best Of” CD+DVD package for the amazing “Temptation” demo [ worth every cent!] and the PAL DVD played in my DVD player, but by then, my multistandard TV was history, so I had to perform a standards conversion on my iMac to watch this in the living room instead of on the computer, and while I was doing it, I took the time to add nice things like TOTP and Tube material that I had on tape elsewhere. Now I have a new DVD player that performs conversions on the fly, so no more home made standard conversions. I could probably remaster every disc I ever made every three years if I had the time… Either for sonic or running order improvements. This may eventually point to a music server but that makes me sad.


  5. nick says:

    should have said ‘wish they WOULDN’t do it live’ !!


  6. djShelf says:

    A few years back, I paid DJ Paul T to purchase a new copy of the 1992 US 12″ of “Temptation” (with the Mark Pichiotti remixes of “Let Me Go”) and transfer to digital – here’s the post on his blog:

    The DL links are no longer active, and unfortunately, I only downloaded the MP3s. Paul also sent me the 1992 UK CD single with the BIR mixes – here are both files:!mB1TnTDL!dcogZCBLozKzjsgNBjrfDCBpT5hGIMYoP_Cv1L8TBz0

    Let me know after you DL so I may delete. Paul’s temporarily on hiatus, but when he’s blogging again, I’ll ask him for the FLAC files if you’re interested.

    Thanks Monk.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      djShelf – Welcome to the comments, and it’s good of you to offer music, but I’m a stickler about DLs. Unless it was a three figure record that I have been unable to get for 20 years with Billy MacKenzie singing on it, I really prefer to roll old school. Fortunately, that “Temptation” US promo is easily had for less than six small ones [postage includes!] so I just need to press a few buttons and get my physical copy in that way. Now that my West Coast Tour is over, I can perhaps apply my excess music sales funding towards buying some new music for a change [apart from the hundreds I dropped hitting all three Amoebas… posting to follow].


      • djShelf says:

        Ahh, my apologies, Monk. Like yourself, I also prefer physical media – it’s not really music if you can’t hold it, eh? However, just thought I’d try to make some small contribution to your fine cause. Your passion for collecting is most commendable. Thanks again for maintaining an intelligent, well written, and entertaining blog.


  7. K says:

    I am a newcomer to your site … perhaps I am not adequately comprehending something here – but is that Heaven 17 – Civil Defence Box (nice name, BTW) actually a real set that is available in any form, anywhere? Or is it simply a track list you’ve compiled? The set sounds great, but I can’t find reference to it anywhere but here. … OK, I’ve just read your “about” page. I think I understand, maybe, but perhaps not. Any insight you might be able to offer would be welcome. In any case, thanks for your site!


    • postpunkmonk says:

      K – Welcome to the comments! I think you’ve discovered that I am a vanity microlabel hobbyist. I make the CDs that I would like to buy but no one is selling. That’s the platform core here at PPM. We cover other music topics as well, but that’s where the name comes from. Recent guest blogger chasinvictoria once saw on of my projects and compared it to an elaborate illuminated manuscript, hence the moniker Post-Punk Monk once I started blogging.


      • K says:

        Dear PPM, thanks for your elucidating remarks apropos my earlier quandary. I believe I understand, nonetheless I wish it were otherwise, for the present, and other, BSOGs described here are, practically speaking, mostly beyond my limited means to recreate, and so will have to remain as things of unusual beauty glimpsed at only from afar, or as if through a glass darkly (to use a more ecclesiastical analogy), like an unrealized ideal. … Although looking through some of your entries, I recognize some old familiar items, like the Japanese Holiday ’80 EP picture-disc that I must have bought ca. 1983. Anyway, thanks again for your site.


  8. negative1ne says:

    i think it’s timely to revisit this, since the play to win boxset might be on horizon.
    stopping about halfway through your cd 5, and eliminating cd 6 should do the trick.
    but there are still tracks missing from there also.
    once we get a tracklisting, will be interesting to compare.



  9. Vlad says:

    As usual a very comprehensive box set. Though I’m not convinced anything after 1988 is worth hunting for – but that’s just me.

    What I’d like to point out is that there’s yet another version of “Penthouse & Pavement” track that was released in 1982 on OST for the movie “Nightshift”. It’s about 5:30 and definitely sounds different to all then-current versions. So maybe you can add that too.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      Vlad – I found out about that a few years back. It’s on my want list. Like a few thousand other things. And if you are not taking “Bigger Than America” seriously you are missing out on the older, wider sequel to “Penthouse + Pavement.” For me, it’s the third critical H17 album following the first two.


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