BSOG® Shock! Erasure Release Own Boxed Set Of God® Without Monk Involvement!

erasure-promo-shotErasure are celebrating 30 years of pop success with the king of BSOG that usually only comes from within the depths of my Record Cell; twelve CDs of material, curated nine ways to Sunday, and a copy of the “Wild!” live concert home video of the 1990 tour on DVD for the first time. That’s a hefty 13 discs! Now that I think of it, my previous largest set was an 11-disc set for Simple Minds in 2001 so yeah, I’ve been humbled. All the more astounding because it’s real. From The Man.

I have been a lapsed Erasure fan for the last 22 years, but from the five years of ’89 to ’94, I  bought any shiny silver disc with the Erasure name on it as I was late to the game with them. Oh, I’d heard them from the first single, and many of them got airings on MTV’s 120 Minutes ghetto, but at first I blew off Erasure as just another Yaz[oo]. Vince Clarke + big voiced singer doing synthpop. I was never convinced by Clarke, and three years of Erasure singles didn’t put me over the edge. That happened once I heard “Wild” playing in-store and decided that it was far more accomplished and eclectic that I maybe had been giving them credit for. After that it was every single bought and filed away, until the bad remix demons started issuing boring trance material around the time of the “I Say, I Say, I Say” album. I stayed off the Erasure train from that point onward, but I did run across the “Cowboy” album a year or two back, and liked it a lot. But will this box be able to tempt me? What’s on it?

Mute Records | UK | 12xCD+DVD | 2016 | EBX5

Mute Records | UK | 12xCD+DVD | 2016 | EBX5

Erasure: From Moscow To Mars – An Anthology UK 12xCD+DVD [2016]

CD1 – 7″ mixes v. 1

  1. Who Needs Love Like That?
  2. Heavenly Action
  3. Oh L’Amour
  4. Sometimes
  5. It Doesn’t Have To Be
  6. Victim Of Love
  7. The Circus
  8. Ship Of Fools
  9. Chains Of Love
  10. A Little Respect
  11. Stop!
  12. Drama!
  13. You Surround Me
  14. Blue Savannah
  15. Star
  16. Chorus

CD2 – 7″ mixes v. 1

  1. Love To Hate You
  2. Am I Right?
  3. Breath Of Life
  4. Take A Chance On Me
  5. Always
  6. Run To The Sun
  7. I Love Saturday
  8. Stay With Me
  9. Fingers and Thumbs (Cold Summer’s Day)
  10. Rock Me Gently
  11. In My Arms
  12. Don’t Say Your Love Is Killing Me
  13. Rain
  14. Freedom
  15. Moon And The Sky (JC’s Heaven Scent Radio Re-Work)
  16. Solsbury Hill
  17. Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

CD3- 7″ mixes v. 3

  1. Breathe
  2. Don’t Say You Love Me
  3. Here I Go Impossible Again
  4. All This Time Still Falling Out Of Love
  5. Boy (Acoustic)
  6. I Could Fall In Love With You
  7. Sunday Girl
  8. Storm In A Teacup
  9. Sucker For Love
  10. When I Start To (Break It All Down)
  11. Be With You
  12. Fill Us With Fire
  13. Gaudete
  14. Make It Wonderful
  15. Elevation
  16. Reason
  17. Sacred

CD4 – Andy Bell’s Playlist

  1. Fill Us With Fire
  2. Save Me Darling
  3. Fly Away
  4. Here I Go Impossible Again
  5. Witch In The Ditch
  6. Miracle
  7. Siren Song
  8. Mad As We Are
  9. Boy (Acoustic)
  10. Joan
  11. I Bet You’re Mad At Me
  12. Golden Heart
  13. A Long Goodbye
  14. What Will I Say When You’re Gone?
  15. Brother & Sister
  16. Whole Lotta Love Run Riot

CD5 – Vince Clarke’s Playlist

  1. Sono Luminus
  2. Because You’re So Sweet
  3. Love Affair
  4. Home
  5. Alien
  6. Precious
  7. Don’t Dance
  8. How My Eyes Adore You
  9. Boy
  10. Blues Away
  11. Spiralling (Acoustic)
  12. Piano Song
  13. Tenderest Moments (Acoustic)
  14. Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime
  15. Cry So Easy
  16. You’ve Got to Save Me Right Now
  17. Weight Of The World

CD6 – Mailing List Selected B-Sides vol. 1

  1. Supernature
  2. The Hardest Part
  3. When I Needed You
  4. She Won’t Be Home
  5. Knocking On Your Door
  6. Don’t Suppose
  7. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
  8. Over The Rainbow
  9. Waiting For Sex
  10. Tenderest Moments
  11. March On Down The Line
  12. Dreamlike State
  13. The Soldier’s Return
  14. Heart Of Glass (Live In Oxford)
  15. Let It Flow
  16. Runaround On The Underground
  17. Rapture
  18. Paradise

CD7 – Mailing List Selected B-Sides vol. 2

  1. La La La
  2. Truly, Madly, Deeply
  3. Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor
  4. Sweet Sweet Baby
  5. True Love Wars
  6. Ghost
  7. Hi NRG
  8. The Good The Bad And The Ugly
  9. In The Name Of The Heart
  10. Die 4 Love
  11. Tragic
  12. First Contact
  13. Love Is Colder Than Death
  14. Don’t Say No
  15. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
  16. No G.D.M
  17. Take Me On A Highway
  18. Tomorrow’s World

CD8 – Remixes vol. 1

  1. A Little Respect – Extended Mix
  2. Waiting for The Day – Vince Clarke Remix
  3. Supernature – William Orbit Remix
  4. Blue Savannah – Little Boots Remix
  5. S.O.S – Perimeter Mix
  6. Love To Hate You – Bruce Forest Remix
  7. Snappy – The Spice has Risen Mix
  8. Ship Of Fools – Nicka & Asle’s Stella Polaris Remix
  9. The Circus – The Equalateral Mix
  10. Elevation – Jack Antonoff Remix
  11. Stay With Me – Guitar Mix

CD9 – Remixes vol. 2

  1. Stop – 12″ Remix
  2. I Could Fall In Love With You – Jeremy Wheatley Extended 12″ mix
  3. Always – ‘Always In Motion’ mix
  4. Blue Savannah – ‘Out Of The Blue’ Mix
  5. Oh L’Amour – Almighty Remix
  6. Chorus – Aggressive Trance Mix
  7. Heavenly Action – Matt Pop’s Planet Cupid Mix
  8. Breath Of Life – Joey Beltram Mix
  9. You Surround Me – Syrinx Mix
  10. If I Could – Japanese Mix
  11. Rock Me Gently – A Combination Of Special Events

CD10 – Erasure – Live!

  1. Victim Of Love – The Circus Tour 1987
  2. Knocking On Your Door – The Erasure Show 2005
  3. A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot – Tomorrow’s World Tour 2011
  4. Joan – The Phantasmagorical Entertainment Tour 1992
  5. Witch In The Ditch – The Innocents Tour 1988
  6. I Bet You’re Mad At Me – The Erasure Show 2005
  7. Home – The Phantasmagorical Entertainment Tour 1992
  8. Spiralling – The Innocents Tour 1988
  9. Sunday Girl – Light At The End Of The World Tour 2007
  10. Don’t Say Your Love Is Killing Me – An Evening With Erasure 1997
  11. Breathe – The Erasure Show 2005
  12. Sometimes – The Innocents Tour 1988
  13. Tenderest Moments – The Acoustic Tour 2006
  14. Ave Maria – The Erasure Show 2005
  15. Soldiers Return – The Phantasmagorical Entertainment Tour 1992
  16. I Could Fall In Love With You – Light At The End Of The World Tour 2007
  17. A Little Respect – The Innocents Tour 1988

CD11 – Rarities

  1. Who Needs Love Like That? (Audition Version)
  2. Blue (Searching)
  3. Piano (Tomorrow’s World Demo)
  4. Waiting For The Day (Demo)
  5. Siempre – (Always – Spanish Version)
  6. 2000 Miles (Monteverde 7″ Mix)
  7. Chanson (Moon & The Sky French Demo)
  8. Am I Right (Guitar Demo)
  9. Worlds On Fire (Demo)
  10. Run To The Sun (Demo)
  11. Breath Of Life (Piano Demo)
  12. Alien (Demo)
  13. Whole Lotta Love Run Riot (Demo)
  14. Moon & The Sky – (The Beatmasters Remix)
  15. Untitled (Loveboat Demo)
  16. Amo Odiarti (Love To Hate You – Italian Disco Anthem Mix)
  17. UK Vibe 3 (Tomorrow’s World Demo)
  18. Symphony
  19. Reason (Sirius XM Radio Session)

CD12 – A Little Respect – 30 years Of Erasure (Audio Documentary)
An audio documentary looking at the first thirty years of Erasure’s career, presented by Mark Goodier for radio broadcast around the world and including contributions from Vince Clarke and Andy Bell alongside:

  • Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)
  • Gareth Malone
  • Paul Humphreys (OMD)
  • Daniel Miller.

Disc 13 – The Wild! Tour DVD (NTSC Region 0)

  1. Piano Song
  2. How Many Times?
  3. You Surround Me
  4. Knocking On Your Door
  5. Brother And Sister
  6. Crown Of Thorns
  7. Star
  8. Chains Of Love
  9. Hideaway
  10. Supernature
  11. Who Needs Love Like That?
  12. Stop!
  13. Victim Of Love
  14. La Gloria
  15. Ship Of Fools
  16. It Doesn’t Have To Be
  17. Blue Savannah
  18. Sometimes
  19. The Hardest Part
  20. Oh L’Amour
  21. Drama!
  22. A Little Respect
  23. Spiralling

+ 6 bonus downloads

  1. Dreamlike State – 7” Alternative Mix
  2. Sugar Hill – Vox Mix
  3. Heart of Stone – Live
  4. Then I Go Twisting (Demo)
  5. Fingers & Thumbs (Electrofinger Dub)
  6. Sacred (Chris Cox Dub Mix)

Phew! I’m tired just reading that. The thing is selling for £80 [$106.74] and for that much material, I have to admit that it’s priced to move! That’s $8.15/disc. A huge step forward for the kind of  Super Deluxe Boxed Set that usually sees half that many discs for sometimes even more. The thought that went into it is impressive. Having all of the 7″ edits of 30 years of singles makes a true pop statement. I’m less convinced by the discs that Clarke + Bell curated themselves since all of my top tracks are somehow missing. The selection of B-Sides was made by the members of the Erasure Information Service mailing list and it’s both egalitarian and authoritative. Many of my fave raves are there for the taking. That’s the first half of the box.

erasure-wildusldaThe remixes run the gamut of common to rare, to I’ve never even heard of that one. But it’s only remixes. A full box of all Erasure remixes would be how many discs? Any guesses? 33? The live CD is kind of a sop. Erasure live was never the thing to my mind. I’m sure it was fun if you were there, but I never had the pleasure. I had tickets once, but that never happened [long, painful story]. The rarities disc will probably cause the Erasure faithful the most vexation. Their collections will not be complete without that disc! Good thing I stopped collecting a long time ago. The 12th disc is something different; a radio documentary on the band with friends and colleagues weighing in for the BBC. A coffee table book would have been nicer, but it’s the post-literate era, I suppose. The final disc is the “Wild” tour DVD, which I have actually owned on laserdisc for over 23 years without ever watching, so I suppose that says volumes about my suitability as the target audience for this fine product.

I can’t say I will be dropping the $108 for this, but if I had no Erasure product, and had an even later-in-the-game conversion to Erasure fandom, this looks to be as authoritative an overall 30 year sampling of the band as it is possible to get. All of the angles, except music videos were covered [thoroughly] here. The price to value ratio is not bad at all, though collectors with everything but the “Rarities” disc and the new remixes may beg to differ. The cover art looks fabbo and I certainly, ultimately, approve of the effort, even as I will not be partaking. The set is released on October 21st, 2016 and can be pre-ordered here, among many possible retailers.

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16 Responses to BSOG® Shock! Erasure Release Own Boxed Set Of God® Without Monk Involvement!

  1. Tim says:

    I’m with you on the probably not buying this, largely because it’s too much money for too much stuff that I already have. The things that I don’t have….shudder…I gave up on Erasure mixes in the early 90’s as they fell victim to the endless awful remix syndrome that kicked in with core acts around 1993. Your suggestion of a coffee table book is on target, I have the Lee Hazlewood Industries box set and the book in that one is the icing on the cake.

    Aside from duplication there’s something else that keeps my wallet holstered on this one, I just don’t listen to the Erasure that I have that much, I’ve recently begun work on cleaning up the Erasure folder on The Evil Jukebox HD and have listened to this stuff the most that I have in probably ten years and a fair amount of things are being deleted. There was a blog a while back hosted by some bloke who called himself 50 pound note and his Erasure megamix has become for me my go – to for listening to them. Every time I listen to that one I think hmmm I should listen to Erasure more than I do.

    Perhaps it’s time to make an uber Erasure playlist like I did with ABC after this years release of LoL II The ABC list has had a ton of playings this year however I listen to ABC with some frequency and the list is riding the coat tails of a new album that is dead good.

    Now the threatened Marc Almond set…..again lots of duplication there, too. But if I had to buy one or the other I would probably but my dollars on that one.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Tim – I’m with you on Marc Almond since the key thing is that I have much less of his oeuvre. I have “The Stars We Are,” “Enchanted,” and “Tenement Symphony.” I have a few singles from those last two albums. A run of three great albums and also the “Treasure Box” of rarities + mixes which perfectly complements those. So there’s a whole lotta Almond I could stand to hear.

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  2. Tim says:

    Damn, Tenement Symphony is a fine album. My favorite of his actually. The French album (Absinthe) and the one of Brel covers are both worth finding.

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  3. Echorich says:

    1000 votes yes for a Marc Almond official or Monk BSOG®!!! I snake in and out of interest in Erasure and always have. Hands down I have to say the William Orbit remix of Supernature is absolutely magnificent!

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  4. tim says:

    Speaking of box sets this was announced. Wow. I don’t mean that in a Wow, I’m buying that sense just kinda stunned….19 discs of Dead or Alive?
    http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/news/dead-or-alive-19-disc-career-box-set-sophisticated-boom-box-mmxvi/

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  5. KeithC says:

    I started checking my Erasure and Marc Almond collections to see overlap / versioning in these recently announced box sets (I usually purchase the Deluxe retail versions wherever possible) and need some advice; what s/w do you use to track all these tracks? I tried to pull my ~30 Almond CDs and gave up after my brain cramped. I joined Discogs but haven’t been able to use my bar code reader to scan my few thousand CDs, ~50 Canadian release “never on vinyl” cassettes and ~40 vinyl 12″ singles and a few full length vinyl releases (just read your turntable post and had to embarrassedly admit I’ve never owned one; my brother had a Sears system similar to yours but I couldn’t get any of my vinyl on his metal-band only player).

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      KeithC – So software as such. Just judicious, and constant, poring over the ever-expanding Discogs.com database. Yes, it’s work! I hear you on the bar code. About a fourth of my collection has none. Actually, I’ve never tried the bar code method of data entry for my Discogs collection. My iPad could probably work there now that they have the app. My iPod Touch is so old, no modern software is compatible with it. As for my Discogs collection, it’s far from accurate. I’ve contemplated taking a few days of “staycation” one week where all I do from dawn to dusk is feed the database and try to get 100% of my collection in there. Then it’s an easy matter to download a CSV spreadsheet of your collection in extreme detail. It’s a thought that I have been having this last month. Because, I can’t sit here and say how many records or CDs I have. I’ve been estimating for decades. Sad, I know.

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  6. Tim says:

    OK, I’m cleaning up the Erasure files and came up with a couple of Re-Made & Re-Modeled editions with new tracklists, putting them out there to share an alternate take on two albums.

    1989 Wilder!
    Piano Song (Instrumental)
    Blue Savannah (Der Deutsche Mix I)
    Drama (Ext)
    Sweet Sweet Baby
    Supernature (William Orbit Mix)
    How Many Times
    No GDM (Zeus B Held Mix)
    91 Steps
    Star (Trafalmadore Mix)
    La Gloria
    You Surround Me (Syrinx Mix)
    Dreamlike State (24 Hour Technocolour Mix)
    Brother & Sister
    Runaround on the Underground
    Paradise
    2000 Miles
    Crown of Thorns
    Piano Song (Vocal)

    1991 Chorus (RMRM)
    Carry On Clangers’
    Chorus (mix that I made)
    Waiting For The Day
    Joan
    Breath of Life
    La La La
    Am I Right (Grid Mix)
    Over The Rainbow
    Love to Hate You
    Waiting For Sex
    Perfect Stranger
    Snappy
    Turns The Love To Anger
    Siren Song
    Let It Flow\
    Home

    These are my new go-to versions, pending some tweaking Am working on home made mixes of Breath of Life and Love to Hate You and will see how they pan out.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Tim – I am completely down with your “Wild!” Remodel! Enough so that I may make my own copy!! That was an incredible album with some fantastic mix and B-side material. “Chorus” didn’t work for me, so I barely have an opinion on that one.

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      • Tim says:

        I felt the same way about Chorus and haven’t touched the album proper in years (Am I Right and Waiting for Sex were the best things to come out of it in my opinion). It was a lot less technoy than I remember it when I revisited it, I did omit one of the b-sides that was just too much boop beep noodle bloodle but I am actually looking forward to revisiting this one more. I had written it off but I think I need to give it a second chance.

        I am flattered that you like my take on Wilder!

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