We now [hopefully] finish out the alphabet of still-desired CD titles. RED = I have already made a CD of this. GREEN = awaiting remastering in my Media Empire Room. BLUE = I still need to buy this on LP to make a CD of it. And now to the list…
I still find it hard to believe that the only Tourists album to never be released on CD was their first one, as produced by Conny Plank! True, it was the second one that was the biggest success, but given that Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox made the leap from The Tourists to Eurythmics; you’d think that there would be some interest.
Of course it was the second Tourists album that caught my ear. “Reality Effect” was a tremendous revisit of the 60s with a sparkling coat of New Wave paint. Alas, the original Logo Records UK edition of the album has never made the leap. There was a US small-label CD reissue of the US Epic Records edition of the album, which was resequenced and the two less than stellar cuts swapped out for much better tunes from the first album [as US labels are wont to do]. I never bought it, since I was holding out for the UK version, and now the US 2007 CD is a $50 CD! I should have bit, since the US edition is actually a perfect object, and how I came to be such a fan in the first place.
The Vels were a synthpop band that I had not thought much about back in their heyday since I was too busy obsessing over the UK variety of this particular strain. But This Monk is all about New Wave archaeology, and when I came across the band’s more scarce second album in Mr. Kane’s discard bins, I jumped at the chance. Thereby activating interest in album one. Two 12″ singles exist to provide the necessary bonus tracks.
The Vels second album has only a single 12″ [“The Girl Most Likely To”] from it to make bonus tracks for my mooted REVO DLX RM. I should buy it soon since my friends at Beautiful World Syndicate have copies of the 12″ and the first album, for sale…cheap!
I was happy to see that when I met my wife, she already had copies of all three David Werner albums in her collection! I had only ever heard “What’s Right” from his awesome third album in scant plays on my local FM-ROCK station in 1979 [back when I was still in that environment]. I never see the first two for sale anywhere. I think I once read that 90% of the pressings were cutouts within six months, but Werner was a rare US-based glam rocker.
Thank goodness my wife has a copy of this. Since the first one was such a huge flop, RCA barely released this one into the wilds.
Werner is definitely rockin’ that New Wave action, judging by the cover, but the song that hipped me to this record in ’79 was the best, latest-in-the-day glam rock classic these ears have ever heard. 70s words like “tough” and “muscular” were coined just to describe this sound!
I bought this live, FM-Promo album by Werner a few years back to add bonus tracks to album three, once I make the DLX RM of my dreams. It sports half a side of live tracks and studio chatter.
The Zones were what was left of Scot poppers Slik after Midge Ure split for The Rich Kids. They had a vibrant New Wave/pop sound judging from the single “Mourning Star” which is on a favorite Rhino D.I.Y. Series edition [“UK Pop vol. 1”]. Once you think you have everything, you have to dig a little deeper.
That concludes my list of still m.i.a. albums on CD, and the progress made in 35 years has been substantial. Most of these titles have not spent 35 years on my CD want list. Instead, they are a largely result of research and connecting the dots. The A-list material on this list would probably be the following:
- Torch Song
- The Tourists
- Metro/Peter Godwin
Those acts would have been on the list from day one. That they are not on CD probably has more to do with the stubbornness of Ralf Hütter and William Orbit than anything else. Why BMG hasn’t exploited the first Tourists album is something of a mystery to me. The lack of people beating down Peter Godwin’s door stymies me. The rest of this material is largely down to the search for kicks in this ever more illuminated world. A world where obscure alternatives just keep getting harder to hide among the fewer and fewer dark corners of the internet.
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- D’oh! I forgot this one:
This one thankfully exists as a homegrown disc, but I would not look askance at a glass mastered version!