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So the brief here was to discuss CDs I have made through great effort for my simulated label, that eventually actually get made by real labels. This was a weird phenomenon where there are no easy attitudes to take.
In spite of the not very accurate REVO catalog number assigned to it years afterward when I was trying to piece together exactly what projects I had done and in what order, this was among the first things I had remastered from vinyl. Since it didn’t seem like it was likely to get a real release. No one seemed to care but me and my friends! I can’t remember what I may have included as bonus tracks.
I was shocked to see that tiny indie reissue label Wounded Bird released both of Holly Beth Vincent’s albums on Virgin/Epic in 20012. I saw them once in a store [Manifest in Charlotte] in 2003-4 and immediately bought them. Good thing too, as they went OOP quickly and commanded stupid prices [which they are worth]. The bonus tracks here drew from the non-LP B-sides to the three singles from this in the UK as well as the re-recorded A-sides where applicable. The UK LP had a different running order than the US LP/CD. I have to admit, that “Rock Against Romance” makes a more impressive finale than the quirky “Means To A Den.” I also suspect that the UK LP and US LP were mixed differently; and I am not sure which mix was used on the CD. I only have the US LP.
I always held a big torch for the second Tom Tom Club album, but the first one always got all the love, in spite of it being less than perfect. I have to say that “Booming + Zooming” was strictly filler to my ears. I much preferred “Close To The Bone” since the album had no such missteps. I was hungry for the album on a disc so I remastered from my vinyl and gave it a reasonable complement of extras. BONUS TRACKS: I added the Yella 12″ that had Tom Tom Club issuing a rap version of “Genius Of Love” [like everyone and their brother at that time…] but done under a different name and on the Antilles division of their UK label, Island Records. I also had the “Man With The 4-Way Hips” 12″ remixes, and the “Spooks” 12″ remix on the “Wordy Rappinghood” USP 12″ on there as extras.
The album finally got a CD release as part of a twofer DLX RM in the UK in 2009 that combined the first and second albums with a host of extra tracks. I made sure to get one of these before too long. Interestingly enough, they included many of the same tracks as bonus material that I did. Two mixes of “4-Way Hips” and only one of the Yella single, but I still don’t have the “Pleasure Of Love” 12″ with the short remix they included instead, so it was definitely worth buying. They put the “Spooks” remix on the first CD in the package, naturally.
I had long collected everything I could get my hands on from Ms. Brücken. Her first solo album for Island in 1991, had a nice run of single only tracks and mixes. When I finally shelled out for the “Bastille Mix” of “Absolut[e]” in 2004, I felt the time was nigh to produce the companion disc for her “Love: And A Million Other Things” CD. It featured eight mixes from 12″ and CD5s and was filled out with two extras as the BONUS TRACKS: Razormaid remixes of Act’s “I Can’t Escape From You” and from this album, a fantastic remix of “The Fanatic [Nail In My Soul]” that was amazingly not a single anywhere. The cover was an unabashed XL/ZTT pastiche complete with pretentious liner notes that quoted Roland Barthes.
Best of all, I made a 214 page Claudia Brücken discography detailing my collection in 214 pages of high-res scans that I included as a bonus session on the disc as seen at right. I may not host music files for download, but what other music blogger gives you a Brücken coffee table book on a simple click? You’re welcome. One of these days I need to take this project ahead to encompass the many releases that she has had after 1991! This would be twice as long now, and worst of all, I don’t even have her last two albums yet! I never see them in stores and need to act before things get out of hand.
Leave it to our friends at Cherry Red to have released a DLX RM of “Love: And A Million Other Things” in 2010 that had a bonus disc of the very complete singles and mixes that I had made six years earlier. They couldn’t find the “Bastille Mix” of “Absolut[e]” master so they had to master the track from vinyl, the same as me. I’ve yet to do an A/B comparison. Maybe I should and report back with my findings. The second disc is identical in content as my disc was with the following differences. They also included the shorter “I, Dream” 7″ mix I left off for some reason [maybe space] and of course the Razormaid material was missing. Razormaid thinks so highly of Ms.Brücken, that they had released a compilation of all of their Brücken remixes in 1999 as shown below. I only have the titles in red in my collection elsewhere, so there’s a lot of things unknown to me.
Claudia Brücken: Incarnations US CD-R 
- Claudia Brücken – Kiss Like Ether 6:44
- Propaganda – Dr. Mabuse 7:40
- Propaganda – P Machinery / Frozen Faces 8:43
- Claudia Brücken – Absolute 6:55
- Claudia Brücken – Fanatic 6:35
- Act – A Friendly Warning 5:08
- Act – I Can’t Escape From You 6:01
- The Brain – I’ll Find A Way 5:20
- The Brain – I’ll Find A Way (Remix) 5:41
- Propaganda – P Machinery / Frozen Faces (Remix) 6:55
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