REVO Remastering: Fourth Time Lucky For Peter Godwin’s “Torch Songs + Heroics” [REVO 057C]

It’s a cold fact of life that the real labels will often remaster and reissue a title beloved by many several times, and even my simulated vanity label has done this on occasion. No more occasions than for this title. Back in 2009, I finally made what was one of my favorite self-compiled CD-R projects ever when I put together a selection of Peter Godwin remixes and non-LP singles that he had once talked about releasing ages ago called “Torch Songs + Heroics.” How I loved that collection. I loved it so much I could not keep my hands off of it! When against all odds, Peter Godwin began his slow trickle of modern material a decade or so ago, I have dutifully revised the track listing to make it more complete and canonical. There have been a second and third remastering of the material with REVO catalog numbers 057A, and 057B, but those are now passé. Because this summer I finally got moving on making it seriously canonical and finally secured a copy of the long-rumored “Window Shopping” Netherlands 7″ remix and of course there were a few newer wrinkles in the Godwin saga. But first, let’s review the original 2009 edition.

peter godwin - torch songs + heroics cover art

REVO | 2xCD-R | 2009 | REVO 057

Peter Godwin: Torch Songs + Heroics 2xCD-R [2009]

Disc 1

  1. America In My Head [7″]
  2. Torch Songs For The Heroine [7″]
  3. Cruel Heart
  4. America In My Head [12″]
  5. Torch Songs For The Heroine [ballad]
  6. Cruel Heart [inst.]
  7. America in My Head [dance mix]
  8. Torch Songs For The Heroine [dance mix]
  9. Emotional Disguise [12″]
  10. Luxury [extended ver.]
  11. Images Of Heaven [7″]
  12. Emotional Disguise [inst.]
  13. Spoken Images
  14. Emotions Francaises/inst. [segue mix]

Disc 2

  1. Images Of Heaven [12″]
  2. Baby’s In The Mountains [new york remix]
  3. Images Of Heaven [razormaid ver.]
  4. The Art Of Love [new york remix]
  5. Rendezvous
  6. The Art of Love [new york dubmix]
  7. Rendezvous [french ver.]
  8. The Art Of Love [UK remix]
  9. Another World
  10. Rendezvous [english remix]
  11. Naked Smile
  12. Rendezvous [french remix]

26 tracks dating from 1981 to 1998. About an hour per CD of some of the best material from the New Romantic era as well as the modern chanson work that Godwin had been exploring at the Fin de siècle. But subsequent digital singles needed to be here.

peter godwin - disguise

“Disguise” in 2012

Click here for review.

“Sky Falls” in 2012

Click here for review.

“The Art Of Love Remix” in 2013

Click here for review.

“You!” in 2020

Click here for review.

And then there was the “bootleg” 2015 version of “Images Of Heaven” by Godwin’s partner, widescreen remixing maniac Johnson Somerset! The man is routinely used by Bryan Ferry and Simple Minds for his distinctive, low BPM remixing. But Godwin had been partnered with Somerset for a long time now, with the Neuvo album of 2009 written together between them. Then there was the little sticking point of this single, which I had ignored earlier, owing to its rarity.

peter godwin window shopping dutch 7" cover

Polydor | Netherlands | 7″ | 1983 | 821 520-7

Peter Godwin: Window Shopping – Netherlands – 7″ [1983]

  1. Window Shopping [remix]
  2. The Art of Love [Zeus B. Held 7″ remix]

I finally sourced a copy of this from Europe last February, with shipping not being terribly taxing since it was a 7″ single. €13 later, it was mine and while yes, the A-side was indeed a Georg Kajanus remix, I was astonished to find that the B-side, only identified as “The Art Of Love” on Discogs, was in fact a remix by the great Zeus B. Held! So… come for the Kajanus, and stay for the Zeus B. Held! Never had $15 been so well spent! So with these seven additional tracks in hand the time was night to revisit my favorite homeburn CD-R set for the fourth and final time which happened this summer. I was so thrilled, that I managed to also de-noise the vinyl rips that Oglio Records had done of the “America In My Head” single mixes this time!

peter godwin torch songs + heroics cover art

REVO | 2xCD-R | 2020 | REVO 057C

Peter Godwin: Torch Songs + Heroics 2xCD-R [2020]

Disc 1

  1. America In My Head [7″]
  2. Torch Songs For The Heroine [7″]
  3. Cruel Heart
  4. America In My Head [12″]
  5. Torch Songs For The Heroine [ballad]
  6. Cruel Heart [inst.]
  7. America in My Head [dance mix]
  8. Torch Songs For The Heroine [dance mix]
  9. Emotional Disguise [12″]
  10. Luxury [extended ver.]
  11. Images Of Heaven [7″]
  12. Emotional Disguise [inst.]
  13. Spoken Images
  14. Emotions Françaises/inst. [segue mix]
  15. Images Of Heaven [12”]
  16. Baby’s In The Mountains [new york remix]
  17. Images Of Heaven [razormaid ver.]

Disc 2

  1. The Art Of Love [new york remix]
  2. Window Shopping [7” remix]
  3. The Art of Love [zeus b. held remix]
  4. Rendezvous
  5. The Art Of Love [new york dubmix]
  6. Rendezvous [french ver.]
  7. The Art Of Love [UK remix]
  8. Another World
  9. Rendezvous [english remix]
  10. Naked Smile
  11. Rendezvous [french remix]
  12. Disguise
  13. Sky Falls
  14. The Art Of Love [johnson somerset remix]
  15. Images Of Heaven [johnson somerset remix]
  16. You!

New songs are in red and now each disc sits at a peak 79+ minutes; the limit of my disc burning capability. And of course it goes without saying that the 16 page booklet was re-written/re-compiled for each edition since not only did the liner notes change, but it also contained a full Peter Godwin discography which expanded with each edition. So now, almost a decade later, I have the ultimate Peter Godwin rarity collection in my hands…

needle rip…With the exception that today I remembered to look at iTunes, since a few months ago commenter Gavin mentioned to me in June that Johnson Somerset was doing an epic 10 minute remix of “You!” and I’ve been so busy that I only thought to look for it on iTunes now, and yes, it’s there. So my once perfect collection will now be less than perfect. Like anything in this fallen world, I suppose. But as soon as I get home from work I’m buying that track!

peter godwin you johnson somerset remixYou can as well for a pittance at the usual places that offer olde fashioned downloads for the grandad set.

…Like me.

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6 Responses to REVO Remastering: Fourth Time Lucky For Peter Godwin’s “Torch Songs + Heroics” [REVO 057C]

  1. jehanbosch says:

    I have have been a Godwin fan since 1979 because of Metro. I have mailed a link to the man himself and he and I truly appreciate your efforts. I have almost all records Peter made, including the Dutch single mentioned because I live in the Netherlands. Also I will be happy to announce 3 of the new mixes are already on YouTube. I am not certain of the Zeus remix but will have the Dutch single converted to digital. Something different: I hope you will tackle Nik Kershaw one day because I am a fan of him and Nick Heyward. Keep up the good work, Johan

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      jehanbosch – Welcome to the comments! Hopefully this blog is like a big magnet for Peter Godwin fans. I just bought the Somerset remix of “You!” and will listen to it tomorrow on the commute. Enjoy the Zeus B. Held remix of “The Art Of Love” when you digitize it. It’s a “buried treasure.”

      Can’t say that Nik Kershaw or Nick Hayward did anything for me though. Nick Rhodes, yes! Nick Lowe, definitely.

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  2. Now if we could just get the esteemed Mr. Godwin to stop making rarities so that the Monk can make a version that stands as complete for a while … (I am of course kidding!)

    If memory serves, I have the now rare 2009 edition as well as another Godwin disc in my hallowed REVO collection. Very much looking forward to this revised version someday!

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  3. Echorich says:

    Oh that Somerset remix is absolutely EPIC! Johnson Somerset can work magic with Simple Minds, Massive Attack, The Horrors and even Bryan Ferry, but his work with Peter Godwin is on another level.
    I am pretty desperate now to hear The Art Of Love in the hands of Zeus B. Held. It seems so wrong but oh so right!

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