Want List: Fashiøn – “Fabrique Deluxe” Ultrabox Coming…Finally!

Possibly the best album to get this level of loving care in an ultrabox

I’ve watched from afar the slow, stately process of vocalist Dave Harris and Zeus B. Held compiling and remastering all of the tracks surrounding the 1982 “Fabrique” album from Fashiøn. Word has bubbled under in the Fashiøn fan community for years on this issue. First Harris had overseen a re-issue of his Zee album he made after “Fabrique” with Pink Floyd’s Rick Wright. That took some time, then attention was focused on giving the world as much “Fabrique” as possible. The covid pandemic sure hasn’t greased the wheels of such endeavors, but now the train is getting ready to leave the station. MusicGlue now has up a “Fabrique Deluxe” page to pre-sell the ultrabox, which will ship out on January 31st.

I’ve also written earlier about my boundless esteem of this particular album campaign. In fact, I have every legitimate track from my long-planned BSOG [it would be 3-4 discs] mastered and waiting for me to finally get the final piece of the puzzle; the Razormaid mix of “Streetplayer Mechanik.” My BSOG OCD often sees me stalling for many years until I finally get the last track or mix for one of my projects. But now the real thing as mastered from original tapes, not my large and largely flawless collection of singles is about to enter the world. I realize that my project would have been more complete, with DJ pool mixes, US promo tracks, as well as De Harris’ solo version of “Love Shadow,” which was also produced by Zeus B. Held [with BVs by Brenda Bennett of Vanity 6 fame…] five years later in 1987! But as the song says, there ain’t nothin’ like the real thing! How does this ultrabox stand up?

Face 01 – The Original Fabrique Album.

  1. Move On
  2. Love Shadow
  3. Streetplayer – Mechanik
  4. Dressed To Kill
  5. You Only Left Your Picture
  6. Something In Your Picture
  7. It’s Alright
  8. White Stuff (Short Cut)
  9. Do You Wanna Make Love
  10. Slow Blue

Face 02 – 12” Dance Singles.

  1. Mutant Dance Move
  2. Smokey Dialogue
  3. Mutant Mix Mechanik
  4. Dressed to Kill (Double Dub)
  5. You Only Left Your Picture (Reggae Reprise)
  6. Alternative Playback (Half Frame)
  7. White Stuff (The Unfinished)
  8. Do You Wanna Make Love ( at 5.00 A.M.?)

Face 03 – Dub Tracks from B side of original cassette plus various unreleased mixes.

  1. Move On (Audio Extra)
  2. StreetPlayer – Mechanik (Audio Extra)
  3. Love Shadow- Smokey Dialogue
  4. Something In Your Picture (Motor Drive)
  5. Mutant Mechanik
  6. Love Shadow (7” remix)
  7. Alternative Playback (Full Frame)
  8. Lets Play Dirty – (Centrefold)
  9. Love Shadow (U.S. 12” Promo Mix)
  10. Something In Your Picture (Test Pressing Mix)

Face 04 – Fabrique Global Birmingham MMXIX

  1. Dressed To Kill
  2. Something In Your Picture
  3. Do You Wanna Make Love
  4. Love Shadow
  5. Streetplayer
  6. Move on
  7. You Only Left Your Picture

I have every UK 7″ and 12″ single and many US promo 12″ singles. Here is what I had planned for my BSOG [boxed set of god].

FASHIøN – re/Fabricated  
Mutant MoveMove On UK 7 B3:50
Move On [audiø extra]Move On UK 12 A [bundled w/Love Shadow]6:44
Mutant Dance MoveMove On UK 12 B [bundled w/Love Shadow]5:45
Mutant MechanikStreetplayer-Mechanik UK 7 B4:04
Streetplayer-Mechanik [audiø extra]Streetplayer-Mechanik UK 12 A8:28
Mutant Mix MechanikStreetplayer-Mechanik UK 12 B7:17
Dressed To Kill [double dub/mix]Streetplayer-Mechanik UK 12 B2:54
Alternative Playback [half frame]Something In Your Picture UK 7 B3:09
Something In Your Picture [motor drive]Something In Your Picture UK 12 A7:20
Alternative Playback [full frame]Something In Your Picture UK 12 B7:00
Love Shadow 7Love Shadow UK 7 A3:30
Let’s Play DirtyLove Shadow UK 7 B3:56
Love Shadow [smokey dialogue] 12Love Shadow UK 12 A8:02
Let’s Play Dirty [centrefold]Love Shadow UK 12 B7:46
Love Shadow US Promo 12Love Shadow USP 12 A7:10
US Promo Dub MedleyLove Shadow USP 12 B10:28
Love Shadow [dub]web7:58
White Stuff [the unfinished edit]NME: Mighty Reel cassette5:42
Disconet Fashionable DubsDisconet v.5 Program 5 A18:11
Do You Wanna Make Love [at 5:00 a.m.]Fabrique cassette/Height Of Fashion CD6:48
Street Mechanik Fabrique cassette/Height Of Fashion CD7:21
White Stuff [the unfinished]Fabrique cassette8:41
Mutant MoveFabrique cassette/Height Of Fashion CD5:51
Love Shadow [smokey dialogue cassette dub]Fabrique cassette/Height Of Fashion CD4:59
You Only Left Your Picture [reggae reprise]Fabrique cassette/Height Of Fashion CD1:11
De Harris – Love Shadow 1987De Harris – Love Shadow UK 7 A3:41
De Harris – Love Shadow The Whole StoryDe Harris – Love Shadow UK 7 B3:19
De Harris – Love Shadow 1987 [dance it]De Harris – Love Shadow UK 12 A5:56
De Harris – Love Shadow 1987 [club it]De Harris – Love Shadow UK 12 B6:59

This is of my current list of non-LP mixes/versions. Non-Arista releases in italicDeHarris solo in bold. It looks like with the potential confusion about mix names [don’t get me started…too late!] that a few tracks might not be there. They have 18 tracks spread across discs two and three. I have [when discounting things outside of the purview of this album period] 22.

I have the US promo “Love Shadow” 12″ mix which was 7:10 instead of the 8:02 mix on the UK 12″. They are different mixes, and it’s great to see the US mix [often neglected] in place here. But the B-side medly of three mixes segued together is missing. Presumably to annoy Fashiøn trainspotters like myself. Not a grievous omission. Nor were 7″ edits of B-sides extended on 12″ single, like “Let’s Play Dirty.”

Disc 4 [or Face 04, sorry…] is something I was interested in hearing. Last year Held and Harris played a gig in Birmingham and the MMXIX disc is that performance. It briefly appeared last year in a CD-R signed, numbered edition of 100 that was to evasive for my reach. Now it has been rolled into this box as the fourth disc. Along with the silver discs, there are other considerations.

Here is what the box offers besides music:

  • Signed and numbered certificate [Held + Harris]
  • 60 page color booklet
  • 4x 8″x10″ photos
  • A3 poster reprint of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Ticket from a show in the band’s 1982 era, presumably.

I am actually impressed and eager to read the 60 page booklet! Even if it is as visual as it seems in the pack shot, there’s got to be some gold there as the liner notes would ideally elaborate on the making of this; the best sounding album I think I’ve ever heard. Zeus B; Held’s production sounded flawlessly deep, rich and complex as he was stitching the height of analog technology with bleeding edge digital tech and it got on like a house on fire. So it sounds like a must have, particularly if you are anything like me and have held a torch high for this album campaign for almost 40 years.

Judging by the fan reaction to the Zee “Identity” reissue done along similar lines by Harris first, we can look to this box to feature glass mastered CDs, digitized from master tapes with a decent dynamic range. And that’s important, because I’d be annoyed if asked to pay $112 [plus overseas shipping] for anything less. The cost is up there for me, no doubt about that. This will end up costing me even more than the Prince SOTT ultrabox I got last October [that was 15% of this year’s music budget, and worth it], but the caveat here is that I consider “Fabrique” to be an album far in advance of the charms even for Prince’s “Sign O’ The Times!” “Fabrique” is an album that’s like a siren repeatedly calling me to willing crash upon the rocks time and time again… and love it every time all the more. If that sounds all right to you too, then you know where to go.

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18 Responses to Want List: Fashiøn – “Fabrique Deluxe” Ultrabox Coming…Finally!

  1. SimonH says:

    What a shame, I was hoping this would be a decently priced multi-disc Cherry Red release, I’m out at this price…


  2. slur says:

    So this is actually the first CD issue ? No there was the aptly titled ‘The Height Of Fashion’ already.. I think I’ll get this instead. A proper CD with bonus disk would have done for my tastes or at least a choice between a deluxe and a standard issue without the live revival gig.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      slur – There has apparently been chatter on FaceBoot from Harris about a slimmer set at a lower price point later if you want to wait it out.


      • slur says:

        That sounds more appealing to me, I do have nearly all the published mixes already but it wouldn’t hurt to have them on one handy disc..
        Did you ever hear a live recording from their fabrique tour b.t.w. ? I think it would be more fitting with this but perhaps it’s a question of royalties etc.

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  3. Ade.W says:

    Well I have the cassette and the original LP and the CD “The Height of” and a bunch of 12″ and 7″, so am I in for this 85 quid box?….NO. So will wait to see if its slimmed down. I have got the 12″ “eye talk” and lets just say that it doesn’t get out much.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      Ade.W – As I am obsessed not only with this era of the band but also Zeus B. Held himself, I would really like to order this. We’ll see if I can squeak out the budget for it. But I should get real tight with the SDLX tidal wave of all of my favorite albums in “definitive” versions. We had a 3xCD “Metamatic” in a great package a while ago that was no great expense. Just saying!


  4. Andy B says:

    I bought the album on vinyl back in the day and really enjoyed it. However it got purged with the majority of my vinyl back in the nineties. I’ve been looking forward to a release of the album on CD with the various single edits, b-sides and extended mixes included. However I’ve got no interest in the concert CD and shame not all the flotsam and jetsam from the period are included in the set. Nevertheless I will definitely snap up a budget release containing the first three discs. Fingers crossed for that then.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      Andy B – It’s still impressive that the US Arista 12″ mix of “Love Shadow” is in there! I had that for ages before I played it and found out it was different. Usually that sort of thing always falls by the wayside.


  5. negative1ne says:

    hi mr monk,

    well this is unexpected. i don’t know too much about this band,
    but i have the love shadow single somewhere. i didn’t realize
    there was this many mixes and releases.

    this might be a cool deluxe boxset to get. lets see how
    next year goes. i’ve been going gangbusters with boxsets
    lately. guess thats what having a job does, and when you’re
    3 years behind in catching up with releases.



    • postpunkmonk says:

      negative1ne – The second album period of Fashiøn [each of their three albums has a different frontman/writer!] is something that I hold in my highest esteem. It’s impossibly badass synth-funk with a production that sounds very warm yet highly technological. Maybe buy the Cherry Red CD “Height Of Fashion” as it’s still in print and see what you think.


  6. To be frank I’d probably be equally interested in your own BSOG, O Monk, rather than the full official package listed here — particularly at that price! That said, if there were a “budget version” of this I might well spring for that, and certainly would be interested in hearing the reunion gig, so we’ll have to see.

    I must add that in comparison to the Roxy and Ultravox SDLX boxen I have, this one seems overpriced — but it certainly is a heck of a good album!


    • postpunkmonk says:

      chasinvictoria – It is pricey but I have the highest degree of passion for the album. It’s got the BEST SOUND EVER for a recording I’ve heard. Held is a genius and it’s worth the cost. The “Roxy Music” ultrabox was super costly @ $150, but I got it on a flash sale for about half price. So it’s at the high end of things. Even more than the Fashiøn BSOG [though its postage may bring it close to that price]. My box would be even more complete, if legally impossible, but there’s a lot to be said for glass mastered CDs from the master tapes as compared to my elaborate, bespoke hi-jinx! Just saying…


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