It’s been a crazy week, with no power at work [eventually we got generators in] and I’m trying to make up my time sheet to equal 40 hours with a crazy quilt of hours here and vacation time there. There’s just enough time today to post a quick one about the infamous Berlin debut album. 1980’s “Information” was the first Berlin album; available only in Germany, back in the day. It’s a fine New Wave album; of rare genus Synthisus Americanus.
It’s my favorite Berlin album. You’ll hear synthesizers and guitars aplenty, but what you won’t find on it was singer Terri Nunn. This album was recorded after the Berlin debut single, when Ms. Nunn had departed the band to give acting one more big push. The band picked Virginia Maccolino to be the singer on it for this one release. After this album came out in Germany only, Ms. Nunn re-connected with her first, best destiny and we know that story well.
Now it seems that the August Day label, who have been releasing new albums by old faves with orchestral accompaniment [Visage, A Flock Of Seagulls, Wang Chung, and even Berlin] have announced that they will be the first label to reissue the scarce “Information” album. Presumably on the silver disc, DL, and possibly even the 12″ disc as well. These days it’s hardly a stretch. The page on the website lists only the ten LP songs so it doesn’t look like any bonus tracks will be present.
You can see the placeholder for the release here, but as of yet there’s no date for release. No pricing and no live order button. Only a promise of more to come. Scuttlebutt has it that the release was mastered from the LP since the master tapes for this one are said to be missing. I’ve already mastered my LP to the golden disc eleven years ago, but if you’ve not been able to source a copy of the German LP for less than $50, then maybe it behooves you to keep an eye peeled on what August Day will ultimately do with “Information.”
Stop Press: Commenter Mike tells us that the Album as a DL is already available in the Juno store and he gave the results on lossless thumbs up, but it’s strange that other online stores, to say nothing of August Day themselves, are mum on the release. But for $12.99 in lossy and $18.99 in lossless, anyone can scratch that “Information” itch right now on Juno. As ever, Mr. D.J. hit that button!