That Very First Berlin Album Miiiiight Be Coming To The Silver Disc…One August Day

August Day | US | CD| 202? | ADAY092

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!

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27 Responses to That Very First Berlin Album Miiiiight Be Coming To The Silver Disc…One August Day

  1. thxdave says:

    This video was one of the first things I recorded back in 1980 featuring a VERY young looking Terri Nunn. I was always looking for the “Information” album but never realized that it was so hard to find. https://youtu.be/APPhaCUZj-0

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      thxdave – The 1979 Zone-H single was the Teri Nunn version. I.R.S. Records picked it up the next year and reissued it in 1980, but that was the album version with Virginia Maccolino singing on it. The latter was fairly common, back in the day. Even I had two copies of that one. Your video was the band lip syncing the 1st version. Hollywood Heartbeat rocked my world. You wouldn’t have any airchecks dating back earlier, to 1977, would you? I’d really enjoy seeing that Sounds Unlimited “Cheese Wars”ad a second time.

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  2. thxdave says:

    Can’t help you with THAT one, Monk. I have a lot of stuff I need to upload and tons of old tapes to sift through so I’ll keep an eye out. I haven’t posted any new material in quite a while as I got tired of being b**** slapped by YT for copyright matches. Still happens when some bands catalog gets sold to another big conglomerate label and they hit me with copyright strikes even when the video has been online for 10 years! You can’t win….

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  3. slur says:

    I found this in the bins a few years ago, not sure it was even the Berlin band I knew but gave it a chance as it was the first time ever I’ve seen it. Kept it as it’s not bad but if I had to pay collector and vinyl craze prices I’d refuse, my favourite was and is the title track.

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  4. Tim says:

    Hmm, isn’t she a Trumper (Nunn)? Having a different vocalist certainly makes that purchase easier.
    I knew she tried her hand at acting but never knew she was that resolute about it. Read for Leia in Star Wars circa 1976.

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  5. Mike says:

    Hi postpunkmonk, I remember you and I talked about “Information” a while back on Discogs. I did manage to get a burned copy eventually. Well imagine my surprise yesterday it turned up on the Juno Records online store, as an August Day release! Sound is good, very crisp, file size is good for lossless. Interested to know what you think of it (interestingly, it’s not available yet on August Day’s website).

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  6. Christopher Merritt says:

    Amazing – I spent way too much tracking down the vinyl for this – fingers crossed they did a good job transferring it. Frankly I would have expected this from Rubellan Remasters – but I know Scott is about ready to throw in the towel on his label because it is so difficult to deal with the record companies and poor quality control with the pressing plants… Why didn’t Berlin return to this sound for Transcendance? I had big hopes with Crawford returning, but it all sounds like a sad attempt to sound modern. Anyway, excited! This is one of their best and almost perfect 80s synth-pop.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Christopher Merritt – I have not bothered with what Berlin have done post “Count Three And Pray,” which I only have the singles for. Ms. Nunn is a strong vocalist but I can’t count on her to steer the vessel. I think that Berlin were at their best when Chris Ruiz-Valesco and Daniel R. Van Patten were also in the mix. It sounds like Berlin went “EDM” [Monk gestures with finger poking down throat] for their “original band reunites” phase on “Transcendence.” What a waste. As for Rubellan Remasters, it is a disappointment that he didn’t get to make the ultimate “Information” CD! Even I couldn’t cross that finish line, owing to the cost of obtaining that 1st “Metro” b/w “Tell Me Why [version 1]” that even my luxe bespoke CD is missing! However, RR did transform “Pleasure Victim” with the DLX RM CD that gives me much more than I was used to from that release! I just hope that he hangs in there and can keep doing such great work.

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  7. Mike says:

    Hey postpunkmonk, just a few details of what I noticed so far. Sound-to-sound comparison with the copy I had burned to disc a few years ago.. not much difference actually. It seems a little higher in the treble range, a bit sharper and more defined overall. What I noticed is the file sizes (I normally save as flac). For example, my personal album fave ‘Mind Control’ is 19.33 MB on August Day and 18.99 MB on the Vinyl burn. That implies some improvement in audio quality that wasn’t there before, I checked both soundwaves on Audacity and they are nearly identical, and there are a few more peaks in the high db range on ADAY. Oh–and ‘Uncle Sam’ was trimmed of that awkward minute of silence (on the original vinyl) so now it clocks in at 2:58 as opposed to 3:45. I’m pretty happy with it.. I’m always a little suspicious of DL cause you never know is it just a low bitrate file saved in wav or flac format or is it truly lossless from the source. But enough of my paranoia .. lol

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Mike – Was the copy you had burned to disc your own LP? I’m confused since you mention an “awkward minute of silence [on the original vinyl]” and there’s no such thing. It sounds like the agent who digitized that for you made an error. Here’s the unedited in any way wave for side two of my LP:
      berlin - information side 2 wave
      At any rate, it’s good to hear that what you bought from Juno sounds good. DLs that are poor vinyl rips are out there!

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      • Mike says:

        It was my own vinyl, but frankly it’s been so long I didn’t remember. I just talked to the guy and turns out he put in the quiet space to match the label time discrepancy so I could edit it as I wanted.

        Well, now all we need is Suburban Lawns, Slow Children, Wide Boy Awake, Novo Combo….

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        • postpunkmonk says:

          Mike – Aaaaah! Did you miss the Suburban Lawns CD on Futurismo too? All of a sudden it was three figures!! Just like the album [which I bought in the early 90s for a few dollars]. But if you want Slow Children [and who doesn’t?] surely you knew that they came out this year on Rubellan Remasters packed with goodies, no?

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          • Mike says:

            OHHH No way man–I missed it! Both of them!! I was able to get cds burned of a few of these from my vinyl lps over the years, not to mention the occasional torrent, but there’s nothing like a legit remaster. I’m looking at it right now–plus the tracks from the Lawns’ “Baby” EP…Wow!! Well, I guess now is as good a time as any to grab one. And Slow Chldren.. I had no idea, wasn’t aware of the Rubellan Remasters with the bonus tracks. Very interesting!

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            • postpunkmonk says:

              Mike – Amazingly, Rubellan remastered both Suburban Lawns and Slow Children. His remastering is fantastic. Several years ago he started his own CD reissue label though now he’s releasing LPs as well. But the CDs are his passion projects. His Slow Children CDs just came out and I’m dying or order them…once I have two nickels to rub together!

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              • Mike says:

                Postpunkmonk, just checking out those Rubellan releases, the second Slow Children cd “Mad About Town” is a real goldmine, with the extended mixes of ‘Spring in Fialta’, ‘Vanessa Vacillating’ and ‘President Am I’. Definitely get a hold of that one!

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                • Mike says:

                  Actually this made me look at other neglected bands that might have been released when I wasn’t looking–turns out Novo Combo finally made it to disc on Renaissance Digital in 2018! The extended mix of “City Bound (“E” Train)” is notably absent, but still its pretty remarkable.

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    • JT says:

      > That implies some improvement in audio quality that wasn’t there before

      No, it only implies a *change*, not necessarily an improvement, and the change could be as simple as a tweak in the compression algorithm. Nothing you could have observed in a comparative waveform analysis would necessarily correlate with a change in file size.

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  8. Mike says:

    OHHH No way man–I missed it! Both of them!! I was able to get cds burned of a few of these from my vinyl lps over the years, not to mention the occasional torrent, but there’s nothing like a legit remaster. I’m looking at it right now–plus the tracks from the Lawns’ “Baby” EP…Wow!! Well, I guess now is as good a time as any to grab one. And Slow Chldren.. I had no idea, wasn’t aware of the Rubellan Remasters with the bonus tracks. Very interesting!

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