You threw your CD singles away?And I still have this CD single now, one of my very few I kept!
And you have lived to regret it ever since!A lot of my CD singles were the first to go when I needed to cull.
Not me!And you have lived to regret it ever since!
Can't Speak French (Radio Edit)
Je Ne Parle Pas Français
Can't Speak French (Passions Remix)
With Every Heartbeat (R1 Live Lounge)
Can't Speak French [Enhanced Video]
Another early one, from June 1987....the full, unedited Monogamy Mix of I Want Your Sex (still the only place it's available?), plus Hard Day.
Unless there was a boo-boo on this compilation the Monogamy mix was more recently available on here.
The UK never had maxi CDs, they are a US/German thing. The UK just had CD singles. No UK releases say "maxi" on them. The UK loved their CD singles in the 90s and sometimes we got CD1, CD2 and CD3, instead of 7"/12"/cassette. But our chart regulations meant we couldn't have more than 20 minutes on and various other restrictions.
As CD singles will forever be my favourite format (I bought 11 today alone), I can't pick ONE as my favourite. I do favour the German maxi remix CDs, which I'm still collecting. Most of them have otherwise vinyl-only mixes on them, exclusive to the German market. I also like the USA maxi CDs that quite often had exclusive remixes or re-edits by little known DJs and always had full length mixes too. I still buy up those, too. The UK often got early fades on longer mixes - annoyingly!
Janet Jackson was good for the Maxi CD singles from the RN1814 era. I found a Black Cat one with about 37 different mixes, and a few of her other singles from that time are the same.
I found the UK chart rules here
- 2004 -
- Two new formats have been introduced:
- The two-track CD single:
- Two audio tracks only
- No more than 10 minutes in total
- Standardised singles jewel case packaging, no free gifts or extras, lower minimum dealer price
- The "Maxi" CD/DVD:
- Current maximum of three tracks will in addition be able to feature remixes of those tracks so long as they remain within the currently-acknowledged time limit of 20 minutes
- Singles which solely feature a lead track plus multiple remixes of the same track will be able to run for up to 40 minutes
- The current limit of one video will increase to two
- Singles will, for the first time, be able to feature weblinks with an extension of the rule which currently allows them on albums
- Labels wishing to release a single that complies with the new rules should be aware that sales of a maximum of one 2 Track CD, one "Maxi" CD and one "Maxi" DVD may be combined per release for Chart purposes.
- OCC will be issuing a new set of Chart Rules shortly. These will run in parallel with the existing Chart Rules (effective 08.05.02) until December 29 2003 at which point the existing Chart Rules will cease to apply.
This means that until December 29 2003, labels can elect singles releases to comply with either the existing Chart Rules (effective 08.05.02) or the new document (effective 20.10.03), but not a combination of both. Singles released from December 29 2003 must comply with the new rules.
- ca 1998 - ca 2003
- Maximum 20 minutes playing time for each single format
(Since Spring 2001 multimedia content seems to count)
- Maximum 3 different tracks for each single format
(Since Spring 2001 it seems to be allowed to include more than 3 versions of the featured track)
- Each format must contain a version of the featured song
- A maximum of 3 different formats of each title are allowed
A 'format' is for example 7", 10", 12", cassette, CD, Enhanced-CD. If there are different editions of one media like CD#1/CD#2 or 12"-Part1/Part2, each edition is counted as one format.
So most dancefloor labels are relasing a 2-part 12" with usually 4 mixes and a CD single with 3 (mostly mutilated and shortened) mixes of a song including a radio edit.
- - ca 1997
- Before 1998 it was allowed to include up to 4 different songs (with "B-sides") up to 25 minutes, and to put a maximum of 40 minutes playing time on one format if it only contained remixes of the title track.
- That's why for example THE ORB released a single "Blue Room" which was exactly 39:59 long, or that's why THE PET SHOP BOYS and many many other artists used to release two-part-CD-singles around this time, one with "B-sides" less than 20/25 minutes, and one with remixes up to 40 minutes.
The UK chart rules were so stupid, I thought, when the track/time limit came into effect. I was a big Tori Amos fan at the time, and loved getting the multi-part UK CD singles with new b-sides on them. 'Spark', released in April 1998, had 3 b-sides on the first CD, so the 3-track limit didn't yet exist. But by the time the planned, pressed and then withdrawn 'Raspberry Swirl' CD single came out in August 1998, there were only 3 tracks on it.
I tend to think of maxi singles as containing at least 5 mixes of the same track. I've never been into remixes that much, other than extended/12" versions, so don't have a favourite that springs to mind.
I think the rationale behind it was to save labels from themselves - they might have felt pressure to put more and more tracks on the singles in order to compete, in a chart that was just getting more and more competitive. This way, you weren't allowed to. I suppose in a way it was a more level playground if all singles had the same number of tracks on them.
But whether it was the right thing to do is of course debatable.
It saw it as being virtually the UK-equivalent (though of course not as bad) of killing the single that the US had done with not releasing singles at all, hoping people would buy the more-profitable album to get that one song they liked.