Favourite CD maxi singles | Page 2 | The Popjustice Forum

Favourite CD maxi singles

Discussion in 'Comeback corner' started by torontodj, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. Possibly - possibly - my favourite. It only loses points for not having the single mix of the track on it. The two remixes are fantastic and I went out and immediately bought both albums and as many back singles as I could.

    nanafan likes this.
  2. You threw your CD singles away?


    That would be unthinkable for me. Probably why I am running out of space fast.
    Eric Generic likes this.
  3. A lot of my CD singles were the first to go when I needed to cull.
  4. And you have lived to regret it ever since!
  5. Not me!

    (Scouring amazon for old Elton John B-sides from the 90s and 00s that I used to have...)
    idratherjack likes this.
  6. I started collecting CD singles in 1993 (2 years before I actually had my own CD player, I was very late to the party!) and treasure my collection. Like @anfunny2003 the CD single will forever be my favourite format as I love a good remix. Those 90s halcyon days when every single came with 5 remixes including the obligatory Almighty mix were wonderful and my CD singles collection takes me right back to that time.

    One of my favourite maxi singles (which we didn't have in the UK but bear with me) is this


    3 club remixes of My Heart Will Go On and bonus remixes of Misled and Love Can Move Mountains.

    Celine was great for CD singles in the 90s actually, so many top notch remixes.
    Andy French and Eric Generic like this.
  7. [​IMG]

  8. [​IMG]
    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.
    Andy French and nlgbbbblth like this.
  9. Unless there was a boo-boo on this compilation the Monogamy mix was more recently available on here.
    Eric Generic likes this.
  10. This thread started of as a good idea and turned into 'favourite cd single' which is ok but doesn't have the added caché of why the extra tracks that came on the non-uk (nearly always from the US) maxi-singles made the disc special ...

    These maxi's usually had vinyl only mixes and alternative US club mixes or in some instances random tracks from previous releases not available on cd to make the disc value for money ...

    They usually always came in full sized jewel cases too ...
    JamieJ73 and Eric Generic like this.
  11. 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.
  12. We started getting maxis in late 2003 though, when labels started releasing a 2-track that would stay at £1.99 even beyond the first week, then a more expensive maxi, though they weren't always great value because they could still only include three different songs (but as many remixes up to 40 minutes). OCC changed the chart rules to encourage labels to release 2-tracks in the hope that sales would increase.

    Some of the dance labels like AATW put "MAXI CD" on the cover.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2017
    Eric Generic likes this.
  13. I have a few of the Japanese ones - wow, they are amazing.

    Which would make a Rhythm Nation 1814 expanded reissue a nightmare because of all those mixes.
    Eric Generic and djessie like this.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
    Eric Generic likes this.
  17. 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.
    Eric Generic likes this.
  18. Possibly.. though back then getting a #1 single was *everything*, so I don't think labels wanted to actively discourage people from buying them - at least until they deleted them!
    Eric Generic likes this.
  19. [​IMG]

    The cover, the fantastic Justify My Love remixes, the new Express Yourself mix, the sexy bible reading...
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.