Discussion in 'Comeback corner' started by Eric Generic, Oct 19, 2009.
Donna SAW 30th half price?
Thanks for the heads up. I jumped on this in an unglamorous manner!
GlobalBuyer doesn't dispatch to International buyer outside UK sadly.
Very much recommended too this.
Glad to hear it.
I didn’t know about this Donna Sunmer. I have the 2014 3CD reissue on Driven By The Music/Crimson. Is the 30th Anniversary edition any different/better?
Reviews say worse. But everybody has an opinion. You might like it!
There are several unreleased mixes, plus the 30th anniversary mini/mega mixes. It depends on whether you are a “completist.” Also, from a sequencing perspective, this release might be more listenable as the other version has remixes of the same song stacked in a row. Ultimately, it depends on how big a fan you are. But if you didn’t manage to get your hands on the previous version, this isn’t a bad choice by any means. But that’s just me...
Very balanced review on amazon by Calico Moonchild, i copy
"Compared to 'Driven By The Music's' prior reissue of this album in 2014, nine instrumentals, two dub mixes and one vocal mix have been omitted and replaced with two newly commissioned extended remixes, retrofitted to sound like they are from 1989.
As I already have the 2014 edition of this album, these two mixes were the main enticement for me to purchase this 30th Anniversary package. They are serviceable and exactly what you would expect two PWL extended mixes to sound like. “If It Makes You Feel Good” happens to be my favourite (non single) album track and part of me is satiated to actually now have it in traditional old school 12” extended mix form. Though the two new extended mixes were created from available vocal/ instrumental versions (and additional backing tracks provided by Donnas’ estate) contrary to gossip, these two new mixes are not substandard, there are no “joins” to be heard in either of these two mixes & they were not only commissioned and approved by Donna’s estate, they were also officially approved by PWL as well!
An officially approved mega-mix is also present twice, once in extended form (containing: “This Time I Know It’s For Real”, “I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt”, “The Only One” & “Love’s About To Change My Heart [Reprise]”) and once in edit form (omitting “The Only One” and the Reprise of “Love’s About To Change My Heart”). There is also a previously unreleased 1989 Pete Hammond 12" Mix of "Love's About To Change My Heart" which is rather limp and lacks the punch of both the Phil Harding Extended Remix (and the Clivilles and Cole one), both of which were released in 1989.
The three previously unreleased 1989 7” edits of "If It Makes You Feel Good/ Sentimental/ Love's About To Change My Heart" are generic and it is clear why the edits we already know from 89/90 were deemed to have more commercial appeal than these three. There is nothing wrong with them, the production simply lacks the same sparkle as the edits we have known for the last 30 years, their presence here simply acts as filler for a product that seeks to offer slightly different content from the previous 2014 “Another Place And Time” Reissue.
It is worth noting that “Love’s About To Change My Heart (Clivilles & Cole 7” Mix)” which I believe most people would consider essential and was indeed present on the 2014 “Another Place And Time” reissue, is now inexplicably absent. However, the two previously, never before released 1989 mixes of "Love's About To Change My Heart" present in this package contain the full additional un-faded out, vocal ad-lib that until now could only be heard during the fade-out of the "(PWL 7" Mix)", which consists of Donna in falsetto repeating the vocal outro of "ooh hoo ooh hoo ooh, change me".
It is my understanding (aside from the end fade being shaved slightly), that during the original 1989 studio production for the master of “This Time I Know It’s For Real (7” Single Mix)”, the vocals were made louder with the express purpose of making the track sound punchier during radio play, however modern remastering processes have smoothed out and minimised this alteration making it less apparent.
Previously Unreleased Content New to this 2019 “Another Place And Time” 30th Anniversary Edition
Unreleased Tracks from 1989
01, If It Makes You Feel Good (Dave Ford Unreleased Album Master) [3.19]
02, Sentimental (Unreleased Album Long Master) [3.33]
03, Love’s About To Change My Heart (Unreleased 7” Long Remix) [5.04]
04, Love’s About To Change My Heart (Unreleased 12” Remix) [7.13]
Newly Commissioned Tracks, Especially For This 2019 “Another Place And Time”, 30th Anniversary Edition:
01, Whatever Your Heart Desires (New Extended Club Mix) [8.20]
02, If It Makes You Feel Good (New Extended Feelgood Mix) [6.46]
03, The 30th Anniversary Mega-Mix [12.16]
04, The 30th Anniversary Mini-Mix [6.16]
Missing Vocal Mix Available on the 2014 Edition (Absent From This 2019, 30th Anniversary Edition):
01, Love's About To Change My Heart (Clivilles & Cole 7" Mix)
Instrumentals and Dubs Available on the 2014 Edition (Absent From This 2019, 30th Anniversary Edition):
01, Love's About To Change My Heart (Love Dub) [7.15]
02, I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (Instrumental) [4.48]
03, When Love Takes Over You (Dave Ford Instrumental) [3.38]
04, This Time I Know It's For Real (Instrumental) [3.36]
05, The Only One (Instrumental) [3.55]
06, Love's About To Change My Heart (Instrumental) [5.16]
07, Sentimental (Instrumental) [3.12]
08, Whatever Your Heart Desires (Instrumental) [3.54]
09, Breakaway (Instrumental Remix - Edit) [3.46]
10, If It Makes You Feel Good (Pete Hammond Remix Instrumental) [4.08]
11, Love's About To Change My Heart (Dub) [8.29]
The only tracks I would deem worthy additions to this project are the aforementioned ‘new’ retrofitted mixes of "If It Makes You Feel Good (New Extended Feelgood Mix)" and "Whatever Your Heart Desires (New Extended Club Mix)". If you did not previously get the 'Driven By The Music' 2014 exclusive 2 track CD single, then "Love's About To Change My Heart (Loveland's Full-On 12" Vocal)", included here (now part of the standard 2019 package) may also hold some appeal to you. However, is this content worth almost £35? (If you are not a completist then most likely only if you don't already have the previous “Another Place And Time” Reissue from 2014).
The new essay for this 30th Anniversary, 2019 Edition - which includes contributions from Pete Waterman, Matt Aitken and Phil Harding is interesting but it is their point of view (not Donnas’), I don't believe the line that beyond the three “Another Place And Time” tracks she contributed to, that Donna was happy to simply take a backseat creatively (particularly as they admit "they fought like cats & dogs over lyrics" and Donna disliked the lyrics to "I Don't Wanna Get Hurt" - yet still sung them). They also don't discuss (at all) the taboo subject of "Happening All Over Again", which (when approaching this essay) I assumed would be the optimal vehicle by which to airbrush history precisely in the way Mike & Pete want it to be seen, instead regret is simply expressed that S/A/W never got to produce a second album for Donna."
Thank you all! Wonderful to have both technical and quality differences and opinions presented. Why I love PJ.
But hate duncan?
Get ready to grumble!
Do you know any more about this? I'd love to know why she didn't record it, and why a second album didn't happen - details online are vague, to say the least.
A rare moment where Dec stands on Ant’s right!
I used to fancy Ant so much in their PJ & Duncan days. Cringe!
Let's get ready to fumble
Level 42: The Complete Polydor Years Volume 1 1980-1984, 10CD Box Set
Released February 26, 2021. Cherry Red.
1. TURN IT ON
3. WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
4. ALMOST THERE
6. LOVE GAMES
7. DUNE TUNE
THE EARLY TAPES
2. LOVE MEETING LOVE
3. THEME TO MARGARET
4. AUTUMN (PARADISE IS FREE)
5. WINGS OF LOVE
7. MR. PINK
THE PURSUIT OF ACCIDENTS
1. WEAVE YOUR SPELL
2. THE PURSUIT OF ACCIDENTS
3. LAST CHANCE
4. ARE YOU HEARING (WHAT I HEAR)?
5. YOU CAN’T BLAME LOUIS
6. EYES WATERFALLING (THE PRODIGY)
8. THE CHINESE WAY
STANDING IN THE LIGHT
1. MICRO KID
2. THE SUN GOES DOWN (LIVING IT UP)
3. OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND
4. DANCE ON HEAVY WEATHER
5. A PHARAOH’S DREAM (OF ENDLESS TIME)
6. STANDING IN THE LIGHT
7. I WANT EYES
9. THE MACHINE STOPS
1. THE CHANT HAS BEGUN
2. KANSAS CITY MILKMAN
3. SEVEN DAYS
4. HOT WATER
5. A FLOATING LIFE
6. TRUE BELIEVERS
7. MY HERO
9. HOURS BY THE WINDOW
1. LOVE MEETING LOVE –
(7″ VERSION) (FIRST TIME ON CD)
2. (FLYING ON THE) WINGS OF LOVE (U.S. MIX – 7″ EDIT)
3. LOVE GAMES (7″ VERSION)
4. TURN IT ON (7″ VERSION)
5. STARCHILD (7″ REMIX)
6. ARE YOU HEARING
(WHAT I HEAR)? (7″ VERSION)
7. WEAVE YOUR SPELL (7″ REMIX)
8. THE CHINESE WAY (7″ VERSION)
9. OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND
10. THE SUN GOES DOWN (LIVING IT UP) (7″ VERSION)
11. MICRO KID (7″ VERSION)
12. HOT WATER (7″ VERSION)
13. THE CHANT HAS BEGUN
14. MICRO KID (EXTENDED VERSION)
15. LOVE MEETING LOVE
16. YOU CAN’T BLAME LOUIS
17. THE CHINESE WAY (DUB EDIT)
1. INSTRUMENTAL LOVE
3. BEEZER ONE
4. FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE
(PARTS 1 & 2)
5. THE RETURN OF THE HANDSOME RUGGED MAN
6. DUNE TUNE (LIVE)
7. LOVE GAMES (LIVE)
8. 88 (LIVE)
9. YOU CAN’T BLAME LOUIS (REMIX – 7″ VERSION) (FIRST TIME ON CD)
10. CAN’T WALK YOU HOME
11. CAN’T WALK YOU HOME
12. TURN IT ON (LIVE)
13. ALMOST THERE (EDITED VERSION)
12” SINGLES & RARITIES
1. (FLYING ON THE) WINGS OF LOVE (U.S. MIX)
2. (FLYING ON THE) WINGS OF LOVE (REMIX ’81)
3. LOVE GAMES
(FULL LENGTH VERSION)
4. TURN IT ON (FULL LENGTH VERSION)
5. STARCHILD (REMIX – LONG VERSION)
6. ARE YOU HEARING (WHAT I HEAR)? – (EXTENDED VERSION)
7. WEAVE YOUR SPELL
8. THE CHINESE WAY
9. OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND – (EXTENDED VERSION)
10. YOU CAN’T BLAME LOUIS
11. THE SUN GOES DOWN (LIVING IT UP) (EXTENDED VERSION)
1. MICRO KID (EXTENDED VERSION) (FIRST TIME ON CD)
2. MICRO KID (I-LEVEL REMIX)
3. THE CHINESE WAY
(NEW YORK REMIX)
4. THE CHINESE WAY (DUB)
5. HOT WATER (MASTERMIX)
6. STANDING IN THE LIGHT
7. MICRO KID
(SPECIALLY REMIXED VERSION)
8. MICRO KID (DUB VERSION)
9. THE CHANT HAS BEGUN
10. THE SUN GOES DOWN
(LIVING IT UP) (UPFRONT MIX)
1. LOVE GAMES (U.S. REMIX)
2. SANDSTORM (LIVE MAY 1982)
3. MR. PINK (LIVE MAY 1982)
4. IT’S A HAPPENING
5. THE CHINESE WAY (DUB – EDIT)
(FIRST TIME ON CD)
6. LAST CHANCE (EXTENDED VERSION)
(LIVE AT REGAL THEATRE, HITCHIN)
8. TURN IT ON
(LIVE AT REGAL THEATRE, HITCHIN)
9. EYES WATERFALLING (THE PRODIGY) (LIVE AT REGAL THEATRE, HITCHIN)
10. THE PURSUIT OF ACCIDENTS
(LIVE AT REGAL THEATRE, HITCHIN)
11. ARE YOU HEARING (WHAT I HEAR)? (LIVE AT REGAL THEATRE, HITCHIN)
12. STANDING IN THE LIGHT
13. GOODBYE RAY SCHMIDT-VOLK
Part 2 to follow
It's not the "Complete" Polydor era though, so might mislead some people...should have just called it either The Polydor Years 1980-84 or The Polydor Years Vol.1.
Hopefully there won't be the cock-ups we've had with previous Level 42 anthologies and reissues!
Does the woman’s profile have any significance to Level 42? Or is it just something like a glamorous James Bond credits-type thing?
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