Title - 'Remixes & Rarities' [Import]
Artist - A Flock Of Seagulls
For those not in the know, A Flock of Seagulls are an English new wave and synthpop band originally formed in 1980 in Liverpool by Michael "Mike" Score (keyboards, vocals) and his brother Alister "Ali" James Score (drums); with their most famous line-up consisting of the Score brothers along with Francis Lee "Frank" Maudsley (bass) and Paul Reynolds (guitar).
The group had a string of international hit singles including "I Ran (So Far Away)" (1982), "Space Age Love Song" (1982), "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" (1982), and "The More You Live, the More You Love" (1984). They became notable in the 1980s for their video for "I Ran (So Far Away)" and even won a Grammy Award for the album track, "D.N.A." (from A Flock of Seagulls) in 1983 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Come March 31st, 2017 and a very unique 2CD collection sourced from A Flock Of Seagullsí 7″ and 12″ singles and featuring rare mixes, remixes and b-sides (many appearing on CD for the first time in the UK) will be released entitled Remixes & Rarities.
Sourced from the material from the original production master tapes, Remixes & Rarities the CD booklet features a brand new design as front cover, along with a full UK discography with many of the bandís front covers and lyrics of the bandís singles.
1. I Ran (So Far Away) (U.S. 7" Version)
2. Space Age Love Song (7" Version)
3. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (7" Version)
4. Nightmares (7" Version)
5. Rosenmontag (Shorter Version)
6. Transfer Affection (7" Version)
7. I Ran (Live)
8. It's Not Me Talking (7" Version)
9. Never Again (7" Version)
10. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (Long Version)
11. Nightmares (12" Version)
12. Committed (Short Version)
13. The Traveller (Live)
14. The More You Live the More You Love (Full Moon Mix)
1. I Ran (Longer Version)
2. Never Again (The Dancer) (12" Version)
3. Heartbeat Like a Drum (Full Length Version)
4. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (U.S. Edit 12" Promo Version)
5. The Flight of Yuri Gagarin (Full Length Version)
6. Rosenmontag (Long Version)
7. Nightmares (U.S. 12" Promo Version)
8. I Ran (So Far Away) (Edited Version)
9. Never Again (The Dancer) (Re-Mix)
10. Space Age Love Song (Live)
11. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (Short Version)
12. Who's That Girl (She's Got It) (Instrumental)
13. Single Medley
Stepping through the tulips of the tracks that stand out amongst this diamond plethora of fantastic AFOS history, all the 7" Versions are everything that you've heard before, so when we get something on the first disc such as live versions of both 'I Ran (So Far Away) (Live)' and 'The Traveller' it catches your attention. Those and a 12" Version of 'Nightmares' alongside a rather interesting 'The More You Live The More You Love (Full Moon Mix)' are craftily snuck away amongst all those aforementioned 7" Versions and, weirdly, Short Versions of hits and such.
The second disc is much more of a treasure trove of musical goodies for us fans, for a great 'I Ran (So Far Away) (Longer Version)' kicks it all off in style. That's backed by a stunning, and lesser heard 'Never Again (The Dancer) (12" Version), which itself is followed by 'Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) (U.S. Edit 12" Promo Version)' and, to my mind, an unearthed gold nugget in the form of 'The Last Flight Of Yuri Gagarin (Full Length Version)' that clocks in at just over seven glorious minutes.
Another lesser heard track is 'Rosenmontag (Long Version)' which is a joy to hear in this longer form, and that's coupled with a great Re-Mix of 'Never Again (The Dancer)' and live version of 'Space Age Love Song'. Again adding in between the cracks more Promo versions (that don't differ all that much from what we're used to having heard over the past 30 years), and some Short Versions and even an Instrumental ('Who's That Girl (She's Got It)'), the second disc rounds out with a hit 'Single Medley'. Not a bad track, but, again, all stuff we've heard before on the radio, just quickly cobbled together.
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