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Blancmange / The Blanc Tapes: limited edition 9CD box set with signed print

500 copies only, complete with signed print

The Blanc Tapes is a new Blancmange nine-CD box set that contains expanded three-disc editions of the albums Happy Families, Mange Tout and Believe You Me – all of which contain previously unreleased demos, remixes and BBC sessions.

The expanded version of 1982’s Happy Families within this box, contains 12-inch mixes and a non-album B-side, as well as nine previously unreleased demos and rehearsals from Neil Arthur’s own collection. The third disc for this album contains two previously unreleased BBC Radio 1 sessions (featuring two otherwise unrecorded songs) and a BBC live concert.

Mange Tout (from 1984) features the hits Don’t Tell Me and their version of ABBA‘s The Day Before You Came, which was a bigger hit than the original! Again, here we have 12-inch mixes, B-sides,  five previously unreleased demos and rehearsals from Neil Arthur’s own collection (featuring two otherwise unrecorded songs) and more BBC sessions and live concerts.

Believe You Me was issued in 1985 and produced by Stewart Levine and follows the pattern of the other expanded versions with remixes, demos and BBC sessions and live concert audio.

This special Blanc Tapes package, places each three-CD media book editions (also available separately) in an outer rigid slipcase. Each of these editions features notes by Neil Arthur, plus photos and lyrics.

The Amazon Exclusive Edition (UK only) offers a print signed by Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe. There are only 500 of these available – once sold out, that’s it.

To be clear, there is no non-signed box, but you can buy the three media book expanded sets separately, if you wish. However, as things stand there is no price advantage for doing so, so there’s no logic in *not* getting a them with the outer ‘Blanc Tapes’ slipcase and signed print!

The Blanc Tapes will be issued on 4 August 2017

Update: Blanc Tapes outer box/signed print now SOLD OUT! Individual 3CD ‘media book’ packages available to pre-order.

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Happy Families

CD 1

1. I Can’t Explain
2. Feel Me
3. I’ve Seen the Word
4. Wasted
5. Living On The Ceiling
6. Waves
7. Kind
8. Sad Day
9. Cruel
10. God’s Kitchen
11. Living On The Ceiling [extended version]
12. God’s Kitchen [12″ mix]
13. Feel Me [12″ instrumental]
14. Waves [original version – no strings]

CD 2

1. Sad Day [original version]
2. Feel Me [extended 12″ version]
3. Business Steps
4. Black Bell [demo]
5. Melodic Piece [demo]
6. Your Hills [rehearsal]
7. I Can’t Explain [demo]
8. Waves [demo]
9. I’ve Seen The Word [1979 demo]
10. Holland [demo]
11. I’ve Seen The Word [demo]
12. Feel Me [Mike Howlett dub version]

CD 3: At The BBC

RADIO 1 SESSION [13.2.82]

1. I Would
2. Living On The Ceiling
3. Waves
4. Running Thin

RADIO 1 SESSION [5.6.82]

5. God’s Kitchen
6. Feel Me
7. Kind
8. Cruel

IN CONCERT, PARIS THEATRE [13.11.82]

9. God’s Kitchen
10. Living On The Ceiling
11. I’ve Seen The Word
12. I Can’t Explain
13. Waves
14. Feel Me

Mange Tout

CD 4

1. Don’t Tell Me
2. Game Above My Head
3. Blind Vision
4. Time Became The Tide
5. That’s Love, That It Is
6. Murder
7. See The Train
8. All Things Are Nice
9. My Baby
10. The Day Before You Came
11. Game Above My Head [long version]
12. Blind Vision [long version]
13. Don’t Tell Me [extended]
14. Vishnu [short version]
15. Blind Vision [Martyn Ware demo]

CD 5

1. Time Became The Tide [demo]
2. If You Want To Be Hip
3. It Never Rains [demo]
4. Murder [demo]
5. Heaven Knows Where Heaven Is
6. On Our Way To?
7. That’s Love, That It Is [extended]
8. Vishnu [full length]
9. Get Out Of That
10. All Things Are Nice [version]
11. The Day Before You Came [extended]
12. Don’t Tell Me [remix]
13. That’s Love, That It Is [remix]
14. Blind Vision [instrumental/dub version]

CD 6: At The BBC

RADIO 1 SESSION [17.3.83]

1. Time Became The Tide
2. Murder
3. Blind Vision
4. Vishnu

IN CONCERT, HAMMERSMITH PALAIS [24.5.84]

5. Living On The Ceiling
6. Game Above My Head
7. I Can’t Explain
8. My Baby
9. Blind Vision
10. Don’t Tell Me
11. God’s Kitchen
12. Murder
13. The Day Before You Came
14. That’s Love, That It Is
15. Kind
16. Feel Me

Believe You Me

CD 7

1. Lose Your Love
2. What’s Your Problem?
3. Paradise Is
4. Why Don’t They Leave Things Alone?
5. 22339
6. Don’t You Love It All
7. Believe
8. Lorraine’s My Nurse
9. Other Animals
10. No Wonder They Never Made It Back!
11. John
12. Lose Your Love [7″ single version]
13. I Can See It [extended]
14. Lose Your Love (This Club Mix)
15. Mixing On The Ceiling [Megamix]

CD 8

1. Side Two
2. A Remedial Course [demo]
3. Believe [demo]
4. Scream Down The House
5. Gentle On My Mind [demo]
6. M Diver (Alternate Dream) [demo]
7. River Of Life [demo]
8. Lose Your Love [extended]
9. What’s Your Problem [extended]
10. Don’t You Love It All [demo]
11. Lose Your Love With Helen [demo]
12. Reaching Out [demo]
13. I Can See It [7″ single version]
14. Lose Your Love In London [unreleased mix]

CD 9: At The BBC

RADIO 1 SESSION [29.9.85]

1. Believe
2. Don’t You Love It All
3. Lose Your Love
4. Paradise Is

IN CONCERT, HAMMERSMITH ODEON [8.2.86]

5. Don’t Tell Me
6. What’s Your Problem
7. That’s Love That It Is
8. Don’t You Love It All
9. Why Don’t They Leave Things Alone?
10. God’s Kitchen
11. Lose Your Love
12. Paradise Is
13. Other Animals
14. Game Above My Head
15. Living On The Ceiling
16. I’ve Seen The Word
17. Kind
18. Blind Vision

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david stokoe

i just picked up mine from my mothers in theUK and no SIGNED print as far as I can see. the set was sealed, anybody else have a similar issue, the sticker on the outside said media book editions?

david stokoe

i have checked, just the 3 boxes, i did order the signed version from Amazon. Guess i will have to write to Amazon or Edsel

david stokoe

checked again, the label on the shrink was blue, did not say Amazon exclusive or anything.

Thorsten

Only 12 left in stock (more on the way) – i thought its a limited edition, how can there be more on the way? The not-limited edition is in stock.

Chris Squires

Oh dear, my “Amazon Exclusive” has just turned up, but it seems to be just the normal box. For those that do have the signed print is it on the outside? As I haven’t broken the plastic yet and kind of assumed the print would be outside the main box. It would seem some numpty has put these normal boxes into the count for the exclusive box… ho-hum.

Chris Squires

Boy do I feel sheepish.

yes, the signed print is inside the outer box. When I saw it wasn’t outside I kinda assumed it was missing as most of these things the “added extra” is just that, *added* after the packing, but if I recall the outer boxes were originally meant to only be available with this print…so I guess they made them…*then* sealed them.

My cancellation is cancelled. It’s called a saga. Looks beautiful.

Now kinda stunned they couldn’t sell 500 of this box….

Auntie Sabrina

The disc holders for the bonus discs are very flimsy/fiddly and the discs fall out and are loose and scuffed. I returned my (UK) Mange Tout set. Amazon pay the return postage costs so possibly they have over-reacted in order to limit any costs on their part.

Wax Monster X

Pre-ordered this on the day announced. Amazon said it shipped on 8/3, Should have been here by 8/18. They then pushed the arrival date to 8/28 and now I get an Email stating they are refunding my order for no apparent reason. WTF? Waiting for a reply from CS. Why did I pre-order? NEVER AGAIN!

Bulldog

Damn, this was exactly my story, so I just checked my email, and I too, got a cancellation!! Paul, any idea what’s up?

Bulldog

Robitic customer service email says the package was damaged, which is absurd. I’ve ordered countless things from Amazon, and the only things that haven’t shown up are things I already suspected were well sold out to begin with (not a couple weeks old). Also, the notion that the item was halfway out the country, and then recalled (on multiple customer orders) for damage, doesn’t fly. Amazon cares, but they don’t care THAT much. That’s why they’re so good with returns. And even if that were true, that kind of efficiency would suggest replacement, not cancellation and cutting me out of my pre-order price (considering it still looks to be in stock). Fishy.

Glenn

Mine arrived perfectly today here in Canada (no dents) and a couple days early! The signed print was not stuck and none of the cds came out! Very happy!

Steve

Too bad about the Amazon Exclusive sticker, they actually did a reasonable job making it match the release.

But hey! My Blanctapes arrived today in Michigan! With only one corner very slightly dented – and it’s sure to receive worse treatment, now that I’ve got it.

The real question from me: did they include CD-Text metadata on the discs? Yes! They did! Thank you, Edsel!


What mix of The Day Before You Came did they use for Mange Tout!?

richard

cd text media is great since it shows up when I play my discs…I think everyone’s corner of the box got dented..mine too

Thorsten

I should call myself “lucky” then because my box was “only” damaged at the front corner. Looks a bit depressing and a corner of Happy Families is damaged too. Next time i should buy these things in a local shop, not from Amazon anymore, but then i sure will have to pay more, but that will be worth. Makes no sense anymore to order online with the postal hooligans destroying everything.

richard

my front corner was also crushed but I did figure how to set the bonus discs into the holders. scarce Local shops in USA do not sell these sets. I had no choice & ordered quickly for the limited box sleeve. CDs had smudges but played fine which is weird as disc one which was set in the holder nicely, was smudged.

carsten hansen

received mine yesterday and I am not happy I got my the amazon edition ,when I open the box with the 3×3 cd and got I all out of box ,all the bonus disc (cd 2+cd 3) end on the floor and to the person who came the solution packing for cd 2 and cd 3 ,that is a redo.
some of the plastic parts was already on my floor (believe you me)
“believe you me ” got a dark spot ” I my collection first time it came out on cd ,my copy had small holes I the silver, the remaster from 2008 no music when I received it and this time the box are damaged.

I wonder why the 3 boxes in the box was unsealed ,I know the whole box was sealed,if the 3 small boxes were sealed as well, we might not end up with cds on the floor

Paul Briden

Georg I believe you are correct. As far as I can make out the differences between the exclusive and standard versions, apart from the signed print, are minor and sticker related.

1) An X suffix on the catalogue number (i.e. BLANCBOX01X) as it appears on the front blue sticker (and also on the protective plain cardboard container the set came in). Note: This X suffix does not appear on the catalogue number actually printed on the box.

2) A modified barcode sticker on the bottom back of the box placed over the barcode printed on the box. The two versions have different barcode numbers.

There is no mention of the signed print, being an Amazon exclusive or a limited edition.

steveasian

Received mine today and expecting the “Amazon Exclusive” sticker on the box but none.
After reading some postings, I decided to open the box to check if the print is in it and bingo, it’s in there. I wonder why the sticker wasn’t there as described in pre-ordered pictures.

Georg

Is it correct that the signed print isn’t even mentioned on the box? Or “Amazon Exlusive”?
Just wondering looking at my “Amazon Exclusive” box …
The only difference is the “X” of the catalogue number on the front sticker?

Simon

I would have complained had i not checked here and now I have found my print. Thanks Dave and Paul B, and hopefully Peter you have found yours now. But, the packaging for discs 2 and 3 is crap; all of mine fell out as soon as i took the books out of the slipcase and i cannot gently get them to sit safe again. Otherwise, it all looks very lovely. Thank you Paul S for worrying us to the limited edition.

Dave

Ditto – was about to complain, then found the print stuck to the interior of the sleeve/box. If you weren’t digging for it, you wouldn’t know it was there, so anyone who thinks theirs is missing – take another look at the box interior.

Peter Nicholas

So much for ordering the limited edition with the print, mine has arrived without the print. Thanks a lot Amazon, not very impressed.

Paul Briden

Same here – my “Amazon Exclusive Edition” arrived today with no signed print. Basically just the standard version.

Paul Briden

Oops – I stand corrected – it was stuck to and very much looked like it was the inside of the box – only found it some hours later when someone mentioned this possibility. It was quite well stuck.

[…] the limited run of 500 signed Blancmange Blanc Tapes box sets sold out in a matter of hours, Demon Music have […]

Philip

Okay folks. If you missed out I have come to the conclusion that I can live without this. Rather than but it and sell for a profit on EBay, I shall cancel my order at 11 am UK time tomorrow.

If you’re signed, I’m surre Amazon will send you the email that one is available, unless they’re arsing us around and have sold more than they have in the hopes that folk’ll cancel………………

Auntie Sabrina

Maybe wait for the reviews then Sam, this is a Demon Music Group release. Maybe it uses the previous masters for some of the tracks released on the previous Edsel and Music Club Deluxe CDs which some were not happy with.

They are very nicely presented releases so hopefully everything’s OK with them.

Sam

Rats! I missed the 500 but you can bet I’ll buy the separate packages! Lots of great material here I’ve never had or just have 2nd -rate copies. One of my favorite unsung bands of the 80s. :)

Philip

What happens if someone cancels their order?? Does it go live again on Amazon straight after?

Michael G

If someone cancels it should go live again,just click on the listing and type your email in contact me when this item is available again box.
Amazon will send you a email if it suddenly appears again.
Good Luck

Auntie Sabrina

There’ll be some on ebay no doubt though.

Thanks very much…

Auntie Sabrina

Maybe it’s better to contact Edsel regarding the 9 dusc boxset edition selling out! I’m sure if it was pointed out to them that it sold out pretty quickly, they might produce some more…

Thorsten

Knockers22 you find this under: The Blanc Tapes – not under Blancmange, and it said i have ordered it on… and yes it is in my account.

Knockers2

Cheers Thorston I checked the blanc tapes just now and all it says is currently unavailable I wonder should I contact Amazon to complain that I ordered this but now it’s vanished from my account or maybe I should have taken screen shot phot to have proof that I ordered, this is unfortunate. I’ll be much more vigilant when ordering exclusive editions like this in future.

Knockers22

I ordered this I was pretty sure order went through but now no sign of me having ordered it at all now just wondering if anyone else have same thing happen

mr fuzz

Paul – I reiterate the point made by Glenn above ,, I received an email notification from the Blancmange site re the release of this project , that was yesterday .. The boxset had long gone by that stage . I too am not prepared to purchase individual sets . Would be good if you had any input with Neil & Stephen as to consideration given to making further boxsets available . Even if further issues came without signed cards , as was done with further Sophisticated Boom Box CD Boxsets . Perhaps the right person at Amazon could reassess this , given the rapidity of the set having sold out .

negative1

It says edsel on the pictures, so i expect them to be the same remasters.

later
-1

Paul Chapman

any news on the mastering as yet?

Auntie Sabrina

Adris, thanks for the info. We wait with baited breath for the track times to hopefully clarify things…

Adris

@Auntie Sabrina

No, it’s not the Remix,

it’s this release:
https://www.discogs.com/de/Blancmange-Dont-Tell-Me/release/817344

Side A: Extended with verse 1 and verse 2 Time: 6:31
Side B: Extended with verse 2 Time 6:31

All Blancmange-compilation-CDs contain the version on Side B

I hope maybe the new boxset contains the mix on Side A.

Don’t Tell Me (Remix) is the Dance Remix, on CD it can be found here:
https://www.discogs.com/de/Various-RetroActive2-Rare-Remixed/release/267431
or
https://www.discogs.com/de/Various-12-Inch-Dance-80s-Remix/release/10011843

Glenn R. Kennedy II

I love Blancmange but only 500 made and rapidly sold out already…. seriously? And by the time I found out about it, they were all gone! I definitely wanted that 9 CD box, but there is no way I am going to shell out for the individual releases, there is no fun in that for me. I guess I am going to have to try like hell and pay a fortune for it from someone on EBAY. Paul you definitely need to speak to Neil & Stephen and pick their brain as to why such a low number when there are obviously a lot more fans than just 500 and all around the world.

Eric

So grateful to have received SDE notification of this boxset. I would have been truly devastated to have missed out on this one! Thanks a million Paul!

negative1

I’m a huge fan. and i missed out on the deal. will get the separate ones.

but if one shows up on ebay, will get that eventually too.

as pointed out, there are missing tracks. but all the exclusive
stuff makes up for it.

there are remasters of irene and mavis, so if you want those, you can get that.
honestly those tracks aren’t that great, so you’re not missing out.

nice to see these albums getting the expanded deluxe treatment after
the ok remasters that are out already.

good times for blancmange fans.

later
-1

Auntie Sabrina

Well William_M if there’s any fault with the discs, wrong tracks etc or the items damaged those eBay sellers would have to replace/refund the discs/money paid.

William_M

It’ll be an absolute top seller on eBay, a good few people are going to make a hefty profit #Scalped

Auntie Sabrina

Jon, that version on the last Edsel CD was the 7″ edit. The original LP version is around 6 minutes. No timings yet, maybe someone from Edsel will read this and let us know.

Jon

Anyone know which Day Before You Came will be on the first disc? (The version on the original LP and Euro CD is not the one on the fairly recent two-disc set. )

Auntie Sabrina
Auntie Sabrina

Is the version of Don’t Tell Me? with the 2 verses called the Don’t Tell Me? Remix..?

Francis

I notice the track “Elected (Live)” is missing even though it was on the lesser expanded reissues that Edsel released a few years back.

richard

Francis: What is this track “elected” you speak of? I do not see it on any Edsel reissue.

David McCallum

I’m excited for these but…

I don’t understand the compiler’s mind sometimes. I don’t mind dipping again if things grow, expand, and get better and better. For some reason, one or two tracks from Edsel’s 2008 EDSS 1026 and EDSD 2023 are kept off these longer 3CD sets. Frustrating and weird.

Adris

Don’t Tell Me (Extended)” with both 1st AND 2nd verse only can be found on 12” ???
Or does anybody know if it is available on cd anyhere?

2wicky

My favourite Blancmange track has always been Game Above My Head (Long version) – the B-side of the UK/European 12” of Waves. I had bought the Edsel 2cd release which claims to feature this track, however they used the US-Remix instead which I think is an inferior mix that doesn’t build up as well as the original UK long version.
https://www.discogs.com/Blancmange-Mange-Tout/release/1451421

The UK version can only be found on the canadian pressing of the ‘Mange tout’ compilation so far.
https://www.discogs.com/Blancmange-Second-Helpings-The-Best-Of-Blancmange/release/1283843

My guess is that once again on this new set the US version will be featured if it’s true that this release is managed by Edsel – another missed opportunity to finally feature both US and UK versions.

Neil

I would be very wary about buying these as the sound quality on those 2008 remasters wasn’t that good unless they have remastered these again. Another thing to look out for is tracks being sourced from mp3s which was littered with them on The Very Best Of compilation from 2012 which was released by Edsel.

Auntie Sabrina

Adris, it’s an Edsel release so maybe many of the tracks were on the previous Edsel releases…

MikeW

Some might also like to know that in around 2 weeks Neil’s collaboration with Benge (John Foxx & The Maths, Wrangler…) is released, as the new partnership Fader. The sample tune available is quite harsh electronica, so more for the cold-noise Foxx fans I suspect, but definitely Neil! A nice stop-gap until early August…..

Adris

I hope “Don’t Tell Me (Extended)” is the correct Extended Mix with both 1st AND 2nd verse,

All the Extended Versions on other compilations are the version which misses the 1st verse and starts later wird the 2nd verse.

Straker

500 seems a ludicrously small amount to press up. Struggling to see what that accomplishes other than to annoy Blancmange fans #501 and on.

Is the aim to supply the eBay flippers with stock that somehow makes the individual releases sell better because they look cheap by comparison? Don’t understand the thinking here.

Straker

Yes, I got that but the hard-core fan is always going to want the Ltd/Special/Deluxe editions of “whatever” and there are more than 500 Blancmange obsessives. It just seems with this that it’s been artificially restricted to a smaller amount than makes much sense. The economies of scale alone mean it would be more cost-effective for them to do at least 1000 without any real risk of oversupply. Fair enough if Amazon only asked them to do 500 but if that’s the case it’s one of the smallest runs of any Amazon Exclusive I’ve ever seen. The Dead or Alive set for instance was 1000 copies and retailed for twice the price of this Blancmange set.

Rudi

I was more annoyed to see, that this was a UK-offer only.

Chris Squires

Also….. as it was signed, it would kinda be up to the artist how many they would sign. Never having been asked to do more than one signature at a time on a cheque I have no idea how onerous signing 1000 copies of something would be. But I guess it would begin to grate after a short while.

The other thing to think about is the bubble we live in makes us think there are more of us “obsessives” than there really are. My favourite artist struggled to sell more than a couple of hundred copies of his last set of re-issues, which were brilliant, and I thought there were 1000s of us “obsessives” turns out there’s only dozens of us but we made a lot of noise in our bubble.

Admittedly 500 does now seem low in hindsight, but that’s the flip-side of doing 1,000 or 2,000 with the associated wrist ache and having 80% still sat on shelves in a year’s time if you mis-judge your estimates.

Finally there is no musical difference, so it’s a “nice to have”, rather than having three tracks unique on the limited edition that aren’t on the individual sets…. now that WOULD be annoying.

Steven Roberts

Aren’t Edsel owned by the BBC? That would explain all the BBC session/live tracks (which are very welcome) in these deluxe packages….

Nick Preece

Sold Out!

Neil McL

No sold out glad got one in time thanks Paul