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Blank & Jones hit double figures with their long running SoEighties series, with the announcement of so80s 10, another three-disc compilation of extended versions of from the best decade in pop, the 1980s…

The tenth edition in this series contains over 30 remixes including the near 12-minute long version of the Sisters Of Mercy This Corrosion,  Pat Benatar’s Love Is A Battlefield,  and Laura Branigan’s Self Control. Sade make a rare outing on a remix compilation with the extended version of Sweetest Taboo, and the Pet Shop BoysLove Comes Quickly, which somehow peaked at a lowly number 19 in the UK back in the day, is included in full-length Shep Pettibone Mastermix guise.

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The extended version of The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry is apparently gets its CD debut here and this set includes some favourites in the shape of the 12-inch versions of The BanglesWalk Like An Egyptian and Soft Cell‘s Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go.

This comes with a 40-page booklet featuring all original cover art and many pictures of original tapes used for this compilation (no vinyl rips).

so80s 10 is released on 10 June 2016.

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CD 01 | 69:41 UNMIXED COMPILED BY BLANK & JONES

01 Love Comes Quickly (Shep Pettibone Mastermix) – Pet Shop Boys 7:37
02 Self Control (Extended Version) – Laura Branigan 5:04
03 What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) (Club Mix) – Information Society 7:54
04 Blue Monday (Original 12″ Version) – New Order 7:29
05 Love Is A Battlefield (Extended Version) – Pat Benatar 06:27
06 Jane’s Getting Serious (Full Length Version) – Jon Astley 04:24
07 Wishing Well (The Cool In The Shade Mix) – Terence Trent D’Arby 07:51
08 The Sweetest Taboo (Extended Version) – Sade 05:28
09 City Rhythm (Full Length Version) – Shakatak 07:14
10 Healing (Full Length Version) – Feltman Trommelt 04:03
11 Everywhere (12″ Version) – Fleetwood Mac 05:47

CD 02 | 75:13 UNMIXED COMPILED BY BLANK & JONES

01 This Corrosion (Long Version) – The Sisters Of Mercy 11:16
02 Boys Don’t Cry (Resung & Club Mixed Feb ’86 Extended 12″ Dance Version) – The Cure 5:32
03 Rain In The Summertime (Through The Haze Mix) – The Alarm 8:35
04 Love Is A Shield (Extended Version) – Camouflage 5:21
05 Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go (Original 12″ Version) – Soft Cell 8:54
06 Secrets (Full Length Version) – Fiat Lux 3:28
07 Paranoimia (Extended Version) – The Art Of Noise feat. Max Headroom 6:41
08 Forgotten Town (12″ Version) – The Christians 6:14
09 Is This Love (L.A. Mix) – Alison Moyet 5:25
10 The Look (Big Red Mix) – Roxette 7:35
11 Walk Like An Egyptian (Extended Dance Mix) – The Bangles 5:51

CD 03 | 68:21 UNMIXED COMPILED BY BLANK & JONES

01 The Magician (Pecky Plus Mix) – Secession 6:57
02 Would I Find Love (Extended Version) – Dizzi Heights 6:00
03 Big Man Restless (Club Mix) – Kissing The Pink 7:08
04 Masimbabele (Original 12″ Version) – The Unknown Cases 5:50
05 In Dreams (High Velocity Mix) – Pete Bardens 8:46
06 Your Heart Keeps Burning (Burning Mega Mix – The Glory Radio Drama Part 1) – Blind Date 8:00
07 I Want A New Drug (12″ Mix) – Huey Lewis & The News 05:33
08 Roam (Extended Mix) – The B-52´s 5:26
09 Soul Food To Go (Extended Version) – The Manhattan Transfer 08:11
10 Touché D’Amour (Special Extended Remix) – Chris Rea 6:11

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2wicky

@Jon
Piet has answered a couple of times already that this is not possible currently due to complicated customs regulations – why don’t you just try discogs or amazon – I can see various offers for most of the so80s releases, some volumes can even be bought from US sellers.

Jon

Another colonial customer here – please, Piet, is there a way to ship to the USA?

memoryboy

Ok Neil, thanks for that info. I live in the U.S. (California) and can not buy from their online shop (Piet said they don’t ship here) so I guess I am out of luck. I am wondering if perhaps there is a date on the new Remasters that might indicate? Hmmm, maybe the release date might be more recent than the original release date for those first four releases… I won’t give up! :)

memoryboy

, I hear you, and so my question remains, does it indicate any info on the CD cover or packaging itself that says it’s the New Remastered Release. I would be happy to pay for a used copy of any of those. I will give up my search once I find out about the info on the album sleeve/art/packaging. So I guess my question remains. …

Neil

No sign of the covers anywhere apart from on there online shop and they are identical to the original releases. I’m sorry to say but the only way to ensure you are getting the new remasters is to buy it from their shop. There isn’t even a catalogue number you could check to see if you were getting the correct version either.

memoryboy

I am wondering if anyone can tell me if the newly remastered so80s CD’s Vol. 1 to 4 say anything on the package/cover art/sleeve anything about it being the new remasters? I am looking for these over here in the U.S. and just want to know if it indicates this info so when I am shopping around it might help and make it easier. @Piet, would you know if it states this info at all? Just to be clear I am wondering if there is anything on the package info that would be mentioned in the description on websites such as Amazon or e-bay, etc… Like the word “REMASTERED” in big letters on the cover, or the words “New Remastered Edition”, otherwise it will be impossible to know what I am buying online here in the U.S. Thanks for any info, much appreciated

Neil

They are only selling them on their website so unless you buy them from there you are highly unlikely to find them anywhere else except for used copies.

robert smith's hairdo

@Piet or whoever can contribute :

By using the TT Dynamic Range Meter :
What’s the difference/score between the new mastered and the old versions ?

By the way, by using this tool it seems that Vol.5 also should get a re-remastering treatment.

Griffin

@Piet, pre-ordered Vol.10 today ;) Thank you telling the difference(s) in recognizing the new remastered vol.1-4 from the first issues.

Chris Squires

In the “I know it’ll never happen” corner. I would love these to come out on Quad (or more) Vinyl. Going through ebay it’s amazing to see how many large multi-vinyl box sets were put out in the 70s and 80s. Something like the Abba Reader’s Digest 5-LP box set which I think is lovely (for £10). 25 minutes a side and a nice 12″ booklet. Problem is of course what would have been a 5 LP set for £13.99 in 1985 would now be £99.99. Look at Pure McCartney £70 at it’s cheapest for 4 slabs of plastic.

So a 5 LP set of each SO80s and keep it under £40…OK? Heaven.

Marco

I just need to say this: In a time where I get more and more annoyed by the misuse of comment sections and stupid ratings this discussion is just great, everything worth reading, lots of great suggestions. Hats off to everyone…

angeliczg

1 I enjoy these comments almost as CD itself :)
2 getting response from Paul & Piet here is EXTRA value
3 Is This Love (L.A. Mix) from master tape? – worth buying this comp more than Australian extra rare & expensive compilation
4 I bought some compilations for 1 or 2 tracks – but I found out that it’s more than that in the end and that’s why we have Vol 10

FrankieP

Hi Piet,
Since the source comes from the original tapes, are they already EQ’d and mastered? I’m assuming it is or are they premastered versions? If so, how do you guys go about “remastering” this compilation? Does it just involve level matching with light compression? Just curious…

Sal M

Hi Piet,
Is there any way to tell apart the new versions from the old versions of Volumes 1-4 from the cover or CD label?

Anyone know if these Talk Talk mixes from the vinyl ‘It’s My Mix’ mini lp has ever made it to CD.

Life’s What You Make It (US Remix) (7.57)
Living In Another World (US Remix) (8.19)
Why Is It So Hard (US Remix) (6.08)

piet blank

from the outside you can divide the new version from the fact that the booklet is NOT in the inlaycut, but is just packed, so you decide for yourself if you want to put it in the thin inlaycut.

talk talk: we have tried to re-issue the italian “it’s my mix” albumfor many years…already while emi was in operation…but it was always denied by TT management…emi wanted to release it as well and supported us…i think TT never really like remixes…they also stopped the whole 90s remix album, which was done without their permission…so i am almost sure that the italian remix album in the 80s was also “just done”, without the knowledge of the band…in the 80s many european bands just agreed to have made remixes for the us market, just to break in…they thought it was a club tool only, so they did not care…some with nik kershaw etc…if you speak to them today or read interviews (see paul’s excellent here on this page), they just never liked them and sometimes thought they were promo mixes only…

Dr. Beat

So let me get this straight – if I would like the order the remastered versions of the first four so80s comps I have to be on the lookout for copies that have the booklet on the outside of the jewelcase? How does that work? Are these still factory sealed copies or are they packaged differently?
I must admit that initially I skipped these series as a whole after reading several comments about the maximized and sometimes distorted sound of the first few issues. Although I liked the track lists of the sets I thought these were not for me since I’m very picky about brickwalling. But it seems like you have come around and if the recent Alphaville comp is anything to go by, things really must have gotten better. That Alphaville 2CD comp is excellent in every way – both for the way that it’s compiled and for sound quality.
So kudos to B&J for listening to the buyers – not many people would re-issue a CD set for sound quality alone.

So I’m thinking of buying these sets after all, but only the remasters of the first four comps. I hope that Piet can elaborate a bit on how these are packaged with the booklet outside the jewel case.

piet blank

so sorry…just read your comment about your location…we tried so hard to ship to overseas, but it’s just not possible with our little shop…we have to fill out complete customs papers for every package and are liable for any possible custom charges (not the receiver). plus the post will take very long and is crazy expensive…i honestly don’t know a way to get the cds to you, so sorry….in the past the so8os collections have made it somehow to amazon usa, but i can’t say if they still have old stock or some of the new editions….i am so sorry that i can’t give you a better answer.

xrey

Yeah Piet, I work with my audio processing/streaming expert friend who has some major clients (one named after a popular ‘tree fruit’) and I completely understand the mysteries of international shipping. We can order a $5 computer part from Asia and it ships free and arrives next day where the same device costs US $30 at a Fry’s retail store in Orange County, or takes a week to arrive locally from down the street and shipping is 3x more than from Taiwan. Plus when we ship to international clients I fill out the tedious customs forms, pay outrageous shipping charges, and wonder how we can run a ‘garage start-up business’ and make a profit.

Readers should also thank Blank & Jones for the tireless effort to source these tracks in the best quality available at the time the comp is released. If one purchased each track separately on 12″ (as I did when a club & radio DJ) the cost of an import was at least $8.99 at any Los Angeles retail store. Many US 12″ releases were limited promo-only runs given to record pools and radio stations so finding them was always an exciting and expensive challenge. Take an average 30 songs from any given B&J 3-CD comp, if purchased separately on 12″ or Maxi-CD singles, could easily have cost the collector/DJ/music fan USD $269.70 before taxes.

I applaud you and other great compilation experts like Aaron K (Steppenwolf, Grassroots original mono hit singles mixes) who spend countless hours sourcing record industry archives for these elusive rare tracks in the best quality. Sure, better sources will always turn up for one song when researching a completely different project. It’s the nature of the beast. The tape boxes are easily mislabeled, reels switched or often not labelled at all. (Elvis Presley’s lost stereo mix of the #1 hit “Suspicious Minds” was accidentally discovered this way in the early 80’s.)

I personally thank you & your team for your dedication to detail. Your work is truly a labor of love!

memoryboy

Ok, thanks Piet. I will plan on buying the first four volumes again, but I can’t read the language or understand the prices, I guess that’s what my question was, paying for the shipping and all that is no problem, I am thrilled that you guys have remastered these first four.

memoryboy

(2) I should add, I live in California USA, where can I get/order the REMASTERED versions of so80s Volume’s one to four? Not sure how to order them on the Blank & Jones website from USA (Is it possible?)

memoryboy

Question: Where can I buy/order the so80s CD’s/Downloads that have been re-issued and remastered? Didn’t someone say that volume’s one to four have been remastered over again to fix sound quality? Are these out and available now? Someone please let me know, would greatly appreciate it. And am I correct that so80s Volume’s five and up have been remastered correctly and sound better that what came before?

piet blank

if you want to 100% sure to get the re-press, go to our small little online shop…sorry if we can’t deliver “overnight” or have to charge p&p…it’s really run by andy, jaspa and me…

http://www.blankandjonesshop.com/cd/so8os/

Adam

It doesn’t appear that I can have an order shipped to the US, as it is not one of the countries I can choose on the order form. Unless I missed it?

colin

JPC.de Shipping to Uk is £5.99, but free P+P with Amazon if your total order is over £20

colin

sorry Paul/SDE I had not noticed you had already added the Amazon UK Link!

colin

Now available on Amazon UK (£18.77) at time of writing this reply. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/So80s-So-Eighties-Blank-Jones/dp/B01F6DLF7M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463070485&sr=8-1&keywords=so+80s+10). I have to say I am very impressed reading all these replies with the knowledge of the people posting. I too have the KLUB 80’s compilation cd’s and they are essential purchases for anyone that is into the remix of the extended kind. Hats off to all replying on this post. Very enjoyable reading!

hechicero

….unfortunately many of the collectors are not available in the shop anymore….sorry….

hechicero

Almost all of the French Songs you mentioned above (incl Capitaine abandonne, divas du dancing, Africa, Partenaire Particulier etc) you can buy here in very good Quality:
http://www.club80.fr/index.php?lang=en
I bought all those samplers and a few of the artists CDs as for example FR David, Desireless and Do Piano.
All Sound great !!! They deliver fast and secure.

memoryboy

The Cars “Heartbeat City” was just reissued/remastered and released (And sounds damn good if I do say so myself)

Kauwgompie

Piet, thanks for taking the time to respond to some of our comments. I think this is probably the best feedback forum for 80’s reissues. Picky to a point where it’s beyond annoying, but always with the best intentions I’m sure. It’s always great to hear some background around certain decisions you guys made. Many of us don’t realize how difficult and frustrating it is to put these compilations together. Since we got your ear, I’m throwing some suggestions out.

-It would be great to have a So80s with just megamixes. there are many out there, some offical, some not. Also, a so80s with just instrumentals and dub versions would be very much appreciated!!

-A remix compilation of Den Harrow is much needed. A few of his remixes are only on the Blanco Y Negro label on the “I Love Disco Diamonds” series.

-I already mentioned Alison Moyet above. I think it’s probably difficult to realize (for some reason?) but nonetheless, it’s much wanted.

– I know the 12″ of “Square Rooms” by Al Corley is already on some obscure compilations but it would be nice to have a definitive, good sounding So80s version. The same for “Cold Dresses”.

– There are several French 80’s songs that are really quite good and the 12″ versions can only be found on some hard to find french compilations. Here are a few that I believe would please many:
-Gold – Capitaine Abandonne
-Philippe Cataldo – Les Divas Du Dancing
-Rose Laurens – Africa
-Jean Michel jarre – Zoolookologie (Kevorkian Remix)
-Jean Michel Jarre – 4eme Rendez-Vous
-Partenaire Particulier – Partenair Particulaire
-Corynne Charby – Boule De Flipper
-Le Club – Un Fait Divers et Rien De Plus
-Alain Chamfort – Rendez-Vous
-Jakie Quartz – Vivre Ailleurs
-Desireless – John
-Buzy – Body Physical
-Francois Feldman – Rien Que Pour Toi
-Indochine – Des Fleurs Pour Salinger
-Jeanne Mas – Sauvez-Moi
-France Gall – Hong Kong star
-Etc, Etc, there are many. You could do a whole special volume on them if you wanted.

-Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora – When the Rain begins To Fall (FunkyTown Grooves remastered the album and added a remix of this song but that was not the original 6’06’ Version which is much better
-Max Coveri – One More Time
-Aneka – Japanese Boy
-Marilyn – You Don’t Love Me (12″ mix left of the Cherry Pop Reissue, apparently
Marilyn doesn’t like that song)
-Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance + Give Me Hope Joanna
-The Vapors – Turning Japanese
-Santana – Say It Again
-Jean Beauvoir – Feel The Heat
-Tina Turner – One Of The Living + We Don’t Need Another Hero (12″‘es left of Private
Dancer Reissue)
-ZZ Top – Sleeping Bag
-Kiss – I Was Made For Loving You
-Edelweiss – Bring me Edelweiss
-MC Miker G – Show ‘m The Bass
-MC Miker G & DJ Sven – Celebration Rap
-Nathalie – My Love Won’t Let You Down (Peter Godwin did that one)
-Everything Peter Godwin!!
-Risque – Girls Are Back In Town
-Rockwell – Obscene Phone Caller + Peeping Tom
-Nik Kershaw – One Step Ahead
-Jayne Collins – Madonna’s Eyes
-Video – Somebody
-Wax – Building A Bridge To Your Heart
-Xalan – I Only Move For Money
-Loz Netto – Fadeaway
-Helen Terry – Now You’re Mine (12″ left of of Cherry Pop Reissue)
-Herb Alpert/Janet jackson – Diamonds
-Anya – Moscow Nights
-Azul Y Negro – The Night
-Berlin – Dancing In Berlin
-Bernard Wright – Who Do You Love
-Break Machine – Break Dance Party
-Cars – Heartbeat City
-Centerforld – Dictator
-Code 61 – Drop The Deal
-Commodores – Animal Instinct
-Double – Tha Captain Of Her Heart
-Fantastique – Mama Told Me
-Funhouse – Dancin’ Easy
-Grace Jones – Victor Was A Jazz Musician
-Information Society – Walking Away
-Inxs – Disappear
-Joe Bataan Rap-O-Clapo

Neil

There was no remix of “Heartbeat City” ever released and why would you want to put a 90’s track on an 80’s compilation i.e. Inxs – Disappear ?

Carlos

M.C. Miker “G” & Deejay Sven ‘Celebration Rap’ might be found on ‘I Love Disco Summer Vol.1’ Edited By Blanco y Negro Label from Spain. Santana ‘Say It Again (Remix by Jellybean)’ is already on Dance Classics – Pop Edition Vol. 9. Berlin ‘Dancing in Berling (Dance Remix) appears on Berlin’s only japanese CD compilation called ‘Dancing In Berlin’.

1. https://www.discogs.com/es/Various-I-Love-Disco-Summer-Vol1/release/1359575
2. https://www.discogs.com/es/Various-Dance-Classics-Pop-Edition-Vol-9/release/3981230
3. https://www.discogs.com/es/Berlin-Dancing-In-Berlin/release/1298275

Carlos

Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora – When the Rain begins To Fall (6’06’ Version) , is already included in the original CD album ‘Let’s Dance Tonight’ by Pia Zadora on CURB Records Label Germany. Also, included on ‘I Love Disco 80’s Vol. 1’ , ‘I Love Disco Crash 80’s’ , and ‘Black & White 80’s ‘ Edited on CD By Blanco y Negro Label from Spain. ‘ Dance Classics – Pop Edition Volume 1’ Edited on CD by Rodeo Media Netherlands.

1. https://www.discogs.com/Pia-Zadora-Lets-Dance-Tonight/release/660426
2.https://www.discogs.com/Various-I-Love-Disco-80s-Vol-1/release/593953
3. https://www.discogs.com/Various-I-Love-Disco-Crash-80s/release/1291408
4. https://www.discogs.com/Various-Black-White-80s-The-Most-Wanted-12-Versions/release/5453771
5. https://www.discogs.com/Various-Dance-Classics-Pop-Edition/release/2035605

Paco

Do “Cars – Heartbeat City” have a 12″ version? I always believed that the album version was the only one ever released…

Griffin

Vinyl rips (in general, unless mint/sealed was used) are very hard to clean or (remastered)! Most new/young/generation engineers did a lousy job. It could be a very time consuming job. That’s why people hate them. The source was analog/digital before pressing on vinyl. So if you can get the source/mastertapes why bother with the vinyl rips (unless mastertapes are lost/misplaced, mint/sealed copies was used & experienced engineers are involved)! People, buying CD/Blu Ray audio only/download, are expecting mastertapes. If labels deliver vinyl rips they have to mention it avoiding misadvertising.

memoryboy

@Craig, I have the remixes for “Nevermore” by Plus One, and it’s somewhat rare, although I found it on e-bay years ago…. but the remix found on Richard Blade’s CD Compilation is one I can’t find. And I had no idea the 7″ was on iTunes, I will have to go look and check that out. It’s a great track, and surprisingly was more of a US states track played on the Alternative radio back in the 80’s. Great song.

Mark Reed

For those of you who are bothered, the Boys Don’t Cry New Vocal 7″ mix has been released digitally, but only on the DVD of 2001’s “Greatest Hits” video compilation.

Craig

I was going to request the +1 track Nevermore also…there is a 12″ mix on one of the Richard Blade compilations, but I know there are different mixes out there. An independent label in Ventura did a vinyl 12″ back around 1988-ish which I have somewhere.

I remember the first time I heard it at Marilyn’s and the DJ told me it was from Sweeden and looked and looked for it forever. There is a single version you can download off iTunes.

memoryboy

(2) also should add… have you heard of a band called Until December? They were a local band here in San Francisco, California, and they had some great stuff from the 80’s…. check out the track “Until December”, released in 1986, that would be awesome to see on one of your compilations…. they had other great songs like “We Are The Boys” and “Secrets” and “Heaven” and “No Gift Refused”

memoryboy

I see people making comments about vinyl rips. I personally think vinyl sounds better than anything else, and most vinyl sources sound amazing. I welcome vinyl as a source, and can’t see what the fuss is about. If there is something rare or hard to find and vinyl is the source by all means use it. I also think it’s great you guys are gathering these remixes from the original master tapes as the source. But I don’t get why making a statement such as “Vinyl rip free” is necessary. I’m sure a few people have maybe complained about that in the past? If so, well you can’t make everyone happy and just because a few people complain doesn’t necessarily mean you need to change what you are doing to please those few. Why exactly would a vinyl rip be an issue? I just don’t get it. Vinyl sounds great in my opinion, usually better than digital sources. But I am pleased to see you guys are gathering from the master tapes, that is good news. In the end I love your so80s series Piet, Loved the Hubert Kah and Culture Club compilations as well as the Alphaville and Falco. VERY Excited at the possibility of something from THE CURE. Question: Have you ever heard of the band PLus One? They had a local hit here in California area called “Nevermore”, and would love to see a remix of that on one of the so80s, also a few other suggestions: Cetu Javu “Situations” (12″), Mike + The Mechanics “All I Need Is A Miracle” (12″), Berlin “No More Words” (12″), Phil Collins “Sussudio” (12″), … or a Dead Or Alive Remix Compilation would be a dream come true!

piet blank

in the process of transferring vinyl you always have to work on the file as you have the basic vinyl hissing which is not included on the tape (though the tape has also some hissing, but by far less). in order to delete this vinyl hissing, plus the one or the other cracking noise, you have to work on the frenquencies…if it’s done properly i would agree with you to use a vinyl transfer (rip is an ugly word). BUT only if that is the only source. the problem is: what happens if you one day discover that there is a master tape? we had this for example with “smalltown boy” from bronski beat. we got the master from warner in 2010 and used it for so8os 2 that year…the quality was not ok but had some lows, but we thought it was the best possible as it was passed to us officially by warner…5 years later we learned that all releases incl the sommerville re-issues used the same low master, but there was a copy of much better quality…we transferred it at our own cost and used it for a small re-edition of so8os2 (which is sold in our own webshop)…the result was, that we got a lot of bad comments telling that we were ripping off collectors by charging them twice…same with howard jones: we received a mono file as master from warner and years later got the stereo file from howard himself…if you once used a source that is not master tape, the risk is always there that you find a better one…and my heart bleeds if i find it and can’t use it…so we decided to wait until we can be 100% sure that the original tape does not exsist anymore…this was the case for two billy idol mixes from the so8os artists edition for him…after it was confirmed by all archives in the US, UK and australia (where one of the mixes was released only) we decided to go for a vinyl transfer and also put that in the labelcopy notes to make it clear!

thank you for the track suggestions…always welcome…we love to discover or re-discover songs which we might not have in our own collection…

Scott

Vinyl transferred to CD should be a last effort, and it’s rarely if ever done well. In the ten years I have been doing freelance sound engineering/remastering for various indie labels, my specialty has been remastering from vinyl when masters are not available. Done properly, it can take a good amount of time. One track on an upcoming project I worked on came from a test pressing acetate that had been nearly destroyed with a bad stylus. It took me over 10 hours of work for that one track alone but I literally rebuilt it. I was surprised by the end result because I really thought there was no hope. But if vinyl is your secondary mastering ability, it’s going to be detectable. Mine are not detectable and I’ve perfected the process over the last 20 years. But if I have my choice I would ALWAYS choose a master tape over a vinyl transfer for countless reasons. The reason so many people want confirmation if a product is from masters or not is because of how detectable most transfers from vinyl are. Other than this post, I’ve not found anyone who finds the distortions from a poor stylus, clicks, pops and turntable rumble an asset to a track put to CD.

Carlos

A good compilation with some remixes you mentioned above, is ‘Rare Rock Mixes’ which includes Mike + The Mechanics “All I Need Is A Miracle” (Extended Remix Version) and Phil Collins “Sussudio” (12″). Also, you’ll find other great mixes like ‘Hello Again (Remix Version)’ By The Cars, Foreigner ‘That Was Yesterday (Extended Version)’, and Fleetwood Mac ‘Little Lies (Extended Version)’ Edited on CD by Warner Special Products in the U.S.

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Lost-Mixes-Rare-Rock-Mixes/release/812644

Oh, I wasn’t aware they had remastered the first four volumes – there’s nothing about that on Discogs or other sites I’ve looked at.

But that’s great news, so then this forthcoming compilation should also sound as great as the latest releases they’ve done. :)

Rick E

Thanks very much for another great compilation and taking the time to comment here, Piet. Don’t worry too much about them as you can never please everyone :-) I am very happy to see “Everywhere” included which includes additional vocals by Stevie Nicks like all Tango 12″-es. Will vol. 10 also be able to order from the B&J website? Would love a signed copy :-)

Foxee

Totally agree – that moment on the Big Love 12″ mix when Stevie belts out ‘Well it’s a big big love – YEAH!’ is the best bit, as are her ad libs on the end of the Little Lies 12″. According to a contemporary interview with the remix producer, her vocals were supposed to be prominent on the 12″ of Family Man but Lindsey Buckingham didn’t want them there. Let’s face it, Tango would have been crap without the honey of Nicks poured over it.

Kauwgompie

Jeee, Blank & Jones do everything to please the fans (I don’t believe these compilations earn them a lot of money) and then people here use the word “ruined” or whine about the cost? How about everybody profusely thanking B&J for their unbelievably exciting contribution to releasing 80’s remixes???? Some folks really take it too far here. Pls realize that the only ones who actually get what they want is us. B&J don’t make much money off off these compilations and we’re the ones enjoying their releases everyday on the way to work, working out or sitting in our living rooms. For the record, B&J, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael59

that’s totally true! these releases really can’t make much profit, they purely exists because of the love of b&j to this series. thanks from me too

To Piet Blank:
Great selection, but can I ask that you go easy on the compression when you remaster the tracks?

A good example of how you have “ruined” some of the tracks on previous compilations is “Send Me An Angel (Extended Version)” on vol. 3, which is so compressed that it actually audibly overdrives in many places.

On the other hand e.g. your Alphaville compilation sounds great, so you clearly know how to remaster tracks and make them sound good enough for 2016. Hope you can think about this in the future!

Thanks and keep up the good work. :)

Neil

To be fair they have addressed the situation with the compression which has been evident from so8os Vol.8 onwards. They have also remastered the first 4 volumes but asking people to fork out for them again is a bit much.

Michael59

personally, i am a bit disappointed by the selection. but i think this is because, as piet already said, many big artists (like madonna, eurythmics, peter gabriel, bruce springsteen, prince, kate bush etc.) won’t allow 80s remixes to appear on such compilations. so what else is there? the only alternative for compilations like so80s therefore is a) to use lesser known artists and songs where it is much easier to get the rights for and b) use remixes which were already compiled on several compilations but in a much poorer quality. so this is what so80s volume 10 is: remixes which are little known and which have never been on CD and remixes which were used many times before but are here presented in a better (master tape) quality.
i guess we will to live with this situation with all 80s compilations in the future as long as many remixes will be blocked by artists who do not wish to see them on CD.

(by the way: as a big falco fan, how about using some yet digitally unreleased mixes in future volumes? “the sound of musik (12” Edit, 7:12 min) or “body next to body (extended other version, 6:22 min) would be great among others)

Mike the Fish

Dizzi Heights?! I’ve not heard that in years – what a surprise! I don’t think it charted in the UK. Did it do better in Europe?

piet blank

i am afraid not…but we never followed chart notations…we just loved this track so much…it was a long process to find this tape as it was lost between warner and universal after the emi split…it has such a good vibe…almost balearic…just a great groove…as far as our research went dizzi now works as a postman in manchester..we hope to send him a cd…will post the tape box pic soon!

Mike the Fish

Great! What an obscure track to get the tape of. Nice work.

Neil

Instead of Tainted Love for the umpteenth time could you not have put Loving You, Hating Me (Special Mix) on this which has only appeared on a US promo 12 inch and has never seen the light of day on any CD.

SG

This comment section is a real interesting read. Thank you Peit for sharing your stories here. It is indeed a shame that it is so difficult to release these old recordings the artists or labels have shown little interest in for decades. A Cure compilation would be a great thing indeed, rounding up those truly difficult to find mixes like the extended version of Primary.

JUE

Piet – awesome lineup as usual. One question about the Art of Noise track. Is this the rare Paranoimia mix with a lot of Max Headroom talk that was for the first time on the Influence compilation from ZTT/Ian Peel (called Paranoid Mix on that but sadly from a vinyl rip) or the common extended instrumental version that was on the Best of Art of Noise 12” CD? And if it is the former, did you guys get access to the master tape?

Thanks for the efforts. Hope those rumors of a So80s ABC dedicated edition are true!

Kauwgompie

The mix from The Best of Art of Noise clocks in at 6.40. Above it says that the So80s 10 mix is 6.41 so most likely it is the mix from The Best of Art of Noise.

Griffin

@Piet, I do have a/some request(s): So80s presents Nick Kamen (with all 7″/12″/instr/dub released or unreleased, Cherry Red left off a few like Each time … 7″ instr & Nobody else dance mix fade out)! Eighth Wonder. Martika. Debbie Gibson. Prince. Sheila E. Five Star (some mixes still unavailable on CD)!

gb

great choices. esp Eighth Wonder, Martika, Debbie Gibson.
Martika would be really perfect. so many great mixes

Griffin

Please don’t give B&J the hard time. Piet is on our side. They listened closely to what we fans want. 3CD’s with only a few duplicates of released mixes isn’t a big deal. I’m pretty sure the mastering is better than the ones on CD’s before. It is those repetitive 80’s remixes compilations from the big labels you have to boycot (no heart/soul/care)! Vinyl rips, bad or no remastering, incorrect mixes, fade out, missing a few beats at intro, skips etc. If their compilations are not going to sell. They will be happy if B&J request them & granted the access to those gems or even better the archives with unreleased mixes :D

Griffin

Thank you Paul S. for this post. Piet, thank you both (B&J) for this So80s series & your behind the scene story (i always like to hear them why a mix isn’t included, not that the compiler did a lousy job but label/artist turned down your requests)! I was wondering when the next 80’s related project will come out. And finally ;) Although I already have most of mixes of the songs I like & the others I’m not familiar with. But I still will buy this to support you guys (hoping the next volume perhaps will include rare/unreleased mixes of songs I like and I haven’t already got them yet)! The price for 3CD’s full of unmixed 12″ mixes isn’t bad at all (it’s quite cheap)! If you don’t 1 of the rip off reissues (no 12″ mixes, lots of live or demo) then you can easily afford this great CD-set :P

Nubben

I seem to remember reading somewhere that they remastered all the older compilations. Is that correct?

Neil

Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go (Original 12″ Version),Blue Monday (Original 12″ Version) and Walk Like An Egyptian (Extended Dance Mix) must surely have appeared on more than 300 compilations by now so why again ? Is it too much to ask to include mixes that have never appeared on CD before ?

Stefano

Hi Piet, please know that we deeply appreciate your hard work. Thanks for sharing some comments again! Very thankful for this great new set.

jopla2

Kate Bush “Cloudbusting (Organon Mix)” appears on the 1990 box set “This Woman’s Work” – I remember the sound being really tinny on the bonus tracks discs.

Superdoc

Hi Piet,

As you have access to the Warner archives (you did a fantastic job with Alphaville), why not releasing a 2 or 3 CD set from CHRIS REA.
Warner released great remixes like in the 80s and 90s like “Let it Loose”, “I don’t know what it is but I love it”, “Josephine (french mix)”… until “All summer long” (end of 90s great remixes).
Most of them aren’t available on any Chris REA compilation.

Cheers from Lothringen (France)

FrankieP

This for me is worth the price alone!

Your Heart Keeps Burning (Burning Mega Mix – The Glory Radio Drama Part 1) – Blind Date

cory eling

@ piet blank, nice tracklist thanks
Let’s try and keep the SQ out of the red this time around and keep some dynamics intact, eh em ‘OMD’… :)

elliott buckingham

not saying the set isn’t worth the asking price but there is a lot on there I want with a lot of stuff I don’t like the backissues are very expensive to pick up even at used prices blank and jones did a great job on the artist specific releases but sick of hearing the extended mix of dancing with tears in my eyes the American 12″ is far better also the billy idol disc was great but too much flunctuation in sound quality over the various tracks. hopefully with the tango in the night mixes now appearing on various 12″ comps warners might actually provide a decent deluxe reissue of the album