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Dead Or Alive / 19-disc career box set: Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI

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Massive box set delivers hits, albums, rarities and more

Edsel are to release Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI a giant career-spanning 19-disc box set featuring British pop group Dead or Alive.

Curated by frontman Pete Burns and drummer/keyboard player Steve Coy, the set comprises eight albums, three of which (Fan The Flame (Part 1), Nukleopatra and Fragile) receive their UK debut release via this set (with new cover art).

The first four albums issued in the 1980s all feature here as two-CD sets, except 1985’s Stock Aitken Waterman produced Youthquake (which spawned the mega-hit You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – which is a three-disc package. So this box delivers the original album track listings for each long-player, plus plenty of rarities, live recordings, alternate mixes and instrumental versions. In fact, it also contains 12 previously unreleased remixes and tracks from the band’s vaults. 1987 greatest hits album Rip It Up is also present and correct (as a two-CD set)

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In addition to these 17 CDs of audio, Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI comes with two DVDs – one full of promo videos and the other featuring a 1987 concert (Rip It Up Live in Japan) and a selection of UK TV appearances (including Top of the Pops, The Kenny Everett Television Show and Blue Peter).

The set is packaged as a deluxe casebound book and features a 4,000 words of sleeve notes from Pete Burns himself. Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI will also be available as a 10 LP vinyl box set (more detail on that soon) featuring the eight studio albums.

Amazon in the UK have an exclusive edition available (same price) which come with a SIGNED PRINT. These are limited to the first 750 units.

Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI will be released on 28 October 2016.

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In the box set:

‘Sophisticated Boom Boom’ (2CD)
‘Youthquake’ (3CD)
‘Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know’ (2CD)
‘Rip It Up’ (2CD)
‘Nude’/‘Nude Remade Remodelled’ (2CD)
‘Fan The Flame, Part 1’ (1CD)
‘Nukleopatra’ (2CD)
‘Fragile’/’Unbreakable – The Fragile Remixes’ (3CD)
DVD1: Promotional videos
DVD2: ‘Rip It Up Live’ in Japan at the height of their international fame and a selection of UK TV appearances.

1984 SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM

CD1

  • 1 I’d Do Anything
  • 2 That’s The Way (I Like It)
  • 3 Absolutely Nothing
  • 4 What I Want
  • 5 Far Too Hard
  • 6 You Make Me Wanna
  • 7 Sit On It
  • 8 Wish You Were Here
  • 9 Misty Circles
  • 10 Do It

Bonus Tracks

  • 11 Selfish Side
  • 12 Misty Circles [7″ Version]
  • 13 What I Want [7″ Version]
  • 14 I’d Do Anything [7″ Version]
  • 15 That’s The Way (I Like It) [7″ Version]

CD2

  • 1 Misty Circles [Dance Mix]
  • 2 What I Want [Original Dance Mix]
  • 3 I’d Do Anything [Megamix]
  • 4 That’s The Way (I Like It) [Extended Version]
  • 5 What I Want [1984 Dance Mix]
  • 6 What I Want [1984 7″ Remix]
  • 7 Give It To Me [BBC Session]
  • 8 Misty Circles [Dub Mix]
  • 9 That’s The Way (I Like It) [Dub] – previously unreleased
  • 10 Absolutely Nothing [Dub] – previously unreleased
  • 11 Misty Circles [Instrumental]
  • 12 Keep That Body Strong (That’s The Way)

1985 YOUTHQUAKE

CD1

  • 1 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
  • 2 I Wanna Be A Toy
  • 3 DJ Hit That Button
  • 4 In Too Deep
  • 5 Big Daddy Of The Rhythm
  • 6 Cake And Eat It
  • 7 Lover Come Back To Me
  • 8 My Heart Goes Bang
  • 9 It’s Been A Long Time

Bonus Tracks

  • 10 You Spin Me Round [Murder Mix]
  • 11 In Too Deep [7″ Remix]
  • 12 My Heart Goes Bang [7″ Version]
  • 13 Lover Come Back To Me [Extended Version]
  • 14 My Heart Goes Bang [Extended Version]

CD2

  • 1 In Too Deep [Off Yer Mong Mix]
  • 2 You Spin Me Round [Performance Mix]
  • 3 Lover Come Back To Me [Extended Remix]
  • 4 My Heart Goes Bang [American WIPE-OUT Mix]
  • 5 You Spin Me Round [Alt. Album CD Version with ‘Rock It’ intro]
  • 6 Cake And Eat It [Alt. Album CD Version with unfaded intro]
  • 7 It’s Been A Long Time [Alt. Album CD Version with ‘You Can Be The First…’ intro]
  • 8 You Spin Me Round [Big Ben Mix]
  • 9 Lover Come Back To Me [7″ Bonus Mix]
  • 10 I Wanna Be A Toy [Instrumental] – previously unreleased
  • 11 Lover Come Back To Me [Instrumental] – previously unreleased
  • 12 In Too Deep [Instrumental]
  • 13 My Heart Goes Bang [Instrumental]

CD3: The Youthquake Tour – Live At Hammersmith Odeon, 6th July 1985

  • 1 Cake And Eat It [Live]
  • 2 My Heart Goes Bang [Live] – previously unreleased
  • 3 In Too Deep [Live]
  • 4 Big Daddy Of The Rhythm [Live]
  • 5 Far Too Hard [Live] – previously unreleased
  • 6 Misty Circles [Live] – previously unreleased
  • 7 It’s Been A Long Time [Live] – previously unreleased
  • 8 Lover Come Back To Me [Live] – previously unreleased
  • 9 DJ Hit That Button [Live] – previously unreleased
  • 10 What I Want [Live] – previously unreleased
  • 11 You Spin Me Round [Live] – previously unreleased
  • 12 In Too Deep [Encore] [Live]  – previously unreleased
  • 13 My Heart Goes Bang [Encore] [Live]  – previously unreleased
  • 14 You Spin Me Round [Encore] [Live] – previously unreleased

1986 MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW

CD1

  • 1 Brand New Lover
  • 2 I’ll Save You All My Kisses
  • 3 Son Of A Gun
  • 4 Then There Was You
  • 5 Come Inside
  • 6 Something In My House
  • 7 Hooked On Love
  • 8 I Want You
  • 9 Special Star

Bonus Tracks

  • 10 Come Inside [7″ Mix]
  • 11 I Want You [7″ Mix]
  • 12 Brand New Lover [Edit]
  • 13 Something In My House [7″ Remix]
  • 14 Hooked On Love [Edit]
  • 15 I’ll Save You All My Kisses [Remix]
  • 16 Something In My House [Flamenco Version]
  • 17 Hooked On Love [7″ Remix]

CD2

  • 1 Brand New Lover [The Dust Monkey’s Love Bubble Club Mix]
  • 2 Something In My House [Mortevicar Mix]
  • 3 Hooked On Love [The Big Revolver Mix]
  • 4 I’ll Save You All My Kisses [The Sonia Mezumbda Memorial Mix]
  • 5 Brand New Lover [Up Ducky Mix]
  • 6 Something In My House [7″ US Wipe-Out Mix]
  • 7 Something In My House [12″ US Wipe-Out Mix Part 2]
  • 8 I’ll Save You All My Kisses [The Long Wet Sloppy Kiss Mix]
  • 9 Hooked On Love [La Vie En Rose Mix]
  • 10 Brand New Lover [Instrumental]
  • 11 Something In My House [House Instrumental]
  • 12 Hooked On Love [Instrumental] – previously unreleased
  • 13 Something In My House [7″ Instru-MENTAL Mix]

1987 RIP IT UP

CD1

  • 1 Brand New Lover [continuously mixed]
  • 2 My Heart Goes Bang [continuously mixed]
  • 3 Something In My House [continuously mixed]
  • 4 Lover Come Back To Me [continuously mixed]
  • 5 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) [continuously mixed]
  • 6 I’ll Save You All My Kisses [continuously mixed]
  • 7 In Too Deep [continuously mixed]
  • 8 Hooked On Love [continuously mixed]

Bonus Tracks

  • 9 Mighty Mix [Part 1] – Wish You Were Here, What I Want, Do It, Misty Circles
  • 10 Mighty Mix [Part 2] Absolutely Nothing, Sit On It, You Make Me Wanna, That’s The Way (I Like It)
  • 11 Something In My House [Naughty XXX Mix]
  • 12 Baby Don’t Say Goodbye [The Powerful Club Twelve]
  • 13 Something In My House [Short Version]

CD2

  • 1 Baby Don’t Say Goodbye [Club Mix]
  • 2 Baby Don’t Say Goodbye [Instrumental]
  • 3 You Spin Me Round [Jail House Club Edit Remix]
  • 4 You Spin Me Round [Jail House Club Remix]
  • 5 You Spin Me Round [400 Hz – Kleopatra Remix]
  • 6 You Spin Me Round [400 Hz – Marc Antoine Remix]
  • 7 You Spin Me Round [Edouard’s Mix]
  • 8 You Spin Me Round [Kalk’s Underground Mix]
  • 9 You Spin Me Round [Blue Sky Mix]
  • 10 You Spin Me Round [The Yummi Extended Mix]
  • 11 You Spin Me Round [The Yummi 4am Mix]
  • 12 You Spin Me Round [The Vicious Mix]
  • 13 MEDLEY: Turn Around And Count 2 Ten/Blue Christmas /Your Sweetness [Accapella] (Live In Nagoya, Japan 29 November 1990)

1989 NUDE

CD1

  • 1 Turn Around And Count 2 Ten
  • 2 Give It Back (That Love Is Mine)
  • 3 Baby Don’t Say Goodbye
  • 4 Stop Kicking My Heart Around
  • 5 Come Home (With Me Baby)
  • 6 I Don’t Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  • 7 Get Out Of My House
  • 8 I Cannot Carry On
  • 9 My Forbidden Lover

Bonus Tracks

  • 10 Give It Back (That Love Is Mine) [Instrumental]
  • 11 Baby Don’t Say Goodbye [Alternative Mix]
  • 12 Love Toy [inst. version]
  • 13 Turn Around And Count 2 Ten [7″ Version]
  • 14 Come Home (With Me Baby) [7″ Version]
  • 15 Baby Don’t Say Goodbye [Edited House Version]
  • 16 Love Toy [Full Vocal Version] – previously unreleased
  • 17 Come Home (With Me Baby) [The Deadhouse Dub 7″ Edit]
  • 18 Baby Don’t Say Goodbye [Radio Edit]

CD2: Nude: Remade Remodelled

  • 1 Come Home (With Me Baby) [Remade Remodelled]
  • 2 Baby Don’t Say Goodbye [Remade Remodelled]
  • 3 Stop Kicking My Heart Around [Remade Remodelled]
  • 4 I Don’t Wanna Be Your Boyfriend [Remade Remodelled]
  • 5 Give It Back (That Love Is Mine) [Remade Remodelled]
  • 6 Turn Around And Count 2 Ten [Remade Remodelled]
  • 7 Come Home (With Me Baby) [12″ Version]

Bonus Tracks

  • 8 Baby Don’t Say Goodbye [Extended Mix]
  • 9 Turn Around And Count 2 Ten [The Pearl And Dean “I Love” BPM Mix]
  • 10 Come Home (With Me Baby) [The Deadhouse Dub]
  • 11 Turn Around And Count 2 Ten [The Pearl And Dean “I Had A Disco Dream” Mix]
  • 12 Turn Around And Count 2 Ten [Instru-MENTAL]
  • 13 Come Home (With Me Baby) [Instru-MENTAL] – previously unreleased

1990 FAN THE FLAME (Part 1)

CD1

  • 1 Fan The Flame (feat. Gina X) – previously unreleased
  • 2 Unhappy Birthday
  • 3 Your Sweetness (Is Your Weakness)
  • 4 Total Stranger
  • 5 Gone 2 Long
  • 6 Lucky Day
  • 7 What Have U Done (2 Make Me Change)
  • 8 And Then I Met U
  • 9 Blue Christmas

Bonus Tracks

  • 10 Total Stranger [Remix]
  • 11 Unhappy Birthday [Heavy Metal Version]
  • 12 Your Sweetness (Is Your Weakness) [Instrumental]

1995 NUKLEOPATRA

CD1

  • 1 Nukleopatra
  • 2 Rebel Rebel
  • 3 Sleep With You
  • 4 The Right Stuff
  • 5 I’m A Star
  • 6 International Thing
  • 7 Picture This
  • 8 Spend The Night Together
  • 9 Gone Too Long
  • 10 Getting It On
  • 11 Sex Drive

Bonus Track

12 You Spin Me Round [Sugar Pumpers Radio Mix]

CD2

  • 1 Rebel Rebel [12″ Extended Mix]
  • 2 The Right Stuff [1994 Mix]
  • 3 You Spin Me Round [Sugar Pumpers Extended Mix]
  • 4 Sex Drive [Sugar Pumpers Extended Mix]
  • 5 International Thing [International 7″ Edit]
  • 6 Rebel Rebel [The Hole Mix]
  • 7 Sex Drive [Scream Driven Remix]
  • 8 International Thing [Nu-NRG 7″ Remix]
  • 9 Rebel Rebel [Safe Hands Remix]
  • 10 You Spin Me Round [Sugar Pumpers Pumpin’ Mix]
  • 11 Sex Drive [Peewee’s Extended Mix]
  • 12 International Thing [Nu-NRG 12″ Remix]

2000 FRAGILE

CD1

  • 1 Hit And Run Lover
  • 2 Something In My House [2000]
  • 3 Even Better Than The Real Thing [2000]
  • 4 Turn Around And Count 2 Ten [2000]
  • 5 I Paralyze
  • 6 Isn’t It A Pity?
  • 7 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) [2000]
  • 8 Just What I Always Wanted
  • 9 My Heart Goes Bang [2000]
  • 10 Lover Come Back To Me [2000]
  • 11 I Promised Myself
  • 12 Blue Christmas 2000

CD2 – Unbreakable – The Fragile Remixes

  • 1 Turn Around And Count 2 Ten [Y&Co. “B” Mix]
  • 2 You Spin Me Round [Zi Zone Mix]
  • 3 My Heart Goes Bang [Love Machine Remix]
  • 4 Something In My House [Deadend Of Eurasia Mix]
  • 5 Hit And Run Lover [Ventura Mix]
  • 6 Isn’t It A Pity [Bustard Remix]
  • 7 I Paralyze [B4 ZA BEAT Remix]
  • 8 Blue Christmas [P.K.G. Remix]
  • 9 Lover Come Back To Me [Earthquake Mix]
  • 10 Just What I Always Wanted [R.M. Hyper Techno Mix]

CD3

  • 1 You Spin Me Round [Punx Soundcheck Vs Princess Julia]
  • 2 You Spin Me Round [Mark Moore & Mr Motion Remix]
  • 3 You Spin Me Round [D-Bop Club Mix]
  • 4 You Spin Me Round [Metro 7″ Edit]
  • 5 Hit And Run Lover [Bonus Hit Remix]
  • 6 You Spin Me Round [Metro 12″ Extended Mix]
  • 7 Pop Life
  • 8 Why’s It So Hard
  • 9 Jack & Jill Party – Pet Shop Boys Feat. Pete Burns
  • 10 Never Marry An Icon – Pete Burns vs The Dirty Disco
  • 11 The Art – Pete Burns vs The Dirty Disco – previously unreleased

DVD1: PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS

  • 1 I’d Do Anything [Promo Video]
  • 2 That’s The Way (I Like It) [Promo Video]
  • 3 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) [Promo Video]
  • 4 Lover Come Back To Me [Promo Video]
  • 5 In Too Deep [Promo Video]
  • 6 My Heart Goes Bang [Promo Video]
  • 7 Something In My House [Promo Video]
  • 8 Hooked On Love [Promo Video]
  • 9 I’ll Save You All My Kisses [Promo Video]
  • 10 Brand New Lover [12″] [Promo Video]
  • 11 Something In My House [12″] [Promo Video]
  • 12 Come Home (With Me Baby) [Promo Video]
  • 13 Turn Around And Count 2 Ten [12″] [Promo Video]
  • 14 Come Home (With Me Baby) [12″] [Promo Video]
  • 15 Your Sweetness (Is Your Weakness) [Promo Video]
  • 16 Total Stranger [Ruff Promo Video]
  • 17 Rebel Rebel [Promo Video]
  • 18 Sex Drive [Promo Video]
  • 19 Hit And Run Lover [Promo Video]
  • 20 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) [2003] [Promo Video]

DVD 2: CONCERT FEATURE & TV PERFORMANCES

CONCERT FEATURE: ‘Rip It Up Live’ – Japan, 1987

  • 1 Hooked On Love [Live]
  • 2 My Heart Goes Bang [Live]
  • 3 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) [Live]
  • 4 Lover Come Back To Me [Live]
  • 5 Brand New Lover [Live]
  • 6 I’ll Save You All My Kisses [Live]
  • 7 In Too Deep [Live]
  • 8 Something In My House [Live]
  • 9 Come Inside [Live]
  • 10 Son Of A Gun [Live]
  • 11 I’ll Save You All My Kisses [Encore] [Live]

TV PERFORMANCES

  • 12 That’s The Way (I Like It) [on ‘Top Of The Pops’] TX 12/04/1984
  • 13 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) [on ‘Top Of The Pops’] TX 14/02/1985
  • 14 Lover Come Back To Me [on ‘Top Of The Pops’] TX 1985
  • 15 In Too Deep [on ‘Top Of The Pops’] TX 1985
  • 16 Lover Come Back To Me [on ‘The Kenny Everett Television Show’] TX 11/05/1985
  • 17 In Too Deep [on ‘Wogan’] TX 17/06/1985
  • 18 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) [on ‘Christmas Top Of The Pops’] TX 25/12/1985
  • 19 Brand New Lover [on ‘Wogan’] TX 1986
  • 20 Brand New Lover [on ‘Roland Rat: The Series’] TX 1986
  • 21 Something In My House [on ‘Top Of The Pops’] TX 22/01/1987
  • 22 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) [on ‘Blue Peter’] TX 10/01/2003

 

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loveboy lovetoy lovejoy

i wished they finished “lovetoy”. i have the first 5 brilliant cds so i have all i need and don’t need this.

David A.

through some extended research, I’ve discovered that the Nukleopatra version on this set is the Uk/USA edition!…the Japanese released version contained most (if not all) tracks in an extended format, which means they could have done an extra disc in this set….

Steve

Has it been noted yet that “Why it’s so hard” is not included. This was on a various artists cd that was a salute to Madonna.

Steve

Disregard. I now see it in the list above.

Jorge

The 2003 “Evolution” DVD has many of the videos also included in this new box’ DVDs. The vast majority of those were in gorgeous 5.1 surround sound. Anybody around here knows if this would be the case with this new set?

Jorge

Ok. Fairly unlikely indeed. So I’m keeping mine. Thanks Paul.

NM

My copy of the box set is on its way. Unfortunately I hear that there are significant errors. Youthquake, discs 1 and 2 are in mono, My Heart Goes Bang 7″ version is a repeat of the album version and there are editing mistakes on the Mad Bad & Dangerous disc. It would be really sad if Edsel left this as Pete’s legacy. My comments are not a reflection of the admiration that I had for Pete and the rest of the band. I have contacted Demon/Edsel and Amazon. Paul any thoughts/news on whether corrected replacement discs will be issued. I appreciate that as today is release day that it may be a bit early to confirm.

Pete

Also disappointing, the 12″ Mix of Rebel Rebel on Nukleopatra Disc 2 is just an edit of ‘The Hole Mix’, and not the 12″ Mix that was on promo vinyl. Such a shame.

Pete

The Youthquake remaster in this set has the wrong version of My Heart Goes Bang on it – instead of the 7″ Mix, the album version is on twice!!

Tiziano C.

A champion of freedom died today. A hero of passion died today. You just embodied life and its many paradoxes. Your music was fun and passionate, nostalgic and meaningful.
There will not be another Pete Burns. You challenged the world and you won. But it was a one-way ticket.
Your spirit will live on. You have been a revolutionary soul. Your legend has just started to engulf our collective consciousness. This is not the end. This is the beginning.
Fan the flame.
I will always miss you, Pete. Thank you.

Atlanta Fan

I have seen them in concert several times .I live in the U.S. so I just heard of the news of his death and the new box set at the same time. I am very sad to hear about his death, bought the box set first thing and I can not wait to get it. I have everything already even the hard to get albums. I still can not believe he is gone.If there is any unreleased songs that have never been released similar to Prince, I hope there is a information given on that. R.I.P Pete Burns you will be missed .

lovetoy loveboy lovejoy

not even thinking about buying this . i have 6 out of 7 cds plus ‘rip it up’. i don’t need ‘fragile’. for fans of videos i recommend the perfect ‘evolution’ with all the videos plus ‘japan concert’ and some tv appearances of early singles not on this .
doa made 3 perfectly excellent cds (every track from ‘mad,bad and dangerous to know’ and ‘nude’ and ‘fan the flame’ coulda been singles).’youthquake ‘ is really good but some abum filler.

will i ever see a finished-full version of “lovetoy”?

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Matthew

I can’t believe it I’m a huge fan when I first heard misty circles I was forever a fan he came to Melbourne in 1995 and had a signing I ING at virgin records I was too scared to meet him just in case I would become overwhelmed. Bye Pete x

Ps will the box set be sold in Australia

Mike

Can anyone advise if the CD covers are reproduced or are they just generic?

memoryboy

RIP, Pete, the world will be less interesting without you

Philip

I was never a fan, but this release is surely a fitting tribute to the man and his music. At least the record company can’t be accused of cashing in on his death like so many do.

Colin Mitchell

Been announced today Pete Burns has passed away. Thoughts with his family and friends rip Pete!

Enrico

Now RIP Pete….

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OMAR

Just heard of Pete’s death. RIP Pete. Very sad to hear!

AnthonyC

So shocked to hear about the death of Pete Burns.

This is simply shocking news!

Lost for words…

:-(

colm47

RIP Pete Burns.

Stevie B

RIP Pete Burns. This release is a fitting tribute.

OceanBlue

It’s 109, now.

Adam

Amazon now saying edition with print is 1,000 copies. It must be doing respectable business I’m glad to say.

Boaz

Yes… 250 signed copies added and price dropped to £101.

Flex

my swiss retailer is selling the box for CHF 205,90

bruno dajin

Unexpectedly, the Hi-NRG sound hasn’t aged a bit almost 30 years after its birth… And Dead Or Alive, who carried the Hi-NRG flame splendidly over the world, after Sylvester & Divine, have hardly recorded a single crap song in their whole career, being honestly constant in the quality of their output! This box-set is A MUST-BUY for me, definitively.

Nwlman

I would like to have seen the Performance of Thats the Way from the Saturday morning tv programme called No 73, but no matter I will definatley order this. mainly for Give it to me which is awsome. I love the Boom Boom Album, and this great track .

Lloyd

I’m very excited about this. Long overdue. Pete apparently isn’t the nicest person but I sure do love his music. His first album is my favourite but all of them have wonderful moments although fragile was a low spot. Looking forward to the essay too. Not sure if I can handle that many versions of spin but I’m not going to complain this is amazing. BTW definitely not one hit wonders. To Joe public yes but they were massive in Japan to the point where Michael Jackson had to postpone his tour and also had a number of impressive chart entries in the UK and on the dance charts in America

Kiki

Waow : This looks fantastic !
I ‘m not sure wether the expansion of “mad bad and dangerous to know” will be complete with “only” 2 Cds, but this collection just sounds amazing : I’m IN !!!

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Sam Matheson

Another punter here wondering where the early indie singles are. Is Burns embarrassed by that stuff or something?

Cal M

Love the boxset but i know if i brought it i would only listen to 2 of the albums, i paid top money for Japanese cd`s of the other albums a while back and have never listened to them, The later mixes and the live stuff doesnt` do it for me, so fingers crossed they release the albums especially Youthquake and Mad Bad as deluxe versions.

M Wayne

Pleased about this Dead Or Alive box. Musically speaking, DOA are top of their class within electronic pop. Chart placings do not necessarily correlate with musical credibility. A good musician is good no matter the instrument. To box sets and reissues tho, what would put me over the moon would be similar treatment of the Sony era Alison Moyet titles. Also Prefab Sprout.

Ted

The arguing few that complain about sets like this clearly believe that the universe only allows a certain number of catalogue releases.

What a bizarre theory? By releasing this DOA set, the world will never experience a …. I dunno, a Deep Purple rarities set…..

Tracey

Not a HUGE fan…but would certainly like to have this for all of the ’83 – ’87 period remixes. Based on the comments above, I’ll definitely check out the early “indie period” for the band. Sounds like it might be worthwhile. Hoping for an SDE Deal Alert on this at some point after its released.

arnaud

i would love a singles box set including their firsts records like “stranger” “flowers”…

HalloweenJack

Grew up with this band from their inception to the Nukleopatra period.
The Nightmares In Wax/DoA ’79-’82 is something of its own.
DoA ’83-’84 had a progressive healthy lifestyle image, mentally, physically, and sexually.
DoA ’85-’87 were the ultimate self indulgent, pop years with SAW.
DoA ’88-’92 were Coy and Burns alone. This period is especially underrated by most outside of Japan. I sometimes wonder what the result would have been had the band submitted some of the songs from this period to Dusty Springfield (something along the lines of her association with the Pet Shop Boys). I think the prospect could have been quite lucrative for both parties. Potential hits for her could have possibly been…
“Turn Around And Count 2 Ten”
“Give it Back (That Love Is Mine)”
“Baby Don’t Say Goodbye”
“Stop Kicking My Heart Around”
“Get Out Of My House”
“I Cannot Carry On”
“My Forbidden Lover”
…and the entire “Fan The Flame, Part 1 and 2” albums (“I Don’t Care About Your Heart”!!!).
Unfortunately, the band lost me around the Fragile era. I had enough of the regurgitated remixes, covers, and subpar originals. In my iTunes playlist, “Nukleopatra” and “Fragile” are combined into one album (“Unbreakable” was unbearable!).
1) Sex Drive [Extended Version]
2) The Right Stuff
3) Sleep With You
4) Spend The Night Together [12″ Remix]
5) International Thing [12″ Remix]
6) I’m A Star
7) Nukleopatra [12″ Remix]
8) Just What I Always Wanted
9) Hit And Run Lover
10) Isn’t It A Pity
11) I Paralyze
Really couldn’t stand the addition of fake members Jason Alburey and Dean Bright. Absolutely pathetic, actually. After this period, Pete went for an intriguing reclusive artist to a UK reality television personality you couldn’t escape. Considering a collaboration between Pete Burns and the Pet Shop Boys, you would maybe expect some really fantastic pop but I was beyond underwhelmed with the release of “Jack And Jill Party”. A complete disappointment from both ends.
“Never Marry An Icon” is another terrible song. Surprised “Honeysuckle Rose” isn’t released on the box… but really, let’s not forget the Kid Jensen Session (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn4rLGazYxg) –
What I Want [Kid Jensen Session, May 26, 1983]
Give It To Me [Kid Jensen Session, May 26, 1983]
Far Too Hard [Kid Jensen Session, May 26, 1983]
The pre-production version of “Far Too Hard” is simply gorgeous here!

Steve Calvert

Ordered! This will be amazing.
Cheers Paul

Straker
Griffin

Oh wow, finally some good news on SDE for a CD buyer & 80’s remixes lover like me. All I read about recently were the vinyl reissues here.

There are too many posts/comments. So I haven’t read all of them thoroughly. Remixes: yes, Live (on CD): nah, Promo videos on DVD: yes, concert on DVD: nah. I like to buy it. But I’m afraid I might going to bang my head on the wall when the price come down again within a few months (X’mas or deal alert) or the many errors on the first batch (wrong tracks/mixes used, or youtube rips or instr/backing track instead of vocal track is used, early fades, jump/glitch in the song/mix due to the mastering software, vinyl rip is being used while master is untraceable but no prior notice to the fans, etc)! I like to see a singles box like Bananarama’s/Belinda Carlisle’s. And also the 2/3-CD sets of omitted Remixes from this expanded album reissue boxset.

Also not a fan of the later “you spin me around” remixes. Just the original period mixes/instr/dub would be okay for me!

Itunes/Spotify: no, unless songs/mixes are made only available for digital download (and I really want them)!

One Hit Wonder or/not, others are worth more to get a treatment like this? Maybe those don’t have so much more unreleased mixes in their vaults/possesion! Then what you’ll get from those “worth more to get a treatment like this”-acts/bands/artists are demo’s or live, live, live tracks like Phil Collins did. So the ones who have enough to be released then in a boxset like this. Those others with less then maybe album/7″/(12″)/b-sides/demo/instr/promo videos (no live nor concert stuff, at least not for me, I won’t buy those)!

Ally

Why are people saying that the recordings have been remastered?

Donald

As an American Super Fan I was just wondering on the region code of the Dvd’s. Are they going to be non-regional so I might enjoy them on TV rather than only my computer?
I also feel October will take forever to get here now!!!!!

Yani P

Not a fan really but again interested in the depth of some of these recent releases

Not sure I will live long enough to see this kind of treatment of say Japan/David Sylvian’s lifes work (sadly)

Daran

Just out of interest Paul, I know it will vary box to box but on a big £120ish retail box set what are the margins for the artists? Would they see £40 – 50 per sale, or a lot less? Manufacture of the CD’s and book / box etc can’t be too much (are music CD’s not <£1 each per disc even on low volume runs I though read somewhere…)

With no new recording costs to pay (except new mastering) and perhaps a much sweeter deal on an independent label surely there is quite a decent income from something like this?

Alan.

Have to agree with Halloween Jack’s post from yesterday – early DOA, especially those Peel Sessions, was tremendous. I have a Doors of Perception CD collection with the Peel Sessions and the early singles on which is all the DOA I’ll ever need!

HalloweenJack

Pete Burns pre-’83 grew up in a tipi and was the goth love child of Nico and Jim Morrison with a flair of his own, all the while displaying operatic vocal capabilities. Truly a “freak unique”.
Speaking of the Peel Sessions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N67ANDW3h4E), it’s interesting to hear how Misty Circles Part 1 became the backing track for “Far Too Hard”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkiVW3YRpWs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaBI5lMEl8Q

… and my previous post should’ve read…
Sophisticated Boom Boom –
1) I’d Do Anything
2) That’s The Way (I Like It)
3) Absolutely Nothing
4) What I Want
5) Far Too Hard
6) You Make Me Wanna
7) Sit On It
8) Wish You Were Here
9) Misty Circles
10) Do It
11) Selfish Side
12 The Stranger [re-recording]
13) Give It To Me

I really hope Pete is taking care of himself and looking after his health. I would love to see him back in action with a healthy body and mind. I’m glad this set is coming out… “it should be very nice!” ;-)

Patrick

Just a quick point on ‘one hit wonder’ status. DOA maybe remembered by most people for one hit (and I think we all know the one I’m referring to) but they clocked up 9 top 40 hits (2 of them remixes of ‘You Spin Me’) and 3 top 40 albums in the UK .

JohnR

I’ve got all the Japanese & Australian versions of the albums so there’s not much in this box I don’t have but I still want it. It’s sad that so many commenters here just want to criticise, though. If you only know You Spin Me Round then that’s a shame but do some research before pronouncing DOA as “one hit wonders”. I read about lots of reissues on this website which I’m not interested in but I don’t begrudge others a little bit of pleasure!

Neil

It certainly puts that Erasure box set to shame big style. Imagine the PSB or DM releasing a box set like this would be excellent but it’s never going to happen.

HS

A PSB box like this would be absolutely amazing! As for Erasure I may pass on their upcoming box. I had every intention of getting it before the content was revealed. I already have all their albums and taking up several discs for singles and album tracks while not including all the b-sides is not a good move. I would have much preferred that they had continued with the deluxe versions of their studio albums and released a complete b-sides CD. It’s cool that they have been releasing all their albums on vinyl recently but don’t start with the deluxe CD’s and then just stop!

JPD

Why do so many jump I and write silly posts. You don’t like DOA who cares. Loads of us do so jog on and go campaign for those other 99 artists you feel deserve this kind of treatment.

I for one am super excited. All the albums remastered with most of the remixes and single edits plus the full live album. AMAZING!

The packaging looks fantastic too. Cannot wait to own this.

gb

“so jog on and go campaign for those other 99 artists you feel deserve this kind of treatment”

haha. well said. those kind of replies do my head in (also people moaning about vinyl re-issues etc etc) if I ever don’t agree with something/am not a fan of the artist – I never feel like I have to leave a reply about it. I just go on with my day …

Gregg P.

Great comment, JPD. There’s too many of us fans that are pleased as punch for this one….and we’ve been waiting for years for something even close to this. Not a one hit wonder, in my book!

mintoncard

Oh, and I love the inclusion of the “Mickey Ears” pic of Burns on the back of the set. That was originally used on the Japanese CD cover of Nukleopatra! (I’ve heard tale that Disney found out about it and wasn’t very happy.)

mintoncard

WOW! Seriously. I had all but given up on Dead or Alive ever releasing anything else.
Nude (& Nude Remade Remodeled), Fan the Flame & Fragile (despite the flack it gets) are some of my favorite albums. I also consider Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know a perfect album (and some of the best S.A.W. production). This gives me hope that we’ll get a new Dead or Alive album in the not too distant future!