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Exclusive: China Crisis / deluxe editions

In September, Caroline International will reissue as expanded multi-disc deluxe editions of the first three albums by eighties Liverpool band China Crisis. SDE can exclusively bring you the full track listings for these re-releases.

The albums in question are 1982 debut Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, the follow up from 1983 Working With Fire and Steel and 1985’s Flaunt The Imperfection. All three albums were originally released on Virgin and have been remastered from the original tapes (by Andy Pearce) for these new expanded editions (which have been produced with the full cooperation of the band).

Gary Daly (vocals/keyboards) and Eddie Lundon (vocals/guitars) made Difficult Shapes… on a budget back in the early eighties and the new reissue is a two-CD set, with the album on the first disc and a bonus disc that offers three demo recordings, eight tracks used as B-sides and a John Peel Session.

Working with Fire and Steel (which produced the band’s only UK top ten hit Wishful Thinking) is expanded to an impressive three CDs. The first bonus disc includes demos, B-sides, single edits, extended versions and a couple of live tracks, while the second features 12 tracks from radio sessions (John Peel and David ‘kid’ Jensen).

Steely Dan’s Walter Becker produced Flaunt The Imperfection (and plays some synth) and this album contains the hits Black Man Ray and King In A Catholic Style. Although neither could better the success of Wishful Thinking, the album itself was the only long-player to penetrate the UK top ten, peaking at number nine. It’s back to two discs for this reissue. The bonus CD includes more demos, B-sides and five tracks from a Janice Long radio session.

The band have been interviewed by Daryl Easlea for the booklets and all three albums are due for reissue on 1 September 2017. Note: the track listings below are subject to any last minute changes/tweaks.

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Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun to Entertain (2CD deluxe edition)

CD 1

Difficult Side

  • Seven Sports for All
  • No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool)
  • Feel to Be Driven Away
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives
  • Christian

Entertainment Side

  • African And White
  • Are We a Worker
  • Red Sails
  • You Never See It
  • Temptations Big Blue Eyes
  • Jean Walks in Freshfields

CD 2

  • Paula and Patricia – Demo
  • lowlands – Demo
  • African And White – Demo
  • African And White – B-Side
  • No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool) – B-Side
  • No Ordinary Lover – B-Side
  • Watching Over Burning Fields – B-Side
  • Scream Down at Me – non-album A-Side
  • Greenacre Bay – B-Side
  • Performing Seals – B-Side
  • Cucumber Garden – B-Side
  • Seven Sports for All – John Peel Session
  • This Occupation – John Peel Session
  • Be Suspicious – John Peel Session
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives– John Peel Session

Working With Fire And Steel Possible Pop Songs Volume Two (3CD deluxe edition)

CD 1

  • Working with Fire and Steel
  • When the Piper Calls
  • Hanna Hanna
  • Animals in Jungles
  • Here Comes a Raincloud
  • Wishful Thinking
  • Tragedy and Mystery
  • Papua
  • The Gates of Door To Door
  • The Soul Awakening

CD 2

  • Jon and Van – Demo
  • Tragedy and Mystery – Demo
  • When the Piper Calls – Demo
  • Fire and Steel – Mix
  • Dockland – B-Side
  • Forever I and I – B-Side
  • Tragedy and Mystery (5.28)
  • A Golden Handshake for Every Daughter – B-Side
  • Wishful Thinking – Edit
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives – B-Side
  • This Occupation – Extended Mix
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives – Extended Mix
  • Hanna Hanna – Extended Mix
  • Here Come a Raincloud – Live
  • African And White – Live

CD 3

  • Hanna Hanna – Kid Jensen Session
  • You Never See It – Kid Jensen Session
  • Animals and Jungles – Kid Jensen Session
  • Reflections – Kid Jensen Session
  • A Golden Handshake for Every Daughter – John Peel Session
  • Wishful Thinking – John Peel Session
  • Here Comes a Raincloud – John Peel Session
  • Greenacre Day – John Peel Session
  • Papua – Kid Jensen Session
  • No Ordinary Lover – Kid Jensen Session
  • When the Piper Calls – Kid Jensen Session
  • The Soul Awakening – Kid Jensen Session

FLAUNT THE IMPERFECTION (2CD deluxe edition)

CD 1

  • The Highest High
  • Strength of Character
  • You Did Cut Me
  • Black Man Ray
  • Wall of God
  • Gift of Freedom
  • King in a Catholic Style
  • Bigger the Punch I’m Feeling
  • The World Spins, I’m Part of It
  • Blue Sea

CD 2

  • Wall of God – Demo
  • Black Man Ray – Demo
  • Bigger the Punch I’m Feeling – Demo
  • Animalistic – B-Side
  • Christian – B-Side
  • You Did Cut Me – B-Side
  • Seven Sports for All – B-Side
  • King in A Catholic Style (Wake Up) – edit
  • Animalistic – B-Side
  • It’s Never Too Late – B-Side
  • 96-8 – B-Side
  • Orange Mutt – Mutt Dance
  • Gift of Freedom – Janice Long Session
  • Strength of Character – Janice Long Session
  • Wall of God – Janice Long Session
  • King in A Catholic Style (Wake Up) – Janice Long Session

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