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Keychains and Snowstorms: The Soft Cell Story / 9CD+DVD box set

9CD+DVD box is a treasure-trove for Soft Cell fans


In September, Universal Music will release Keychains and Snowstorms”, a new 10-disc Soft Cell box set that “tells the definitive story of one of electronic music’s most thrilling and pioneering acts”.

The 9CD+DVD package features a wealth of material – 50 percent of which the label claim is unreleased – including 12-inch mixes remastered, B-sides remastered, new extended/reworked versions, early versions and demos, radio sessions, live recordings and more.

Going through this set, disc-by-disc, the first CD features remastered versions of the band’s early ’80s 12-inch single A-sides.  Numbers and Soul Inside have been  “very slightly edited” in order to fit onto the disc. The second CD features remastered versions of the full-length B-sides and CD 3 includes brand new versions and extended versions of ‘key’ Soft Cell fan favourites. A bit like when Blank & Jones worked on their Frankie Goes To Hollywood set, these extended versions feature only original parts from the multitrack master and have been created especially by Dave Ball.

CD4 includes a mixture of unreleased and rare audio material and demos from the 1980-1984 period, rare international radio-only edits, and the unreleased 12” mix of Forever The Same. The next CD is made up of music from Soft Cell’s earliest years, including one of the first recordings ever made by Dave Ball, plus tracks recorded at the band’s first ever gig in December 1979. This disc also includes a remastered version of the debut Mutant Moments EP, plus one of Soft Cell’s earliest recordings, previously unreleased and not even available on any bootleg. As well as other early demos, this CD also documents Daniel Miller’s work with Soft Cell in 1980 and 1981.

The sixth disc contains live recordings made by Flood of the US dates from 1983 where the band previewed songs from the then-upcoming This Last Night In Sodom album. These tapes have been mixed and mastered for this set. CD 7 features the final section of the Los Angeles show, plus other live highlights, including tracks from Soft Cell’s farewell shows at Hammersmith Palais in January 1984. Remaining selections come from the band’s reunion tour dates in 2002-3, where producer Ingo Vauk recorded the whole UK tour.

CD 8 features Non-Stop Euphoric Dubbing, a Dave Ball directed 12-suite continuous mix of Soft Cell classics. This CD also includes a some other remixes, including the first ever remix by Erasure, who have remixed Bedsitter. In addition, The Grid’s 1991 remixes of Memorabilia and Where The Heart Is have been reworked to replace Marc’s 1991 re-vocalled versions with his original takes.

The final audio disc – CD 9 – features highlights from the BBC’s vaults, including previously unreleased audio of their Whistle Test appearance in 1982. Soft Cell’s first recordings since 1983 are also included, with an unreleased extended version of Divided Soul, and the set is completed with Marc and Dave’s favourite tracks from 2002’s comeback album Cruelty Without Beauty.

The DVD features the Non-Stop Exotic Video Show, a host of TV appearances, including The Oxford Road Show, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Top Of The Pops, The Tube, The Switch and The 1983 Supersonic Christmas Special plus a previously unreleased gig ‘Live At The Amnesia’ from 28th May, 1981. Finally, there’s promo videos and the Young Guns Go For It BBC documentary.

Keychains and Snowstorms is presented as a ten-inch square book packed with photos and a new essay by Simon Price. It will be released on 7 September 2018.

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CD1: THE PHONOGRAM 12″ HITS 1981-1984


Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go 8.57
Bedsitter 7.52
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye 8.56
Torch 8.29
What 6.10
Where The Heart Is 9.46
Numbers 9.49
Soul Inside 11.12
Down In The Subway 7.50

CD2: THE PHONOGRAM B-SIDES 1981-1984


Tainted Dub/Where Did Our Love Go? 8.51
Facility Girls (12″ Version) 7.17
Fun City 7.33
Insecure Me (12″ Version) 8.16
So (12” Version) 8.44
It’s A Mug’s Game (12″ Version) 8.11
Barriers (12” Version) 7.10
You Only Live Twice (12″ Version) 6.58
Her Imagination 5.20
007 Theme 3.27
Disease & Desire 4.04
Born To Lose 2.55

CD3: NEW EXTENDED & REWORKED MIXES


Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Dave Ball Lateral Mix) 7.08
Youth (Dave Ball Wasted On The Young Mix) 5.41
Secret Life (Extended Mix) 5.17
Chips On My Shoulder (Extended Mix) 6.14
Facility Girls (2018 Mix) 7.43
Heat (Alternative Version) 6.04
Kitchen Sink Drama (Extended Mix)
The Art Of Falling Apart (Extended Mix) 8.47
Martin (Hallowe’en Mix) 6.14
Barriers (Dave Ball Broken Down Angels Mix) 7.09
Meet Murder, My Angel (Extended Mix) 6.00
Slave To This (Life Of Existence Mix)

CD4: RARITIES, ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS & CURIOS


The Girl With The Patent Leather Face (Original Version) 4.57
A Man Could Get Lost (Daniel Miller Vocal Edit)
Memorabilia (Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing Version) 5.21
Forever The Same (Unreleased Extended Version) 10.58
Heat (US 7″ Version) 4.01
Loving You, Hating Me (Special USA Mix) 7.45
Martin 10.13
Hendrix Medley (Hey Joe, Purple Haze, Voodoo Chile) 10.22
Numbers (7” DJ Version) 4.26
Down In The Subway (7″ Remix Version) 4.21
L’Esqualita (7″ Version) 4.22
Soul Inside (Demo) 5.21
So (Dave Ball Demo Outtake) 3.16

CD5: THE EARLY YEARS 1978-81


Memorabilia (Original Daniel Miller Mix)
Persuasion (Original Daniel Miller Mix)
Metro MRX (Flexipop Version)
A Man Could Get Lost (Daniel Miller Demo)
The Girl With The Patent Leather Face (Demo)
Tainted Love (Demo)
Bedsitter (Demo)
Potential (From Mutant Moments EP)
L.O.V.E Feelings (From Mutant Moments EP)
Metro MRX (From Mutant Moments EP)
Frustration (From Mutant Moments EP)
Red Tape, Sticky Tape (Demo – Previously Unreleased)
Martin (Original 1980 Demo)
Paranoid (Black Sabbath Cover)
Science Fiction Stories (Demo)
Bleak Is My Favourite Cliché (Demo)
Cleaning Fanatic (Demo)
Mix (Demo)
A Man Could Get Lost (Original Version)
Walking Make Up Counter (Live at Leeds Polytechnic, December 1979)
Occupational Hazard (Live at Leeds Polytechnic, December 1979)
Persuasion (Live at Leeds Polytechnic, December 1979)
Dave’s Theme (Previously Unreleased Demo)

CD6: IN SESSION / REUNION / CRUELTY WITHOUT BEAUTY


Entertain Me (Richard Skinner Radio 1 Session)
Seedy Films (Richard Skinner Radio 1 Session)
Chips On My Shoulder (Richard Skinner BBC Radio 1 Session)
Youth (BBC Whistle Test)
Sex Dwarf (BBC Whistle Test)
Soul Inside (David Jensen BBC Radio 1 Session)
Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most) (David Jensen BBC Radio 1 Session)
God Shaped Hole (Remix)
Divided Soul (Hooker Mix)
Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
Monoculture – Dave Ball Extended Mix
The Night
Darker Times
Last Chance
Together Alone
Caligula Syndrome
Desperate

CD7: NON-STOP EUPHORIC DUBBING (CONTINUOUS MIX) & REMIXES


Barriers (Dave Ball Broken Down Angels Dub)
Numbers (Extended Dub)
Youth (Dave Ball Wasted On The Youth Dub)
Where The Heart Is (Marcus Lancaster Dub)
Seedy Films (Richard X Dub)
L.O.V.E Feelings (Demo)
L’Esqualita (Dub)
Loving You, Hating Me (Dub)
Baby Doll (Dub)
Facility Girls (2018 Mix Dub)
Little Rough Rhinestone (Solvent Dub Mix)
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Dave Ball Lateral Dub)
Bedsitter (Erasure Remix)
Where The Heart Is (The Grid Remix : 2018 Re-Edit)
So (The Grid Remix)

CD8: LIVE IN LOS ANGELES ’83 – PART 1


Mr Self Destruct
Soul Inside
Forever The Same
Insecure Me
L’Esqualita
Loving You, Hating Me
Torch
Youth
Disease & Desire
Where Was Your Heart
Baby Doll
Martin
The Art Of Falling Apart

CD9: LIVE IN LOS ANGELES ’83 PART 2 + PLUS OTHER LIVE RECORDINGS


Hey Joe/Purple Haze
Memorablilia
Heat
Ghost Rider (with Clint Ruin)
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
+ LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH PALAIS, 84 (FAN RECORDING)
Down In The Subway 4.01
The Best Way To Kill 5.20
Numbers 5.29
It’s A Mug’s Game 8.12
Frustration
+ UK TOUR, LIVE IN 2003
Tainted Love 3.39
Where Did Our Love Go 5.33
Bedsitter 3.43
Sex Dwarf 6.17
Barriers 5.28
Surrender To A Stranger 4.22

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Jeff

I hope someone can help answer this question. I’ve pre-ordered the Box Set for US delivery and then found out just yesterday that the delay is for January 4, 2021. Is this true, or is it a mistake? I so want this box set, but if there isn’t going to be a release date in the United States, what are my options? I hope it’s to work out all the issues, but for two years waiting seems a bit much. Thanks for any input would be greatly appreciated.

Guill

Several months passed by and nothing we discussed on here regarding the missing 7″ b sides or the full lenghth 12″ versions were fixed.total lack of respect with us fans.
Money,money,money.

Andrew b in the place to b

Got the new singles collection. Fuck me it’s brickwalled to death. Running an analysis all tracks hit 99.0 db plus mark with clipping. That’s nasty to the ears, utter shite.

memoryboy

I have to say. This is my new favorite Box Set. Listening non-stop.

Soooo much great stuff on here.

The remastering on this is EXCELLENT. I wish everyone would remaster their music this well (Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Berlin, Duran Duran… I’m looking at you)

Let’s hope the new Kate Bush reissues sound great.

Andygo

Not only I have the faulty DVD, but on Disc 3 the first song “Say Hello Wave Goodbye” stops after 40 seconds and everything stop, I have to open the disc reader and reload it to hear the other songs. The box is great (as good as Marc’s one) and full of rarities.

Jon Jay

Sad to report that I am another with a DVD that refuses to ‘load’, have tried it on two different players, with the same result.
Apart from the DVD issue, this is a wonderful box set, beautifully packaged, and full of amazing music. Hopefully replacement DVD discs will be made available soon?

Dean

My boxset arrived today in the Netherlands, ordered via Amazon UK.

Unfortunately I have a DVD that will not load/play.
Alarmingly it took 15 minutes to get the DVD to finally eject… Disappointed, but it will be resolved I am sure.

The set looks great, it is full of rarer tracks, demos, unreleased material and new mixes.

Johnny

I think, perhaps understandably, we get caught up in eager anticipation and scrutiny of box sets pre release, and subsequently go quiet once these items are in our hands. And in this case, there’s been a fair bit of advance negative comment on truncated 12” mixes and now, justifiably, some buyers’ glitchy DVDs. And as music and box set fan, I get these concerns.
…But praise where it’s due, and even though I can’t claim to be an expert on Soft Cell, this set is a credit to the band and record company as a pretty close-to-perfect example of what a box set could and should be.
For a start, the quantity of music, and pricing point, is fantastic. The packaging is totally in keeping with the band aesthetic (as well as being robust and not fiddly!), beautifully designed, and Simon Price’s essay is insightful.
I’ve only scratched the surface of listening to the discs but am really impressed so far.
Despite the band not having the biggest back catalogue, the variety of tracks and lack of repetition is impressive. Non-Stop Euphoric Dubbing exceeded my expectations, and Dave Ball’s other 2018 remixes are superb – true to the original recordings but bringing a new expanse to the songs. The Early Years disc is fascinating, and who would ever expect the audio from their first ever gig to sound anything other than atrocious – but it isn’t – it’s superb.
I know many fans will already have ‘X per cent’ of the material here, but I think that’s inevitability with most box sets. Generally speaking, you need to be on a scale of The Beatles, Dylan or Nirvana to have a box set dedicated solely to unreleased recordings.
Given that this box set doesn’t contain their four studio albums or barely any tracks (if any) lifted directly from them, nine discs of audio and a tenth of video is superb. And as it’s a set aimed at fans it’s not interminable 21st century remixes of ‘the hit’. Instead you get the likes of b side Martin in three forms including a demo and 2018 Dave Ball remix. What’s not to like!
I wish more box sets could be like this. Roxy Music and The Human League take note of both VFM and content!

Gary

Hi – year another dead dvd here too. Not much point in returning the whole set to Amazon but hopefully we’ll here of a replacement dvd program soon

Cornelius

Has anybody had problems with the DVD? Mine simply will not load up. I’ll try it on another player but i’ve have a feeling it’s faulty.

Wesley

Turned up in the post this morning. Looks great although it seems the Young Guns documentary didn’t make the final cut. Shame as it’s excellent. Anyone know why it’s not on there?

Neil Kelly

I was just thinking that when I came back here! Surprised Paul hasn’t mentioned it (at least not that I know of). How disappointing! I am watching the DVD as i type. I’m annoyed the 1991 video (or videos) aren’t here either. Missed opportunity.

paul widdows

hi recieved my box set today from amazon uk, And just thought i would let you know the dvd in my box set is faulty and wont play the BBC section at all, there are no marks on the discs etc so must be a manufacture problem as there is nothing wrong with my blu-ray player.i will be returning my box set straight away. So if any one who has recieved their copy of the box set and not watched the dvd yet i would check it straight away. Just thought i would let you all know just in case yours is faulty too.

Andy

Received my box also today from Amazon Germany (I’m living in Germany). Tried the DVD immediately in my laptop after reading your comment. Absolutely no problems here. Jumped through all tracks, also the BBC ones. All playable, and mostly with great sound and picture quality, considering how old all that stuff is.
I recommend that you should try to get a replacement from Amazon, or maybe the record company. Good luck!

Neil Kelly

Playing mine on my Blu ray recorder. No issues here at all either. I did have a problem with the recent Bananarama Blu ray although it played on my Xbox One. That’s a new one on me

Carl Palmer

Got my set. Try as I might I cannot get Slave To This (Life of Existence Mix) on Disc 3 to play. Anyone else had any issues with it?

Otherwise a superb set.

Steve

Shame about the young guns doc not making the cut as mentioned. I was still keeping fingers crossed for the “sex dwarf” video but unless it’s a hidden Easter egg it’s not here. My dvd bbc section plays ok although the dvd menus in general are a bit sticky and temperamental. Slave to this on disc 3 is playing fine for me. Overall it’s looking/sounding good so far. Do I put my mutant moments poster up or not?

Sheldon

Received my copy of Keychains and Snowstorms today, a day before the official release date! This was a complete and unexpected surprise to find in the post today! Living in Canada, I expected to have to wait about a week or so for it to arrive.

So far I have only listened to the first two discs and a part of the third. The first two discs sounded great and I didn’t really notice the edits that so many people were in an uproar about. So far I am liking the third disc of updated remixes. Enjoying this box set very much so far!

Kauwgompie

Glad to hear someone received this set. I ordered mine from Amazon.de and usually they ship even before the release date but today is the release date and nothing is shipped yet. On Amazon UK it is unavailable, same in France and in the USA it’s not released till November. Sounds like there is an issue somewhere. I figured the release is delayed. But Sheldon already got his so may be not. Has anyone else received it yet?

Ian Murphy

Received mine today which I’d ordered from Amazon UK. Not sure why the set disappeared from their website. Hope yours turns up soon

Rare Glam

This has been ‘currently unavialable’ on Amazon UK for at least the last two weeks and also on Rough Trade’s website, glad I orderd mine as soon as it was announced. Maybe sold ut of allocation on pre-order?

Derek Langsford

Got an email that my set has been dispatched by Amazon UK. I hope it arrives.

Annabel Lecter

Lots of comments about the missing instrumental of Say Hello, Wave Goodbye. As far as I’m aware, we’ve never had the seven-inch mix of Barriers on CD – just the twelve-inch version?

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Antonio

I’m late (I know) but… someone knows where to find the bundle of this box with the poster? Thank you

Auntie Sabrina
Antonio

Thank you Sabrina (and sorry because I’m late for my reply) but it’s already soldout there when I wrote my post. Do not know if they added more boxes later, sometimes it happens

Andrew B

If Coldplay ever did a set like this, I would immigrate to hell.

Gregg Mitchell

Nice to finally have the “Special” U.S. remix on CD (which was previously only available on U.S. promo 12″ – I have my copy!), as well as Mutant Moments EP tracks, etc. – Sure some may quibble about a track or mix missing here or there, but on the whole – with the live and video tracks – this is an amazing box set for decades-only Soft Cell fans/completists like me – couple with Marc’s recent “Trials of Eyeliner” big box set, you’ve got a lost to wade through! :)

Neil Parnell

‘This looks amazing…..oh there’s one track missing….lets not bother then”….insert facepalm gif here

Isaías

Hi there everyboby, so let’s go!

1- My words to CJ:
The 2-CD companion piece or the 2-CD reissue back catalogue are just especulations and we can’t count on it in order to get the missing tracks.
PW.: The right moment to do it is now in this forthcoming box set and further more the tracks (7″ and 12″ singles) should be put in cronological order and its full length like the way it was released at the time NOT THE WAY IT IS IN THE BOX SET.

2- My words to Darren Howard:
As I can see you are not a die hard fan of Soft Cell so what is released or not it really doesn’t matter to you and the order the tracks are put on the CDs doesn’t matter also. I suppose you do not mind or care about anything.

3- My words to Paul Sinclair:
Thank you for your post and the words you said which report us what’s behind deal. Sadly we fans should be the target audience after all we pay for the box and sometimes a high price. Without us there would be no pop stars, no hit singles, no smash hits, no gold albums. We must be ask about what should be release or not. We pay for the box set it isn’t for free and they (Dave Ball, Chris Smith and Universal) couldn’t decide by their own what put on the CDs. They made the product and we buy. We are the ones who make it moves without us there would be no music business.
PS.: Please people think about it !!

Guill

Could’t agree more.
This is the last for Soft Cell and there are so many flaws.
They should what Demon Music did to Dead Or Alive Boom Box send the CD’s of their mistakes fixed or simply press it all again with full length versions of the UK 12″ singles and every B side of all 7″ singles.
Think people! think!

Martin

This comment is not to be taken out of context, but given all the past deluxe box sets that have been released by many bands, some of which have had the odd niggle or compromise, do we still get the “slight editing” situations. Just reorder or add in an additional disc so that everything can be included.

However, I will be ordering this set, I just live in hope that the powers that be read this website and start producing uncompromised releases.

Auntie Sabtina

It could be a win-win for the group and us fans, a sold out concert and Official after-party, plus a definitive boxset. They just need to rre-jig the boxsets running order, maybe in chronological order?

Craig Thegaynorman

So much talk about so much insignificance , just a money spinner / sinner…….dark London……..get you love x

Darren Howard

I’d hate to be the person that puts stuff like this together. You give people a 10 disc box set with loads of unreleased stuff and all they do is go off on one because you’ve not included one instrumental! Which, incidentally is technically included as the 12’ Of SHWG is just the 7 inch and the instrumental stuck together. If you really want to deny yourself this great set simply because it’s missing the odd track or two then there’s only yourself missing out!

EW99

I totally agree with what you say – it’s a great set with a really good balance of new, old and live, released and unreleased. But to be fair to the people complaining about the exclusion of that 7″ b-side I think it’s more than just half of the 12″. I looked into recreating it from the extended version at one time and it isn’t possible – as far as I recall it’s mostly made up of a segment near the beginning and a segment near the end but there’s also a chunk of clarinet twiddling that isn’t on the 12″ at all.

Guill

EW99 YOU GOT IT RIGHT BABE!
DAVE TOFANI GAVE MUCH MORE ON THAT INSTRUMENTAL THAN ON THE EXTENDED VERSION.
BINGO!

Guill

No it is not.The instrumental of SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE has loads more of composition and Dave Tofani’s clarinet that only this solo is a piece of art.
Your words sound like the people that put this boxset together.clueless.

CJ

For all the people concerned about “missing tracks,” perhaps they intend to do a 2-disc companion piece like they did with Trials of Eyeliner, which had tracks exclusive to it, such as the Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go track, which wasn’t in the box, but in the collection. It would make the release parallel to the first box, and save some of the “lost tracks” in case the deluxe versions of the albums ultimately don’t happen. (Or, ultimately, it would free up space for more rarities and unreleased material on the deluxe versions if some of the classic mixes/tracks were on the 2-disc).

Isaías

Ups!!
I MEAN “CAN’T BE MISSING” !!!!!
I was in such a hurry writting !!!

Isaías

Sorry I forgot to mantion SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE (instrumental). This track CAN BE MISSING in this box. If this happans there will be no sorry to Dave Ball and Universal label.

Isaías

Let’s go right to the point:

USELESS CDS = 3, 7, 8 AND 9 !!!
It would be much better to include all the missing 7″, 12″, demos instead.
REALLY LOST OPPORTUNITY INDEED !!!

But wait a moment: If (word has it) there will be deluxe edition schedule for all the back catalogue albums (let’s pray for this to happen-it’s really hard to believe in it) then the missing tracks (terrible mistake) can be forgiven. On the other way this box set is the biggest mass that I ever seen unfortunately!!!

We die hard fans still have time to ask Universal to fix it !!!
Please Paul (SDE) maneger help all of us in this mission. I suppose you have the contacts.

Francis

Oh dear, 3 of the 12inch versions have been shortened – ‘Tainted Dub/Where Did Our Love Go?’ (9.14 to 8.51), ‘Numbers’ (10.25 t0 9.49), ‘Soul Inside’ (11.50 to 11.12). Also, the original 12inch versions of ‘Memoribillia’ and ‘Persuasion’ have not been included, neither have the 4 remixes from 1991 (‘Memoribillia’ Extended Grid Remix, ‘Tainted Love’ Mendelsohn Remix, ‘Say Hello Wave Goodbye’ Mendelsohn Remix, ‘Where The Heart Is’ The Grid Remix). I think I will stick with the 3 Disc Set “The Twelve Inch Singles” because I am quite happy not to have new remixes, a non-stop continuous mix, demos and live tracks.

Francis

Oh dear, 3 of the 12inch versions have been shortened – ‘Tainted Dub/Where Did Our Love Go?’ (9.14 to 8.51), ‘Numbers’ (10.25 t0 9.49), ‘Soul Inside’ (11.50 to 11.12). Also, the original 12inch versions of ‘Memoribillia’ and ‘Persuasion’ have not been included, neither have the 4 remixes from 1991 (‘Memoribillia’ Extended Grid Remix, ‘Tainted Love’ Mendelsohn Remix, ‘Say Hello Wave Goodbye’ Mendelsohn Remix, ‘Where The Heart Is’ The Grid Remix). I think I will stick with the 3 Disc Set “The Twelve In Singles” because I am quite happy not to have new remixes, a non-stop continuous mix, demos and live tracks.

Neil Kelly

Hold on Tainted dub (Inc Where did our love go?) is 9:13 on here guess you need to ignore the above tracklist to clarify.

EW99

I wonder if I’m too easily pleased but this looks perfect to me. If only Dave Ball had been involved in compiling the Roxy Music deluxe.

Michael Fortin

Just ordered mine from Amazon.UK since I’m not sure this will be available domestically in the USA. Total cost was only $95 at today’s exchange rate, which includes expedited shipping. Good deal!

They still have some available with an exclusive art poster at uDiscover, but the cost was almost $130 with slower shipping. Collectors might be interested though.

memoryboy

I look forward to this and will be buying it. Judging on the recent remastered Marc Almond and Soft Cell releases, this should sound great. I really appreciate when the remastering is done well. I did purchase the recent Marc Almond box set and also the Soft Cell best of after hearing how good they sound.

Charles Christopher

I’m genuinely excited by this! As someone who loves the debut album, but never really investigated their early career past it and the spin-off EP (though I do have Cruelty Without Beauty), this looks like it was made with me in mind. If I had that much cash lying around, I’d have already pre-ordered it.

dale Swift

Will the USA version have a region one dvd?

Will Scarlet

This must be just a taster for more focused future releases.
I can’t believe they would leave the ‘Leeds Poly’ gig incomplete and so many early demos are still missing that didn’t make the ‘demo nonstop and bedsit tapes’‘

Overall it’s a little confusing and a little bit cheap in places. (DAF got Giorgio Moroder and Soft Cell get Jon Pleased Wimmin for example ) who needs remixes anyway as the awful ‘Heat’ mixes still in recent(ish) memory.

But there is so much here to look forward to ( especially the DVD of the Amnesia gig that was teased on the ‘Young Guns’ doc. )

Dean

I’ve no interest in this – but I do like to applaud a job well done. That some are finding things to complain about it a bit baffling. £80 or so for 10 discs, and a lot of material that hasn’t seen CD before. It’s a good deal. Actually, a great deal.

There may be some tracks missing – but talk about the glass being half empty, look at all the stuff that IS there!

Nah – a nice looking set, imo.

Charles Christopher

I suspect that the people most likely to complain about tracks being ‘slightly edited’ are the people who already have those very same, UNedited versions in their collections already.
Just think of the slight edits as new versions to collect, and bam – there’s everything solved.

Michael

“very slightly edited” – the standing joke of the year.

Neil Kelly

Lol too true. Utterly deplorable how much world one extra CD cost? Or just delete one other track from the 9 discs set?

sfcbows

“the standing joke of the year” – I see what you did there, Michael!

David

Can’t see a problem with this myself. Looks fantastic.

Neil Kelly

Is your surname Ball per chance?

David (not Ball)

Lol, no it’s not.

Neil Kelly

Lol!

stefano

Now again available with the poster from Universal.
Cheers.

Dav

Inevitable really that a release of this size and complexity would set the catfood among the pigeons, fanwise. Looks pretty good to me.

Chris Squires

What a superb thread.

It makes me realize the levels of fandom that exist here for each and every artist. From the level 0 – (never heard of – Hate that kind of music), Level 1 – (Never heard of but like that kind of music) up to level 10 – (know everything about them, used to run the fan-club.)

For me and Soft Cell I would say I am level 6 – Got most of / all of their original / re-issue LP output and bought a few 12″ singles back in the day but haven’t bought anything else for 35 years but still feel positive about them.
To me this set looks like superb / overkill but looking at it from a level 8 / 9 / 10 point of view I can see why people are looking closely at what is missed as well as / rather than what is included. I have learned so much just from reading what others have said. Thank-you.
Ultimately it will depend on what the band are trying to achieve. A good collection of most of the highlights and a few rarities and oddities – hit (for levels 1 to 6). Or a definitive collection of everything possible – Miss (for levels 7 to 10).

Still being level 6 (or below) doesn’t stop me wanting as definitive a collection as possible. The Debbie Gibson set had quite a lot added after first news was released and that went down well.
From my simple point of view the production costs of making a 10 disc set into a 12 disc set to mop up the stragglers wouldn’t be too much of a stretch, depends on how far into the process they are and how serious they are about listening, do they mean it or is it lip-service.

Richard Seedhouse

You can’t please everyone but i think they have made a pretty good job of it.

I could do without a whole CD of Dubbing continuous mixes ( CD7) and would rather they had put on some more demos like the already mentioned ones from the Art of Falling Apart and there are a couple of omissions particularly from “Demo Non Stop” and “Bedsit Tapes” CDs – the demo for “Secret Life”, for instance, is of good quality and has a different rhythm track. I would have also loved to hear “Penthouse Pet” and “As Advertised” but I suspect they couldn’t find a good enough recording. There was talk of Deluxe editions of all the Soft Cell albums so maybe some of the omissions will find a place on them.

Finally, Paul, – I think you handled the email from Soft Cell’s co-manger very well. We don’t want to fall out with record labels and mangers as they are the people who can secure the unreleased and rare product we want – we just want to give them some er..guidance……..after all we are the people the buy the stuff. PS I think the original cover was better as well!

Eamonn

Whither news of this email exchange?

Neil Kelly

It was SDE FB SC post! And he’s still going on tbf…

Will Scarlet

‘As Advertised’ was on the Demo non stop. Would have been nice to have ‘Purely Functional’ and ‘I am 16’ as well.
‘When We Go Marching’ was the best early Soft Cell track, so much missed.

Dave

I wish Universal woild issue a Human League box set like this.

slapshot

No longer such a good deal, currently shows $137.70 USD. Ouch, baby, very ouch…

Steve

Where’s the 12” of memorabilia, Surely that should be the opening track?

Neil

I would assume that’s the Original Daniel Miller Mix on disc 5.

Eugene S.

A couple months ago on the official Soft Celll FB it was asked for input for fans. I asked for only one thing: the 1982 Cellmates fan club flexi of “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” where Marc fumbles the chorus part but is able to keep it going with not much of a distraction. I guess I’ll have to give in and buy my own copy off discogs.

Also a photo of two demo recording reels for the album “The Art of Falling Apart” were posted on FB stating that these demos might make the box set or possibly sold separately .

eric Slangen

Great box and a must buy for me.

Benjamin Adams

Man, it’s SO CLOSE to being perfect. It just needs unedited 12″ mixes and all the 7″ edits. I’d order in a heartbeat if the live material was replaced with the correct mixes and edits.

Shaun Pierce

I totally agree, I’m not into live recordings either.

Guill

And include Say Hello Wave Goodbye (Instrumental) which is Soft Cell’s real jewel.Who needs live recordings?
Useless!!!
I think up to now the only Deluxe Edition that did not f***d up was Grace Jones’s Nightclubbing & Warm Leatherette and also Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night which included all 7″ & 12″ singles nit edited.that’s what we fans want not radio shows or live shows recordings.Last chance.total flop.

Guill

I agree.Live recordings are useless if you were not there to watch the show.pointless!

Dudley Morris

Come on Universal, there’s still time to do this right and throw in one more disc with the 7″ edits and unedited mixes!

Renato

I’m kinda disappointed… I was thinking this would be a collection of all their previously released material, including the albums (Bedsit Tapes and Demo Non Stop too), singles and EPs (12” and 7” versions), compilation tracks, assorted rarities and maybe the odd radio session/live track.
Instead, we get still another CD of the old singles 12” versions, recent remixes, unreleased live stuff, a “continuous mix of Soft Cell tracks” and some tracks from Cruelty Without Beauty… I thought this would be a day one purchase for me, now I’m not so sure. Got to think about it for a very long time. Probably going to give it a miss, though.
By the way, where are Dancing Alone and Perversity, respectively the B-sides to Monoculture and The Night? These should be here too.

stefano

I stand with Renato (irrespective of the fact he is Italian or not).
To throw in a replica of the Mutant Moments EP with its postard (am I right) would have been appreciated by some.

I also wonder if in a while we will get a Marc And The Mambas box set, of probably disappointing contents, that is without live shows.

Shall we buy the SC box mainly for the book (or booklet, this is not very clear)?

Neil

It seems the original 12 inch mix of Loving You, Hating Me is missing. Looking at their discography i was baffled to discover that song never charted as i remember hearing it on the radio a lot at the time very strange.

sfcbows

Neil, Loving You, Hating Me was only released as a single in the US which was a shame as I’m sure it would have been a massive hit in the UK. Although it was included on their 1st compilation ‘The Singles’

Guill

Neil,

The original 12″ of Loving You Hating Me ?
It does not exist.
Soul Inside has a version of the track but it was released as Soul Inside not aa a double A side single.

Neil

That mix is still missing though on this compilation.

Rafa

Yes it does,the promo us 12″ has an extended version of LYHM