The album was an enormous success and followed its predecessor, No Parlez, to the top of the UK charts. The Secret of Association features three UK top 10 singles in ‘I Wanna Tear Your Playhouse Down’, ‘Everything Must Change’ and ‘Every Time You Go Away’ and the final 45, ‘Tomb of Memories’, reached number 16 in Britain.
Most impressively, Paul Young scored a US number one single with ‘Every Time You Go Away’ (a cover of the Hall & Oates album track from 1980’s Voices) and then consolidated this Stateside success when the reissued ‘I Wanna Tear Your Playhouse Down’ reached number 16.
The Secret of Association saw Paul and keyboard player Ian Kewley step up and write more material themselves (including the single ‘Everything Must change’) although Paul’s penchant for picking fine songs to cover continued, with an interpretation of Tom Wait’s ‘Soldier’s Things’, Earl Randle’s ‘I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” and The Sutherland Brother Band’s ‘I Was In Chains’. Cassette and CD editions of the album also added an excellent Vangelis-like cover of Billy Bragg’s ‘The Man In The Iron Mask’.
Music On Vinyl have expanded this vinyl reissue to include a selection of B-sides and extended mixes on sides three and four and both records are pressed on gold & black ‘marbled’ vinyl which looks rather swish (note the image is a mock-up and final product may vary). This are limited to 2,000 units worldwide.
As with previous PY reissues, Paul Young will be exclusively SIGNING copies for the SDE shop. These will be limited to 500 units. Additionally, to coincide with this release, SDE is publishing number 11 in the ongoing SDE booklet series. Paul Young on The Secret of Association will feature an exclusive and in-depth interview with Paul Young discussing the album as well as words from producer Laurie Latham and other related features, including SDE editor Paul Sinclair discussing the album and going behind-the-scenes with working with Paul on some of the reissues of the past decade.
The signed vinyl reissue and the Paul Young SDE booklet are both exclusive to the SDE shop. These can only be ordered from the SDE shop via this link or using the buttons below. There’s a specially-priced bundle with both products.
The Secret of Association 2LP coloured vinyl reissue and the Paul Young SDE booklet are both released on 28 January 2022.
Gavin Sutherland, who wrote ‘I Was In Chains’, also penned Rod Stewart’s ‘Sailing’
The Secret of Association Paul Young / 2LP coloured vinyl
- Bite The Hand That Feeds
- Every Time You Go Away
- I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
- Standing On The Edge
- Soldier’s Things
- Everything Must Change
- Tomb Of Memories
- One Step Forward
- Hot Fun
- This Means Anything
- I Was In Chains
- I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (Extended Mix) (bonus track)
- Everything Must Change (Extended Mix) (bonus track)
- Give Me My Freedom (bonus track)
- Every Time You Go Away (Extended Remix Version) (bonus track)
- Tomb Of Memories (12” Mix) (bonus track)
- Man In The Iron Mask (bonus track)
- Bite The Hand That Feeds (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (bonus track)
- No Parlez (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (bonus track)
- LP 1