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Re-Flex / The Politics of Dancing 2CD

Cherry Red will release a two-CD expanded deluxe edition of The Politics of Dancing, the debut album from short-lived synth-pop outfit Re-Flex.

The 1983 album was produced by John Punter and the title track was a successful single in many territories. A planned second album Humanication was rejected by EMI and those recordings wouldn’t emerge until 2010 when they featured in a box set.

This expanded 2CD version of The Politics of Dancing contains a selection of extended mixes which apparently were not included in the aforementioned box from 2010 and the label has opted not to repeat bonus offerings already issued in that set, preferring to focus on new-to-CD content.

The extended version of ‘The Politics of Dancing’ is the same as the 6.37 album version, which is why it isn’t listed on CD 2 as a bonus track. Some bonus material is sourced from the original tapes and some tracks were mastered from vinyl.

The Politics of Dancing 2CD deluxe is issued on 30 November 2018.

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The Politics of Dancing (2cd Expanded Edition)

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DISC ONE
1. PRAYING TO THE BEAT
2. HITLINE
3. HURT
4. COULDN’T STAND A DAY
5. THE POLITICS OF DANCING
6. SOMETHING ABOUT YOU
7. POINTLESS
8. JUNGLE
9. SENSITIVE
10. KEEP IN TOUCH

BONUS TRACKS
11. CRUEL WORLD (12” EXTENDED VERSION)
12. THE POLITICS OF DANCING (7” VERSION)
13. CRUEL WORLD (7” SPANISH VERSION)

DISC TWO
1. FLEX-IT (B SIDE OF US 12” VERSION)
2. THE POLITICS OF DANCING (U.S. 7” SINGLE
VERSION)
3. FLEX-IT (U.S. 7” SINGLE)
4. HITLINE (12” EXTENDED MIX)
5. HURT (U.S. 7” VERSION)
6. HURT (U.S. 12” PROMO RUBBER DUB MIX)
7. HURT (U.S. 12” PROMO EMOTIONAL JOHN
LUONGO RE-MIX)
8. HURT (EMOTIONAL PETE SMITH RE-MIX)
9. CUT IT
10. PRAYING TO THE BEAT (12” EXTENDED
VERSION)
11. CUT IT (12” EXTENDED VERSION)
12. WHAT YOU DESERVE (7” SINGLE VERSION)

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Matthew Legg

It has a fault on Disc 2, Track 9 – Cut It. At the end of the song, the beginning of Hurt is attached at the very end of the song meaning that when Track 10 – Hurt starts, it’s missing the beginning few seconds of the song. Cherry Red, Please sort this!

Andrea Gianni

I see it’s on amazon.it with a release date of July 19, 2019.
Tracklist is different from what previously indicated, if you trust amazon site.
It would be interesting to know if this is the real deal, Paul, any idea?
ciao
Andrea

Laura wigginson

I only know the title track.never knew anything more . Is it good.cd is tempting because of mixes and b sides.

Dag

Not that anyone is still following this BUT – I forgot I had ordered this from Amazon France like 4 months ago and I got an email today saying it shipped.

Stephen K

I can’t find the article where someone from the band addressed the cancellation of this item and gave news of a revised version coming out (if I read correctly)… is this still getting released? Did it already get released??

Neil

Apparently terry has it but has failed to comment on it.

terry

mine arrived today

David

Where did you order it from Terry? How is it??

Neil

I have read about a few people actually getting this but not one of them has actually commented on the sound quality.

Wax Monster X

Imagine that! Cherry Red using dodgy vinyl. HE SAID SARCASTICALLY. They do this s**t all the time and continue to get away with it. Re: Bow Wow Wow and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry boxes. I hope Re-Flex sue them into the dirt. They must be stopped. How they have the nerve to claim items are remastered when you can clearly hear the scratches in the vinyl is appalling
.

Mike the Fish

An album reissued by Cherry Red had such a bad vinyl transfer that I ended up buying a second hand vinyl copy. Some of the bonus tracks were also sourced from vinyl, so in time I may pick up some/all those affected ones too.

Colin Campbell

When I read this “canceled” news bit in the comments, I browsed all the available “Amazons” I could find.. and, sure enough, was able to order (and have now received) this title from Amazon.fr – that site currently lists “in stock December 19th,” so might be worth a try?

Good luck to all!

David

Thanks Colin – I am ordering from Amazon France now too – we will see if this also gets cancelled!

Robert Laversuch

Unbelievable- it is here. In the immortal words of Victor Meldrew. I do not believe it – I am holding the double CD in my hands. Go figure?!

Susan Smith

I will be getting this release. You bet!

Debra Apple

I’m curious how they can make a track list, research the bonus tracks!

Robert Laversuch

Well just got the message that my copy which was die tomorrow has been dispatched together with another CD. This is via Amazon Germany. Am confuzed and quietly hopeful even though site lists it as not being available. Will keep you posted.

Robert Laversuch

Due tomorrow even

Tony

I’ve received an email from Amazon telling me that this release and my order have been cancelled.

Andrew

I received an email from Amazon UK stating that this item has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Rick Marino

Same here. This title was cancelled.

Email from Amazon UK:

Hello,

Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel your order #026-5485963-0457934 for “The Politics Of Dancing (2CD Expanded Edition)”, as this item has been discontinued by the manufacturer and we are no longer able to source it. You haven’t been charged for this item.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused.

We hope to see you again soon at Amazon.co.uk.

Regards,

Customer Service Department
Amazon.co.uk

John 79

Yep, exactly the same here,I’m pretty pi**ed off,I was really looking forward to this release.

Paul E.

Paul- I used the SDE Amazon UK link to order this back in October. My order has not been canceled nor shipped yet…is it safe to say this release has officially been terminated by Cherry Red?

Charlie Waffles

Well, I found out like everyone else there is not release. The Amazon US site is listing a release of December 7 which sounds highly unlikely. What a shame.

Scott Truelove

Some international sellers have the cd ready to go on Friday!!!
Is it a licensing issue in the U.K.??
Got my order in!!!

Neil

Obviously you would think they haven’t bothered to let sellers know that this has been cancelled or they have lied to me which is highly unlikely as this release has been removed from their website. I suppose we will find out come Friday and if they do release it i won’t be happy as i cancelled my preorder on Amazon for £11 and now it’s up to £16.

Kauwgompie

Paul, do you know why this has been pulled? Couldn’t find the masters or was it a licensing issue, or sth else? I know it doesn’t change the fact that it is cancelled but I’m curious how they can make a track list, research the bonus tracks, artwork, etc and then cancel the whole thing.

PFL-UK

I think I might be able to explain. The intended release was not taken from the master tapes. Most of it came from dodgy vinyl, which is a shame because the masters exist. Changes to the artwork and credits were neither approved. Almost a bootleg! I think people deserve better and so I requested that they start again and do it properly. Another album is being put together and will be available soon. I would suggest you wait as unlike the scrapped album it won’t include tracks that were never recorded e.g. Spanish or other non existant versions. Sorry for the delay.

Brett

Hi Paul, I’m standing looking at the new 2CD at a store here in Australia! So it looks like some copies have been distributed! Will it be a collector’s item?

Joe

It says on Amazon UK it’s an Import, so hopefully thye will fulfil my order but I might have to wait.

Argh!

Great to hear that Cherry Red got busted for trying to pass off another dodgy “remaster” from vinyl when the masters are available, especially before everyone got it and complained. They have done that far too many times, yet they keep doing it and getting flak for it and still don’t improve. How unfortunate when other labels are out there trying to do it right, even if it doesn’t mean releasing 20 packages each month. Someone is being very greedy and unethical. No need to be such a hungry shark.

Neil

You would have thought they would at least have had the decency to contact Amazon to let then know this release isn’t happening as a lot of people are going to be pissed off.

Neil

I don’t know what they are playing at but somebody has just added the back cover image on Amazon.

Scott Truelove

I’ll be keeping my one way records cd after all then!!
Unless anyone wants it for £100!!!!
Just get the box set from the Re-flex website.

Kauwgompie

Why has this been cannceled? Im gutted. Quickly sold my old copy on Ebay for a small fortune and now it’s canceled???? Why?

Neil

This has been removed from Cherry Red’s website i wonder if it will still get released.

Neil

It’s been cancelled.

Andrew

And let’s not forget that Bass legend Mark King started out playing drums for Re-Flex- as did his band mate Phil Gould.

torchomatic

I have the LP. It’s OK, but not something I go back to very often. “Of it’s time”, I think we say.

Larry Davis

Surprised the box is still available…a friend of mine has it and it looks awesome and I was sure I was outta luck if I wanted it, and thought it was more expensive than it actually is…50 pounds for a 6CD box…always loved the “Politics” album, had it on vinyl on Capitol US back when I was in college…I may get this Cherry Red reissue as well…

Charlie Waffles

I played my cassette to death. It will be great to finally purchase this.

matt

i never really understood Spanish versions!

Mike

Second biggest language market in the world for pop in the 80s.

Bengt

Looking forward to this. Had not seen the box-set before either (ordered).
Underrated band. The 12″ mix of “Hitline” especially. Listen 2:57 into that mix and you’ll hear strong shades of Tony Mansfield’s sound (“New Musik”). Excellent!

jsd

It’s a shame that Re-Flex will be forever known as a one hit wonder, because this album is really a lost gem. It’s got none-more-80’s simmons drums, funky slap bass, hooky synths galore all contributing to a really nice 80’s funk-rock sound. Songs are solid throughout.

OMAR

They should release Humanication too after this.

Mike

Humanication is available on their website since 2010.

Eric M.

I have poked around the official listing at Cherry Red’s site and there is no indication of *which* tracks are taken from vinyl. Supremely irritating. I am not above a good vinyl rip but Cherry Red— while doing some really great releases— has released some awful vinyl rips along the way. The “US Remix” of “Room at the Top” on their Adam Ant ‘Manners & Physique’ reissue is just about unlistenable.

Kauwgompie

For those thinking that the 12″ mix is “Politics Of Dancing” is missing, it is my understanding that the album version is the same as the 12″ version. I have the One Way Records CD and it clocks in at 6’37”. The 12″ clocks in at around the same. Let’s face it, if they had lost the master of the 12″, Cherry Red would rip it from vinyl.

Eric M.

True— but the US had a differently edited (and possibly differently mixed) 12” version which is missing. It’s interesting that even though they have taken some bonus tracks from vinyl, they didn’t bother tracking that one down.

Kauwgompie

Oops, I clearly did not read the post. My bad!

SimonP

@EricM. I’ve definitely heard two different versions, so the album mix is not the same as all the 12″ single mix in some cases.

The older CD releases of this band sell for crazy prices, so let’s hope Cherry Red do a good job this time…

The version on this compilation is different to my 12″ copy.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/12-Inch-Dance-Synthpop-2014-09-16/dp/B01MFFNSHC/

Neil

The version on that compilation is the album version.

SimonP

Well, my UK 12″ copy has a different mix on it then. It’s not a lot different, granted, but it’s definitely not the same as the album. This album in on the streaming services and has the 12″ extended version. Click on the two at around the 3 min mark and you’ll hear the difference.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002P43RLI/

eoin hall

Yes there are 3 different versions of the Politics Of Dancing.

The album version.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Po4gXK5JGE

The 12” version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2_3j_T1Q-M

The U.S 12” version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8-asgNMyT8

SimonP

Exactly the point I was making. The 12″ and the album version are the same length, but they’re not the same mix. I see there is also the original version included in the boxset, but it has different vocals. That makes four 6 minute plus mixes/versions…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM0MmEIaIrk

eoin hall

Thanks for pointing it out for me Simon.I didn`t know there was another version.I can`t believe this new cd is missing most of these versions.

Eric M.

For those interested, the U.S. 12” Version is available on this CD, and sounds quite good:
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Pulsating-Grooves-3/release/1799931

AdamW

Criminally underrated album. Played my cassette to death. Nearly all the songs are very good (maybe “Jungle” doesn’t quite reach that mark) and of course, the titanic title track.

Heard the first single from the “forthcoming” second album “How Much Longer” (featuring Sting!) on the Rock Over London radio show and then… it never forthcame.

Bought the reissue CD on One Way Records many years ago – sounded fine, but no bonus tracks, so this will be very cool. I own the “Hurt” US promo 12”, and the Luongo Mix is a winner IIRC.

richard

The Box set has the second album & many many more unreleased tracks on many discs which makes this upcoming release useless for me.

AdamW

Well, the box set has some of the bonus tracks, but clearly not all of them: the 7″ versions of “Cruel World,” “The Politics Of Dancing,” “Flex-It” and “Hurt,” and the US promo mixes of “Hurt” are unique to this offering.

Claire

Never heard of them – sounds good though – ordered

Chris

Brilliant news…so I’ve pre-ordered.

Mark Levy

Ordered!

Mark Levy

About time! I’ve never been able to get this one on CD.

Neil

It’s been available to buy for 8 years now http://www.re-flex.info/SHOP/SHOP-DIRECT/HTML/DIRECTHTML.html

Francis

Not expanded with a second disc.

Neil

Something i read elsewhere The Politics Of Dancing US 12″ Mix is missing as Warners were unable to locate the master.

Jason Bellenger

Indeed. The response from Cherry Red was that a master could not be located for the U.S. 12″ mix of “The Politics of Dancing”. Since this 2-CD reissue is apparently sourcing from vinyl (see the above article) on a number of tracks, then why not source from vinyl for the U.S. 12″ of “The Politics of Dancing” then?

For those inquiring about the U.S. 12″ of “The Politics of Dancing”, it can be heard below. Notice the difference right away in the intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY7RIn4byK0

Robert Laversuch

Have the box set – sublime! And will I be getting this release. You bet!
Own so many Cherry Red rereleases and they are all wonderfully curated so very excited about this one!!!

Trash

Yep with you on that.
I own the box set too but it would be nice to have the extras that weren’t included as part of the box.

eoin hall

The U.S. 12” of The Politics Of Dancing is on this cd.

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Pulsating-Grooves-3/release/1799931