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YELLO / YELL40 Years retrospective

Deluxe 4CD set • 2LP vinyl • 2CD

Electronic duo YELLO are celebrating their 40th anniversary with, YELL40 Years, a new retrospective issued across three physical formats.

This release will be available as a 4CD deluxe set, across two vinyl records and as a 2CD edition. The first two CDs offer a traditional ‘best of’ split into ‘first’ and ‘second’ 20 year periods. On the deluxe, the third disc offers ‘Mellow YELLO’ focusing on their more melodic, cinematic side and includes some hidden gems and collaborations like ‘The Rhythm Divine (feat. Shirley Bassey)’. The fourth disc in the deluxe is some of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank’s favourite YELLO remixes along with some previously unreleased re-workings such as Mark Reeder’s ‘Wet & Hard Mix’ of ‘Vicious Games’.

YELLO40 Years deluxe 4CD set in 60-page hardcover book (click image to enlarge)

Surprisingly, not only does the brilliant 13 minute version of The Race not feature anywhere in this retrospective, there is no studio version at all, just a ‘live in Berlin’ variant from 2016. Bizarre.

The four-CD deluxe version is a 60-page hardcover book (apparently ‘strictly limited’) and contains exclusive and brand-new liner notes for every YELLO album released, including rare and never-before-seen photos. The deluxe features 71 tracks, the 2CD set offers 41 tracks and the 2LP vinyl includes a reduced 21 songs.

YELLO 40 Years will be released on 30 April 2021.

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track listing

Yell40 Years 4CD book set

CD 1 THE FIRST 20 YEARS

  1. Bimbo (Solid Pleasure)
  2. Pinball Cha Cha (Claro Que Si)
  3. The Evening‘s Young (Claro que Si)
  4. Bananas To The Beat (Solid Pleasure)
  5. I Love You (1980-85 The New Mix in One Go)
  6. Lost Again (You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess)
  7. Bostich (N’est-ce pas?) (1980-85 The New Mix in One Go)
  8. Daily Disco (Claro Que Si)
  9. Vicious Games (Stella)
  10. Oh Yeah (Stella)
  11. Blender (Baby)
  12. Goldrush (One Second)
  13. Tied Up (Essential Yello)
  14. La Habanera (One Second)
  15. Rubberbandman (Baby)
  16. Jungle Bill (Baby)
  17. Night Train (Zebra)
  18. Tremendous Pain (Zebra)
  19. Houdini (Motion Pictures)
  20. Base For Alec (You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess)
  21. Liquid Lies (Yello By Yello)

CD 2 THE SECOND 20 YEARS

  1. Electrified II (Toy)
  2. Soul On Ice (The Eye)
  3. Don Turbulente (The Eye)
  4. Planet Dada (The Eye)
  5. 30`000 Days (Toy)
  6. Arthur Spark (Point)
  7. 07. The Vanishing of Peter Strong (Point)
  8. Distant Solution (The Eye)
  9. Mean Monday (YELLO book download 2011)
  10. Cold Flame (Toy)
  11. Dialectical Kid (Toy)
  12. The Expert (Touch Yello)
  13. Basic Avenue (Point)
  14. Waba Duba (Point)
  15. Limbo (Toy)
  16. Spinning my Mind (Point)
  17. Tiger Dust (The Eye)
  18. Way Down (Point)
  19. Hot Pan (Point)
  20. The Race (Live in Berlin 2016)

CD 3 Mellow YELLO

  1. Solar Driftwood (Pocket Universe)
  2. Out Of Dawn (Touch Yello)
  3. Stay (feat. Heidi Happy) (Touch Yello)
  4. Drive Driven (Baby)
  5. Time Palace (The Eye)
  6. Tangier Blue (Touch Yello)
  7. Friday Smile (Touch Yello)
  8. Till Tomorrow (feat. Till Brönner) (Touch Yello)
  9. Moon on Ice (One Second)
  10. Kiss The Cloud (feat. Fifi Rong) (Toy)
  11. Capri Calling (Baby)
  12. Desire (Stella)
  13. You Better Hide (feat. Heidi Happy) (Touch Yello)
  14. The Rhythm Divine (feat. Shirley Bassey) (One Second)
  15. Starlight Scene (Toy)
  16. Otto Di Catania (Flag)
  17. Meet My Angel (feat. Fifi Rong) (Point Bonus Track)
  18. Pacific AM (Toy)

CD 4 REMIXES

  1. DO IT (Marky P. & Teri B. Dub)
  2. LIMBO (Circle Sky Mix / Martin Dubka & Richard Norris)
  3. ELECTRIFIED (Carl Craig Mix)
  4. HOW HOW (Fluke – Papa-Who-Ma-Mix)
  5. BOSTICH (DJ Hell – Brighter Mix)
  6. SQUEEZE PLEASE (Oliver Moldan – Vocal Remix)
  7. OH YEAH (Ralph Rosario – Big Room Vocal Mix)
  8. MORE (Rockabilly Mix – Boris Blank)
  9. VICIOUS GAMES (Mark Reeder`s Wet & Hard Mix)
  10. TAKLA MAKAN (Martin Roth Mix)
  11. PLANET DADA (Northern Light Mix)
  12. TOPAZ (Insect Mix – Boris Blank)

Yell40 Years 2LP vinyl

LP 1

Side A

  1. BIMBO (Solid Pleasure)
  2. BOSTICH (N’est-ce pas?) (1980-85 The New Mix in One Go)
  3. VICIOUS GAMES (Stella)
  4. OH YEAH (Stella)
  5. JUNGLE BILL (Baby)

Side B

  1. TREMENDOUS PAIN (Zebra)
  2. MEAN MONDAY (YELLO book download 2011)
  3. THE EXPERT (Touch Yello)
  4. WABA DUBA (Point)
  5. THE RACE (LIVE IN BERLIN 2016)

LP 2

Side A

  1. DESIRE (Stella)
  2. DRIVE DRIVEN (Baby)
  3. THE RHYTHM DIVINE (feat. Shirley Bassey) (One Second)
  4. YOU BETTER HIDE (feat. Heidi Happy) (Touch Yello)
  5. TILL TOMORROW (feat. Till Brönner) (Touch Yello)

Side B

  1. 30’000 DAYS (Toy)
  2. STARLIGHT SCENE (Toy)
  3. SPINNING MY MIND (Point)
  4. LIQUID LIES (Yello By Yello)
  5. MEET MY ANGEL (feat. Fifi Rong) (Point Bonus Track)
  6. WAY DOWN (Point)

Yell40 Years 2CD edition

CD 1 THE FIRST 20 YEARS

  1. Bimbo (Solid Pleasure)
  2. Pinball Cha Cha (Claro Que Si)
  3. The Evening‘s Young (Claro que Si)
  4. Bananas To The Beat (Solid Pleasure)
  5. I Love You (1980-85 The New Mix in One Go)
  6. Lost Again (You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess)
  7. Bostich (N’est-ce pas?) (1980-85 The New Mix in One Go)
  8. Daily Disco (Claro Que Si)
  9. Vicious Games (Stella)
  10. Oh Yeah (Stella)
  11. Blender (Baby)
  12. Goldrush (One Second)
  13. Tied Up (Essential Yello)
  14. La Habanera (One Second)
  15. Rubberbandman (Baby)
  16. Jungle Bill (Baby)
  17. Night Train (Zebra)
  18. Tremendous Pain (Zebra)
  19. Houdini (Motion Pictures)
  20. Base For Alec (You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess)
  21. Liquid Lies (Yello By Yello)

CD 2 THE SECOND 20 YEARS

  1. Electrified II (Toy)
  2. Soul On Ice (The Eye)
  3. Don Turbulente (The Eye)
  4. Planet Dada (The Eye)
  5. 30`000 Days (Toy)
  6. Arthur Spark (Point)
  7. The Vanishing of Peter Strong (Point)
  8. Distant Solution (The Eye)
  9. Mean Monday (YELLO book download 2011)
  10. Cold Flame (Toy)
  11. Dialectical Kid (Toy)
  12. The Expert (Touch Yello)
  13. Basic Avenue (Point)
  14. Waba Duba (Point)
  15. Limbo (Toy)
  16. Spinning my Mind (Point)
  17. Tiger Dust (The Eye)
  18. Way Down (Point)
  19. Hot Pan (Point)
  20. The Race (Live in Berlin 2016)

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Ed Desu

Of course, this “40 years” is certainly not a best-of, nor a retrospective.
As The Anthology of 2010 was more oriented towards the first 10 albums,
I find that CDs 2 and 3 are The Anthology of the last 4 albums (31 tracks out of 38).

This “commemorative” release interests me for the book and the remixes, but also for the “journey” that each cd offers with their combination (with a few reissued songs, or maybe new mixes), the whole with the perfectionism of Mr. Boris Blank.

Maybe a remix boxset is planned for Dieter Meier’s 80th birthday, but that wouldn’t be
very Dada like attitude ! Haha.

Jason

I have 5 of the 12 tracks on disc 4 and that’s the only disc I’m really interested in. Wish this had been more fan oriented with remixes, etc…. non-album stuff. Can’t decide if I’ll be buying it.

Jon M

I am also disappointed in this release. The lack of singles from Flag is really bizarre. But I, like all of you, want a comprehensive Yello 12” mix anthology. Their mixes were superb and we don’t yet have that 7 minute I Love You 12” mix remastered. Frankly the dance mix of Oh Yeah hasn’t surfaced on a remaster as far as I am aware.

I am going to pass on this since I was able to secure all the remixes on the 4th disc. Electrified (Carl Craig) is from Boris’ solo project. Wasn’t hard to track down digitally even here in the US where there apparently are territory restrictions for those mixes.

The Mark Reeder mix of Vicious Games was released on Friday on a compilation of mixes by Mark Reeder, including his recent New Order mix. I bought that collection and the Yello mix is superb by the way.

All other mixes can be found on other Yello releases (eccentrix, etc.) and cd singles. Missed opportunity for us remix collectors.

Deanery

OH YEAH…I almost forgot…..forget Oh Yeah….they should’ve include Oh Yeah, Oh Six/Booka Shade’s mix too.

Jon M

Another comment about the remix disc, they are going to have to edit some of those mixes down (and really annoy fans) because the full length mixes of all those 12 tracks ends up being around 88 minutes – too long for one disc.

Deanery

I’m thinking missed opportunity also. My main interest would be the book and 4th disc of 12″ mixes…..put these out/remastered already…..

Yello (probably Blank) are great with ‘sound’….testament to this is in their remastered series…..excellent!!!…. they could teach a few people a thing or two about sound/remastering.

My fave album is Excess and I’m not really intrigued by the later 20 years…so many great remixes (could’ve included the Paul Dakeyne remix of Blazing Saddles or Pascal Gabriel’s I Love You).

Matthew McKinnon

That ‘I Love You’ mix is a stormer. Really fantastic. I bought the 12” of Blazing Saddles in a bargain bin in 1989 and never expected to what turned out to be one of my all-time favourite remixes on the flip.

Captain NightFlight

Like most Yello releases and certainly all their anthologies, the track listing is strange to say the least. But for some of us this will be worth exploring. Just hope the design is better than recent releases. It’s interesting to see so many references here to Billy Mac, with whom they clearly did their best work. Check out Boris’s tribute to Billy in The Glamour Chase documentary on YouTube.

Jon Mac

I’d love to hear the unreleased tracks with Billy, accordingly there’s a couple of albums worth but unfortunately Boris has said they’ll never release them. It’s a damned shame as they would be bloody amazing…

Branny

Boooo! I’m still waiting for the 12″ mix of “I love you” in its full 7 minute glory on CD.

Adrian

I’ve been listening to Flag alot this year, and released I’d got a few early vinyls inc the one sided live 12″ which was a fascinating curio. Bought the New Mix in One Go when it came out as my introduction to them. Haven’t got any of the later stuff so might buy for that though I always find best of the remixes disappointing on these type of boxes.

Mark Bunce

I have the double 12 inch of course I’m lying with the two long megamixes. And the rare unbelievable 12″ from a film with the bad language in the song.

BillyD

Looks like the signed boxes are gone, but I did notice an Atmos version of Point.

Not sure why so many products have an Atmos mix. My reciever was up to date for all of the various formats until Atmos and I don’t plan to update any time soon.

My question is with all media eventually headed towards a streaming format why the push for a new surround option? Many consumers are happy enough listening to music with one earbud or watching video on a standard tv or portable device.
Many of the home theatre systems purchased over years have ended up in charity shops. People are downsizing. The golden age of home surround is over. They no longer devote the the time to listen to an album in surround.
Atmos was developed for the cinema, but many cinemas haven’t upgraded. Took them long enough converting film projectors to digital.
4K is still used for selling televisions but few television outlets supply any high definition content. (Most of the digital subchannels offer 480i only) I had to buy a 4k blu-ray player and discs to enjoy the upgraded features.

Streaming provides many with a seemingly unlimited supply of audio and video at a very low cost. It has also devalued the very same. So what is the incentive to buy additional equipment and force youself to sit still for a couple hours?
We’ve all seen the various surround formats over the past 25 (or 50) years. They limp along for a while but are doomed to fail due to lack of support and consumer confusion or merely indifference.
Quality over content doesn’t matter to many streamers. I, like many others, prefer to own the physical product I pay for. Looks great on a shelf before eventually creating clutter that causes disharmony in the home.

SDE Fanatic

I am in no way endorsing streaming.
Sarcasm doesn’t translate very well in comments.

Larry Davis

Went to the site…50 euros for the 4CD bookbox which looks great, ok, but shipping to the US is 33 euros!?!? I lost my lunch there…but only 500 copies?? May have to bite the bullet cuz that’s limited!!

Eric

It ended up being cheaper through jpc.de. (62.07 USD)
EUR: 46,21
Shipping and handling: EUR 3,50
Grand total: EUR 49,71

martin farnworth

I only own the Best Of Yello which I bought for the Billy Mackenzie tracks. It’s one of those bands that mostly past me by but I could easily see collecting their catalogue. Starting from the beginning might be an obvious choice.

Sean

Just one album track from “Flag”, which had four singles that placed in the top 60 in the UK. Strange for a “best of” release…

Jan

I love the Bassey version but The Rhythm Divine with Billie MacKenzie would have been a nice one to include.

Luke

The only thing from Yello I’m still interested in is a complete 12 inch and B-sides release on CD of all their 80’s stuff. A 3CD box (or more) of this would do nicely. So I’m gonna pass on this one.

BillyD

This is what I want. Sadly, they would find some way of screwing it up.
There is a US 12″ with extended mixes of Pumping Velvet / No More Words / Lost Again / Bostich. My fave record of theirs. I would love to have this available on cd. Not interested in any limited, colored, picture or etched vinyl. I already own two copies of the original ep.

Blakey

Yello Rule OK!

Every day
and every night.

OMAR

This is a poorly compiled compilation. It would’ve a perfect chance to include all the actual 7″ mixes as well as some of the original 12″ versions. As much as i like Yello i think it’s a pass.

Dave H

I bought the Dolby Atmos edition of Point for the surround experience. Like many, I only really knew the band for the hit single The Race.
I quite enjoyed the album and the surround sound adds to it. It’s instantly recognisable as Yello from the first note. It disappeared for sale on Amazon but there’s seem to be a few copies around now in Europe.
This compilation will fill a gap for me.

Derek Langsford

Me too. Not really knowing or even liking what I had heard, I bought the Blu-ray of Point to support the format. A spectacular use of it that started to make me notice what they are doing.

This set may be a good segue into the rest of the their catalogue.

Derek Langsford

On second thoughts, the 2CD is well priced and for the extra £40 (plus extra tax and shipping) all you get is a disc of material from the albums and a disc of remixes, in a signed book. I figure I am not at the point to invest that much in Yello yet.

I presume there’ll be far more attractive demands on my purchasing funds later this year (Let It Be Super Deluxe, Rage In Eden Super Deluxe, and fingers crossed, Dare Super Deluxe).

Eamonn

Anyone know further details on the 2021 reissue campaign for one of Yello’s contemporaries, Telex ?

Gordon Lyon

Yes
One release “This is Telex” already announced on Mute Records ahead of a full retrospective I believe
I’ve still got my Belgium Un Point Box Set which is priceless
GL

Jan

Any thoughts on the source material used? Is it remastered from the master tapes? And I am missing the brilliant 12” of Yello from the 80s. Emotional “ I need to have it”, Rational “I think I dont need it”

AdamW

US buyer, couldn’t buy the 4CD from amazon.uk, went to order from jpc.de instead. $62.08 including shipping.

Jason

While I think everyone has their own wish list of tracks, not only is it odd that The Race studio version is missing, but there is SO MUCH of Point and so little of Billy Mackenzie in general. Pocket Universe almost doesn’t exist AT ALL which is a shame since that was one of their really experimental albums. Wish they’d just reissue the albums that are impossible to find on vinyl or a good sounding CD and be done with it.
Still glad to see them trying to solidify their legacy I suppose.

Christian

As usual since Brexit finally happened we continental Europeans are not allowed to order at amazon.co.uk! WTF? Well, maybe the price is better in Germany anyway.

Ian Harris

Sorry but what a pointless release.

I love Yello, and thought Point was great for a band so far into their career. But apart from not having material from 2011 onwards, Yello By Yello is a far better overview which I got for the DVD.

I do not understand the appeal of buying a CD of already released material that every fan will have of what the band thinks their best work is. As much as I love physical media, isn’t that the sort of thing that should be a Spotify playlist?

Michael

I only got into Yello just before Point came out so this will help gather some of the stuff I do not have yet esp. from the later 90s up to before Toy.

MARK LEVY

I think I’ll stick with my NEW MIX IN ONE GO cd for now

Synthgrizz

I wonder if there are 500 signed copies of the 4CD set or 500 copies in total. Hm …

Carl Edwards

for many years I have wondered if there is a stash of material that Billy Mackenzie recorded with Yello. It doesn’t appear that this release confirms any existence of such material

Richard Seedhouse

I asked Boris about unreleased Billy Mackenzie material about 5 years ago when he was in London promoting Electrified. He said there is some stuff but it wasn’t finished and he didn’t feel comfortable about finishing it off or releasing it without Billy’s approval – so unless he has a change of mind it wont be released.

Jan V.

I don’t think Billy Mackenzie will have a change of mind, since unfortunately he passed away in 1997. But maybe Boris meant the estate?

Boris produced 4 songs of the Outernational album, including the fantastic single “Baby”. These tracks sound very Yello.

Reikor

No “Live at the Roxy”? I’m out!

Dean

To be fair, us fans, don’t really need this apart from a few remastered tracks or edits that have not appeared before. Fans already have every conceivable version of The Race but it is still a strange omission.
Fans would only buy it for the nice packaging and liner notes.
The game is clearly afoot with putting this out now and including most of the Point album.
Suspect we are expected to buy this and then the individual albums again from Baby onwards remastered and expanded.
Also to come .. the original 12” mixes album … haha.

Timm Davison

Us ‘fans’ aren’t obligated to buy anything. This is a nice retrospective for the casual listener to dip their foot into. You’re right, probably more coming, and nobody is forcing ‘us fans’ or anyone else to purchase anything.

Steven Roberts

Surprised there’s no surround sound option for this retrospective – difficult to think of a more ‘widescreen’ band than Yello.

Which reminds me, I still haven’t got around to buying the surround blu-ray of the last Yello album.

Steven Roberts

Well, was waiting for it to come down a bit in price – 30 odd quid? Are they having a laugh? – but have just found it online now at Dodax for £18.99.

So I’ve bitten the bullet :)

Graeme

Great spot Steven – thank you. Now I can enjoy it as well!

Giles Roditi

Thanks Steven – never heard of Dodax before but ordered !

Seikotsi

Big fan of Yello but…
I don’t need CD1 and CD2. I can make my own and better mixtape / playlist of album tracks. But then I would never do that and instead listen to the full albums.

CD3 + CD4 are interesting, and CD3 will sound amazing, but not for £54.

Just in case you don’t know. ‘Desire’ is the best track in the history of modern music.

Paul Chapman

I expected to be disappointed and sadly I am, it’s essentially a retread of the last anthology.

Had hoped to see the period 12″ mixes on at least one disc

It’s a pass from me

Bjarne Laastad

I’m still waiting for a remastered version av the Baby-album!

Fredpsotman

Is the unreleased cupboard bare?
I’ll stick with 2010’s 3 cd/1 dvd ‘Yello By Yello. The Anthology’ which at
least has their biggest UK hit it on it ‘The Race’……

pkrp

Yello are so underrated in the UK and I hope people take to this but…. I’m not sure how many fans are going to clamour for these formats when you consider how much unreleased studio material this wonderful pair must have stockpiled over the decades.
I may be misreading the room but 2-LP/3-LP/2-CD/Box versions of their classic Do-it/Phonogram-era albums with outtakes/remixes etc at reasonable prices might make more sense to UK buyers and gain new audiences. I’m imagining beautiful slip-sleeved vinyl editions of the studio album, 12″ mixes, b-sides and outtakes with sleevenotes pertaining to each album, written by Boris and Dieter. Many of the original 12″ are hard to find nowadays *many never on CD and you can’t fault the influence of Stella, Excess or One Second – imagine those being properly extended into quality formatting.
Perhaps it’s all in hand and perhaps Dieter and Boris oversaw this project personally?

Steven Campbell

Yeah and though I wouldnt be their hugest fan, where’s the remix The Orb did as well?

Adam Sandurski

Signed edition in Yello shop available. They say only 500 pieces

Paul Chapman

can’t find that link anywhere

Paul Chapman

thanks Paul

shame there is only a signed CD set not vinyl

Richard A Shepherd

Can’t see any mention of signed edition on the YELLO shop now (18.40 Greenwich Mean Time…)…
So all gone eh? The Ltd Editions are tooooooo limited, much like the Bowie Beautiful Live Adventures CDs. The Gougers are selling on ebay for Quadruple the price!
I’ve pre-ordered a “normal” 4CD Earbook on amazon uk.

Gio

Seems that “Pocket Universe” does no count as “beloved work”…. I hoped to have “To the Sea” on this compilation. Also do not understand why “The Race” is available only as live version…

BillyD

Sometimes they like to give an updated version, but should have included the single version as well.