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Blonde on Blonde
on 30 August 2013
This is a review for the 2013 expanded edition of Velveteen.
First the extra tracks:
Baby I don't care - Abigail's party mix
The only one - Extended mix
Landslide of love - Extended mix
These versions of the songs are fine, but for myself I would have much preferred an extra demo or live track, than remixed or extended editions of the songs,
Sex Kick - Demo (B-side of Baby I don't care)
Saturn 5 - Demo (Baby I don't care CD single)
The demo of Sex Kick is pretty close to the version that appears on Pop Art, but Saturn 5 is as far as I can tell a pervious unreleased track, an up tempo indie punk song, similar to Revolution Baby, good stuff.
Down on you - Live version (B-side of Born to be sold)
Last time - Live version (B-side of Born to be sold)
Recorded live at Glasgow, Barrowlands by Radio Cylde Mobile, 21st June 1989
Demonstrating that the band could cut it on the live circuit, it's the Stones version of "The Last Time" but with a nice punky guitar riff, if you going to do a cover of a famous song you should try and mix it up a bit, instead of a Karaoke-cover, which TV achieve.
Time for change (B-side of Baby I don't care)
Strings of my heart (B-side of Baby I don't care)
The Mystery song (B-side of The only one)
Love me (B-side of The only one)
W11 Blues (B-side of Landslide of love)
Hardtime (B-side of Landslide of love)
He's the only one for me (B-side of Landslide of love)
Kiss me (B-side of Born to be sold)
Excellent selection of non-album songs, with a lot of them having a more stripped down feel, which gives a nice balance to the big production sound of the album tracks. It's interesting that "The Mystery song" & "He's the only one for me" were written by Dave Parsons (he also wrote a couple of B-sides for "little Magnet..) & if he'd had written with Sayer, could have brought an extra dimension to TV's music, which could have been the way forward for the band, but guess we'll never no.
Whenever a band or singer release a great record, as a fan, on one hand your want them to evolve & take some risks, but on the other hand, you want your favourite act to record exactly the same record again. Thankfully TV chose the forma, recording a more mature, well-crafted record, more commercial than Pop Art, & the final epic track Velveteen does cast a long shadow over the rest of the record.
But I think all bands that want to create a successful second album, should use Velveteen as a template.