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Extended: The 12 inch Mixes[1979-1984] Double CD

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  • Audio CD (13 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Repertoire Recs
  • ASIN: B008EK5KKS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tryouts For The Human Race (Extended Version) - 12 A-side, (USA) Elektra AS 11412,1979
  2. Beat The Clock (Extended Version) - 12 A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 27012, 1979
  3. La Dolce Vita (Extended Version) - 12 A-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 600011,1979
  4. The Number One Song In Heaven (Extended Version) - 12 A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 24412,1979
  5. Young Girls (Disco Version) - 12 A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 34312,1980
  6. I Predict (Club Mix) - 12 A-side, (France) Underdog 8159,1982
  7. Modesty Plays (Extended Version) - 12 A-side, (France) Underdog 8226,1982
  8. Cool Places feat. Jane Wiedlin (Doorman s Delirium Mix) - 12 A-side, (USA) Atlantic 089863,1983

Disc: 2

  1. All You Ever Think About Is Sex (12 Club Version) - 12 A-side, (USA), Atlantic 086990,1983
  2. Dance Godammit (12 Club Version) - 12 B-side, Atlantic 086990 (US),1983
  3. Progress (Vocal / Extended Club Mix) - 12 A-side,track 1, (USA) Atlantic 086939,1984
  4. Pretending To Be Drunk (Extended Version / New Mix) - 12 A-side, (USA) Atlantic PR 644,1984
  5. Kiss Me Quick (Extended Version / New Mix) - 12 B-side, (USA) Atlantic PR 644,1984
  6. With All My Might (Vocal / Extended Club Mix) - 12 B-side, (USA) Atlantic 086939,1984
  7. Sparks In The Dark (Instrumental/ Extended Club Mix) - 12 A-side, track 2, (USA) Atlantic 086939, 1984
  8. Tryouts For The Human Race (12 Short Version) - 12 B-side, (Germany) Ariola 600150, 1979 Bonus Track
  9. The Number One Song In Heaven - (Extended Version) with Jimmy Somerville CD Single, track 2, (Germany) Virgin 724389428421,1997

Product Description

Product Description

This collection of 12-inch versions of Sparks work pays homage to the extended mixes that were often contrived in the studio for use in discos. They found success in Europe in 1979 working with Italian-born producer Giorgio Moroder who, with Pete Bellotte, had turned US singer Donna Summer into a megastar with his hypnotically repetitive Eurodisco instrumental style. Beat The Clock and Tryouts For The Human Race were early results. They then moved on to register US dancefloor hits with the likes of I Predict and Cool Places - a collaboration with Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos. This unique compilation chooses the best versions from the various labels Sparks inhabited and the countries in which they released their music between 1979 and 1984, plus a bonus track from 1997 featuring Jimmy Somerville. Booklet with authoritative and extensive liner notes written by respected Record Collector journalist Michael Heatley. Expertly re-mastered superb sound - top quality reproduction. The best in the business!

About the Artist

Sparks brothers Ron and Russell Mael have endeared themselves to successive generations of fans since the early 1970s and are numbered among the most influential acts ever. Morrissey, Siouxsie Sioux, the Pet Shop Boys and many more are numbered among Sparks loyal disciples, while the group's following is truly international.

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UPDATE: On 10th Dec 2012 Repertoire release a tweaked version of this compilation entitled "Real Extended". Out goes the '98 Dave Aude remix of No. 1 Song In Heaven, replaced by the original '79 album / 12" version. The Plagiarism version of No. 1 Song has also been dropped. Cool Places has its title corrected. But best of all, the 12" version of Young Girls finally makes its CD debut! YAYYY!!! Hopefully the mastering error on Beat The Clock will also be fixed. No news yet as to whether Repertoire will send out replacements or if they expect us to shell out again for the updated edition. I've emailed them and will report back.

You'll already know and love most of the tracks here in one form or another (and if you don't what's the matter with you??) This compilation does a near perfect job of rounding up Sparks' late '70s and early '80s 12" mixes. A couple of similar CDs have been released in the past but this one features a few 12" versions making their CD debut: Tryouts For The Human Race, Progress (a personal favourite) and Sparks In The Dark. Horray! Also making its CD debut is the US 7" version of Tryouts. For some reason it's titled "12 inch short version" here but whatever, the track's a bit of an obscurity and it's great to have.
The sight of "Cool Places (Doorman's Delirium Mix)" in the tracklisting might furrow some brows. Doorman's Delirium Mix is a fan mix that popped up on the internet a couple of years ago. Fortunately what's actually included here is the original 1983 12" version. Phew! One other tiny hiccup is that the extended version of The Number One Song In Heaven on disc one is a 1999 remix of the re-recording from the Plagiarism album that also goes under the name of "Dave Aude's Heavenly Vocal Mix", but it's not doing anyone any harm here.
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When I first saw this CD advertised I was very excited so I pre-ordered it. It arrived today and I immediately went to play the main track I bought it for, the extended version of "Tryouts For The Human Race". Indeed it is the USA 12" version on CD for the first time! Hooray! Also included is the short version from the Promo 12" B-Side which was also the USA 7" version (very different from the UK 7" version found on the Best of Sparks CD from 2000). So far, I'm very pleased and it's worth the money for those two tracks alone. Next up though and spoiling the mood is "Beat The Clock" with a horrible mastering fault - The intro has been clipped. Luckily I have the 4CD:Grand 12-Inches Vol.6 where Ben Liebrand has not only included the track but also tidied up some messy edits, so it's worth getting that too. There are two versions of "The Number One Song In Heaven" here, but unfortunately neither are original versions, which seems odd for a CD of 12 Inch Mixes from 1979-1984. The first version is Dave Aude's 1999 remix which has re-recorded vocals and a heavy beat. It sounds very out of place here. The second version is a bonus track and features Jimmy Somerville. It's a nice alternative mix, but if you are looking for the original 12" version it is not here. It is featured on the original "No. 1 in Heaven" album.
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I have purchased the 12 & 7 inch collection, only disappointment is why would you put the disco edit of Young Girls on the 12 inch collection. It just does not make sense, with so much space left on both discs you could have included both you did for Tryouts For The Human Race. I now have to buy the vinyl. wake up record, companies employe people who have music knowledge and research skills.
Disc 1 49:15
1 - (7:59) Tryouts For The Human Race [Extended Version]
2 - (6:35) Beat The Clock [Extended Mix]
3 - (5:59) La Dolce Vita [Extended Version]
4 - (8:34) The Number One Song In Heaven [Extended Version]
5 - (3:54) Young Girls [Disco Version Edit]
6 - (6:19) I Predict [Club Mix]
7 - (5:17) Modesty Plays [Extended Version]
8 - (4:38) Cool Places [Doorman's Delirium Mix] - Sparks & Jane Wiedlin
Disc 2 46:34
1 - (5:06) All You Ever Think About Is Sex [12 " Club Version]
2 - (4:01) Dance Godammit [12 " Club Version]
3 - (6:14) Progress [Vocal Extended Club Mix]
4 - (5:39) Pretending To Be Drunk [Extended Version / New Mix]
5 - (5:40) Kiss Me Quick [Extended Version / New Mix]
6 - (6:39) With All My Might [Vocal Extended Club Mix]
7 - (3:56) Sparks In The Dark (Extended Club Mix)
8 - (4:00) Tryouts For The Human Race [12 " - Short Version]
9 - (5:19) The Number One Song In Heaven [Extended Version] - Sparks With Jimmy Somerville, Sparks & Jimmy Somerville
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Not essential if you're just after the albums but if you're a fan off the Mael Brothers this is another definite must buy.

Great production and sound quality.

Just Buy It you know you want to!

Superb!
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