Blancmange - First 3cds Boxsets - Happy families, mangetout, believe you me

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  1. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    3 boxsets of their first 3 albums, and an exclusive boxset on amazon (SOLD OUT):

    Coming out on august 4th.
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    Happy Families: Amazon.co.uk: Music

    Happy Families

    CD 1

    1. I Can’t Explain
    2. Feel Me
    3. I’ve Seen the Word
    4. Wasted
    5. Living On The Ceiling
    6. Waves
    7. Kind
    8. Sad Day
    9. Cruel
    10. God’s Kitchen
    11. Living On The Ceiling [extended version]
    12. God’s Kitchen [12″ mix]
    13. Feel Me [12″ instrumental]
    14. Waves [original version – no strings]

    CD 2

    1. Sad Day [original version]
    2. Feel Me [extended 12″ version]
    3. Business Steps
    4. Black Bell [demo]
    5. Melodic Piece [demo]
    6. Your Hills [rehearsal]
    7. I Can’t Explain [demo]
    8. Waves [demo]
    9. I’ve Seen The Word [1979 demo]
    10. Holland [demo]
    11. I’ve Seen The Word [demo]
    12. Feel Me [Mike Howlett dub version]

    CD 3: At The BBC

    RADIO 1 SESSION [13.2.82]

    1. I Would
    2. Living On The Ceiling
    3. Waves
    4. Running Thin

    RADIO 1 SESSION [5.6.82]

    5. God’s Kitchen
    6. Feel Me
    7. Kind
    8. Cruel

    IN CONCERT, PARIS THEATRE [13.11.82]

    9. God’s Kitchen
    10. Living On The Ceiling
    11. I’ve Seen The Word
    12. I Can’t Explain
    13. Waves
    14. Feel Me

    Mange Tout: Amazon.co.uk: Music

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    Mange Tout

    CD 4

    1. Don’t Tell Me
    2. Game Above My Head
    3. Blind Vision
    4. Time Became The Tide
    5. That’s Love, That It Is
    6. Murder
    7. See The Train
    8. All Things Are Nice
    9. My Baby
    10. The Day Before You Came
    11. Game Above My Head [long version]
    12. Blind Vision [long version]
    13. Don’t Tell Me [extended]
    14. Vishnu [short version]
    15. Blind Vision [Martyn Ware demo]

    CD 5

    1. Time Became The Tide [demo]
    2. If You Want To Be Hip
    3. It Never Rains [demo]
    4. Murder [demo]
    5. Heaven Knows Where Heaven Is
    6. On Our Way To?
    7. That’s Love, That It Is [extended]
    8. Vishnu [full length]
    9. Get Out Of That
    10. All Things Are Nice [version]
    11. The Day Before You Came [extended]
    12. Don’t Tell Me [remix]
    13. That’s Love, That It Is [remix]
    14. Blind Vision [instrumental/dub version]

    CD 6: At The BBC

    RADIO 1 SESSION [17.3.83]

    1. Time Became The Tide
    2. Murder
    3. Blind Vision
    4. Vishnu

    IN CONCERT, HAMMERSMITH PALAIS [24.5.84]

    5. Living On The Ceiling
    6. Game Above My Head
    7. I Can’t Explain
    8. My Baby
    9. Blind Vision
    10. Don’t Tell Me
    11. God’s Kitchen
    12. Murder
    13. The Day Before You Came
    14. That’s Love, That It Is
    15. Kind
    16. Feel Me

    Believe You Me: Amazon.co.uk: Music

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    Believe You Me

    CD 7

    1. Lose Your Love
    2. What’s Your Problem?
    3. Paradise Is
    4. Why Don’t They Leave Things Alone?
    5. 22339
    6. Don’t You Love It All
    7. Believe
    8. Lorraine’s My Nurse
    9. Other Animals
    10. No Wonder They Never Made It Back!
    11. John
    12. Lose Your Love [7″ single version]
    13. I Can See It [extended]
    14. Lose Your Love (This Club Mix)
    15. Mixing On The Ceiling [Megamix]

    CD 8

    1. Side Two
    2. A Remedial Course [demo]
    3. Believe [demo]
    4. Scream Down The House
    5. Gentle On My Mind [demo]
    6. M Diver (Alternate Dream) [demo]
    7. River Of Life [demo]
    8. Lose Your Love [extended]
    9. What’s Your Problem [extended]
    10. Don’t You Love It All [demo]
    11. Lose Your Love With Helen [demo]
    12. Reaching Out [demo]
    13. I Can See It [7″ single version]
    14. Lose Your Love In London [unreleased mix]

    CD 9: At The BBC

    RADIO 1 SESSION [29.9.85]

    1. Believe
    2. Don’t You Love It All
    3. Lose Your Love
    4. Paradise Is

    IN CONCERT, HAMMERSMITH ODEON [8.2.86]

    5. Don’t Tell Me
    6. What’s Your Problem
    7. That’s Love That It Is
    8. Don’t You Love It All
    9. Why Don’t They Leave Things Alone?
    10. God’s Kitchen
    11. Lose Your Love
    12. Paradise Is
    13. Other Animals
    14. Game Above My Head
    15. Living On The Ceiling
    16. I’ve Seen The Word
    17. Kind
    18. Blind Vision


    Exclusive boxset (500 copies):
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    Blancmange / The Blanc Tapes: limited edition 9CD box set with signed print


    later
    -1
     
  2. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

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    Bought "Mange Tout" recently and was surprised how good it is!!!!
     
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  3. Trevor_Bartram

    Trevor_Bartram Forum Resident

    Location:
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    I bought the Happy Families the day of release, I believe it was a Decca LP with demonstration sound quality. I missed the first CD but have the Edsel reissue that sounds pretty good.

    Does anyone comment about the sound quality of "The Very Best Of" compilation CD?
     
  4. Wouldn't have guessed there was a market for super deluxe box sets from Blancmange in 2017, but there you go.
     
  5. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Blancmange has been very active in the last several years. They have released more new albums, than they originally had.

    They've put out live shows, toured, had side projects, put up youtube clips, and had a much larger social media presence.

    They are very active in the UK, and so there has been quite a demand increase since the last set of remasters they had.

    later
    -1
     
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  6. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan Thread Starter

    Location:
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    i have that one (out the many many many greatest hits they have)... i don't remember what the quality was like, will have to check it.

    if it's using the last set of remasters, it should be decent quality.

    just note:

    Erratum:-
    Some mixes are wrongly specified:
    - "Wasted" is not an extended version, but the regular album version.
    - "The Day Before You Came" is the album version, not the 7" remix.
    - "Lose Your Love" is the original album version without the complete intro. The original CD version of "Believe You Me" contained the remix by John Luongo

    later
    -1
     
  7. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brisbane,Australia
    So Running Thin is a live version and not the studio version? Odd. I think I played it just as much as I played the A-side Living On The Ceiling
     
  8. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    My comment on the exclusive boxset sellout fiasco:

    The official site did mention the boxset, but by then it was too late to order it.
    Same with facebook.

    The email newsletter alerting fans about the boxset came out a day after it was too late, ironic right.

    So much for them trying to let fans know about a release, and having it sell out before people could try to get it.

    later
    -1
     
  9. Scott Davies

    Scott Davies Forum Resident

    I wrote a review on Amazon UK years ago, if you are referring to the 2 CD set. Disappointingly, many of the tracks are from MP3 sources. There was a period of time where Warner's inadvertently transferred files to MP3 at some point before providing them to a licensee and no one caught it for a while. Another Warner owned title that suffered this fate was the CD reissue on Cherry Red of The Monochrome Set's album 'The Lost Weekend'. Thankfully, I had the Japan CD issue from years earlier so I was covered. Many of the tracks on the last Blancmange reissues were MP3 and many of those same files were used on The Very Best Of 2 CD set. There were also some vinyl transfers, I seem to recall the 12" mix of God's Kitchen.
     
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  10. PJayBe

    PJayBe Forum Resident

    Same here, but it sold out very quickly.
     
  11. c-eling

    c-eling Somehow I See There Are Ships In Her Eyes...

    Seeing that Scott, I'm glad I skipped em when released.
    Picked up a US Sterling cut of Happy Families a couple years ago, nice sounding album.
    Any idea who's doing this set?
     
  12. Scott Davies

    Scott Davies Forum Resident

    Edsel is also doing these new sets. I asked them on their Facebook page about the mastering, reminding that the previous sets included a lot of MP3 sources. They have not responded. I say people just need to remember what a train wreck the Dead or Alive set was and set your expectations accordingly because I cannot assume they took extra care on this set. They may have simply recycled the previous mastering on this set and added extras. Until someone gets their copy and can scrutinize it, we may not know. That being said, I'm a part time Blancmange fan so I haven't seriously considered these new sets, but would be curious to know if they were remastered. I would have been more interested had they included the music videos.
     
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  13. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    I'm a huge fan of the band, and will be getting all these, and going over them.

    I don't expect the mastering to be any different from the previous remasters.

    Also, it's a lot less material to mess up compared to dead or alive.
    (although they've messed up tracks on the previous remasters with a lot less).

    The videos are fun, and it would be nice to see a good collection of them, as
    the previous ones are usually just 3 or 4 tracks on laserdisc, and vhs.

    There are some live videos on DVD, but no compilation of their promo videos.

    later
    -1
     
  14. noname74

    noname74 nocustomtitle

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    The first album set looks interesting but as soon as I saw it was an Edsel product I figure I will wait until they fix whatever mistakes are made with the first pressing as Edsel QA is seriously lacking and there always seems to be something with them.
     
  15. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
  16. portlandjulian

    portlandjulian Forum Resident

    Its not really a box set, its just a thick cardboard slipcase covering all the 3 CD sets. Even though its nice that this is happening, I think that most people were after the signed print.
     
  17. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    true, yes its just a cover, but still a nice collectible for people that are getting all the other boxsets.

    later
    -1
     
  18. waterisnat

    waterisnat Forum Resident

    Location:
    Belgium
    While the latter part of your statement is true (about specific tracks on the "Very Best of" 2CD being mp3 sourced), I have no evidence whatsoever that any of the tracks on the 2008 Edsel reissues were lossy, let alone many.
     
  19. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Also, in some cases, if you order the set as one package, you will save on postage, instead of ordering 3 items separately.

    later
    -1
     
  20. Trevor_Bartram

    Trevor_Bartram Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boylston, MA, USA
    Thanks, I'll pass on The Very Best Of. The Warner MP3 fiasco sounds like a good title for a new thread. I'm sure it would be appreciated if you impart your knowledge.
     
  21. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Just did a comparison of the upcoming sets to the previous remasters:
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    Happy Families

    CD 1

    1. I Can’t Explain
    2. Feel Me
    3. I’ve Seen the Word
    4. Wasted
    5. Living On The Ceiling - 4:12 should be original album
    6. Waves - 4:04 should be original album
    7. Kind
    8. Sad Day
    9. Cruel
    10. God’s Kitchen
    11. Living On The Ceiling [extended version] - on remaster
    12. God’s Kitchen [12 mix] - on remaster
    13. Feel Me [12 instrumental] - on remaster
    14. Waves [original version – no strings]

    CD 2

    1. Sad Day [original version]
    2. Feel Me [extended 12 version] - on remaster
    3. Business Steps - on remaster
    4. Black Bell [demo]
    5. Melodic Piece [demo]
    6. Your Hills [rehearsal]
    7. I Can’t Explain [demo]
    8. Waves [demo]
    9. I’ve Seen The Word [1979 demo]
    10. Holland [demo]
    11. I’ve Seen The Word [demo]
    12. Feel Me [Mike Howlett dub version]

    CD 3: At The BBC

    RADIO 1 SESSION [13.2.82]

    1. I Would
    2. Living On The Ceiling
    3. Waves
    4. Running Thin

    RADIO 1 SESSION [5.6.82]

    5. God’s Kitchen
    6. Feel Me
    7. Kind
    8. Cruel

    IN CONCERT, PARIS THEATRE [13.11.82]

    9. God’s Kitchen
    10. Living On The Ceiling
    11. I’ve Seen The Word
    12. I Can’t Explain
    13. Waves
    14. Feel Me


    from remasters
    x - included
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    Bonus Tracks:
    x11 Living On The Ceiling (Extended Version) 5:40
    x12 God's Kitchen (12" Mix) 4:29
    x13 Feel Me (Extended 12" Version) 7:01
    x14 Feel Me (7" & 12" Instrumental) 5:10
    x15 Business Steps 4:28

    16 Feel Me (US 12" Instrumental) 5:22 <- not included
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    Mange Tout

    CD 4

    1. Don’t Tell Me
    2. Game Above My Head
    3. Blind Vision - 3:51 should be original album version
    4. Time Became The Tide
    5. That’s Love, That It Is
    6. Murder
    7. See The Train
    8. All Things Are Nice
    9. My Baby
    10. The Day Before You Came - 5:57 should be original album version
    11. Game Above My Head [long version] - 7:14 on remaster is ext mix
    12. Blind Vision [long version] - 9:40 on remaster
    13. Don’t Tell Me [extended] - 6:25 on remaster
    14. Vishnu [short version]
    15. Blind Vision [Martyn Ware demo]

    CD 5

    1. Time Became The Tide [demo]
    2. If You Want To Be Hip
    3. It Never Rains [demo]
    4. Murder [demo]
    5. Heaven Knows Where Heaven Is - 3:25 on remaster
    6. On Our Way To? - 5:37 on remaster
    7. That’s Love, That It Is [extended] - 6:35 on remaster
    8. Vishnu [full length] - 5:21 on remaster
    9. Get Out Of That - 4:26 on remaster
    10. All Things Are Nice [version] - 4:14 on remaster
    11. The Day Before You Came [extended] - 7:59 on remaster
    12. Don’t Tell Me [remix]
    13. That’s Love, That It Is [remix] - 7:34 on remaster
    14. Blind Vision [instrumental/dub version]

    CD 6: At The BBC

    RADIO 1 SESSION [17.3.83]

    1. Time Became The Tide
    2. Murder
    3. Blind Vision
    4. Vishnu

    IN CONCERT, HAMMERSMITH PALAIS [24.5.84] <- previously laserdisc, DVD (missing waves)

    5. Living On The Ceiling
    6. Game Above My Head
    7. I Can’t Explain
    8. My Baby
    9. Blind Vision
    10. Don’t Tell Me
    11. God’s Kitchen
    12. Murder
    13. The Day Before You Came
    14. That’s Love, That It Is
    15. Kind
    16. Feel Me


    remaster
    x-included
    ============

    Bonus Track:
    x1-11 Game Above My Head (Long Version) 7:14

    The B-Sides And Remixes
    x2-1 Blind Vision (Long Version) 9:40
    x2-2 Heaven Knows Where Heaven Is 3:25
    x2-3 On Our Way To? 5:37
    x2-4 That's Love That It Is (Extended) 6:35

    2-5 Vishnu (Full Length) 5:21

    x2-6 That's Love That It Is (Remix) 7:34

    2-7 Vishnu (Instrumental) 4:53

    x2-8 Don't Tell Me (Extended) 6:25
    x2-9 Get Out Of That 4:26

    2-10 Feel Me (Live Version) 6:25
    2-11 All Things Are Nice (Version) 4:14

    x2-12 The Day Before You Came (Extended) 7:59
    ============================================

    Believe You Me

    CD 7

    1. Lose Your Love New original album
    2. What’s Your Problem?
    3. Paradise Is
    4. Why Don’t They Leave Things Alone?
    5. 22339 Should be 5:17
    6. Don’t You Love It All
    7. Believe
    8. Lorraine’s My Nurse
    9. Other Animals
    10. No Wonder They Never Made It Back!
    11. John
    12. Lose Your Love [7? single version]
    13. I Can See It [extended] - on previous release
    14. Lose Your Love (This Club Mix)
    15. Mixing On The Ceiling [Megamix]

    CD 8

    1. Side Two - on previous release
    2. A Remedial Course [demo]
    3. Believe [demo]
    4. Scream Down The House - on previous release
    5. Gentle On My Mind [demo]
    6. M Diver (Alternate Dream) [demo]
    7. River Of Life [demo]
    8. Lose Your Love [extended]
    9. What’s Your Problem [extended]
    10. Don’t You Love It All [demo]
    11. Lose Your Love With Helen [demo]
    12. Reaching Out [demo]
    13. I Can See It [7? single version]
    14. Lose Your Love In London [unreleased mix]

    CD 9: At The BBC

    RADIO 1 SESSION [29.9.85]

    1. Believe
    2. Don’t You Love It All
    3. Lose Your Love
    4. Paradise Is

    IN CONCERT, HAMMERSMITH ODEON [8.2.86]

    5. Don’t Tell Me
    6. What’s Your Problem
    7. That’s Love That It Is
    8. Don’t You Love It All
    9. Why Don’t They Leave Things Alone?
    10. God’s Kitchen
    11. Lose Your Love
    12. Paradise Is
    13. Other Animals
    14. Game Above My Head
    15. Living On The Ceiling
    16. I’ve Seen The Word
    17. Kind
    18. Blind Vision

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    previous remaster
    x - included
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    Bonus Tracks:
    x12 Side Two 7:35
    13 Living On The Ceiling (new mix) 7:11
    x14 I Can See It (Why Don't They Leave Things Alone?) (Extended) 7:57
    x15 Scream Down The House 4:10
    =====================================================================

    So overall, these tracks are not included on the new sets:
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    16 Feel Me (US 12" Instrumental) 5:22
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    2-5 Vishnu (Full Length) 5:21
    2-7 Vishnu (Instrumental) 4:53
    2-10 Feel Me (Live Version) 6:25
    2-11 All Things Are Nice (Version) 4:14
    ------------
    13 Living On The Ceiling (new mix) 7:11

    later
    -1
     
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  22. manicpopthrill

    manicpopthrill Forum Resident

    Location:
    Kansas
    Looks like this has been pushed back a week, at least in the states.

    These guys completely passed me by back in the day, so I'm looking forward to hearing about this set.
     
  23. manicpopthrill

    manicpopthrill Forum Resident

    Location:
    Kansas
    It's great to see so many 80s bands get their due here recently, but why did it have to wait til I got so darn old?
     
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  24. slop101

    slop101 Guitar Geek

    Location:
    So. Cal.
    Wow! This is one of those childhood bands that I listened to incessantly when I was a kid, but have completely neglected as an adult.
    If it wasn't for this thread, I never would've given them another though.
    Not sure I'd need all these bonus tracks (or even regular albums), but I might just pick up a best-of CD or something just to scratch my nostalgia bug.
     
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  25. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    There are various reviews of the releases out on the net now.
    No tracklistings times though.

    I will review it in awhile.

    later
    -1
     

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