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  1. The version with the 6 second longer fade is only on a dubious re-pressing of an Italian CD and after analysis it seemed like a vinyl rip. Given the tapes literally *just* made it to transfer before lockdown, there was no chance of getting another master, as there wasn’t one in the UK anyway, and there was no way to tell what was on the 1/2” master until we got it from the archive, baked it, and transferred it. But I have to say, the unreleased 12” mix of ‘Nobody Else’ is better I think than the versions put out at the time. Also, the Arthur Baker Mix that everyone remembers does have a horrendous edit in it. A lot of people thought it was a jump, but it’s like that on the vinyl and the master tape. It’s just what it is sadly. A strange editing choice of the time. I listened to test pressings of all the CDs and they sounded really good. The same mastering engineer who did the Dollar mastering (as that was the last project I did), has done the Nick Kamen ones. The two ‘new’ songs are real finds. ‘So Sad’ is a forgotten Everly Brothers hit and Nick does a great version, and ‘Right On Track’ is a fabulous version of The Breakfast Club, which Stephen Bray loved. He was a real sweetheart to talk to and remembered some nice little bits and pieces of the time they worked together. We basically crammed the CDs with absolutely everything we thought was worthwhile to make them as exciting as possible. And a lot of people won’t know his 4th album, but it is really very, very good. There’s a Facebook page for Nick that I’ll post some of the master tape boxes up on as we run up to the release as I know people, like me (!) like to see those kind of things.
  2. And the shortened version was an Arthur Baker mix - I pulled and re-transferred the UK 1/2” master tape and the version that fades a few seconds earlier is what was used in the UK. I’ve commented as such in the booklet.
  3. i currently have a big box full of master tapes that were pulled for the release sat in my house. I’ve not been able to risk sending them back yet. Don’t want them to go AWOL in transit!
  4. Yes we're starting to get some Tory sponsors (the millionaire ones) asking for lockdown to be lifted. But it's just not the right time. Johnson knows that now better than anyone.
  5. Not sure where best to post this so figure as it's a physical release this may be best. I compiled and project managed a Nick Kamen 6 disc collection for Cherry Pop, which is coming out on July 24th. It of course includes "Each Time You Break My Heart" and "Tell Me", which feature Madonna. They are present in a number of mixes. I also interviewed Stephen Bray for the booklet. Hopefully this will be of interest to some of you and you will support the release, which can be pre-ordered here - https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/nick-kamen-the-complete-collection-6cd-boxset/
  6. Social media just brings out the worst in people. If I was that famous I wouldn’t have any social media. I’d always be asking people to come say the things they do to my face and receive a free gift of a broken jaw.
  7. Maleficent becomes the first Disney witch to self isolate, but she’s still working from home....
  8. I think this is showing Boris to have only one sentence in his vocabulary “Get Brexit done”. Now he just looks like a rabbit in headlights. i expect a huge backtrack in 48 hours or less.
  9. In the UK our government have decided it’s better for the bulk of the population to get it so aside from asking to you quarantine yourself if you have symptoms they’ve opted to do very little. My mum has stage 4 COPD, and took very badly yesterday. Had to be blue lighted to hospital unconscious. I did expect that because she was ‘old and had an underlying medical condition’ she’d probably been left in the corridor to die, given the general attitude of many that these people are expendable and fodder for the virus, but the staff took great care of her. She is bed bound so not likely to have the virus, but they have her quarantined at the moment so we can’t see her until her test results are back. But I wasn’t called last night, so she must be stable for now.
  10. Give Me was great. So colourful, with plenty going on. I really loved that recordand had the video on repeat. Still one of my favourites.
  11. I’d expect Muswell Hill to ride it out in style!
  12. Those considerate folk who shop at my local Tesco in Leeds kindly ate all the cheap pasta. Apparently £2-a-bag pasta is a bit of a reach ever for panic buyers.
  13. Confessions. AL is a more immersive listen due to the depth of the songs, but it can be a slog to get through at the end. Confessions is easy to listen to and much poppier.
  14. The only good thing about the VIP book being sold on her store is it will at least stop the greedy twats who are selling it at inflated prices from being able to get away with it.
  15. I paid more for that on eBay. I should have trusted my gut. I was 90% certain it was going to end up in the Madonna shop.
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