Paul Haig - The Warp Of Pure Fun [4CD Box Set]
Format: 4CD BOX SET
Catalogue No.: TWI669CD
Release Date: 19 Nov 2021
Les Disques du Crepuscule is proud to present a newly remastered and expanded CD box set edition of The Warp of Pure Fun, the acclaimed 1985 album by Scottish songwriter Paul Haig, formerly of influential Postcard/post-punk group Josef K.
Co-produced by Alan Rankine of The Associates, The Warp of Pure Fun followed a brief flirtation with mainstream dance-pop on the Island Records, and marked a return to warmer, more personal songs and arrangements, as well as live drums and ringing guitars, and also embracing emergent digital technology such as Akai sequencers and the Kurzweil sampling keyboard.
The album includes 4 singles in Big Blue World, Heaven Help You Now, Love Eternal and electro-funk stormer The Only Truth, the latter produced with Bernard Sumner of New Order and Donald Johnson (A Certain Ratio). As well as Alan Rankine on luxuriant keyboards, other stellar guests include drummers Steve Goulding, Toby and James Locke, bassist Michael McCann and Blaine L. Reininger of Tuxedomoon, who adds dramatic strings to epic closer Love and War.
The mammoth 64 track box set also includes a raft of extended 12” mixes, including rare US remixes by Man Parrish and Mantronik, and no less than 3 versions of The Executioner, a spooky electro collaboration with Cabaret Voltaire taped at their Western Works Studio in Sheffield. B-sides include Paul’s frantic rockabilly take on Ghost Rider by Suicide, featuring Malcolm Ross and David McClymont of Josef K/Orange Juice.
Disc 2 features a fascinating early album demo recorded at home on 4 track equipment, featuring several previously unheard songs, as well as all tracks from Paul’s legendary ‘lost’ second album from 1984, including sublime standout song Shining Hour.
Disc 4 offers 9 tracks professionally recorded live in Japan in May 1985 (with
accompanying radio interview), along with several more demo tracks recorded later that year. Again, several of these songs (Testimony, Wrapped, Bridges) have never heard or released on record before.
Remastered in 2021 by Peter Beckmann at TechnologyWorks London. The booklet includes a detailed track by track commentary by Paul, along with photographs and artwork by Crepuscule design director Benoit Hennebert.
CD 1: THE WARP OF PURE FUN
1. Silent Motion 2. Heaven Help You Now 3. Love Eternal 4. This Dying Flame 5. Sense of Fun 6. Scare Me 7. Big Blue World 8. The Only Truth 9. One Lifetime Away 10. Love and War 11. Ghost Rider 12. Endless Song 13. Dangerous Life 14. The Executioner (Mix #1) 15. Closer Now 16. Trust 17. World Raw
CD 2: 1984 DEMO + LOST ALBUM TRACKS
1. City Life 2. Judgement Coming 3. Love and War 4. The Only Truth 5. Heart of Song 6. Crawling 7. Fear and Dancing 8. One Lifetime Away 9. Trust 10. Shining Hour 11. World Raw 12. All Our Love 13. Love Eternal 14. Shining Hour 15. One Lifetime Away 16. Fear and Dancing 17. All Our Love 18. Love and War
CD 3: OUTTAKES, REMIXES + RARITIES
1. Heaven Help You Now (12”) 2. This Dying Flame (12” Mix) 3. The Only Truth (12”) 4. The Executioner (Mix #2) 5. Scottish Christmas 6. Theme from ‘The Persuaders’ 7. Change of Heart 8. Work the System 9. Heaven Help You Now (Mantronik Mix) 10. The Only Truth (US Remix) 11. The Executioner (Mix #3) 12. The Only Truth (Instrumental) 13. On This Night of Decision
CD 4: LIVE IN JAPAN 4/5/1985 + DEMOS
1. Scare Me (live) 2, Blue For You (live) 3. Heaven Help You Now (live) 4. Love Eternal (live) 5. Interview 6. Ghost Rider (live) 7. Big Blue World (live) 8. Heaven Sent (live) 9. Magdalena 82 (live) 10. The Only Truth (demo) 11. Testimony 12. Wrapped 13. Reach the Top (1985 demo) 14. Eastworld (1985 demo) 15. In-Flight Entertainment (198 demo) 16. Bridges (1985 demo)
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