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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

New Musik

Last album listened to?

NEW MUSIK – From A To B (GTO / CBS EU CD 474616.2 – originally issued as GTO UK LP GTLP 041 in 1980)

Why that one?

I recently got the CD for the 3rd New Musik album, “Warp”, when I visited Japan

What did you think?

It was pretty much as remembered. I am going to try and listen to all three New Musik CD titles presently. I probably hadn’t played any of the complete albums since I got the first two as CD’s (in the 90’s). I like their singles real well – “Luxury”, “This World of Water”, “While You Wait”, “The Planet Doesn’t Mind” etc. I understand that leader Tony Mansfield is perhaps better known as a producer (Captain Sensible, Lio etc.) – but as far as I am concerned, New Musik are an 80’s band that has aged rather well. They were never over-played (I do not think I ever heard them against my will!). I do not get a chance to add to my New Musik very often (recently found a U.S. 45 of “Straight Lines” and just obtained the aforementioned “Warp” CD in Japan). I never saw them play live – I do not think they ever came to the U.S. to play live. I have no idea if any of them are active in the music business at present. I think I always thought that the keyboard player would turn up in some other group, but…I never saw if he did. Mansfield is the singer / writer / guitarist – but to me, the keyboard player of New Musik was a real star. By the way, all three CD’s by New Musik have bonus tracks – but I believe there are still some cuts on 7” singles that never made it to CD.

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE / TWELFTH HOUSE EPIC UK EPCA 1976 7"

ANYWHERE GTO FR 474615.2 CD

ANYWHERE GTO UK GTLP 044 LP

CHURCHES / THEY ALL RAN AFTER THE CARVING KNIFE GTO FR GT 298 7"

FROM A TO B GTO FR 474616.2 CD

FROM A TO B GTO UK GTLP 041 LP

LIVING BY NUMBERS / SAD FILMS GTO UK GT 261 7"

LUXURY GTO FR GT 13-296 12"

LUXURY / OFFICE, THE GTO UK GT 268 7"

PLANET DOESN'T MIND, THE GTO UK GT 13-302 12"

SANCTUARY EPIC US NFE 37314 LP

SANCTUARY / SHE'S A MAGAZINE / CHIK MUSIK GTO UK GT 275 7"

STRAIGHT LINES (10") EPIC US 3E 36450 10"

STRAIGHT LINES / ON ISLANDS EPIC US 9-50841 7"

STRAIGHT LINES / ON ISLANDS GTO UK GT 255 7"

THIS WORLD OF WATER / MISSING PERSONS GTO UK GT 268 7"

WARP EPIC/SONY JPN EICP 7015 CD

WARP EPIC UK EPC 85567 LP

WHILE YOU WAIT GTO UK GT 13-291 12"

WHILE YOU WAIT / FROM THE VILLAGE / GUITARS GTO UK GT 291 7"


2 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Re: New Musik

I remember when I heard "Straight Lines" after my friend Charles bought the Epic "Nu-Disc" 12" EP of these guys in 1980. That cut was IT as far as we were concerned! It was similar to The Buggles but even better! I then bought the US LP "Sanctuary" that mashed up "From A to B" and "Anywhere." And that was IT for New Music until the early 90s when I finally managed to snag and LP of "Anywhere." By then I also had all of the Trouser Press Record Guides and they spoke tantalizingly of a 3rd album, "Warp," but I never saw it. By the mid 90s I obtained the Dutch CDs of "Anywhere" and "From A to B" with all of the nice bonus tracks. Finally, in 2002, I was at Yesterday & Today Records in Maryland and was very pleased to finally grab "Warp" on LP for about $25. The next day I was at the D.C. Tower and found the just released JPN CD of said title, sick with bonus tracks! Yeah, Tony Mansfield is like the alternative Trevor Horn in my book. Great production but even better self-made music. He even sounds a bit like Trev with his high register, but I find his music more melancholic. Like TCH, he's "known" for synthpop sounds but does not play the keys in his group. The 2001 UK or JPN remasters have additional bonus tracks to our early Dutch copies, Ron-San.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Of course, I only discover that the Japanese editions have more bonus tracks once I am home...

7:31 PM  

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