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 Posted:   Jan 13, 2024 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   Phil567   (Member)

I realized the other day that there are several songs that I much prefer in their short radio 45 rpm versions compared with the longer album versions. Here is a list. Tell me yours!

Light My Fire - The Doors. I like the under 3-minute radio version (per my "golden oldie" 45 rpm single) so much better. The album version is too long and boring for me.

Let The Music Play - Shannon. The extended version is boring to me. The short 45 rpm version is so much more exciting. It makes its point quicker and maintains my interest.

Rock Lobster - B52's. The 4:52 45 rpm version gets to the point faster than the 6 and a half minute LP version. The LP version is too long and tedious to sit through, for me.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2024 - 8:05 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Now yer talkin'!

Tracking down elusive single/radio edits is one of my favorite hobbies.
And if I can't find them, I recreate them!

Anyway, off the top of my head...

Mike Oldfield--Tubular Bells.
Excellent.
The Atlantic Records staffer who did this back in 1974 took a sprawling, wonderful epic and whittled it down into an
almost-traditional pop tune structure.
(Technically, it's just an edit of the first 7-1/2 minutes of Part 1, but it works brilliantly.)
Oldfield himself was reportedly displeased with the result, but the single (and the concurrent cross-promotion with the Exorcist film) did more to promote the album than would have been accomplished by Oldfield and Virgin on their own.

Kraftwerk--Autobahn.
This one is also as brilliant as the Oldfield single for all of the same reasons.
It was a well-deserved hit.
At approximately the same time the UK released their own single edit, but IMO the USA/German edit is the superior of the two.
The UK edit has cuts that are a wee bit too jarring--almost hamfisted.
The other edit flows much more smoothly for a more satisfying listen.



 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2024 - 8:56 PM   
 By:   Phil567   (Member)

As an aside, one radio edit that I DON'T like is the Pointer Sisters' Jump (For My Love).

It sounds to me like someone took the 12" single version (which I think works beautifully) and chopped it all up to fit the short radio edit. It's jarring to listen to the radio edit if you know and like the 12" extended remix.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2024 - 8:57 PM   
 By:   Phil567   (Member)

Now yer talkin'!

Tracking down elusive single/radio edits is one of my favorite hobbies.
And if I can't find them, I recreate them!

Anyway, off the top of my head...

Mike Oldfield--Tubular Bells.
Excellent.
The Atlantic Records staffer who did this back in 1974 took a sprawling, wonderful epic and whittled it down into an
almost-traditional pop tune structure.
(Technically, it's just an edit of the first 7-1/2 minutes of Part 1, but it works brilliantly.)
Oldfield himself was reportedly displeased with the result, but the single (and the concurrent cross-promotion with the Exorcist film) did more to promote the album than would have been accomplished by Oldfield and Virgin on their own.

Kraftwerk--Autobahn.
This one is also as brilliant as the Oldfield single for all of the same reasons.
It was a well-deserved hit.
At approximately the same time the UK released their own single edit, but IMO the USA/German edit is the superior of the two.
The UK edit has cuts that are a wee bit too jarring--almost hamfisted.
The other edit flows much more smoothly for a more satisfying listen.


Thanks. I'll have to give those two songs a listen (in their radio edits, of course).,

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2024 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

D'oh!
I should have added links to the videos in my first post, so folks know what the deuce I'm talking about.
Doing that now.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2024 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   Phil567   (Member)

D'oh!
I should have added links to the videos in my first post, so folks know what the deuce I'm talking about.
Doing that now.


Thanks, those are great.

Regarding The Excorcist, what about the part where the priest asks the demon why he doesn't just use his magic powers to break the straps holding him to the bed, and the demon says that that would be a vulgar display of power or something. Oh, come on! I guess someone realized there was a plot hole (how do you tie up a demon that can use his powers to break the ropes) and they kind of wanted to head it off at the pass.

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2024 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Good point on the B-52's song.
A good edit is one that cuts away the excess in such a way that you don't even notice the cuts, and yet stays musical.

Another good example:
The Stranglers--Midnight Summer Dream.
The LP cut is over 6 minutes, with the lyrics being mainly recited and the singing saved for the end.
The extended remix is over 10 minutes(!).
But for the 7" single, they cut the remix down to about 3 & 1/2 minutes, cutting down on the recitation but retaining all of the singing.
It should have been a bigger hit, but I guess at the time people were not quite ready for a more "subdued" Stranglers.

 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2024 - 4:25 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Meat Loaf: "I'd Do Anything For Love".
Depending on how one feels about Jim Steinman's mini-epics, this edit is either brilliant or dreadful.
I dig it because it trims the repetition and excess, and still leaves the good stuff.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2024 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   Indy1981   (Member)

Marc Almond- Tainted Love (without the "Where Did Our Love Go?" part).

 
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