Due to the number of unreleased tracks floating around, I thought it may be a good idea to include a reference for what is out there that people may be trying to get copies of, and comments about the tracks themselves for those who have not heard them. This list has been expanded to include obscurities, differences in pressings and generally things of interest to collectors.
Tracks organized in assumed chronological order within groups of type.
Last updated August 23rd, 2003
A peel sessions recording exists for Yazoo, never aired or released. The sessions include alternate takes on In My Room, Midnight, Don't Go and Winter Kills. These versions of tracks have now just started to leak out, and from what I've been told, they are outstanding. The different version of Don't Go has been labeled as classic and timeless. Midnight is presented in near acapella.
An instrumental that was peformed on tour to give Alison's voice a break in the middle of the set. A studio recording of this track exists, an excerpt was released on a very obscure spanish 7" split with Depeche Mode on one side and the Yazoo track on the other. China is an outstanding track, even live it could be appreciated. The excerpt is very Vince-y, and is fun to listen to... even at only 50 seconds. The live version of this track was released on the BBC Transcription Disc 12" of the show, which is very hard to find. Chinese Detectives did a cover of China trying to duplicate the track as it was recorded, but from what I hear, it's just not quite the same and doesn't compare to the original track at all... A cheap knockoff, as some people have said.
There has been some speculation as to what the track was actually called. The best to my knowledge is that the track originally was called China, which is how it is printed on the BBC Transcription Disc, but later was renamed to Chinese Detectives, as how it can be found titled by checking various publishing and royalties information sites.
State Farm (Play-Doh Dub)
Originally only released on the Situation '90 UK Promo, this mix has for quite a while drifted around as an obscure unknown... copies of the 12" promo that contains this mix seems to be somewhat rare, as not a whole lot of people have actually been able to come across it. This mix remained on this scarce pressing until late 1999 where it was rereleased on the Situation '99 LP Single in the UK along with most other Situation and State Farm mixes which previously have not been released on CD before.
Unreleased instrumental from Vince's Yazoo days. A one-minute bit has been floating among tape trader rings for a while.
A live-only recording of an unreleased track that Vince and Alison did for a Children's Programme called "Get Set for Summer." A short song and has been traded around in pretty damaged quality.
Andy recorded one 7" release as Dinger before forming Erasure. This release contained two songs, Air of Mystery and I Love to Love. Though well known, good quality copies of these tracks are hard to come by.
Early recordings of the first tracks Erasure ever released. The Who Needs Love Like That demo was eventually released on a magazing tape sampler bootleg, but good luck finding it. The quality is excellent. Both tracks were originally aired during a BBC Radio Special.
Heavenly Action (Trail Edit)
Reported by a Warner employee that a track with this label exists in the vaults. Best guesses is that it is a misspelled "trial" edit of the Yellow Brick Mix, ultimately never released.
5 known unreleased tracks for this song, 2 Club Vocal Mixes, 2 Dub Mixes and one Radio Edit of the first Club Vocal Mix. The mix quality is good, but they're just boring house mixes, like the ones heard on the US 12" Promo for A Little Respect. These mixes were comissioned for US Release/Promotion of the Crackers International single but ultimately never saw the light of day.
ERAS Promo Mixes:
The first three ERAS 12" series contained (mostly, at the time) unreleased and promo-exclusive mixes. The actual 12" releases are very rare, limited to 250 or 500 copies, depending on which of the three you get. They were released during the break in between the Wild! and Chorus albums. Probably while they were on tour. The Ship of Fools and Sometimes mixes that appeared here were later released on the Who Needs Love Like That '92 UK LCD format. The Sometimes mix does appear on the US counterpart of this single, but as an edit. (The female vocals were removed) These tracks have gotten around quite a bit by now, many bootlegs contain these mixes... but quality is questionable. The only definite things I'm able to point out about these tracks is that "Senseless" uses a sound as heard in Depeche Mode's "Halo". But this track was supposenly recorded and possibly released first. Who Needs Love Like That will probably never see the light of day as it uses Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, The Who (and some other metal band) sound samples, and permissions will never be granted. Contrary to what you might think, the mix of Who Needs Love is actually VERY good. Weight of the World's mix is a classic and should be given the chance at a rerelease. Rumour has it that it was ALMOST released on the EIS Buried Treasure disc, but had to be scrapped due to time constraints.
One word: Laughable. One of their most embarassing compilation appearances was
a rerecording of a Lene Lovich song called Rage. It was released on a PETA Sponsored
Animal Rights compilation called Tame Yourself. The compilation is out of print but
still can be found in bargin bins everywhere.
Two tracks aired for an Erasure TV Special, these two tracks appear broadcasted in extremely stipped down versions. Perfect Stranger was released as the Acoustic recording on the Am I Right? LCD but without the drums as heard in this and the KROQ version... however, the KROQ version was sped up, which still makes this version of Perfect Stranger unique. Both tracks have been long distributed through tape trading rings and have lost major sonic quality.
Am I Right? (Acoustic guitar demo)
Home (Alternative Arrangement Demo)
Perfect Stranger (Demo)
Joan (Alternative Arrangement Demo)
Waiting for the Day (Alternative Lyrics Demo)
Love to Hate You (Demo)
Siren Song (Alternative "Charlie Chaplin" Lyrics Demo)
Siren Song (Alternative "Demo Lyrics" Known Version)
Siren Song (Demo)
Tune 5/Mirror to Your Soul (Vocoder Vocal Demo)
Tune 5/Mirror to Your Soul (Normal Vocal Demo)
Twilight ('Welcome to the twilight zone' Lyrics Demo)
Twilight (Alternative lyrics and different melody)
Twilight (More alternative lyrics and different melody again)
Twilight (Yet more alternative lyrics and yet another different melody)
Twilight (Even more alternative lyrics - this time in French - and yet another different melody)
The Chorus Demos are early studio recordings of the tracks that later were rerecorded to be released on the Chorus album... except for one, which was Mirror to Your Soul. A track that ended up being rejected and never redone for release on the album. The sound and basics to these tracks are all essentially the same as their final counterparts, except for a few things here and there. Home has much more sound effects than the final mix does, also has 1/4 note beats throughout the whole song. Joan rearranges some of the lyrics, the bridge to the chorus worked in this order on the final mix: (dare to disagree/for effect/dare to disagree), but in the demo, it follows this order: (dare to disagree/dare to disagree/for effect) Waiting for the day also has slightly different lyrics. Instead of having a second verse, the first verse is just repeated. Rumour has it that Mute wanted Waiting for the Day to be released as a single and asked Erasure to write a second verse for the song. Seeing as Chorus also repeats the first verse, it may have seemed too lazy/repetitious to have a second song that did the same. Love to Hate You starts off with a cowboy-esque "YeeeHA!" but not much is different. Does anyone know if this was the mix they originally submitted to the Dick Tracy soundtrack? Siren Song has completely different lyrics almost throughout the entire song. I felt the track was much stronger before the lyrics were changed, so I treasure the demo version much more. Lyrics to Mirror to Your Soul and the alternate version of Siren Song can be seen in the Lyrics Collection.
At the Erasure Convention "The Circus", unreleased tracks played for those in attendance also included another version of Mirror to Your Soul, one using robotic voice effects... This was what was reported, so unfortunately I cannot tell you anything futher about this track. Additional unheard Chorus Demos were also played, including an "amazing" version (as one has said) of Siren Song. This version specifically mentioned Charlie Chaplin in the lyrics. Someone said they can barely remember how it goes, so this may be incorrect: "Plastic people in plastic movies, Nothing like real life, Nothing like Charlie Chaplin"
It appears that the song we all know as "Mirror to Your Soul" is being labeled such based on an assumed title. It makes sense if you look at the lyrics, but according to those who have seen the documentation that accompanied the Chorus Demos, this track is simply labeled as "Tune 5". Twilight is assumed to be early versions of the "I Love Saturday" B-side titled "Ghost".
Special thanks to Christian Ondrak for providing me with the lyrics to the demo version of Siren Song. They can be found in the lyrics collection under "Siren Song (Demo)'
8 known unreleased tracks, two mixes and one edit by Tommy Musto, 2 mixes and one edit from 3rd Mixes and 2 versions of the released Single Low End Mix. The first version is slightly longer (the released Single Low End Mix is a slight edit) and the other version is instrumental. The mix quality is excellent, but the sounds are very dated. They were based on the club house/techno sound at the time.
US Chorus CD or UK 12" Chorus Promo versus other Chorus Singles
There are two variations of the same version of Snappy, the shorter version which is a slight edit to remove Led Zepplin drum samples that were used without permission. This edit was rather badly done and the song tends to "jump" forward to a completely different sequence. (High pitched shifted tones, jumps to "PARTTTAAYYY!")
The US release of the Chorus single contains the version of Snappy with the drum sequence completely intact. Listen to both versions starting at 2:15 into, the unedited bit ends at rougly 2:32.
Released but recalled. Most copies of this promo cassette are assumed to be sitting in Mute's vaults collecting dust. Love to Hate you is quite strange sounding, the mix title "Blunder Version" is very appropriate. This version of Perfect Stranger is also the same as the Acoustic Mix on the Am I Right? LCD, but the LCD track is slower and without drums.
Love to Hate You (Italian Version)
The first Italian Version was released on an extremely rare CD5 Promo, only about 100 copies exist. A BAD recording of a DIFFERENT Italian version exists on the Ultra Rare Trax bootleg. (It actually has different lyrics.)
The Spanish Version is very common, on several promo formats in the US, the second Spanish Version, again, only found on the Ultra Rare Trax bootlegs, has different lyrics as well.
Horrible mixes of this song. Released on an obscure and very rare 12" promo format in Italy only for some unknown reason.
Love to Hate You (Frank DeWulf Mix)
This mix is also known as the Love Vs. Hate Mix. Like other other Italian Promo mixes, it sucks. Released by itself on rare 12" promo only format.
Again, at the Erasure Convention "The Circus", fans heard another unreleased track... a near 9 minute version of Vitamin C. Reports were very enthusiastic about this track, saying what we haven't heard of this song (and probably will never hear) goes beyond geinus for a Vince-strumental. Rumour has it that this 8 minute 33 second version is actually the original recording of Vitamin C, and the version on Love to Hate You is simply an edit which cut all the best parts out.
Lay All Your Love on Me (No Panties Mix)
The full version of this mix is only available on the ERAS4 UK 12" Promo or the US 12" Abba-Esque Club Promo. This longer than released version of this mix ends with a bit of "You're the Top". The fade in the released track is presumably due to a copyright problem with the original version of this track. The Erasure Boxed sets contains the full length version of this mix and not the early fade commercial version.
Heart of Glass
There exists a studio recording of Erasure's cover of Blondie's Heart of Glass. The quality of the cover is incredible, and sounds almost EXACTLY like the original, which is probably why the original recording itself was never released. This cover, however, was aired during a Radio 1 special, so few have been able to record a decent copy of this track. Full copies of the show include Vince's comments on why they covered this track: "The chords were really easy." You can hear my cleaned-up fullrate version of this track. Also aired along with this track was the Mark Goodier Radio Session version of Because You're So Sweet. It was released on the UK I Love Saturday cassette single and US I Love Saturday CD single.
"I Say I Say I Say" Demos:
Synth demos for the I Say I Say I Say album are known to exist. No lyrics, just probably Vince showing off ideas for various songs.
Always (X-Dub Full)
The version released on the I Love Saturday single is a cut, an edit made to make the single qualify for charting as the total length of the CD was too long. The original full recording of this mix is every bit as obnoxious as the cut, only it goes on longer. This mix got leaked out by the in-house cassette for I Love Saturday and has been floating around since.
Rock Me Gently (A Combination of Special Events Mix)
Rumour has it there's an even LONGER version of this mix, which ultimately had to be trimmed down before being pressed onto the Rock Me Gently single. Whether this is true, I'm not sure.
In My Arms (Dekkard's Esprit Dub Instrumental)
The only mix of all those done for In My Arms and released on promos that has yet to survive a rerelease on another format. All the Love to Infinity mixes reappeared on the US version of In My Arms, all the Dekkard mixes (except for this one) were released on German and UK pressings of the Rain single/ep. It sounds just like the dub mix... only instrumental.
Easily the worst mixes I have ever heard with Erasure's name on it. Mavrick released a 12" Promo with these two mixes on it and quickly recalled them. These tracks are simply TERRIBLE. No Erasure bits or elements whatsoever.
More unreleased tracks only a few select fans at the Erasure Convention "The Circus" got to hear. People are calling "My Love" a fantastic track. I was unable to attend and never got to hear it myself. Hopefully it will be a future B-side release with enough feedback from those who did hear it and enjoyed it or those who just want to hear it (which would be almost everyone else). Also played at the convention was a different version of "Reach Out", one with alternative lyrics.
This song (My Love) is apparently an outtake from the "Cowboy" album. An unfinished track. Hopefully it will be completed and released in the future...
The EIS Releases:
There has been 3 audio releases from the EIS, but since the first major
one was after Cowboy, it is listed here.
An internal only sampler of the album Loveboat was leaked, 5 finished versions of tracks that were completed first are on this CDR. Above titles are how they are listed on the sampler, but I suspect that most are just working titles. These were the finished versions and sound the same as how they appeared on the final release.
Loveboat Telephone Sessions:
Phone Line Recording Internal Only CDR, 2 telephone recording versions.
Remember how you could call a toll free number, hear Erasure talk about their new upcoming releases and hear an EXTREMEMLY short edit of Freedom? That's what this CDR was. Hard copies of the phone recordings you could call in and listen to.
Loveboat Acoustic Promo
Freedom, Alien, Where in the World, A Little Respect
A 4 track CD promo of acoustic recordings was released to help promote Loveboat. A Little Respect obviously rerecorded to help with airplay/attention factor. This version of ALR is quite appalling, however. Shrill and barely resembles the guitar sounds of the original. The version of Freedom on this promo is a completely rerecorded and truly acoustic version, not like the one on the UK CD that still uses production vocals and some basic synths.
Known unreleased mixes related to songs off the Loveboat album. The
3 Unreleased Freedom versions supposenly only available on an internal only CDR via
Mute US. (The Picchiotti Versions were released on the Freedom L12")
Erasure performed a live on-air set of 6 songs at the Sirius Studios in New
York. Two of the acoustic recordings were later released on the Make Me Smile
CD Singles. The full show lasted for one hour with interview bits in between
Solsbury Hill (French Radio Remix)
An exclusive French mix of Solsbury Hill has been rumoured to exist... like In My Arms, a different radio mix was created specifically for the French market.
When Will I See You Again? (Unmastered 37b Version)
An earlier version of the 37b Mix for When Will I See You Again? was released on an in-house CDR promo compilation of all the tracks to be released for the Make Me Smile series of CD/DVD singles. This version contains a completely different intro arrangement and uses different sounds than heard on the finished version of this mix. The vocals are also much further into the background.
I'm not sure when this was released, so I stuck this at the end. Vince and Andy did a recording of Silent Night with an introduction and a farewell comment. Barely a minute long, the uptempo version has been found on many bootlegs but most of them omitted the intro entirely. The original release of this recording came off a 12" Red Vinyl promo from Sire called "Yulesville." Due to the nature of the release, being a compilation that contains other Christmas recordings/intros from other 80's pop acts, it makes this a harder find because Madonna fans (among others) also hunt down this release.
VCA: Enchanted (Lucky Bastard Demo)
This is a demo track using sounds from Vince's "Lucky Bastard" sample CD and wasn't composed/done by Vince himself.
No More Tears (Enough is Enough)
This song was probably going to end up as a single from the Coneheads Soundtrack, but for some reason only 3 (and the worst) mixes ended up finally getting released on k.d. lang's "Lifted By Love" single some time later. 5 known unreleased mixes of this track, 3 of which were radio mixes... which shows they were thinking of pushing this thing to pop radio. There was an unreleased Instrumental Club and Dub mixes of the Classic Club Mix, 2 edits of the club mixes for radio play, and an acoustic/ballad mix which is almost nothing short of fantastic. These mixes were released on a special promo-only in-house cassette sampler and have gotten around a bit since then.
Sheffield National Centre for Popular Music, 3D Theatre Demo
Vince and Martyn Ware (Heaven 17, producer of I Say I Say I Say) did a 15-minute piece for demonstration of the 3D Sound Theatre in the Sheffield Pop Museum. Reports from those who heard the presentation described it as blippy, loaded with effects and very experamental. Very obscure, well done and though his usual touches are thrown in, is not what one might expect to hear from Vince.
This track is called "Music for Multiple Dimensions" and can be purchased on the "The Clarke and Ware Experament: Pretentious" album. This album is available from Mute Bank or most obscure (re: synthpop oriented) shops. Even CDnow has it for sale.
Rita, Sue and Bob, Too.
Vince did a soundtrack for a stage/theatre production called Rita, Sue and Bob, Too. The soundtrack contains about a dozen different different little mini covers and crossover takes on popular 80's songs. Some of the bands covered were Human League, Soft Cell, Spandau Ballet, Adam and the Ants, Madness, Yazoo and OMD.
Genderfix: Boom Boom (featuring Vince Clarke and Daphene Diamond)
A somewhat listenable dance version of an unreleased track that Vince worked on. This guy (Genderfix) basically remixed it and put it on his own 12" EP called Tongue n' Cheek.