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Reissue Theory: Go West

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Reading Rob Sheffield’s Talking to Girls About Duran Duran was a mistake. I don’t mean that in a literal sense; the Rolling Stone writer’s newest book is a great read (as good as his incredibly bittersweet memoir Love is a Mix Tape), especially for an ’80s enthusiast like myself.

But reading the author’s meticulous combing of tracks from his youth (everything from A Flock of Seagulls to the truly obscure Hayzi Fantayzeee) and how they inspired his ability to engage in dialogues with the women in his life made me think of all the obscure ’80s tunes that I’ve enjoyed over the years.

One of the first ones that jumped out at me was “King of Wishful Thinking” by Go West – but then I realized it’s from 1990, the very early days of my radio-listening career. Obviously, I wasn’t cognizant enough to remember “Don’t Look Down” or “We Close Our Eyes,” not that they were particularly big hits in the U.S. in their time. (They don’t turn up on any major compilations or flashback radio shows, either.)

But they were a good, danceable (if kind of dated) band that deserves some attention on the catalogue side. You know what that means: check out a Reissue Theory set for their first two records after the jump!

Go West, Go West (Chrysalis CHR 1495 (U.K.)/FV 41495 (U.S.), 1985)

Disc 1: Original LP and B-sides

  1. We Close Our Eyes – 3:50
  2. Don’t Look Down – 3:55
  3. Call Me – 4:11
  4. Eye to Eye – 3:34
  5. Haunted – 3:18
  6. S.O.S. – 4:01
  7. Goodbye Girl – 5:08
  8. Innocence – 4:10
  9. Missing Persons – 5:25
  10. The Man in My Mirror – 4:33 (7” B-side to “Call Me” – Chrysalis GOW 1, 1985)
  11. Dreamworld – 4:23 (7” B-side to “Goodbye Girl” – Chrysalis GOW 2, 1985)
  12. One Way Street – 4:39 (from Rocky IV: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Scotti Bros. ZK 40203 (U.S.), 1985)

Disc 2: Remixes and live cuts

  1. We Close Our Eyes (Total Overhang Mix) – 6:42 (12” A-side – Chrysalis CHS 12 2850, 1985)
  2. Call Me (The Indiscriminate Mix) – 6:38 (12” A-side – Chrysalis GOWX 1, 1985)
  3. Eye to Eye (The Horizontal Mix) – 5:08 (12” B-side – Chrysalis GOWX 1, 1985)
  4. S.O.S. (The Perpendicular Mix) – 5:08 (12” B-side – Chrysalis GOWX 2, 1985)
  5. Eye to Eye (The Credibility Mix) – 5:45 (U.S. 12” A-side – Chrysalis 4V9 42900, 1985)
  6. Eye to Eye (The Credibility Dub) – 4:50 (U.S. 12” B-side – Chrysalis 4V9 42900, 1985)
  7. Don’t Look Down (The Stratospheric Mix) – 6:06 (12” A-side – Chrysalis GOWX 3, 1985)
  8. Inspiration (The Desperation Mix) – 5:53 (12” B-side – Chrysalis GOWX 3, 1985)
  9. Ball of Confusion (Live) – 6:56 (from Bangs and Crashes – Chrysalis CHRD 1495, 1985)
  10. Missing Persons (Live) – 6:43 (from Bangs and Crashes – Chrysalis CHRD 1495, 1985)

Go West, Dancing on the Couch (Chrysalis CDL 1550 (U.K.)/VK 41550 (U.S.), 1987)

Disc 1: Original LP (U.S. track listing)

  1. I Want to Hear It from You – 3:43
  2. Little Caesar – 4:28
  3. Masque of Love – 4:06
  4. From Baltimore to Paris – 5:47
  5. True Colours – 3:56
  6. The King is Dead – 4:27
  7. Chinese Whispers – 4:14
  8. Don’t Look Down (The Sequel) – 4:21
  9. Crossfire – 4:31
  10. Dangerous – 3:55

Disc 2: B-sides, remixes and live cuts

  1. True Colours (Snake Charmer Mix) – (12” A-side – Chrysalis GOWX 4, 1986)
  2. XL5 – 2:51 (7” B-side to “True Colours” – Chrysalis GOW 4, 1986)
  3. I Want to Hear It from You (A Day in Aarhus) – 4:50 (12” A-side – Chrysalis GOWX5, 1987)
  4. Don’t Look Down (The Sequel) (U.S. Dance Version) – 7:09 (U.S. 12” promo A-side – Chrysalis VAS 2760, 1987)
  5. Don’t Look Down (The Sequel) (U.S. Dub Mix) – 5:22 (U.S. 12” promo B-side – Chrysalis VAS 2760, 1987)
  6. Let’s Build a Boat – 4:06 (U.S. 7” B-side to “Don’t Look Down” – Chrysalis VS4 43141, 1987)
  7. The King is Dead (Live) – 6:53 (from 12” live EP – Chrysalis GOWL 6, 1987)
  8. Don’t Look Down (Live) – 4:54 (from 12” live EP – Chrysalis GOWL 6, 1987)
  9. Little Caesar (Live) – 4:29 (from 12” live EP – Chrysalis GOWL 6, 1987)
  10. Call Me (Live) – 3:43 (from 12” live EP – Chrysalis GOWL 6, 1987)

Written by Mike Duquette

August 25, 2010 at 12:28

Posted in Features, Go West, Reissues

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  1. I used to work with Go West during my tenure at EMI. Still have stayed in touch with them. Great guys.

    I have tried my best to get their first two albums reissued. I’m hoping to get my foot in the door at Cherry Red or some other label to make that happen.

    Anyway, keep in mind two other tracks. The System remixed “Eye To Eye” as a single in the US. There is a 12″ and 7″ mix both of which are quite different from the album version.

    Love your blog. Keep up the great work.

    Vinny Vero

    August 27, 2010 at 22:34

  2. I’ve been looking for years and years for a CD or mp3 version of the live 12″ version of The King Is Dead, with the fabulous piano intro. I thought I’d found it! Ah well 🙂 If anyone reading this happens to have an mp3 of it, you’ll find an extremely grateful recipient at thenightfly83 at yahoo dot co dot uk 🙂

    Andrew

    September 25, 2010 at 19:52

    • i have that live mix on an mp3 recording i could email it to you

      ausin

      October 18, 2010 at 14:16

      • In the incredibly unlikely event that you ever come back here… please do! My email address is spelt out at the end of the previous message. Cheers!

        Andrew

        June 14, 2013 at 09:06


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