Price: £19.75
Format: boxset
Artist: Paul Haig
Availability: 19-11-2021
CatNo: TWI669CD
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Paul Haig The Warp Of Pure Fun Boxset
Remastered and expanded box set edition of The Warp of Pure Fun, the acclaimed 1985 album by Paul Haig (Josef K). 
 
Co-produced by Alan Rankine (Associates), the album 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.
 
Featuring Alan Rankine on luxuriant keyboards, other guests include drummers Steve Goulding, Toby and James Locke, bassist Michael McCann and Blaine L. Reininger (Tuxedomoon), who adds dramatic strings to epic closer Love And War. The Only Truth is produced with Bernard Sumner of New Order and Donald Johnson (A Certain Ratio). 
 
4CD with booklet (including a detailed track by track commentary by Paul, along with photographs and artwork by design director Benoit Hennebert).
 
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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. 

 

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 (1985 demo)
16. Bridges (1985 demo)