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Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

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Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Fred Taghon » Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:22 pm

In 1987, Warner Bros. in the USA was apparently considering releasing "Sex Object" as the third single from Kraftwerk's "Electric Cafe" album. A 7" and 12" version of the song was edited/mixed by Joseph Watt and both were included on the Promo-Only CD "Hit It. Dance & Contemporary Music" ( http://www.discogs.com/Various-Hit-It-D ... se/1307620 ). I bought the CD on ebay several years ago for a small fortune (the copied it and immediately sold it for another small fortune!). There's nothing especially spectacular about these mixes other than they DO each have some "new" elements to them. That, and the fact that neither mix was officially released ANYWHERE on ANY format beyond this rare Promo CD make them extremely rare. It's a great song though. I wish it HAD been released and been given a more thorough remix treatment like "The Telephone Call" had.

Sex Object (7" Edit) 3:57 AIFF
https://www.sendspace.com/file/xf64i7

Sex Object (12" Edit) 7:41 AIFF
https://www.sendspace.com/file/220reu


Sex Object (7" Edit) 3:57 WAV
https://www.sendspace.com/file/u6gl33

Sex Object (12" Edit) 7:41 WAV
https://www.sendspace.com/file/ie6h11
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Neil Kelly » Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:40 pm

Awesome. Thanks once again!
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Fred Taghon » Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:38 am

Neil Kelly wrote:Awesome. Thanks once again!

My pleasure!
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Neil Kelly » Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:39 pm

Am i right in saying that these are bootleg Razormaid mixes rather than something official? http://www.discogs.com/Various-Hit-It-D ... se/1307620
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Fred Taghon » Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:35 pm

Neil Kelly wrote:Am i right in saying that these are bootleg Razormaid mixes rather than something official? http://www.discogs.com/Various-Hit-It-D ... se/1307620

I understand what you're saying and I'm genuinely not sure what the correct answer is lol. I know that the Warner Bros promo CD is legit - I owned it, held it, smelled it, etc. But I can't really say with any real authority how the mixes came to be and why this is the only place they ever appeared. Joseph Watt of Razormaid is credited on the "Hit It" promo CD digipak packaging (check the photos), and there IS a German language version ("Sex Objekt") that is the same mix as the 12" mix (but with German vocals of course) that appeared on an official Razormaid CD: http://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Very ... ase/535424 Yet, it's really kind of a lackluster mix. I was all excited to get the CD about 15yrs ago, but when I listened to it, I was honestly a little disappointed lol. Maybe that's why these mixes ultimately got shelved - and knowing our beloved Ralf and Florian, they probably pulled the plug on it themselves lol. But they're still cool to have.
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Zara-Thustra » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:49 am

Fantastic Upload Thanks a million for the 2 Versions from Sex Object Fred :D

Can you Upload the complete Sampler ? Please That would be very Kind :)

Have a Nice Weekend

Greetings from Germany

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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Fred Taghon » Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:12 am

Zara-Thustra wrote:Fantastic Upload Thanks a million for the 2 Versions from Sex Object Fred :D

Can you Upload the complete Sampler ? Please That would be very Kind :)

Have a Nice Weekend

Greetings from Germany

Zara-Thustra :wink:

I am uploading the files individually in FLAC format:

"Hit It. Dance & Contemporary Music" 1987 Warner Bros. Promo CD (USA)
(NOTE: Several of these tracks have never appeared on any other CD)

01 Atlantic Starr - One Lover At A Time.flac
https://www.sendspace.com/file/irsl36

02 Nick Kamen - Each Time You Break My Heart (Radio Mix - Shep Pettibone 7" Remix).flac
(NOTE: written by Madonna and Stephen Bray)
https://www.sendspace.com/file/ssm0t9

03 Erasure - Sometimes (7" Version).flac
https://www.sendspace.com/file/522roe

04 Depeche Mode - Strangelove (7" Version).flac
https://www.sendspace.com/file/zpe5d9

05 Kraftwerk - Sex Object (Joseph Watt 7" Edit).flac
https://www.sendspace.com/file/i0slxb

06 Club Nouveau - Why You Treat Me So Bad (7" Edit).flac
https://www.sendspace.com/file/mryb0d

07 Atlantic Starr - One Lover At A Time (Extended Version).flac
https://www.sendspace.com/file/btnjp3

08 Nick Kamen - Each Time You Break My Heart (Shep Pettibone Extended Version).flac
https://www.sendspace.com/file/so3b3x

09 Erasure - Sometimes (Extended Mix - Joseph Watt Edit).flac
(NOTE: I uploaded my re-creation of this mix a few months back using a higher quality audio source)
https://www.sendspace.com/file/846f93

10 Depeche Mode - Strangelove (Blind Mix - Edit).flac
(NOTE: This is the US 12" version with an earlier fade-out)
https://www.sendspace.com/file/bkhbsz

11 Kraftwerk - Sex Object (Joseph Watt 12" Edit).flac
https://www.sendspace.com/file/022gyr

12 Club Nouveau - Why You Treat Me So Bad (Club Mix).flac
https://www.sendspace.com/file/hymeq3
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Fred Taghon » Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:28 am

OK, this is kind of embarrassing - but also a good "moment of illumination" hehehe! Sitting here listening to the "Sex Object" mixes and then out of curiosity, I YouTubed the German language album version and realized that the Joseph Watt edits of "Sex Object" MIGHT simply be edits using both the English AND German album mixes! I had only ever heard the English version, so when I got the "Hit It" promo CD years ago, it sounded like there were NEW elements mixed into the edits. But after listening to the German version, it was obvious these "new" segments were actually taken from the GERMAN album version!

Embarrassing as it is to admit I somehow missed this after all these years, it was also an opportunity for me to re-create both the 7" and 12" Joseph Watt edits using better sound quality (I always hated that you can hear some tape hiss and the high end EQ is too high on the "Hit It" promo). In working on this, it became clear that the "Hit It" tracks were also sped up just a smidge.

So I dug out my USA "Electric Café" CD and downloaded the German album version in FLAC (verified as a perfect rip) and went to work. I cleaned up some of the edits that were ever-so-slightly off, increased the volume to match my re-creations of "Musique Non Stop" (posted here recently), and adjusted the EQ a tiny bit to add some low end punch. I think the end result sounds worlds better.

Sex Object (7" Edit) 3:59 AIFF
https://www.sendspace.com/file/ur8xrz

Sex Object (12" Edit) 7:44 AIFF
https://www.sendspace.com/file/9saqn6

Sex Object (7" Edit) 3:59 WAV
https://www.sendspace.com/file/es52q2

Sex Object (12" Edit) 7:44 WAV
https://www.sendspace.com/file/zzs34c
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Neil Kelly » Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:24 pm

Thanks for the 4 above downloads!
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby crichert » Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:40 pm

Nice work Fred, thanks for all the effort! Looking forward to hearing them both!!
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Zara-Thustra » Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:18 am

Fantastic Thanks again Fred :D
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby negative1 » Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:19 pm

Thanks for these, appreciate your hard work on them.

i forgot what other tracks were exclusive to the spanish version of 'electric cafe'.

- telephone call?
- electric cafe
- techno pop

later
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Neil Kelly » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:58 am

There's no Spanish version on CD is there? http://www.discogs.com/Kraftwerk-Electr ... ster/69470
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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby negative1 » Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:07 pm

from discogs:
Limited edition Spanish language release on EMI-Odeon. Technopop (A2) and Sex Object (B2) are sung in Spanish, replacing the English and German lyrics heard on the more easily obtainable versions of the album. Other tracks are the same as on the regular English language release and all retain English song titles.
Gatefold cover design with picture inner sleeve and disc labels. Has not been released on CD.

technopop (spanish)
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5 copies for sale, starting at $200.

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Re: Share: Kraftwerk "Sex Object" 7" & 12" mixes

Postby Magnum-Truth » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:00 pm

Neil Kelly wrote:There's no Spanish version on CD is there? http://www.discogs.com/Kraftwerk-Electr ... ster/69470


Only on vinyl and cassette. The cassette is not listed on discogs.

Some history about the Spanish version.
http://www.aktivitaet-fanzine.com/4_ec_ee.html

@ Fred T. Thanks for the great rips and extra effort presenting these, some great stuff in this thread.

Thank you.
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