Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Haircut One Hundred - Pelican West (Deluxe Edition) (1982)


Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD, later replaced by the brand spankin' new double disc 2016 Deluxe Edition. Back on December 19, 2010, for this blog's 100th post, I reviewed my original copy of this CD for this blog.

First, let's tackle the packaging: looks good and the liner notes include a new essay by Michael Silvester along with a complete band discography.  I was hoping for lyrics, but no dice.  Still, B for effort.  However, I give the Cherry Pop label an A for transparency:


Musicwise, this has been called "the happiest album that ever existed" and I find it very hard to disagree with that opinion.  For the past 34 years, this album has been in heavy rotation around here and easily makes my proverbial desert island list.  For more on the original album and my personal discovery of it, click here for my original post.  Also, Classic Pop magazine recently did a wonderful piece on the album in its "Classic Albums" feature series.


Billboard, April 24, 1982
Robert Christgau, The Village Voice
The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music
Rolling Stone, July 8, 1982
I wholeheartedly disagree with Mr. Considine
Smash Hits, March 4, 1982

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #31
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #52
Peak on the UK albums chart: #2

Pinbacks from my personal archives

Tracks: I bought this deluxe edition because it was advertised as having "previously unreleased tracks" so I'm putting that claim to the test this morning.  Who am I kidding - I woulda bought it anyway but let's check track availability:

Disc One (original album tracks 1-12):
  1. Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) - also on A, B*
  2. Love Plus One - A, B, C
  3. Lemon Firebrigade - A
  4. Marine Boy - A, B
  5. Milk Film - A
  6. Kingsize (You're My Little Steam Whistle) - A
  7. Fantastic Day - A, B
  8. Baked Bean - A, B
  9. Snow Girl - A, B
  10. Love's Got Me In Triangles - A
  11. Surprise Me Again - A
  12. Calling Captain Autumn - A
  13. Boat Party (b side of Favourite Shirts) - A
  14. Ski Club (b side of Fantastic Day) - A
  15. October Is Orange (Day 1 & 2) (b side of Nobody's Fool) - A
  16. Nobody's Fool - B
Disc Two:
  1. Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) (12" version) - also on A, C
  2. Love Plus One (12" version) - previously unavailable on CD!
  3. Fantastic Day (12" version) - previously unavailable on CD!
  4. Nobody's Fool (12"version) - A, C
  5. Calling Captain Autumn (special extended version) - previously unavailable on CD!
  6. Boat Party (12" version) - previously unavailable on CD!
  7. October Is Orange (Day 1 & 2) (12" version) - previously unavailable on CD!
  8. Ski Club Of Great Britain - previously unavailable on CD!
  9. Marine Boy (12" version) - previously unavailable on CD!
  10. Love's Got Me In Triangles (special extended version) - previously unavailable on CD!
  11. Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) (extended version) - previously unavailable on CD!
  12. Fantastic Day (live) - C
  13. Calling Captain Autumn (12" version) - C
All those new mixes bring a big smile to my face!  Wish I'd had 'em when I was 16.

*Previously revisited for the blog:
  1. Pelican West Plus
  2. The Best of Nick Heyward & Haircut 100
  3. The Greatest Hits of Nick Heyward & Haircut 100



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