Digging through the vinyl for the Db’s

DD, Olivia and myself got into a discussion on Facebook the other day about the cover of the DB’s albums, so I thought it might be appropriate to post something over here as well.  I have the first two albums, Stands for Decibels and Repercussion, on vinyl (Albion ALB105 and ALB109 respectively).  DD has a rare version of Repercussion that has a different cover; one that I believe she said was designed by Peter Holsapple.  The covers I have are pictured here.

I also have the IRS CD issue of Repercussion (same cover) and a EMI Capitol combined release CD (pictured far right).  The odd thing here is the re-arrangement of the Repercussion song order on the CDs.  On the original vinyl the order is:

Happenstance
We Were Happy There
Living A Lie
From A Window to a Screen
Ask For Jill
Amplifier
Neverland
Storm Warning
Ups and Downs
Nothing is Wrong
In Spain
I Feel Good (Today)

On the IRS  and EMI Capitol CDs the order is:

Living A Lie
We Were Happy There
Happenstance
From A Window to a Screen
Amplifier
Ask For Jill
I Feel Good (Today)
Storm Warning
Ups and Downs
In Spain
Nothing is Wrong
Neverland
pH Factor (bonus track on IRS) / Soul Kiss (bonus track on EMI Capitol)

If you grew up with the dB’s as I did… listening to the vinyl records over and over… the order on the CDs just makes no sense… and frankly drives me nuts. Why it was done, who knows… but the order I have on my iPod follows the vinyl.

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~ by Genevieve on 2008.11.28.

3 Responses to “Digging through the vinyl for the Db’s”

  1. Hi, the original track order for Repercussion is the one with the lines and shapes, superimposed over a photo of a Gibson ES330’s pickup. I did the lines and shapes and lettering, and Chris Nelson took the photograph. This was Albion’s ‘American’ release (or prerelease) which the band saw for the first time when we played at Friday’s in Greensboro after returning from a European tour. The original track order is the one which starts with Living a Lie and ending with Neverland. Here’s a link to the covers on The dB’s website: http://www.thedbs.com/discography/index.html The redone cover is by Malcolm Garrett who did all the Buzzcocks single sleeves among other classics. That’s probably the one more people know. I’m not sure why the running order changed from the first version. It was also marketed at first with a cassette attached to the front cover; at that point, there was an effort to combat the effects of home taping of records, so one side had Repercussion on it (although it was completely reordered and “I Feel Good” was split into two songs) and the other side was blank. Hope that clears up some of the mystery.

  2. Wow… I never expected a response Peter, but it is greatly appreciated and does clarify the situation.

    My copy of Repercussion did not come with a cassette — most likely a store oversight — and I can’t even begin to guess when, in the early 80’s, it was purchased. The best I can say is that both records came from one of three places: Schoolkids in Raleigh, Record Exchange on Tate (UNCG) or the store across the street at that time, Platterpus.

    Thanks again… for the reply and all the great music over years. Please keep it coming!

  3. The free cassette came only with the first pressing of Repercussion in the Malcolm Garrett cover. They were a bitch to rack in stores! However, if for no other reason than trying something new like this and the first album’s cassette in the bean can, Albion records deserves a tip of the hat. PS I think the color scheme on the cassette was the same as the Neverland single sleeve.

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