I Get Weak UK 7″

The point of this blog was always to catalogue the records in my collection and at last I am getting round to doing that.  I shall start at the very beginning as that’s a very good place to start, with the record that started this collection for me.

I Get Weak was the first Belinda record I ever bought in 1988 and I played it to death.  The second single from Heaven on Earth it spent nine weeks on the UK singles chart peaking at number 10.  The 7″ picture sleeve was available both in a thin card and a paper version.  A limited edition 7″ poster bag was also issued.  Whilst the poster bag had its own catalogue number the details on the record are the same as the non limited edition.

UK 7″

A – I Get Weak (Single Edit)
B – Should I Let You In?
Catalogue Number – VS1046
Barcode – 5012980104673

UK 7″ Poster Bag

A – I Get Weak (Single Edit)
B – Should I Let You In?
Catalogue Number – VSP1046
Barcode – 5012980104673

Rewind South

Full WMOn Saturday August 22nd at 18.55 Belinda performed to a sold out Rewind South Festival in Henley on Thames.  The 40,000 capacity site played host to a variety of the biggest acts from the 1980’s with OMD and the Human League headlining the Saturday and Sunday nights respectively.

Belinda’s five song set was met with rapturous applause and finished with the 40,000 crowd singing along to Heaven is a Place on Earth.

Starting with Live Your Life Be Free Belinda was joined on stage by James Nisbett on guitar and the Rewind Allstars who provided the musical accompaniment.  Belinda’s tour percussionist Lily Gonzales also singing backing vocals for the set.  From Live Your Life Be Free the hits came thick and fast with I Get Weak, Circle in the Sand and Leave a Light On before ending with the crowd pleasing singalong Heaven.

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In My Wildest Dreams To Be Included In New 29 Disc Boxset

Box set Image Belinda CarlisleIf Demon hasn’t given you enough Belinda releases yet they have just announced that on August 21st they will be issuing a 29 disc CD box set of Belinda’s singles.  The set will contain 28 of Belinda’s UK and USA singles in card sleeves with all the B-sides that were originally included.  On the 29th disc fans will find the elusive track In My Wildest Dreams from the Mannequin soundtrack which has never before been released.  Also included is a 36 page booklet.

The first 500 fans who order the set through the My Play Direct shop will also get a signed and numbered postcard.  Unfortunately My Play Direct won’t ship this item to the USA but it is now available to order on Amazon UK.

Order from My Play Direct

Order from Amazon UK

Tracklisting

Mad About You single mix / extended mix / instrumental mix / I Never Wanted A Rich Man

I Feel The Magic / From The Heart / Gotta Get To You

Band Of Gold [featuring Freda Payne] single mix / extended mix /dub mix / From The Heart

Heaven Is A Place On Earth single mix / album version /Heavenly Version / Down To Earth Dub / a cappella (The Voice) / We Can Change

I Get Weak 7” version / album version / 12” version / instrumental /US 7″ mix / Should I Let You In

Circle In The Sand 7” version / Seaside Mood Groove Mix / Beach Party Mix / Sandblast Multi-Mix

I Feel Free 7” version / extended version / dub

World Without You 7” remix / extended worldwide mix /Panavision Mix / Nobody Owns Me

Love Never Dies single version / full length version / I Feel Free [live] / Circle In The Sand [live] / Heaven Is A Place On Earth [live]

Leave A Light On 7” version / extended mix / Shades Of Michelangelo

La Luna 7” version / album version / extended dance mix / 12” dub mix / A Capella / Whatever It Takes / Leave A Light On [Kamikazee Single Mix]

Runaway Horses single version / album version / Heaven Is A Place On Earth [live] / Circle In The Sand [Beach Party Mix]

Vision Of You 7” version / Leave A Light On [Kamikazee Mix] / I Feel Free [12” extended mix]

(We Want) The Same Thing Summer remix / extended Summer remix / Shades Of Michelangelo / Circle In The Sand [Sandblast MultiMix]

Summer Rain 7” edit / album version / extended version / dub mix/ Justin Strauss radio edit / Leave A Light On [Kamikazee Mix]

Vision Of You (Remix ‘91) / original 7” version / Heaven Is A Place On Earth [live]

Live Your Life Be Free single version / LP version / Club Mix / Loneliness Game

Do You Feel Like I Feel single version / album version / Dance Mix / World Of Love / Live Your Life Be Free [dance instrumental]

Half The World / Only A Dream / Live Your Life Be Free [original intro version] / Vision Of You (Remix ’91) / Circle In The Sand / Love Never Dies

Little Black Book / Little Black Mix / Belinda’s In The House Mix / The Air You Breathe / Only A Dream

Big Scary Animal / Windows Of The World / Change [8 track demo] / Too Much Water [8 track demo]

Lay Down Your Arms single edit / Tell Me / Wrap My Arms [8 track demo] / Here Comes My Baby [8 track demo]

In Too Deep / I See No Ships / Jealous Guy / (We Want) The Same Thing [Summer remix]

Always Breaking My Heart / Love Walks In / Ballad Of Lucy Jordan / Heaven Is A Place On Earth / Circle In The Sand / I Get Weak

Love In The Key Of C / Kneel At Your Feet / In Too Deep [live acoustic] / Circle In The Sand [live acoustic] / Too Much Water [demo] / Whatcha Doin’ To Me [demo] / Don’t Cry [demo]

California / Leave A Light On [live] / Live Your Life Be Free [live] / Heaven Is A Place On Earth [live] / Big Scary Animal [live] / I Get Weak [live] / In Too Deep [live]

All God’s Children edit / full version / Runaway Horses / Only A Dream

Sun edit / original version / Goodbye Just Go

Bonus Disc: Live Your Life Be Free [Macmillan Mix] / Do You Feel Like I Feel [Macmillan Mix] / A Prayer For Everyone [edit] / I Still Love Him [edit] / In My Wildest Dreams

Belinda to Perform With Susannah Hoffs & USA Tour Dates

Belinda will be joining Susannah Hoffs on stage at Largo at the Coronet, Los Angeles, this Thursday June 18th.  Tickets have sold out for what is going to be a very unique event.

Belinda has also released some USA tour dates for September this year.  You can find details of the shows on the Live Dates page.

Two New Compilations

On May 25th Demon released two new Belinda compilations on their Music Club and Crimson Productions labels.  Whilst Belinda’s fans have been no stranger to a compilation over the years both releases have something to offer fans.  The artwork is the same as that used for the Greatest Hits Volume 1 & 2 that were issued as digital only releases last year however the track-listing’s are different.  Both sets only include tracks from the four albums that Demon have the rights to so there is nothing on either release from Belinda, A Woman and a Man or Voila.

Greatest Cover WM Belinda Carlisle‘Greatest’ is a 12 track compilation released on the Crimson Productions budget label. The release has simple packaging, there are no liner notes for example.  The track-listing is a basic ‘best of’ with the inclusion of Tell Me as the closing track, a strange inclusion as the song was never a single but it does work well here.  There are some single edits and the Extended Worldwide Mix of World Without You is included.  There are five tracks from Runaway Horses, three from Heaven on Earth and two each from Live Your Life Be Free and Real.  This is a budget CD and that is apparent from the inlay book but when you can buy the album for less than £3.00 it is good value for money.  When you think about it that’s around the same price as a coffee in Starbucks, you can’t really complain at that.  The artwork is worth the price on its own in my opinion.

Very Best Of Cover WMThe Very Best of is a two disc set released on the Music Club label.  Again as with Greatest the tracks are only from the Heaven to Real era but within that we have a nice mix of singles and fan favourite album tracks.  This time there are liner notes courtesy of Justin Kantor and there are also some images of various single covers. The singles included are mainly 7″ edits and remixes which are nice inclusions. The album tracks included are an interesting mix and include, Fool For Love, You’re Nothing Without Me, One With You and Windows of the World.  The fan favourite B-side The Air You Breathe closes disc two.  Priced at less than £5.00 for two discs this is certainly one of the best compilations of Belinda’s work.  You would normally just have the hits on an album like this but by including the album and B-side tracks this compilation really does showcase the versatility of Belinda and her voice.  Album tracks that the casual listener may not have heard before sit perfectly alongside the well known hit singles.

Both albums are available to but now, further images including the track-listings of the releases can be viewed below.

More Heaven on Earth RSD15 Preview Pictures

If you can’t wait until tomorrow to see more pictures of the Heaven on Earth RSD15 picture disc I have a few more images to tease you with.  Paul Sinclair at Super Deluxe Edition has very kindly let me share his pictures with you.  The heavyweight 180-gram vinyl picture disc of Heaven On Earth is limited to just 1000 copies worldwide (excluding North America).  Paul has reported that the picture quality of the release is ‘pin-sharp’ which is great news.

Good luck to everyone venturing out tomorrow to try to secure a copy of this release.

 

Record Store Day Exclusive

HoE LP Picture disc Belinda Carlisle

As part of this years Record Store Day exclusive releases Demon Records are issuing Heaven on Earth as an LP Picture Disc. The record will be available exclusively in UK independent record shops and will be limited to 1000 copies.   This is the first time Heaven on Earth will be released as a vinyl picture disc.  The rear of the picture disc features the image and track listing as it was on the back of the original LP sleeve

On the albums initial UK release in 1987 a limited edition CD picture disc was released but the LP was only available on standard black vinyl.

Record Store day takes place this Saturday, April 18th.  You can find a list of the record shops taking part as well as a list of all the exclusive releases at the Record Store Day UK website.  You can find further images of the picture disc at the Super Deluxe Edition website.

UK Autumn Tour

Belinda will be back in the UK in October for a six date tour.  The tour starts on October 3rd in Brighton and then takes in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester before finishing on October 10th at the Indigo at the O2 in London.

Tickets for all the dates are now on sale and can be purchased HERE.

belinda carlisle tourposter_2015

London Hippodrome Casino Setlist

Belinda performed a one-off show at the Hippodrome Casino on Friday March 13th.  The venue was small and intimate.

The setlist threw up a few surprises with both Too Much Water and Emotional Highway being included but (We Want) The Same Thing was absent.  The setlist on the stage listed Vacation as being included but the song was left out in the end.  Belinda and her band put on a flawless show that the crowd were up on their feet for.

Autographs – the best ways to guarantee a real one

LYLBF Signed 7 WM Belinda Carlisle Autograph

Live Your Life Be Free signed 7″

For a very long time all I really wanted was Belinda’s autograph but I had no idea on how I was to ever get one.  Finally in 1991 I went with a friend to Capital Radio in London and sat outside, in the windy cold, for hours and waited for Belinda to arrive for an interview that she was due to give.  I had with me my brand new 7″ of Live Your Life Be Free and a black pen.  After a lengthy wait my patience and determination were rewarded when Belinda took the record from my hand and wrote ‘love Bel Car’ across the sleeve.  There it was, my owned signed record.  I couldn’t believe it.  Over the subsequent 25 years it has faded but I still hold it dear to me, mainly due to the memories from that day.

Hairspray A4 WM Belinda Carlisle Autograph

Hairspray signed image

Since then I have had items signed in person by Belinda and the Go-Go’s.  I have also written to Belinda when she was staring in Hairspray in London, enclosing a picture and a stamped addressed envelope, and she sent the picture back signed.

I also have signed items by Jane Wiedlin, some I obtained in person, others I purchased from her official website and some were part of charity auctions but I am safe in the knowledge they are all 100% authentic

Fake CITS WM Belinda Carlisle Autograph

A fake Belinda autograph

The best way to guarantee the authenticity of an autograph is to have it signed in front of you, however that is more often easier said than done.  If you know someone who is going to meet Belinda you could ask them to try to obtain an autograph for you.

When the possibility of personally meeting Belinda or the Go-Go’s isn’t feasible then the next option is to buy an autograph.  In these days of the internet and Ebay this is as easy as clicking a button and putting in your payment details.  Unfortunately there is the risk when buying an autograph that you are being sold a fake.  How do you know?  Sadly you often won’t.  I have bought some signed items online and I feel that the majority of those purchases were for genuine signatures.  One Belinda autograph on the other hand was so fake as soon as I opened it I knew.  I’d taken my chances and paid a very low price for the item, less that £10GBP.  I put that one down to experience, I’ve kept it and will often laugh at it as it is so bad!

One way to guarantee an autograph is to familiarise yourself with whMetropolis Signed Photo WM Belinda Carlisle Autographat it should look like, there are several examples of real autographs here.  Something to be aware of are certificates of authenticity, unfortunately these often aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on so don’t rely on these.  Ask questions, where did the person selling the autograph get it from?  If they obtained it themself do they have photographs of the meeting?  Anyone selling a genuine autograph will be happy to answer questions about it.

Another safer way to buy an autograph is a charity auction, you may pay slightly more but these are usually donated by the star themself but again check it out and do your research.

These days it is more common to receive signed items when pre-ordering a new release so keep an eye out for these too.  Recently, signed prints were given to people who preordered The Anthology and also Live from Metropolis deluxe edition.  Keep an eye on Belinda’s official Facebook page and that of her record company, if these opportunities are arising they will advertise them there.

Belinda’s autograph changes depending on the time she has had to sign it.  When in a rush the signature can be very simple.  When there has been time she will often dedicate the signature and add xx’s.  Do you have an autograph?  If so share your stories in the comments section below I’d love to hear them.  A few more of my signed items are below.