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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 7:37pm | IP Logged Quote eriejwg

Not a Top 40 hit, but the 45 has a listed time of 3:27.
The album version runs 4:21.

Anyone know how to create the 45 version?
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 8:29pm | IP Logged Quote crapfromthepast

The 45 is a different mix than the LP, so you can't edit it down from the LP version.

I have the 45 version on Rhino's Just Can't Get Enough Vol. 8, where it runs about 3:33 (including outro silence).

I have the LP version on MCA's Greatest Hits One Thing Leads To Another, where it runs about 4:36 (including outro silence).

Both discs sound nice, and both include plenty of greatness in addition to "Red Skies".

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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 5:23am | IP Logged Quote AndrewChouffi

To Crap (Ron):

Could you point out any mix differences between the 45 & LP. I always preferred the full-length version, but I didn't know the edit was also a remix. Great song. The version I have on my original CD 'Greatest Hits-One Thing Leads To Another' is a putrid alternate take missing the real hook of the original (the staccato oh-oh-oh-o-o-o-oh-oh).

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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 5:43am | IP Logged Quote crapfromthepast

Oh! I always assumed that the Greatest Hits version was the LP version.

I retract my statement, because I don't have the actual LP version.

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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 1:04pm | IP Logged Quote MMathews

The band re-recorded "Red Skies" for the 1987 album
"React" and that version, very annoyingly, kept turning up
on their comps.
FYI - the only comp to feature all original versions of
their hits is "Ultimate Collection." Most tracks are
single versions, but "Red Skies" is the LP version, which
runs (4:20).   I can check later to see if the 45 is an
edit.

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Posted: 12 September 2017 at 7:33am | IP Logged Quote crapfromthepast

I heard the proper LP version from Ultimate Collection, where it runs 4:20. It sounds great here - excellent dynamic range, nice EQ, no hint of noise reduction, and terrific source tapes. If all the tracks on Ultimate sounds this good, then I heartily endorse this disc as the go-to for Fixx songs.

The 45 is an easy edit: remove 2:18.5 to 3:08.7 of the LP version on Ultimate Collection. The edit points are on downbeats, in a very logical place.

And the proper LP version is WAY better than that 1987 rerecording that I'd gotten used to all these years.

Edited by crapfromthepast on 12 September 2017 at 7:34am


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