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Posted: 07 September 2019 at 4:57pm | IP Logged Quote dacs2000

Could somebody please confirm my thoughts on this.

This is the original 1983 album version.

This is the original 1987 album version:

This is the 1987 US remix and 1987 international
single mix.
This was the version I heard when hearing this for the
first time in December 1987.

A heads up on this would be appreciated. :)

Cheers from down under.

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Posted: 07 September 2019 at 8:14pm | IP Logged Quote crapfromthepast

Welcome to the board, Mark!

The link for the first video doesn't work in the US, apparently.

The non-hit original 1982 version from the Saints And Sinners album runs about 5:09.

The 1987 LP version runs about 4:35. The video you linked to is correct.

The 1987 45 version runs about 3:55. The video you linked to is also correct.

Hope that helps!

There's a lot of crap on the radio, but there's only one Crap From The Past.
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Posted: 10 September 2019 at 11:33pm | IP Logged Quote MMathews

This was a rare case where the LP version was the "hit"
version - at least in NY it sure was - and the 45 was
strange to me. The LP and 45 are completely different
After it hit big, I bought the 45 and was like "HUH???"
.. this isn't anything like what I hear on every radio
In fact the only time I EVER heard the 45 version was on
my 45 and the Casey Kasem countdown.
Even years later on "Hot AC" stations, LP is all I ever
heard. This surprised me because the LP has a harder edge
to it.
Don't get me wrong, I like the 45 version with its "pop"
feel but if anyone asked me which was the hit - I'd say
LP version.
I assume this wasn't the case in every market?
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Posted: 11 September 2019 at 12:26am | IP Logged Quote PopArchivist


I like you heard the LP version not the 45. For the longest time I thought that was the hit version. I was in NYC growing up so I can only confirm what you were saying. Massive airplay back then.

Isnt the LP version being played on the Geico commercial these days? Just noticed that too.
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Posted: 11 September 2019 at 8:41pm | IP Logged Quote NightAire

In Tulsa I know for a fact the "Rock 40" station I worked at only and always played the "hit" version. I think the straight top 40 in town did the same as I don't ever remember hearing the LP version until years later on a classic rock station.

It sounds like it really depended on the market as to which was the "hit" version.

(One Geico ad uses the LP version; all the others start late enough into the song that it's impossible to tell but you have to assume LP version based on the first commercial.)

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Posted: 14 September 2019 at 5:37am | IP Logged Quote dacs2000

Thanx guys for confirming my thoughts, yes, it sounds
like this was a song that had a few versions that were
going around the woods.

I first heard this track at a christmas camp down the
south Coast of NSW in December 1987. The last night
we hired a hall, somewhere in Jervis Bay for
celebrating the occasion of what we done on the camp,
and everybody bought in tapes. One kid bought a mix-
cassette, he obviously came from Inverell as there was
a number of songs recorded from his local radio
station, 1188 2NZ. It was the 45 version; immediate
rock intro. Around the same time, 2SM and 2MMM in
Sydney played the same version during January 1988.

The album version (slow synth intro) blasted my ears
for the first time several years later, on a request
hotline of Gosford's Coast FM in March 1994. I've
grown to like both versions, they have their strengths
in their own ways, but if it came down to the ultimate
nitty gritty, then I'd go with the full out rock
version (1987 single mix).

This version issue has thrown me for several years, as
it appears on two CDs in my physical collection, the
rock mix appears on a five CD set from EMI Australia;
Complete 80s Volume 2, and the album version appears
on a greatest hits of Whitesnake, however none of the
CDs note any info on what versions they were, and to
make things even more confusing, the EMI five CD set
had a 1983 copyright date.

But yayh, finally got this sorted. :)

Cheers guys.

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