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Red Guitar UK 12" with Postcards

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David Sylvian ~ Red Guitar UK 12" with Pic. Slv. & Postcards


Price: 12.99 if delivered to a UK address. Buy here.

Label: Virgin - VS633-12
Format: Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
Country:
UK
Released: May 1984


Track Listing


A Red Guitar (Full Length Version) 5:05
Written-By Sylvian
B Forbidden Colours (Version) 5:53
Written-By Sylvian . Sakamoto


Description


Side A: Published By Opium (Arts) Ltd. - Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.
Side B: Published By Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd. - Opium Publishing - Chadwick Nomis Ltd.

p. 1984 Virgin Records Ltd. c. 1984 Virgin Records Ltd.
Manufactured in the UK.
Track durations not listed on release.

It's remarkable that this is probaly the first intellectual 'pop' single ever, obscure and deliciously so, and yet it did so well in the UK, reaching No.17 in the charts. It's testimony to just how popular Sylvian was as he was embarking on his solo career in 1984. The album it came from, Brilliant Trees, did even better, reaching No.4.

Red Guitar is filled with literary references. Iron in the Soul is Sartre; Devil in the Flesh is Radiguet; and Difficulty of Being is Cocteau.

How many did you find?


As I said, there had never been such an art/pop single to grace the UK charts before and there's certainly been nothing since. Not Talking Heads, Bowie, Eno, Talk Talk ... no-one has cme close. An accompanying video by the doyen of Art/Pop videos, Anton Corbijn with the guest star being a genuine Surrealistic star of the golden age of British photographer, Angus McBean ... where art meets pop has never been so aligned.

When the DJ/presenter, Dave Lee Travis, mentions oat its video appearance on Top of the Pops that he will have to read an encyclopedia to understand it then you know it hits the spot.

That all said, I wonder if it was wise to release it as the first single? Would the album have done even better with a more accessible single release? The poetic Ink in the Well might have been better or even Pulling Punches (punchy - no pun intended). Hey, even the ethereal, melancholic Nostalgia which was never released as a single.

Revisiting the album, Brilliant Trees, does reveal that, track by track, the album becomes less accessible, less conventionally 'poppy', until you get to the B-side which is really avant-garde.


Barcode and Other Identifiers


Matrix / Runout (Side A label): VS633-12a
Matrix / Runout (Side B label): VS633-12b
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, machine stamped, variant 1): VS 63312 A-4U-1-1-:
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, machine stamped, variant 1): VS 63312 B-3U-1-1-:
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, machine stamped, variant 2): VS 63312 A-3U-1-3-:
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, machine stamped, variant 2): VS 63312 B-3U-1-:
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, machine stamped, variant 3): VS 63312 A-3U-1-2-7
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, machine stamped, variant 3): VS 63312 B-3U-1-3-3
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, machine stamped, variant 4): VS 63312 A-3U-1-3-10
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, machine stamped, variant 4): VS 63312 B-3U-1-3-0
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, machine stamped, variant 5): VS 63312 A-4U-1-1-x1
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, machine stamped, variant 5): VS 63312 B-3U-1-1-1
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, machine stamped, variant 6): VS 63312 A - 3U -1 - 1 - 1
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, machine stamped, variant 6): VS 63312 B - 3U - 1 - 3 - 5


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David Sylvian Red Guitar UK track 12

David Sylvian Red Guitar UK track 12

David Sylvian Red Guitar UK track 12

David Sylvian Red Guitar UK track 12

David Sylvian Set of 4 Postcards


Buy Item & Condition


Condition: used - very good (see photos). Will also send a set of 4 sylvian postcards.

Price: 12.99 UK Sterling (UK delivery included)

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Price: $39.99 (US Dollars) (Outside UK Only - UK Customers Click Here)
(Shipped from UK) (Price is for uninsured air mail postage & packaging).

This will be sent out with a set of 4 Sylvian postcards.

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