Tuesday, 11 August 2009

I've been in love before - Cutting Crew

Vocalist Nick Van Eede founded Cutting Crew along with Canadian guitarist Kevin Scott MacMichael in 1985, and the two made demos that led to a recording contract, before bassist Colin Farley and drummer Martin Beadle joined in 1986. They recorded the debut album 'Broadcast', which was released that same year. Their debut single '(I just) Died in your arms' was a worldwide hit, but after that they had some trouble coming up with a satisfactory successor.

'I've been in love before' was released two times: the original single appeared in later 1986. A different version of the single appeared a year later, featuring a shorter and slightly remixed version of the A-side. I bought the 1987 version (pictured below) in 1995, but depending on my photographic memory once again, I bought the 1986 version (pictured above) last week. At first, I thought I'd struck out, but listening more closely to the tracks made me realise these are actually two different singles.

Both singles actually made the UK singles chart: the 1986 version reached number 31, whereas the 1987 version reached number 24.

My collection: 7" single no. 2519 (1987 version) / no. 3997 (1986 version)
Found: Record Exchange, London, November 1, 1995 / August 5, 2009
Cost: 60p / 1 pound
Tracks: 'I've been in love before' / 'Life in a dangerous time'

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