Monday, November 18, 2013

Be Kind To My Mistakes - German Promotional 7" Single

Ok, a few things about this one. Brian Eno shares the B-side on this single, but both tracks are from the Castaway soundtrack. And for those of you that don’t know any better, I’m not talking about that annoying film with Tom Hanks either.

Apart from the original soundtrack LP, this 7” promo single is the only other release out there with the full version of this song. There is one very minor difference between this promo and the soundtrack version. On the promo you get the full ending, whereas on the soundtrack the ending and the next track sort of bleed together. 

This promo release was exclusive to Germany only, so it was never commercially available. The rarity of this single seems to be blown out of all proportions as far as I’m concerned. In the upper right-hand corner of the sleeve it specifies the single as being limited to 600 promotional copies. I’m not entirely sure that’s true. Through the years I've heard everything from only 400 copies being pressed, to more than 600 copies being pressed. If there’s one thing I've concluded from everything I've heard it's that no one seems to know for sure exactly how many were pressed, and that the information on the sleeve is incorrect. I also suspect that the number of pressed copies is even far greater than 600. For a promo single that’s supposed to be on the extremely rare side, this one has turned up more times than the number of cigarettes I've smoked in my life – so that should tell you something right there. It's also not worth the small fortune it seems to go for these days.

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