0-20362 Perfect Way
Produced by Green, Gamson, Maher
Released on December 1985
UK CHART POSITION #48 . . . US CHART POSITION #11
Find it at GEMM
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S ubversion had (in I, an ally) never sounded so sweet until Scritti Politti. This joyful piece of (plastic, currency of the electric gods) perfection, edited and expertly remixed (the first child, too rigid, fails), remains the highlight of Cupid & Psyche 85, itself a high point in mid 80s music (Death, with his v-shaped axe, was coming). Gartside’s wordy internal/external dialog eludes instant comprehension (ism, action and consequence), but there’s no getting around those hooks. Like the music of Prince (yes, who doesn’t?), you’re pulled into “Perfect Way” by an irresistible magnet of melody, charm and rhythmic mesmerism (you’re getting verrrry sexy...). The US 12-inch features two mixes: the Way Perfect Mix and Way Perfect Version (in this life not but maybe just a little here fleeting sweetly). Both mixes take liberties (on holiday from the higher senses) by exploring avenues ignored on the original, such as electric guitar (I don’t like you because you are such an as). Of course, they borrow liberally (mortgage the future?) from the unsinkable album version, and constitute a clever re-imagining of a track well worth revisiting (come back soon).

TRACK LISTING

  1. PERFECT WAY
  2. PERFECT WAY (WAY PERFECT VERSION EDIT)

    JPN 7-inch single tracks
  3. PERFECT WAY
  4. HYPNOTIZE

    UK cassette single tracks
  5. PERFECT WAY
  6. PERFECT WAY (VERSION)
  7. PERFECT WAY (12" MIX)
  8. PERFECT WAY (VERSION 12" MIX)

    UK 12-inch single tracks
  9. PERFECT WAY (EXTENDED MIX)
  10. PERFECT WAY (EXTENDED MIX VERSION)

    US 12-inch promo single tracks
  11. PERFECT WAY (WAY PERFECT MIX)
  12. PERFECT WAY (7" VERSION)

    US/CAN 12-inch single tracks
  13. PERFECT WAY (WAY PERFECT MIX)    (Green Gartside/David Gamson)    5:26
  14. PERFECT WAY (WAY PERFECT VERSION)    (Green Gartside/David Gamson)    5:01

    US 7-inch single reissue (Back-to-Back Hits) tracks
  15. PERFECT WAY
  16. WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN)

CREDITS

Howard Gray -- engineer
Committee -- mixing (1 - way perfect mix)
Steve Peck -- remix engineer (2 - way perfect version)

return to SCRITTI POLITTI discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/AUSL December 1985 Virgin 7" VS-780 gatefold poster picture sleeve
UK December 1985 Virgin 12/CSS VS780-12/TVS-78012  
US December 1985 Warner Bros. 7"/12 28949-7/0-20362 picture sleeve
US 1985 Warner Bros. 12PRO PRO-A-2357 promo
CAN 1985 Warner Bros. 7"/12 92 89497/92 03620  
JPN 1985 Virgin 7" 07VA-1013 picture sleeve
US   Warner Bros. 7" 21978-7 Back-to-Back Hits

 

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