7-28231 Valerie
Produced by Steve Winwood and Tom Lord-Alge
Released on September 1987
UK CHART POSITION #19 . . . US CHART POSITION #9
(charted Oct. 10, 1987 for 20 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
7-28231 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

T hat noble laureate of post-production, Tom Lord-Alge, remixed “Valerie” for the career compilation Chronicles, adding some big drums in a few notable spots. Since the remix phenomenon was still in its relative infancy, it’s not the heavy handed treatment that you might expect from a remix. (In fact, the single doesn’t even refer to the track as a remix.) So, no major tampering from this cool pop breeze from the land of wind and wood. The B side is a nonalbum instrumental version of “Talking Back To The Night” that now features the saxophone (which seems fitting, since the original lyric invoked the image of a saxophone player on a street). In the interest of keeping things brisk, the instrumental seems to edit out the chorus section. Not muzak exactly, but not far removed from the frothy stuff that bubbles behind late-night talk show promos. Incidentally, I don’t know who the saxophone player is -- that’s one for the rainy day research department.

TRACK LISTING

  1. VALERIE    (Steve Winwood/Will Jennings)    4:05
  2. TALKING BACK TO THE NIGHT (INSTRUMENTAL)    (Steve Winwood/Will Jennings)    4:12

    12-inch single/CD single
  3. VALERIE
  4. TALKING BACK TO THE NIGHT (INSTRUMENTAL)
  5. THE FINER THINGS

CREDITS

Tom Lord-Alge -- mixing

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 1987 Island 7"/12/CDS IS/12IS/CID 336 picture sleeve
UK 1987 Island 7PRO ISJB336 jukebox promo
US September 1987 Island 7" 7-28231 picture sleeve
US 1987 Island 7PRO 7-28231 feat. A only
AUS'L 1987 Island 7" K440 picture sleeve
CAN 1987 Island 7" 92 82317  
JPN 1987 Island 7" D07D 2030 picture sleeve
JPN 1987 Island 12 R15D-2098  

 

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