It’s THE WEEK OF SINGLES! Each day this week I’ll be bringing you reviews and images of a recent CD or vinyl single acquisition. Craig Fee picked this up for me at Jerry’s Records in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
I had no idea this even existed! Craig found this one knowing it was something that I would find very interesting. Indeed! Promo discs sometimes do have exclusive bonus material on them, although most do not. I generally only value a promo disc if it has some kind of rare versions on it. This David Lee Roth 12″ has two exclusive remixes that I’ve never heard, nor heard of, before. Both exceed 7 minutes. These mixes were probably done in an attempt to get the song “Stand Up” played in dance clubs, a fairly common practice. Aerosmith, for example have many such remixes, released on commercial singles.
“Stand Up” is a good choice from the Skyscraper album for such an attempt. It was already the most pop and dance-like of the 10 tracks. These remixes were done by François Kevorkian, a name that made me chuckle a bit at first. Craig however immediately recognized the name, and told me that he’s actually a well known mixer. His name can be found on the credits of Depeche Mode’s Violator and Kraftwerk’s Electric Café albums, among others.
I’ve always said that remixes aren’t my thing, but I actually like these two versions of “Stand Up”. They are both similar in style, but have traits in common. They both have a similar sparse style that brings forward isolated elements of the mix to the forefront. There are some vocals here that you probably haven’t heard before, because they were never that prominent. Same with Steve Vai’s lead and rhythm guitar, which is actually used generously in these remixes. I’m not a big fan of dance-y rhythms, but it works on “Stand Up”.
The two remixes are the “Swank Remix (E.Z. To Swallow)” and “Extended Edit (The Long 1!)”. These unbearably annoying names had me expecting the worst, but I find this single to be quite listenable. I kind of like them actually. Bonus: the so-called “extended edit” has plenty of cowbell. Cheers to François Kevorkian!
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