Fontana Records wanted to maintain the momentum of finally getting James into the singles charts. No sooner had How Was It For You? dropped out of the Top 75 then the next single was lined up for release.
But to long-term fans it all appeared a bit of a con as it was a re-release of Come Home which just seven months earlier had been issued by Rough Trade.
Doubly galling was the news that it would again be subject to all sorts of formatting with a 7″ having a pink sleeve with silver writing, a 12″ having a purple sleeve with silver writing, a 12″ live version having a green sleeve with gold writing, a CD that had a sleeve of orange with silver writing and a cassette which was purple/silver.
The difference in this version of Come Home was that is was mixed with the dance floor in mind with uber-producer Flood brought into oversee things. And for the real hardcore clubbers, the song was also given to Andrew Weatherall to have a go at……….
The results were a completely different sounding James than before and as far away from the Folklore-era Factory days as could be imagined. But it worked….thanks in part to the quality of Come Home as a song but also the fact that the re-mixes were right out of the top drawer.
This is a single I have in all the vinyl formats, so here goes with the songs:-
mp3 : James – Come Home (Flood Mix)
mp3 : James – Dreaming Up Tomorrow
mp3 : James – Come Home (extended Flood Mix)
mp3 : James – Fire Away (extended mix)
mp3 : James – Stutter (live)
mp3 : James – Come Home (live)
mp3 : James – Gold Mother (remixed by Warp)*
mp3 : James – Come Home (remix by Weatherall)
The live version of Stutter is taken from the same show as provided the tracks for the b-sides of How Was It For You? The live version of Come Home is from a radio session recorded in April 1990. The two new b-sides are among my favourite James songs – indeed Fire Away has the distinction of being the very first song I ever posted over on the old blog back in September 2006.
The remixes? Everyone of them stunning….with a special mention to the Warp remix of the LP’s title track. Totally unexpected and a real joy.
Despite all this, the single only reached #32….but it was one of those ones that sold for weeks and months afterwards in reasonable numbers as those who frequented the clubs looked to pick up the mixes that DJs were playing up and down the country.
* the previous jumpy version of Goldmother has now been replaced with a fresh recording…..