B.E.F.* ‎– Music For Stowaways

Virgin ‎– TCV 2888
Cassette, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered

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A1 The Optimum Chant
Producer – B.E.F.*, Gregory*
A2 Uptown Apocalypse
Guitar, Synthesizer – Adi NewtonWritten By – Marsh/Ware / Newton/TurnerWritten-By – Newton*Written-By, Bass – Turner*
A3 Wipe The Board Clean 3:46
A4 Groove Thang
Guitar, Bass – John Wilson (2)
B1 Music To Kill Your Parents By 1:26
B2 The Old At Rest 5:37
B3 Rise Of The East 2:50
B4 Decline Of The West 7:05

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Limited edition of 10,000 copies
All tracks published by Virgin Music Publishers Ltd, except track A2 by Virgin Music Publishers Ltd/Sound Diagrams
(p) 1981 Virgin Records Ltd.

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TCV 2888 B.E.F.* Music For Stowaways(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV 2888 UK 1981 Sell This Version
V 2888 British Electric Foundation Music For Stowaways(LP, Promo, W/Lbl) Virgin V 2888 UK 1981 Sell This Version
OVEDC 230 B.E.F.* Music For Stowaways(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin OVEDC 230 UK 1988 Sell This Version


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September 12, 2017
I'm puzzled by my copy. Identical to the limited edition listed here, with the same TCV2888 catalogue number but no number on the grey panel. It was bought soon after release, from a Virgin Megastore, so I can't believe it's a dodgy knock-off. I guess there must have been a reprint of the original cassette not listed on Discogs as well as the mid-range re-issue.


October 11, 2013
Track A3 from "The Future" 12inch is entitled "Titled U.N." This is in fact "Wipe The Board Clean" from the brilliant B.E.F. cassette "Music For Stowaways" which was released on vinyl for export only (mainly to the US) as "Music To Listen To" This however had a different track listing from the UK cassette release, the export vinyl had most of the cassette trax and some, but not all ("Wipe The Board Clean" being one of them, although it did include "A Baby Called Billy" which is a must-have for any Techno/Electro/Eeelectronic Fiend!) The UK cassette release had most of the export vinyl trax and some, but not all. go figure.......They are both worth tracking down.....amazing, way ahead of it's time Techno/Electro/Ambient soundscapes. Sheffield IS and always has been the original Techno City, they just didn't know it.......City of Steel, City of Industry, City of Innovation....pioneers of electronic music from the 70's onwards......So, so, so underated.....dig deeper, search out the roots of techno, it's extemely enlightening...