B.E.F* ‎– Music Of Quality & Distinction (Volume One)

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Ball Of Confusion 3:50
The Secret Life Of Arabia 4:00
There's A Ghost In My House 2:55
These Boots Are Made For Walking 2:48
Suspicious Minds 3:51
You Keep Me Hanging On 2:43
Wichita Lineman 4:18
Anyone Who Had A Heart 3:10
Perfect Day 4:06
It's Over 2:40

Versions (18)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V 2219 B.E.F* Music Of Quality & Distinction (Volume One)(LP) Virgin V 2219 UK 1982 Sell This Version
V 2219 B.E.F* Music Of Quality & Distinction (Volume One)(LP) Virgin V 2219 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
I-204184 B.E.F* Music Of Quality & Distinction (Volume One)(LP) Virgin I-204184 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
605405 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality & Distinction Volume 1(LP) Virgin, Edisom 605405 Portugal 1982 Sell This Version
VM 2350 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality & Distinction Volume 1(LP) Virgin VM 2350 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
OVED 86 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality & Distinction Volume 1(LP) Virgin OVED 86 UK 1982 Sell This Version
VIP-6995, VIRG-6995 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality & Distinction Volume 1(LP) Virgin, Virgin VIP-6995, VIRG-6995 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
V 2219 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality & Distinction Volume 1(LP) Virgin V 2219 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
204184 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality & Distinction Volume One(LP) Virgin 204184 France 1982 Sell This Version
V 2219, V2219 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality & Distinction Volume One(LP) Virgin, Virgin V 2219, V2219 Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
VV2219 B.E.F.* Music Of Quality And Distinction - Volume One -(5x7", Single + Box, Album, S/Edition) Virgin VV2219 UK 1982 Sell This Version
VC 2219 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume One(Cass, Album) Virgin VC 2219 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
TCV 2219, TCV2219 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume One(Cass, Album) Virgin, Virgin TCV 2219, TCV2219 UK 1982 Sell This Version
204 184, 204 184-320 B.E.F.* Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume One(LP, Album) Virgin, Ariola, Virgin, Ariola 204 184, 204 184-320 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
VIL 12219 B.E.F.* Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume One(LP, Album) Virgin VIL 12219 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
OVEDC 86 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume One(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin OVEDC 86 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CD BEF 1, 262 390 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume 1(CD, Album, RE) 10 Records, 10 Records CD BEF 1, 262 390 UK 1991 Sell This Version
412 390, TCBEF 1 British Electric Foundation Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume 1(Cass, Album) 10 Records, 10 Records 412 390, TCBEF 1 UK 1991 Sell This Version

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Crijevo

Crijevo

April 7, 2009
referencing Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume One, LP, Album, 204 184, 204 184-320
Despite my personal admiration of Heaven 17's early work over that of their rivals, post-industrial version of The Human League, this earlier Bef collection of covers might have been an interesting study for the time being, but now remains dated and at times also an exceptionally boring record.

Of course, it's not entirely Ian Marsh and Martyn Ware to blame, but they should have definitely tried and worked out this conceptual various artists sort-of a record to its deserved perfection. The main reason why it probably never made it bigger is the duo' ambitious attempt to provide 'rock' through synthetics (a method that made many of their peers sign on equal capitulation).

Among the highlights is undoubtedly Tina Turner's early 80s comeback here with 'Ball of Confusion', which demonstrates both - Tina's amazing vocals against Bef's amazing post-punk blend of funk and electronics to the full... A truly deserved hit that should have been bigger than it actually was.

The same goes for the ever-extravagant and magnificent Billy Mackenzie - his vocal acrobatics in 'The Secret Life of Arabia' and 'It's Over' keep the tunes going for a wild ride in unknown directions without getting crashed along the rocks.

Glenn Gregory's solo debuts here also fare well - 'Witchita Lineman' resembles Ware & Marsh's earlier infatuation with cold electronics, and could very easily fit in with Bef's excellent debut album 'Music For Listening To'. 'Perfect Day' is more of a standard, a bit clumsily synthetic but still works out fine.

Yes, even Paula Yates doesn't sound that irritating - the choice of her singing 'These Boots' was just right, if not perfect, this version holds to the original's dynamics and the recipe couldn't have been missed.

Paul Jones guests for 'There's a Ghost In My House' - another could've-been-electro-pop standard that bears a Bef trademark of lynn-drum programs but despite its irresistable groove, it still sounds like a piss-take leftover.

On the downside of the lot are Sandie Shaw, Bernie Nolan and most notably Gary Glitter. Shaw, not for singing badly, but 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' the way it is recorded here, very easily puts you to sleep.

Bernie Nolan's delivery in 'You Keep Me Hanging On' is nothing more than a pretty shattered-sterile karaoke version of the Supremes' original (due to its electro pop appeal, this also might have served well as a sketch for Kim Wilde's mid-80s cover version of the same song).

Gary Glitter's horrible singing over an equally dreadful quasi-rock delivery of 'Suspicious Minds', deserves no particular comment whatsoever. A song that should've been treated with much more respect.
BioTracer

BioTracer

January 23, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Music Of Quality & Distinction (Volume One), LP, V 2219

One could also argue that the collaboration of B.E.F. with Tina Turner on "Ball Of Confusion" was the start of the complete resurrection of her career in the Eighties. Her version of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" was produced by the B.E.F guys and was the first single to be released from her Private Dancer album.
gravedigger

gravedigger

January 15, 2004
referencing Music Of Quality & Distinction (Volume One), LP, V 2219

Although some think of this as bizarre (see note above), I think it's one of the best 80's albums. With all the different artists contributing, it sounds as if it's going to be just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill compilation, but it isn't. As Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh contribute most of the backing tracks, it forms a cohesive entity. Just to let you know my favorite track is "It's Over" with vocals by Billy Mackenzie.

N.B. A "dub" version of "Secret Life of Arabia" was included on an 80's compilation album called "Methods of Dance" (Virgin)

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