Blancmange ‎– Happy Families

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I Can't Explain
Feel Me
I've Seen The Word
Wasted
Living On The Ceiling
Waves
Kind
Sad Day
Cruel
God's Kitchen

Versions (38)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SH 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records SH 8552 UK 1982 Sell This Version
4.25 418 CO Blancmange Happy Families(Cass, Album) London Records 4.25 418 CO Germany 1982 Sell This Version
MC STAR 5287, SH 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(Cass, Album) London Records, London Records MC STAR 5287, SH 8552 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
KSAC 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(Cass, Album) London Records KSAC 8552 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 90053-4, 90053-4 Blancmange Happy Families(Cass, Album) Island Records, Island Records 7 90053-4, 90053-4 US 1982 Sell This Version
KSAC 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(Cass, Album) London Records KSAC 8552 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
6399 400 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records 6399 400 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
810 123-1 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records 810 123-1 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
200.429 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) Decca 200.429 France 1982 Sell This Version
6.25418, 6.25 418 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records, London Records 6.25418, 6.25 418 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
SH 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records SH 8552 Australasia 1982 Sell This Version
SH 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records SH 8552 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
OSH 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records OSH 8552 Portugal 1982 Sell This Version
L28P 1070 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records L28P 1070 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
DL 13.027, DL 13027 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) Decca, Decca DL 13.027, DL 13027 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
STAR 5287, SH 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records, London Records STAR 5287, SH 8552 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
SH 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records SH 8552 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1982 Sell This Version
SH 8552, PACLZ-3916 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records, London Records SH 8552, PACLZ-3916 Philippines 1982 Sell This Version
ISL 5025 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records, PAX ISL 5025 Israel 1982 Sell This Version
90053-1, 7 90053-1 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album, ARC) Island Records, Island Records 90053-1, 7 90053-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
90053-1, 7 90053-1 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album, Blu) Island Records, Island Records 90053-1, 7 90053-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
SHPD 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album, Pic) London Records SHPD 8552 UK & Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
L28P 1070 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album, Promo) London Records L28P 1070 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
90053-1, 7 90053-1 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album, Spe) Island Records, Island Records 90053-1, 7 90053-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
DL 13.027 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album, TP) Decca DL 13.027 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
LON4-101 Blancmange Happy Families(Cass, Album, Bla) London Records LON4-101 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
LON4-101 Blancmange Happy Families(Cass, Album, Gre) London Records LON4-101 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
6.25 418, 6.25418 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records, London Records 6.25 418, 6.25418 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
LON 101 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records LON 101 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
6.25 418, 6.25418 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records, London Records 6.25 418, 6.25418 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
9-56013, 9-56 013 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album) London Records, London Records 9-56013, 9-56 013 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
SH 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album, RE) London Records SH 8552 UK 1983 Sell This Version
810 123-2 Blancmange Happy Families(CD, Album, RE) London Records 810 123-2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SH 8552 Blancmange Happy Families(LP, Album, RE) London Records SH 8552 UK 1988 Sell This Version
80100397 Blancmange Happy Families(CDr, Album, Enh) Universal Records 80100397 UK 2004 Sell This Version
EDSS 1026 Blancmange Happy Families… Plus(CD, Album, RE, RM) Edsel Records EDSS 1026 UK 2008 Sell This Version
EDSL0001 Blancmange Happy Families(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + CD + Med) Edsel Records EDSL0001 UK 2017 Sell This Version
LMS5521272 Blancmange Happy Families (Original Album Remaster) + (Bonus Lp)(LP, Album, RE, RM + LP, Comp, RM) London Records LMS5521272 UK 2019 Sell This Version

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roeek

roeek

April 29, 2020
referencing Happy Families, LP, Album, ISL 5025
There is a misprint on the side of the cover, in this edition: "HAPPY AMELIES'.
negative1

negative1

August 8, 2017
referencing Happy Families, CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + CD + Med, EDSL0001

Please list the track times,it would help in identifying the mixes, thank you.
sbclar

sbclar

November 19, 2013
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Happy Families… Plus, CD, Album, RE, RM, EDSS 1026
Can anyone verify that a non-remixed version of "Living on the Ceiling" exists? All cds to date have the remixed version.
AWW

AWW

February 8, 2013
referencing Happy Families, CD, Album, RE, 810 123-2

P.E.R.F.E.C.T. ALBUM. Never get tired of this...
CRUSHTRASH

CRUSHTRASH

June 21, 2012
referencing Happy Families, LP, Album, LON 101

"Waves" is the Weinrich/Williams single remix, as confirmed only on the label, but moving it to the album opener does change the feel of this album, as does the inclusion of an earler mix of "Blind Vision" on Side B. "I Can't Explain" moves to the same side, and these two tracks work very well as a pairing. These changes do give this release a slightly different vibe to the original, and hence as a Blancmange collector this is a 'must'.

Canadian/USA release of Shriekback's "Care" had similar changes (more dramatic), which arguably improved the album, so it's an interesting concept that can sometimes really work.
Pumpkinz79

Pumpkinz79

May 4, 2012
referencing Happy Families, LP, Album, SH 8552

Such an awesome LP! Wave density inside! 5/5
stefanlast

stefanlast

April 5, 2010
referencing Happy Families, LP, Album, SH 8552
Only just discovered something after about 27 years - there are two different pressings of the UK edition of this album with a slight difference in the tracks. It has been bugging me that they used the remixed single version of "Waves" on the "Happy Families... Plus" CD reissue that was released in 2008, but it turns out later pressings of the original LP also features this version. The earlier pressing has the original album version of the song which sports a less polished, raw (and, in my opinion, better) production and does not feature the 'lush orchestral arrangement' as mentioned in Crijevo's review. Trouble is both pressings have the same catalogue number and is identical in many other ways, but if you read the credits on the back of the sleeve and it says 'Waves remixed by Denis Weinrich and John Owen Williams. Strings arranged by Linton Naiff.', then it's the later pressing. Another way to tell the two pressings apart is that the early one has the words 'SAD DAY - FOR HELEN' engraved in the lead-out on side two (the side that starts with "Waves"), whereas the later one has 'TY 2.3.83'.
Crijevo

Crijevo

February 3, 2008
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Happy Families, LP, Album, SH 8552
Blancmange's debut album is undoubtedly one of the 80s' finest definitions - however, it is also memorable for its overambitious appeal.

1982 was a year-zero for many synth-pop bands breaking into the mainstream - albeit still delivering a synthetic beat, they pushed too hard in emulating the real instruments (which, 'ironically' is the finest moment here, on the duo's excellent blend of Eastern and Western sounds - a deserved hit-single "Living on the Ceiling"). Lush orchestral arrangement on "Waves" is as beautiful as it is over the top (think of this as a never announced winner of 'Sanremo' music festival of 1982), while "Sad Day" is equally exaggerated "up-to-date" version that don't hold a candle to the previously available, rough on the edges but stunning "Some Bizarre" version.

The album's highlights, besides 'Living of the Ceiling', offer enough to play it on repeat respectfully - "I've Seen the Word" is a stunning song, very close to what would have become of Joy Division, if only Ian Curtis managed to fight his horrific illness)... an excellent, mysterious opener 'I Can't Explain', phenomenal energetic 'Feel Me', moody 'Wasted' and the closing number 'God's Kitchen' - quite nihilistic pre-Blasphemous Rumours type of single Depeche were still a few years away from.

Definitely a collection of their finest moments (eventually, subsequent best-of compilations do include almost half of this album's repertoire), despite their later releases delivering decent singles, "Happy Families" remains unbeaten giant in Blancmange's catalogue.