The Electronic Circus ‎– Direct Lines

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Direct Lines 3:43
Le Chorale 2:45

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eliot.lytle

eliot.lytle

March 26, 2020
edited 10 months ago
referencing Direct Lines, 7", Single, SCR 002
This song is haunting. I bought the 7" vinyl but received no way to download the digital track and they want 1000 for it on Medial Records lol. Anyone know where to get the digital version? The record sounds OK,masters or not. There's something magical about "Direct Lines", a glorious track.
malothubert

malothubert

May 17, 2018
referencing Direct Lines, 7", Single, SCR 002
I bought this reissue, and it's OK despite the fact that it's not from the original master (anyway, I needed it :))
I just wanted to let you know that the song "direct lines" has already been reissued, by Medical Records, I discovered it recently. I don't know if they used the master tapes, but here is the reference of the record:
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Electroconvulsive-Therapy-Vol-1/master/986658
crasslos

crasslos

May 31, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Direct Lines, 7", Single, RE, AM-4502
According to the person reissuing this record it's not from the master tapes. I compared it to the original and it's obvious, but not horrible
AnimatedMusic

AnimatedMusic

September 7, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Direct Lines, 7", Single, SCR 002
Here's an update: the master tapes seem to not exist. These tracks are cut from transfers provided by Chris Payne. I have sleeves and discs, but the disc has an issue. I am trying to sort it out. Email me with questions thisisanimatedmusic@gmail.com thanks
mjb

mjb

July 25, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Direct Lines, 7", Single, RE, AM-4502
The "official" reissue is available for pre-order(?) on BandCamp... for only $1000! LOL. The clip there is a vinyl rip and sounds no better than commonly available MP3s. Looks like someone is just cashing in.
Queenspeed23

Queenspeed23

May 2, 2016
referencing Direct Lines, 7", Single, SCR 002
Wow still no info on this repress, so surprised, I really am. Hey look! It's just a bandcamp page asking a 1000 dollars it whilst advertising some local punk flexis. Now this most honourable guy from Animated Music puts up a submission for a "test press" with no picture, under a separate entry. Never elucidates as to how he, a Chicago based nobody somehow, amazingly, sourced the original master tapes for this "official" reissue of a hugely desirable and obscure English synth pop obscurity. Medical Records (actually a great legitimate U.S. label republishing music from the era with love and integrity) certainly never managed to trace and licence these super- rare sides on their 'Electroconvulsive Therapy' comp? I smell a big RAT? Someone prove to me this ain't a SCAM. Blake Karlson - either slap your cards on the table or get in the sea.
bratfordlad

bratfordlad

September 10, 2013
referencing Direct Lines, 7", Single, SCR 002
This is possibly my favourite pop song of any genre EVER. I'm not saying this lightly. I accidentally discovered it whilst browsing synth pop obscurities on Youtube one Sat eve after my girlfriend had gone to bed, I'm not ashamed to say I had been tugging on a rather potent jazz cigarette and subsequently listened to it on repeat around 40 times. I've never caned a song like that since I was a nipper. 'Direct Lines' sounds like a lush, undiscovered melodic Euro/Scandinavian gem from another dimension but isn't. It's a pet project of some dude from Gary Numan's band from back in his heyday. This seriously needs licencing to a sympathetic archive revival label such as Minimal Wave or Mannequin. In my daydream world this is the best 80's No. 1 that never was. It probably didn't even get anywhere near the very arse end of the charts. This is, without doubt, a very positive thing as DL has retained its mystique and casual beauty to this day. A real treasure is the lass's nonchalant, slightly flat voice which gives me goosebumps of endless pleasure, the dreamy astral vibe is intoxicating and the slightly naive but gorgeously heartfelt piano refrain is utterly timeless. Delicious stuff.....somebody do this classic justice in our current golden age of retro crate digging PLEASE!...