The Human League ‎– Hard Times / Love Action (I Believe In Love)

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Virgin ‎– VS435-12
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Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single
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A Hard Times / Love Action (I Believe In Love) 10:09
B Hard Times / Love Action (I Believe In Love) (Instrumentals) 11:10

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RED
Vocals, Synthesizers And Digital Drums,

"Hard Times" Published By Dinsong Ltd/Sound Diagrams
"Love Action (I Believe In Love)" Published By Dinsong Ltd

℗ & © 1981 Virgin Records Ltd.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched / stamped. Variant 1): VS - 435 - 12 - A2 :⊃ C TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched / stamped. Variant 1): VS - 435 - 12 - B1 TOWNHOUSE /\
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched / stamped. Variant 2): VS 435-12 A1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched / stamped. Variant 2): VS 435-12 B1 TOWNHOUSE

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Booj1Boy

Booj1Boy

October 3, 2014

Both sides consist of a suite of the semi-non album track "Hard Times" to the Dare track "Love Action", but each side is a different experience.

Side 1 begins with "Hard Times", this version I don't like very much, it just seems to monotone and sterile to me, as opposed to the cold yet human style of THL at the time. It then goes into a slightly extended version of the album cut of "Love Action", a sublime track that might've the high light of Dare.

Side 2 begins with yet again "Hard Times", but it's actually different this time. It's a different mix that I've heard refered to as a "Dub Mix", and I muh prefer it I the other version. It claims to be instrumental, but actually has vocals starting a bit after half-way into the track. It then goes into "Love Action", which is also somewhat different. It's mosty instrumental, and has some difference in the mixing, but stays in the style of the original. About 3/5ths into the track, it decides to glitch out and make you think your system is dying, with some distorted vocals while you're at it. Not as good as the original, but still interesting.

Both sides have their ups and downs, but each side has the best version of the opposite track , so it gives you something to look forward to and keeps it from getting stale.

4/5
CRUSHTRASH

CRUSHTRASH

September 8, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
The segue of tracks A1-2 is very nice, as it adds a few more of the intro 'meow' loops to "Love Action"! We all know by now that the 'instrumental' version of Hard Times is actually a vocal, but a much improved mix (that ended up on Love and Dancing LP). The 3" CD single re-issue indexes 4 tracks, but plays as per the 12".

Great tracks from their greatest era, Love Action is a classic subversive pop song, those bleeps and noises were like nothing else the chart had heard. Classic!