Seal ‎– Killer

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Sire ‎– 9 40230-2, Warner Bros. Records ‎– 9 40230-2, ZTT ‎– 9 40230-2
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CD, Maxi-Single
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1 Killer (Single Version)
Engineer – Tony PhillipsMixed By – Tony PhillipsProducer [Additional] – William OrbitWritten-By – Tinley*, Seal
4:17
2 Killer (William Orbit Remix)
Engineer – Robert Hill (2)Producer [Additional] – William OrbitRemix – William OrbitWritten-By – Tinley*, Seal
6:42
3 Whirlpool (Live)
Engineer – Gregg JackmanEngineer [Assisted By] – Justin VickermanMixed By – Gregg JackmanMixed By [Assisted By] – Justin VickermanWritten-By – Seal
4:38
4 Killer (Live)
Engineer – Richard Evans (3)Mixed By – Richard Evans (3)Written-By – Tinley*, Seal
4:51
5 Come See What Love Has Done (Live)
Engineer – Richard Evans (3)Mixed By – Richard Evans (3)Written-By – Gus Isidore, Seal
4:30
6 Hey Joe (Live)
Engineer – Gregg JackmanEngineer [Assisted By] – Justin VickermanMixed By – Gregg JackmanMixed By [Assisted By] – Justin VickermanWritten-By – William Roberts*
4:21
7 Killer (William Orbit Dub)
Engineer – Robert Hill (2)Producer [Additional] – William OrbitRemix – William OrbitWritten-By – Tinley*, Seal
5:53

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Released in a Digipak with black tray.

1 Published by MCA Music/SPZ Music Inc. BMI. Recorded and mixed at Sarm West Studios.
2 Published by MCA Music/SPZ Music Inc. BMI. Remix and additional production at Guerilla Studios, London.
3 Published by SPZ Music Inc. BMI. Recorded and mixed at Sarm West Studios.
4 Published by MCA Music/SPZ Music Inc. BMI. Recorded at Real World Studios. Mixed at Sarm West Studios.
5 Published by SPZ Music Inc. BMI. Recorded and mixed at Real World Studios.
6 Published by Third Story Music Co. BMI. Recorded and mixed at Sarm West Studios.
7 Published by MCA Music/SPZ Music Inc. BMI. Remix and additional production at Guerilla Studios, London.

On back cover:
Marketed by Warner Bros. Records Inc., a Time Warner Company.
©℗ 1991 ZTT Records Ltd.
Made In U.S.A.

On disc face:
℗ 1991 ZTT Records Ltd.
Sire Records Company, marketed by Warner Bros. Records Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Mfg. by WEA Manufacturing.
Original versions of "Killer" and "Whirlpool" from the ZTT/Sire/Warner Bros. album SEAL (4/2-26627)
Made in USA

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 9362-40230-2 9
  • Barcode (Scanned): 093624023029
  • Barcode (Matrix area, Code 39): D11605
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 1 40230-2 SRC*02 M1S2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 1 40230-2 SRC*02 M1S5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 1 40230-2 SRC**04 M1S2
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 25) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZANG 23T, 9031-75755-0 Seal Killer...Dance(12") ZTT, ZTT ZANG 23T, 9031-75755-0 UK 1991 Sell This Version
ZANG 23, 9031-757947-7 Seal Killer...On The Loose(7", EP) ZTT, ZTT ZANG 23, 9031-757947-7 UK 1991 Sell This Version
SAM-915, SAM 915 Seal Killer... On The Loose(CD, MP, Promo) ZTT, ZTT SAM-915, SAM 915 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
9031-75754-2, ZANG 23 CD Seal Killer...On The Loose(CD, EP) ZTT, ZTT 9031-75754-2, ZANG 23 CD Europe 1991 Sell This Version
0-42777 Seal Killer 2005(2x12") Warner Bros. Records 0-42777 US 2005 Sell This Version

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mjb

mjb

March 1, 2010

Although his contributions are what drew me to this release in the first place, I have to say that William Orbit's remixes from this era all sounded very much alike. Sometimes the housey trance/trancey house vibe he imparted worked wonderfully, but in this instance, it took "Killer" in entirely the wrong direction. He watered down the original's dreamy, electro-ish grittiness and tried to make it more upbeat and "housey", yet in such a typically mild way, rounding off any harsh timbres or hint of a kick drum, as if to make it more European, refined, and perhaps "progressive", in contrast to the booty-bouncing, nothing-understated "garage" trends of that unsophisticated form of house music. Seal sings "Killer" with such anguish, yet the additional percussion, housey piano harmonies, and Orbit's trademark arpeggiated synthesizer motif together insist that the essence of the song be heard only as a simple melody. It's listenable enough, but you don't need to hear the original to know that it could be done better. Thankfully, the single also contains a few new recordings, including completely re-recorded versions of "Killer" and "Whirlpool", and a non-album song, "Come and See What Love Has Done" - each of which more than atone for William Orbit's misguided efforts. Although listed as "live" recordings, they're not sub-par jams in front of an audience, but rather are full studio recordings made with an acoustic & electric backing band, and very well could have been included on the album, I assume were it not for the heavy hand of Trevor Horn. The other "live" cut, a cover of Hendrix's "Hey Joe", is more than competent, but doesn't really suit Seal's relatively high voice. Buy this one just for the re-recorded versions of "Whirlpool" and "Killer", which I think are some of the best work Seal has ever done.