Seal ‎– Seal

ZTT ‎– 9031-74557-2
CD, Album


1 The Beginning 5:40
2 Deep Water 5:56
3 Crazy 4:47
4 Killer 6:22
5 Whirlpool 3:56
6 Future Love Paradise 4:20
7 Wild 5:19
8 Show Me 5:59
9 Violet 8:06

Companies, etc.


This is the early/premix version of Seal's debut album, on CD format:

The early/premix version was replaced by the later/final version with slightly alternate mixes of most of the tracks, while the catalog number remained the same.

The early/premix version can be identified by the matrix code "9031-74557-2", while the later/final version has "9031-74557-2.2". Also, the running time of the early/premix version is shorter (50:28 vs. 52:15), explained by the inclusion of shorter versions of "Crazy", "Wild" and "Violet". "Wild" is in fact a different recording altogether. The mix of "Killer" is also different. Various minor differences appear throughout the album and the only tracks that remained the same are 1, 6 and 8. The 'early' version is also mastered at a slightly lower volume. "Deep Water" and "Killer" are noticeably quieter. Additionally, the intro of "Crazy" and the 4:30-5:05 part in "Violet" are relatively much quieter than on the 'final' version.

At least three variations of the Germany made CD are known to exist, with minor visual differences - which have no relation to audio content. Visually, this early/premix version is identical to Variation 2 of the later/final version.

Later/final versions on German/Europe CD: Variation 1, Variation 2.
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Studios: Mainly at Sarm West Studios but also A & M (LA), Beethoven Street (UK), CanAm (LA), Cherokee (LA), The Complex (LA), CTS (UK), Lionshare (LA), The Manor (UK), Ridge Farm (UK). And special thanks to: Wendy and Lisa and Susannah, Kenji Suzuki appears courtesy of Epic/Sony Records, Wendy and Lisa appears courtesy of Virgin Records.

℗ 1991 ZTT Records Ltd. except 3: ℗ 1990 ZTT Records Ltd. © 1991 ZTT Records Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording and artwork is owned by Warner Music UK Ltd. A Time Warner Company. Made in Germany.

May carry either of two stickers:
"Includes: / Future Love Paradise / Crazy / Killer / 9031-74557-2/4 / ZTT 9 C" or
"Includes: / Future Love Paradise / Crazy / Killer / 9031-74557-2/4".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 9031-74557-2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 090317455723
  • Label Code: LC 4281
  • Rights Society: Gema/Biem
  • Price Code (France): WE833
  • Matrix / Runout: 903174557-2 WME
  • Mastering SID Code: none
  • Mould SID Code: none

Other Versions (5 of 54) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
9031-74557-2 Seal Seal(CD, Album) ZTT 9031-74557-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
9 26627-4 Seal Seal(Cass, Album) Sire 9 26627-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
WU 1656, 9031-74557 Seal Seal(Cass, Album) UFO Group, ZTT WU 1656, 9031-74557 Taiwan 1991 Sell This Version
9031-74557-4, ZTT9C Seal Seal(Cass, Album) ZTT, ZTT 9031-74557-4, ZTT9C UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
9 26627-2 Seal Seal(CD, Album, Lon) Sire 9 26627-2 US 1991 Sell This Version



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April 25, 2012
Well, after owning this CD since it was released, I never knew it was revamped a short while later until just now! There may be quiet bits and iffy mastering on this version, but I think the take on the track Wild is better than on the second version. I did always wonder why my album didn't have the 6 min version of Crazy on it, too!