The Sound (2) ‎– Jeopardy

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Korova ‎– KODE 2
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Tracklist

A1 I Can't Escape Myself
A2 Heartland
A3 Hour Of Need
A4 Words Fail Me
A5 Missiles
B1 Heyday
B2 Jeopardy
B3 Night Versus Day
B4 Resistance
B5 Unwritten Law
B6 Desire

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Notes

Pressed on thick rough picture sleeve and provided of the black inner with band photo/credits.

© 1980 A Korova Recording distributed by WEA Records Ltd.
A Warner Communications Company.
Printed and Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 1): KODE - 2 - A1 POWER AND GLORY...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 1): KODE - 2 - B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 2): W-2 KODE - 2 - A-2 STRAWBERRY WOGO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 2): KODE - 2 - B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 3, etched): POWER AND GLORY... W - 4 KODE - 2 - A1 SA 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 3, etched): W - 4 KODE - 2 - B1 2

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KODE 2 The Sound (2) Jeopardy(LP, Album) Korova KODE 2 UK 1980 Sell This Version
KOW 58 255 The Sound (2) Jeopardy(LP, Album, Lab) Korova KOW 58 255 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
KOW 58 255 The Sound (2) Jeopardy(LP, Album) Korova, Korova Records KOW 58 255 France 1980 Sell This Version
WEA 58255, WEA 58.255 The Sound (2) Jeopardy(LP, Album) WEA, WEA WEA 58255, WEA 58.255 Benelux 1980 Sell This Version
KODE 2 The Sound (2) Jeopardy(LP, Album, Unofficial) Korova (3) KODE 2 UK 2010 Sell This Version

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theriojasaurus

theriojasaurus

June 1, 2017

I have a copy with an exact matching sleeve, thick cut inner, matrix no.s but different centre labels that doesn't match up any any submission on here. Shall I add another release? There is no country of manufacture printed on the label, but is definitely not a modern repress.
streetmouse

streetmouse

May 11, 2017

Rising out of the post punk rubble, the first band people want to compare The Sound to is of course Joy Division, though I for one would equate them more with The Cure, mixed with that odd recording production nature of The Fall … certainly not coming off as the more harmonic Echo and The Bunnymen, or the deeply atmospheric Psychedelic Furs.

It’s strange to consider that 1980 was nearly forty years ago at this point, and that my youth was drawing to end end by this period. Nevertheless, my ears have always been turned on by music, and probably always will be. The late 70’s and 1980’s were filled with great dynamic bands, just as many if not more than in the 60’s, and while The Sound represented the rebellious nature of youth, and the times in the UK from which the music rose, drawing heavily from and mixing their sound with garage rock and synthesizers, there is something about the music that just doesn’t flow from track to track in a consistent manner. That being said, when the songs came up in rotation on the radio during those years, they sounded wonderful … consider “Heartland,” coming off as being upbeat, while “Time” turns on its heels and lays out a serious side of the band. As to the instrumentation, no member steps on anyone else’s musical toes, though as I mentioned earlier, there is something in the nature of the sound of The Sound, that does not allow it to resonate as a contextual whole. Perhaps this is the production, as I said, I could never understand any of the lyrics by The Fall, figuring that that that aspect was an elemental nature to their delivery, meshing the music and the vocals to the point where they came off as one, though that aspect was not a consideration for The Sound as far as I’m concerned, it was simply scattered and unblended.

There are those who will tell you that your musical collection is not complete without the album Jeopardy sitting neatly tucked in amongst the rest of your vinyl, that The Sound had a cult following in the UK that can not be ignored, though so did Alien Sex Fiend, and I know no one who ever plays more than a single side at a time from that band. Yes Jeopardy, the band’s first release does simmer with energy, though how a music critic such as Devon Powers can make the claim that “Jeopardy … bursts with fresh energy while also maintaining a startling maturity and skill.” And to Mr. Powers I said right out loud “Really, startling maturity? Maturity is developed over time, these people were mere kids finding their footing, you’re overselling what might otherwise be a nice album, and that overselling is going to do nothing but force the release to fall short. Besides, as a young person, I don’t want to think of my musical heroes as being mature, I want someone a bit less stupid than I am, someone that I can relate to.” He then went on to say that the songs haunt, blaze, rip and govern, sometimes within the same moment, that the guitars twitch like a trigger finger, that the vocals team with fury and fire, that the bass comes off as nothing short of a controlled nuclear reaction, with keyboards always in perfect colour, whether dark or luminescent, and then he goes on to string words together such as intensely dramatic, mesmerizing, quick-fire, almost inaudibly rising like smoke filling a closed room and overflowing with brilliance.

And with that I wanted to take him by the collar, and say, “I get it, you’re a fan, but you’ve lost me at this point, you’re lying to me at best, even Jimi Hendrix couldn’t measure up to those exhalations. Without a doubt, the album does have a chemistry, and it is certainly fun to listen to. Jeopardy was fun thirty-five years ago, and it’s still got it’s moments today, yet the fact remains, no matter what anyone says, the band never found an audience equal to Joy Division, The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs, The Fall, or even The Gang of Four. There is nothing wrong with admitting that The Sound are not a critical piece of the puzzle from that era, that they were simply one of hundreds of other bands who had their following, but could not find a broad base or acceptance.

And with all of that being said, I say to everyone, including myself, who has a vinyl copy of the album Jeopardy neatly tucked away, it’s still rather reasonable to purchase, meaning it’s not a treasure, it just is what it is, fun to listen to, but not to be taken as a religious artifact.

Review by Jenell Kesler
naosd

naosd

April 13, 2012

I have an almost exact replica of this record. Same label (although the writing on the outer part of the label is a bit closer to the run out groove), front and back cover are exactly the same, same catalog number and label. The only difference is the inner sheet. It's white and the writing "We will wait / for the night / We will wait" are on the front of the sheet.

Matrix number/run out:
- Side 1: KODE2-LP SIDE-A-
- Side 2: KODE2-LP SIDE-B-

Does anybody have any information about this? By the looks of it, it seems a reissue from a couple of years ago.

Thanks!