The B-52's ‎– Mesopotamia

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The European release contains vastly different versions of "Loveland", "Cake" and "Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can" than the ones found on the US release. These versions are much more raw and electronic.

Tracklist

Loveland 5:00
Deep Sleep 3:29
Mesopotamia 3:49
Cake 5:48
Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can 4:30
Nip It In The Bud 3:32

Versions (64)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum, Win) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 US 1982 Sell This Version
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum, TP, Los) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 US 1981 Sell This Version
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(12", EP) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
609.7001, 86.006 The B-52's Mesopotamia(12", EP) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 609.7001, 86.006 Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
ISSK 74006 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass) Island Records ISSK 74006 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
CL 3226 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records CL 3226 Argentina 1982 Sell This Version
ICT 4006 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, Album) Island Records ICT 4006 UK 1982 Sell This Version
ICT 4006, 846 239-4 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, Album) Island Records, Island Records ICT 4006, 846 239-4 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
ICT 4006 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, Album) Island Records ICT 4006 France 1982 Sell This Version
ICT 4006 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, Album, 1+1) Island Records ICT 4006 UK 1982 Sell This Version
MM5-3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, Album, Dol) Warner Bros. Records MM5-3641 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
404217 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, MiniAlbum) Island Records 404217 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, MiniAlbum) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 Chile 1982 Sell This Version
MM5 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, MiniAlbum) Warner Bros. Records MM5 3641 US 1982 Sell This Version
MM5 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, MiniAlbum, RE) Warner Bros. Records MM5 3641 US 1982 Sell This Version
LWB-6117, LWB 6117, LBW-6117 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records LWB-6117, LWB 6117, LBW-6117 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
204 217, 204 217-250 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 204 217, 204 217-250 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
ISSP 4006 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Island Records ISSP 4006 UK 1982 Sell This Version
LSI 73144, ISSP 4006 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Jugoton, Island Records LSI 73144, ISSP 4006 Yugoslavia 1982 Sell This Version
204 217, 204 217-250 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 204 217, 204 217-250 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
LWB-6117, LWB 6117, LBW-6117 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records LWB-6117, LWB 6117, LBW-6117 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
ISSP 4006 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Island Records ISSP 4006 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
ISSP 4006 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Island Records ISSP 4006 Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
14C 062-64775 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Island Records 14C 062-64775 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
6313 301 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Phonogram, Island Records 6313 301 France 1982 Sell This Version
Y-WBR 0003641.3 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records Y-WBR 0003641.3 Peru 1982 Sell This Version
I-204.217 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Island Records I-204.217 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
83526 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 83526 Argentina 1982 Sell This Version
SLIN 3226 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album, Promo) Warner Bros. Records SLIN 3226 Argentina 1982 Sell This Version
I-204.217, I-204 217 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records I-204.217, I-204 217 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
ISSP 4006 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album, Rai) Island Records ISSP 4006 UK 1982 Sell This Version
198S-49 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum) Island Records 198S-49 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
204 217, 204 217-250 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum) Island Records, Island Records 204 217, 204 217-250 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 US 1982 Sell This Version
W-2939, WB-2939 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W-2939, WB-2939 Venezuela 1982 Sell This Version
W-2939 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum) Warner Bros. Records W-2939 Venezuela 1982 Sell This Version
ISSP 4006 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum) Island Records ISSP 4006 UK 1982 Sell This Version
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum, Club, Ter) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 US 1982 Sell This Version
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum, Club, Win) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 US 1982 Sell This Version
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum, Jac) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 US 1982 Sell This Version
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum, Jac) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 US 1982 Sell This Version
MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum, Los) Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 US 1982 Sell This Version
198S-49 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum, Promo) Island Records 198S-49 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
204 217, 204 217-250 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum, RP) Island Records, Island Records 204 217, 204 217-250 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
204 217, 204 217-250 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum, RP) Island Records, Island Records 204 217, 204 217-250 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
LWB-6117, LWB 6117 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records LWB-6117, LWB 6117 Mexico 1983 Sell This Version
204 217 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, MiniAlbum, RE) Island Records 204 217 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
PSCD-1058, IMCD 107 The B-52's Mesopotamia(CD, Album, RE) Island Masters, Island Masters PSCD-1058, IMCD 107 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
457997 The B-52's Mesopotamia(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) CD Media Records 457997 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
UICY-78475 The B-52's Mesopotamia EP(CD, EP, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Island Records UICY-78475 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
RCV13641, RCV1 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(12", EP, Ltd, RE, Blu) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records RCV13641, RCV1 3641 US 2019 Sell This Version
846 239 2, IMCD 107 The B-52's Mesopotamia(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Masters 846 239 2, IMCD 107 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 107, 846 239-2 The B-52's Mesopotamia(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records IMCD 107, 846 239-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
254217 The B-52's Mesopotamia(CD, Album, RE) Island Records 254217 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 107, 846 239 2 The B-52's Mesopotamia(CD, Album, RE) Island Masters, Island Masters IMCD 107, 846 239 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 107, 846 239-2 The B-52's Mesopotamia(CD, Album, RE, RP) Island Records, Island Records, Spectrum Music (2), Spectrum Music (2) IMCD 107, 846 239-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
254 217 The B-52's Mesopotamia(CD, RE) Island Records 254 217 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
MM5 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass) Warner Bros. Records MM5 3641 US Unknown Sell This Version
S-2523A The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Foot Print S-2523A Unknown Sell This Version
M5MINI 3641 The B-52's Mesopotamia(Cass, MiniAlbum) Warner Bros. Records M5MINI 3641 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
I-204 217 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album, RE) Island Records I-204 217 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
5B 204217 The B-52's Mesopotamia(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 5B 204217 Spain Unknown Sell This Version

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MEllODrOnE

MEllODrOnE

April 13, 2019
referencing Mesopotamia, 12", EP, Ltd, RE, Blu, RCV13641, RCV1 3641
Another amazing B-52s reissue from Rhino. Nice thick low end, punchy drums, dynamic vocals, supreme clarity and definition. Big, vibrant sound, huge soundstage. Flawless pressing. Plays absolutely dead quiet, flat and centered.
Frankito61

Frankito61

April 13, 2019
referencing Mesopotamia, 12", EP, Ltd, RE, Blu, RCV13641, RCV1 3641

Beautiful vinyl to look at. Glad to have gotten it today! Having said that, my copy is defective. Track one skips (Loveland) . I already informed Rhino Records and The B-52s. Don't expect anything to happen but fans should be aware. If anyone else got a defective one, please let me know. It was the only one available at the record store l went, so l grabbed it.
jcmolero

jcmolero

March 18, 2019
referencing Mesopotamia, LP, MiniAlbum, TP, Los, MINI 3641
the date might appears correct but the release date was printed as january 27, 1982
edzzz

edzzz

October 30, 2018
referencing Mesopotamia, LP, Album, ISSP 4006
I have 2 copies of this record - one that matches everything listed and shown here exactly and the other matches in every way except the label is a flat peach/flesh tone .. meaning it doesn't have the other shades added to look like a rock surface. Just black text over a solid color. A manufacturing error?
lieutenant030

lieutenant030

April 8, 2018
referencing Mesopotamia, LP, MiniAlbum, Win, MINI 3641
Run times for the extended mixes:
A1 Loveland: 8:24
B1 Cake: 7:47
B2 Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can: 5:45

132bpm

132bpm

March 22, 2018
referencing Mesopotamia EP, CD, EP, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap, UICY-78475
Could anyone please share some info about the sound quality of these remasters? Are they notably better and worth getting, or is the improvement only minimal?

Thanks in advance!
Lowry_Sam

Lowry_Sam

September 10, 2017
referencing Mesopotamia EP, CD, EP, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap, UICY-78475
So does this replicate the original UK EP mixes or the US? Anyone know the times?
mikethepike

mikethepike

May 3, 2016
referencing Mesopotamia, LP, MiniAlbum, Win, MINI 3641
Does anybody know whether there's a slight variation in mix of the track 3 "Mesopotamia" from the UK to the US versions of this album.

The youtube video sounds like it has doubled up vocals and sounds much more trippy than the CD I have of the American release.
diatribein

diatribein

March 7, 2015
referencing Mesopotamia, LP, Album, ISSP 4006
I have what I think is a misprint of this album. Side A runs as listed here, but Side B has the US mixes identical to the ones found on this record: http://www.discogs.com/B-52s-Mesopotamia/release/76787

Interestingly the matrix/runout on my record is identical to the one listed here on Side A: ISSP 4005 A-3U GRAEME - SOUND CLINIC, but matrix/runout is somewhat different on Side B. It follows:

Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Groove): ILPS 9694 B-1U ISSP 4006

Those two codes are in stencil type one above the other. On another part of the record in a more handwritten font "ILPS 9694-B" is repeated. Even more curious is the fact that the label lists "Times 1.(7:45) 2.(5:46) 3.(3:31)" on Side B. So the label is correct to the catalogue number of this release, but incorrect to the actual vinyl.

All of this is actually quite an annoyance to me since I bought the record specifically because it was the UK pressing and I wanted the extended UK mixes for my collection. While the record does have the 8:33 minute version of "Loveland", it is missing the 7:45 minute version of "Cake" and the 5:46 minute version of "Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can". My copy of the record is particularly clean and is in great shape (VG+) both in terms of the media and sleeve. I wish it had the right songs!!!

I am curious if anyone else has encountered this misprint and if it would be valuable. I would think not, but one never knows. If someone wants to trade a correct version, I would be happy to as long as it is in the same stellar condition. I would even just trade the record, because I am more than happy with the condition of my sleeve and it does not differ in any way from the standard release.
octagnsurferz

octagnsurferz

May 30, 2013
referencing Mesopotamia, LP, MiniAlbum, Win, MINI 3641
Most copies of the European release include the extended Loveland instead of the standard version, but are otherwise identical to the US release.

Some European copies also include the extended Cake and Throw That Beat And The Garbage Can, which replace the standard versions of those tracks.

However, there is no way of knowing which records contain them without playing the record. Some labels indicate longer running times, but play the same length tracks. It is thought that different pressing plants had access to different tapes.

The Island CD includes the US mix. The only US release of the Mesopotamia tracks is in remixed form on Party Mix/Mesopotamia, where they have overdubbed electronic drums to fit in with Party Mix.