The Divine Comedy ‎– Fanfare For The Comic Muse

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Set LPM 2, SET LP 2 The Divine Comedy Fanfare For The Comic Muse(LP, MiniAlbum) Setanta, Setanta Set LPM 2, SET LP 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
SET CDM 2 The Divine Comedy Fanfare For The Comic Muse(CD, MiniAlbum) Setanta SET CDM 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
SET LP 2 The Divine Comedy Fanfare For The Comic Muse(LP, MiniAlbum, TP) Setanta SET LP 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version

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Valentin.10

Valentin.10

July 8, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Fanfare For The Comic Muse, LP, MiniAlbum, Set LPM 2, SET LP 2
From http://forums.thedivinecomedy.com/viewtopic.php?p=505432&sid=199b41fa8991b4ce59e90647911c761c :

There are at least three CDs Version :

1. The 'Original'
This is the one that was originally released by Setanta in 1990. The front of the insert matches the colouration of the LP cover, and the back of the insert has 'John McCulagh' (note single 'L' in surname) on bass and backing vocals. The back cover also has 'John McCulagh' (same spelling) on bass and backing vocals.

The typeface used on the 'fanfare for the comic muse' greyed out text on the back cover matches (give or take) the 'fftcm' text on both the CD and the front cover. However, the greyed out 'THE DIVINE COMEDY' text is different to both the front cover and the CD.

The tracklisting typeface on the back cover, the back of the insert and the CD itself is identical (check the 'G' of 'IGNORANCE'), and the typeface is consistent through all the production details and the info on the bottom of the CD.

The CD itself has 'SETCDM-2', '13' and 'MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA' etched on the silver 'run-out' band on the 'label' side just around the clear area around the hole. The words 'THE DIVINE COMEDY' are in the same typeface as the front cover, but there is an added 'squiggle' to the bottom of the 'E' in 'DIVINE'.

Also on the CD, the 'spacing dot' between 'ALL TITLES' (which is spelt correctly) and 'NEIL HANNON' is centred (i.e. on the same level as the middle bar in the 'E').

2. The 'Re-issue'
This is the version that has been available in the US since about '95/'96 and can still be found if you scrat around a bit. The US dealers I spoke to seemed more clued up about this version than their UK counterparts (one US dealer even advertised his as a 're-pressing' - and at only $15!). This is also the version that tends to crop up on eBay quite a bit.

The most obvious clues are the odd addition of 'John McCarthy' on bass and backing vocals on the back of the insert (John McCulagh is correctly named - but probably spelt wrong - on the back cover), and 'ALL TITELS' is spelt wrong on the CD itself.

Also on the CD, the 'THE DIVINE COMEDY' and 'fanfare for the comic muse' text is in a different typeface to anywhere else on the CD. The tracklisting typeface is also different to the insert and back cover.

These inconsistencies were confirmed by Setanta who said that the duff spelling and name change was typical of the guy who did (or re-did) the artwork.

The other thing to look out for is a tiny 'DADC AUSTRIA' logo on the rear of the CD etched around the silver band nearest the hole.

3. The 'Bootleg'
Easy to spot 'John McCarthy' is credited on both the back of the insert and the back cover. Also, the greyed out 'THE DIVINE COMEDY' text on the back cover is the same as on the CD, whereas the 'fanfare for the comic muse' text is (oddly) the same as the equivalent phrase on the 'Re-issue' CD.

On the playing side of the CD itself, the only etching is a serial number (A0100247807-0101 24 A2 on mine).

I'm not sure whether any of these have come up on eBay, but I got mine from a reputable London shop, albeit for £15 and, to be fair, they weren't trying to pass it off as an original.

The only other thing is that there may be other bootlegs around - one way to check might be to look for some mention of DADC Austria, as this is where both 'authentic' versions were pressed.

4. The LP
The 12” LP is very unlikely to have been bootlegged, not least because of the costs of pressing vinyl. There are, however, a few things to look out for as it differs from the CD in a number of ways.

The 'THE DIVINE COMEDY' and 'fanfare for the comic muse' text is white (as opposed to black on the CD) and the positions are changed - 'TDC' is on the right, 'ffcm' is on the left. The only other thing to note is that the 'angel' picture is full frame (i.e. there is no cutoff of the head or the top of the wings).

On the back cover, the text is again in white, but note that the bassist is credited as 'John McCullagh' (with a double 'L').

If you look at the run-out groove on Side One (four tracks, graphic label, no text), you should see 'MPO', 'SETLP M2 A1' and 'COPYMASTERS.Miles' etched near the edge of the label. On Side Two (three tracks, titles on label), you'll see 'MPO', 'SETLP M2 A2' etched in the same area.

What to ask

If you're offered a copy of Fanfare, ask at least these two questions to establish which version's for sale:

1. Has it got 'MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA' etched into the 'run-out' around the hole on the 'play' side of the CD?

2. Who is listed as playing bass (a) on the back of the insert and (b) on the back of the CD cover?
hatfulofelt

hatfulofelt

May 21, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Fanfare For The Comic Muse, CD, MiniAlbum, SET CDM 2
The CD version was re-pressed in 1998 and is nearly identical, as far as I know.