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YazooFour Pieces

Label:Mute – YAZLPBX01
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Vinyl, LP, Compilation
All Media, Compilation, Deluxe Edition, Remastered
Country:Europe
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Pop
Style:Synth-pop

Tracklist

Upstairs At Eric's
A1Don't Go
A2Too Pieces
A3Bad Connection
A4I Before E Except After C
A5Midnight
A6In My Room
B1Only You
B2Goodbye 70's
B3Tuesday
B4Winter Kills
B5Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)
You And Me Both
C1Nobody's Diary
C2Softly Over
C3Sweet Thing
C4Mr. Blue
C5Good Times
D1Walk Away From Love
D2Ode To Boy
D3Unmarked
D4Anyone
D5Happy People
D6And On
Eight Remixes
E1Nobody's Diary (Extended Version)
E2Situation (Richard X Remix)
E3Don't Go (Re-Mix)
E4Only You (2017 Orchestral Version)
F1Situation (The Aggressive Attitude Mix)
F2Don't Go (Tee's TNT Radio Mix)
F3State Farm (Madhouse Mix) (Edit)
F4Winter Kills (Minute Taker Remix)
Two BBC Sessions
G1Don't Go
G2Midnight
G3In My Room
G4Winter Kills
H1Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)
H2In My Room
H3Situation
H4Too Pieces
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Compilation of original albums, remixes and a BBC Studio Session LP. Also includes art prints, design posters and pocket sized photos.

50 randomly selected boxsets includes an art card signed by both Vince and Alison.

[Incidential info:]
Tracks G1 to G4 were recorded on 16 February 1982 and first broadcasted on 19 July 1982.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Box Text): 4050538379761
  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, etched, LP 1): 171766E1/A R STUMM 7-A1 ALCHEMY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, etched, LP 1): 171766E2/A R STUMM 7-B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, etched, LP 2): 171738E1/A R STUMM 12-A1 ALCHEMY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, etched, LP 2): 171738E2/A R STUMM 12-B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, etched, LP 3): 175685E1/A YAZ LP BX 01-03-A'
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, etched, LP 3): 175685E2/A YAZ LP BX 01-03-B'
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, etched, LP 4): 175263E1/A YAZ LP BX 01-AI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, etched, LP 4): 175263E2/AA YAZ LP BX 01-BI

Other Versions (2)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Three Pieces (Box Set, Compilation, CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, CD, Compilation)MuteYAZCDBX01Europe2018
New Submission
Four Pieces (38×File, AIFF, Album, Compilation, Remastered)Mute, BMGnoneEurope2018

Reviews

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Sentimentalandmental
Damaged split cardboard sleeves that are attached like page of book, then more split cardboard inner sleeves with cardboard fragments on records. I find these box sets are just a money grabbing exercise and asking for refund.
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manstaofficial
I wanted to write about this for a long long time... i believe the new mastering for this album is very, very bad. It's too low in general with no clear sound, especially in comparison to the absolutely perfect, crispy remastering of the "In Your Room" box set. The choice of the remixes included here are from average to bad - so many fantastic remixes left outside... for what? And where is "The Other Side Of Love", one of their four only official UK singles? If it wasn't for the BBC sessions and the beautiful design i'd say avoid it. As an evidence of the work from the finest electro-pop duo ever and as a piece of history "Four Pieces" is pure perfection.
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dAnArchi
Am I the only one who has problems with the final disc (vinyl - the BBC sessions)? I have listened to two records already and they both have the following pressing errors:
“Winter Kills” has some very loud scratchy noises all through this beautiful song
“Bring Your Love Down” has a couple of sound gaps/skips
Anyone with the same problems?
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kenpcarlyle
Am I the only one who actually only got THREE PIECES? The vinyl box and packaging is outstanding, but I had two copies of the eight remixes vinyl and 0 copies of the BBC Sessions. It was a mix-up I guess. But I'm rather miffed about it.
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Crijevo
I am happy to see Mute releasing and re-releasing some of the classic stuff. That is understandable, and as Daniel Miller himself put it in the recently released, amazing book about Mute - these records have to stay available to the record buying public. So why not put out a new expanded version of the existing collections?

Sure the sad part of the story is the exclusiveness and the price it sets for the record buying public these days. Too bad because not that long ago, records were still affordable, now every single version of something can cost a fortune because of the record collecting hype per se and it's sickening how far it went these days...

Back on Yazoo, "Four Pieces" is a good choice of title for one such retrospective collection. And this one surely does more justice aesthetically than "In Your Room". The latter was an interesting oddity of a CD box-set, celebrating their reunion around 2008 but in itself, it already lacked exclusive material, meaning - songs and demos that may have survived and could be saved from tape obscurity... One other thing that annoys on that box set is the extensive use of Arial, the horrible substitute font to Helvetica or Univers (the latter originally used on "Upstairs At Eric's" alongside the Broadway typed "Yazoo" which survived to the present day as the duo's "brand logo" of sorts). Sadly Arial spoiled it and made "In Your Room" flimsy cardboard box look so horribly cheap and dangerously close to piracy.

The end result is "In Your Room" recycled live and remixed recordings in both audio and video, over and over through its extra discs, clearly showing Yazoo were a respectful but far too short-lived to deliver anything beyond the two official albums and a batch of singles, whose b-sides were again taken from albums. Funny that "The Other Side of Love" happened to be a non-album A-side single released between the two albums, and "Ode To Boy" that originally appeared as its exclusive b-side later ended on "You And Me Both" (which is actually a better decision).

The only proper available b-side is the lonesome "State Farm" (originally paired with "Nobody's Diary"), which already reappeared on a number of CD releases in the last 20 years (starting with the single's CD re-release and the "Only Yazoo" compilation from 1999), while the ultra obscure "Get Set" and "Chinese Detective" happen to continue slipping through. Even "State Farm" and "The Other Side Of Love" are omitted in original form from this LP set, leaving the lot somewhat incomplete.

The Peel Sessions and Jensen sessions will surely be of some consolation for this occasion but some of it was available previously as well.
Generally "Four Pieces" is something the newer generation of listeners will appreciate more - and for that, it is surely welcome.
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PetScotBloke
I can’t help but feel this is another cash in from BMG. They did similar with the Erasure catalogue, and even Depeche Mode re-releases are afoot, with the recent first 2 album releases 12” collections.
IMHO, In Your Room is the collection I cherish, and I’m lucky to have a signed copy too. I can’t see the remastered 2018 versions being so superior to the 2008 remasters.
Also, for a compilation album with all the hits, listen to Reconnected. I love this album. Live. Most of the hits from the 2 albums. And all sounding excellent, especially on headphones.