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Label:ZTT – 9031-74557-2
CD, Album, Pre-mix Version
Genre:Electronic, Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:Pop Rock, Soul


1The Beginning5:40
2Deep Water5:56
6Future Love Paradise4:20
8Show Me5:59

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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, UPC): 090317455723
  • Label Code: LC 4281
  • Rights Society: Gema / Biem
  • Price Code (France): WE833
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6): 903174557-2 WME
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, Mould inscription, mirrored): none
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Mould inscription, mirrored): 31
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3, Mould inscription, mirrored): 38
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4, Mould inscription, mirrored): 12
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5, Mould inscription, mirrored): V
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6, Mould inscription, mirrored): 37

Other Versions (5 of 84)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Seal (CD, Album)ZTT9031-74557-2Europe1991
Seal (CD, Album)Sire, Warner Bros. Records9 26627-2US1991
Seal (LP, Album)ZTT, ZTT9031-74557-1, ZTT9Europe1991
Seal (CD, Album, Reissue)ZTTCD 74557Canada1991
Seal (CD, Album)WEA, ZTTWMC5-355Japan1991


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Does anyone know if seal is ever going to or has any plans to repress his earlier records?
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Edited 11 months ago
The best album ever? If you're me, the answer is 'yes'.

Seal's debut is a masterclass in tight, rich, state-of-the-art (for the time) production from Trevor Horn and is one of those albums that is not only perfectly constructed, it also delivers something new on every repeat listen. Truly timeless. The songs and playlist are brilliantly paced, while the soundscape and textures are immaculate. To my ears, there truly is not a low point anywhere across its 9 songs. The musicianship throughout is extraordinary without dominating. For example, check out the bass playing in Future Love Paradise. It sits in the mix perfectly, but when you focus on it, the guy (Steve Pearce or Doug Wimbish) is absolutely smoking.

This album was understandably a hit when it was released and is still considered fondly by fans.

If I were to recommend a version it would be the second version with the longer version of Crazy and with the sound FX in Violet. Vinyl or CD? Considering it's an exercise in pristine production, I'd have to say CD. At the time of its release in 1991, CD sales had eclipsed vinyl and cassette and the album was clearly produced, mixed and mastered predominantly for CD.
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!