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BauhausThe Bela Session

Label:Leaving Records – LR150
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, EP, Limited Edition, Red/Black
Style:Goth Rock, New Wave


ABela Lugosi's Dead
B1Some Faces
B2Bite My Hip

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Sleeve printed as the master tape box
Includes 20x28 poster

The Bela Session is a full release of Bauhaus‘ first studio session from January 26 1979.

The 2021 edition contains color vinyl, and a replica show poster from the band's April 1980 gig at Au Plan K in Brussels.

“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” was originally released by Small Wonder Records, 1979.
“Harry” was originally released by Beggars Banquet, 1982.
“Some Faces,” “Bite My Hip,” and “Boys (Original)” are previously unreleased.

Sticker on shrink wrap states “Made in Canada”

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 659457525743
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): S-103191 LR150 A 347271
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): S-103192 LR150B 347272

Other Versions (5 of 11)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Bela Lugosi's Dead - The Bela Session (CDr, EP, Promo)Leaving RecordsLR150UK2018
New Submission
The Bela Session (12", 45 RPM, EP, Club Edition, Limited Edition, Red Translucent)Leaving RecordsLR150US2018
Recently Edited
The Bela Session (12", 45 RPM, EP, Limited Edition, Stereo, White, 180g)Leaving RecordsLR150US2018
Bela Lugosi's Dead - The Bela Session (12", 45 RPM, Reissue, Stereo, 180g)Leaving RecordsLR150USA & Europe2018
Recently Edited
The Bela Session (12", Limited Edition, Numbered, Test Pressing)Leaving RecordsnoneUS2018


bcooper_uk's avatar
Picked up a still shrink-wrapped copy from my local independent record store - found it in their bargain bucket.
Mine is a nice deep/dark red.
It is slightly warped and ever-so-slightly off centre too, which made it troublesome to drop the needle onto it without it skating.
However the sound was nice crisp and clean.
A nice find, and very happy with it.
bzzzpeek's avatar
Ouch! I have two copies here – straight out of shrinkwrap. One (more red than black) copy that is off centre, slightly warped with four (!!!!) 2-5mm dimples on the grooves themselves – visible and audible – in the vinyl of side A (Bela). The other copy (more black than red this time) is almost flat, no dimples, less off-centre but with a visible and audible tiny 1mm hole (puncture or burst bubble?) in the groove of Some Faces – song 1 on side B. A 2 x 10mm vinyl bit along the edge is literally chipped away – but the record still plays fine regardless. That darker copy does sound fairly decent apart from that puncture hole... Soooo frustrating this seemingly non-existing quality control...
jimhb's avatar
My copy is perfectly pressed and sounds great. If you get a defective one, send it back!
SyntheticBiscuits's avatar
One of the worst-sounding records I've ever bought. I've got bootlegs with grit pressed into the grooves which sound better than this. As others have stated, there's audible aliasing in the midrange - especially audible on the guitars but also often on the vocals. Sounds like the whole thing's been run through a bitcrusher, or the tape was transferred on a 30 year old computer. The packaging and (shockingly for Rainbo) the pressing are nice, but the audio itself is distractingly poor.

(My star rating is for the music, not the quality. Quality gets a 2.)
gsheputis's avatar
Edited 6 months ago
This is a great reissue - the mastering by Mandy Parnell on this is, to my ears, sublime - you're hearing what's on the tape ! - probably the best I've ever heard, although i've never heard the first or second press..