Rational YouthCold War Night Life

Label:Yul Records – YULP 1
Vinyl, LP, Album, Yellow Label
Style:Synth-pop, New Wave


A1Close To Nature4:40
A2Beware The Fly4:05
A3Saturdays In Silesia4:14
A4Just A Sound In The Night5:07
B1Le Meilleur Des Mondes3:14
B2Ring The Bells5:13
B3City Of Night4:03
B4Dancing On The Berlin Wall4:34

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1st edition with yellow center labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout, etched): YULP-1A-2 CRC EL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout, etched): YULP-1B CRC EL

Other Versions (5 of 13)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Cold War Night Life (LP, Album, Red Label)Yul RecordsYULP 1Canada1982
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Cold War Night Life (LP, Album)Yul RecordsYULP 1Hong Kong1982
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Cold War Night Life (LP, Album, Stereo)Rams Horn RecordsRAMSH 5057Netherlands1983
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Cold War Night Life (Guerra Fria En La Vida Nocturna) (LP, Album)RCA VictorSPLI-7436Spain1983
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Cold War Night Life (LP, Album, Reissue)Rams Horn RecordsRHR 5122Netherlands1987


  • diedominas's avatar
    this record is so fucking good. the programming on close to nature is flawless.
    • Jeffco121's avatar
      Edited 4 years ago
      Just found this one again in my old bedroom in the parents' house after 30 years, and cleaning it on the Spinclean, I noticed that the vinyl isn't black, but dark translucent green. Don't remember noticing that then, though who knows, definitely noticed today. Are they all like that, or is this a different variant? Same yellow label, same catalogue number...
      • Vinyl-Lover62's avatar
        How to know the color of our vinyl if it is factory sealed?
        • AnnaLogue's avatar
          RATIONAL YOUTH … well, actually no other group has so deeply inspired Anna and reinforced her love for synthesisers (and especially the Roland TR-808 drum machine) and electropop than Bill Vorn and Tracy Howe did with their 1982 album “Cold War Night Life”. Anna has no doubt that it is THE BEST EVER RELEASED ELECTROPOP ALBUM OF ALL TIMES, simply pure and incredible synthesiser pop perfection with the most amazing synth sounds and pop compositions full of wonderful harmonies and ideas. RATIONAL YOUTH was formed in 1981 in Montreal, Canada, when Bill and Tracy found out they had the same fascination for synthesisers and the German electropop pioneers Kraftwerk. It is guessed they didn’t think they could do even much better than their idols, but they did! In 1981 they released a first 12” on YUL records featuring the classic tracks “I want to see the Light” and “Coboloid Race”, soon to be followed by “Cold War Night Life”, recorded with a maximum efficiency gear of Moog Source, Logan String Melody, Roland SH-5, MC-4 MicroComposer, TR-808, System-100, System-700, Vocoder SVC-350, Space Echo 201 and Casio VL-1.



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