The Sound (2)Jeopardy

Label:Korova – KODE 2
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:New Wave, Post-Punk


A1I Can't Escape Myself
A3Hour Of Need
A4Words Fail Me
B3Night Versus Day
B5Unwritten Law

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The sleeve is slightly rough textured matt, thick card stock and includes a black inner sleeve with band photo/credits.

© 1980 A Korova Recording distributed by WEA Records Ltd.
A Warner Communications Company.
Printed and Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 1): KODE - 2 - A1 POWER AND GLORY...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 1): KODE - 2 - B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 2): POWER AND GLORY... W - 4 KODE - 2 - A1 SA 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 2): W - 2 KODE - 2 - B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 3, etched): POWER AND GLORY... W - 4 KODE - 2 - A1 SA 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 3, etched): W - 4 KODE - 2 - B1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 4, etched): W - 5 KD KODE - 2 - A1 2 POWER AND GLORY...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 4, etched): W - 1 KODE-2 - B1 2

Other Versions (5 of 33)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Jeopardy (LP, Album)WEA, WEAWEA 58255, WEA 58.255Benelux1980
New Submission
Jeopardy (LP, Album)Korova, KorovaKOW 58 255, KODE 2Italy1980
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Jeopardy (LP, Album)WEA, KorovaKODE 2New Zealand1980
New Submission
Jeopardy (LP, Album, Test Pressing)KorovaKODE 2UK1980
New Submission
Jeopardy (LP, Album, Stereo, With German Price Code)KorovaKOW 58 255France1980



  • jtm1967's avatar
    I have this exact pressing however my vinyl lp is a translucent wine color when held to a light source. Very very cool. Do all of you have the translucent vinyl for this press or did all of these get pressed using the save vinyl compound?
    • KKorg72's avatar
      I have this original pressing of Jeopardy: The Sound (2) - Jeopardy
      It's a pressing from West Germany and it was pressed using the UK stampers cut at Strawberry. There have been complaints that Missiles sounds weird on the reissues but I can confirm that it sounds very weird on this original pressing, too. Especially the drums and vocals sound extremely muddy.
      • TheBigB's avatar
        Rising out of the ashes of his former bands, Adrian Borland found his voice on 'Jeopardy'. For a brief period, the band even found their audience, albeit mostly in The Netherlands, I think. They used to play Amsterdam and the wider country all the time in those heady days of the anti-nuclear movement thanks to their song 'Missiles'.

        It's still a stunningly good album, and it's a shame Borland ended up so desillusioned and depressed as to take his own life. Anyone serious about music should have a copy of this fantastic album, and of course an original copy feels as close to Borland and The Sound as you can get.
        • RdnzMusicBerlin's avatar
          I just don´t get it, why it is still so expensive, with so many copies available and also having been repressed. Anybody has a clue why?
          • 1cispas's avatar
            Wow, I was just watching an episode of The Young Pope and they used (a nicely edited/shortened version of) "I Can't Help Myself".
            Excellent choice of course.
            Makes you wonder who chose this great song and on what basis...
            • sklerici's avatar
              Edited 4 years ago
              If i had to chose just five bands from the time i was so young and (not so) happy, I would have some problems. There's a list of the greatest alternative bands, the A list, with a generation of nice musical outsiders later become quite mainstream rockstars, and another one, the B list, with a lot of favorite bands of mine. Here is full of guys remained in the shadow of the big success, generally described as 'cult', but in some cases quite totally ignored by the most, although with at least a record of extraordinary quality in their career.
              Which ones to choose? Are they from the A or the B list? And in any case, are the Sound of Adrian Borland standing in the first or in the second that I suggested?
              I just don't know..
              We live in a world so full of hidden treasures, forgotten stories from the past; a plenty of forbidden reality. There must be some reasons, or perhaps not only one could explain all those..
              But what i'm just fuckin' sure I put the Sound in the top five of the best newave bands ever; and Jeopardy.. Oh my gods, Jeopardy..
              • stevenmoore's avatar
                U2 ripped this band for sure .... If you listen to "Missiles" is all there.
                • rocklangoustine's avatar
                  I have a copy with an exact matching sleeve, thick cut inner, matrix no.s but different centre labels that doesn't match up any any submission on here. Shall I add another release? There is no country of manufacture printed on the label, but is definitely not a modern repress.
                  • streetmouse's avatar
                    Rising out of the post punk rubble, the first band people want to compare The Sound to is of course Joy Division, though I for one would equate them more with The Cure, mixed with that odd recording production nature of The Fall … certainly not coming off as the more harmonic Echo and The Bunnymen, or the deeply atmospheric Psychedelic Furs.

                    It’s strange to consider that 1980 was nearly forty years ago at this point, and that my youth was drawing to end end by this period. Nevertheless, my ears have always been turned on by music, and probably always will be. The late 70’s and 1980’s were filled with great dynamic bands, just as many if not more than in the 60’s, and while The Sound represented the rebellious nature of youth, and the times in the UK from which the music rose, drawing heavily from and mixing their sound with garage rock and synthesizers, there is something about the music that just doesn’t flow from track to track in a consistent manner. That being said, when the songs came up in rotation on the radio during those years, they sounded wonderful … consider “Heartland,” coming off as being upbeat, while “Time” turns on its heels and lays out a serious side of the band. As to the instrumentation, no member steps on anyone else’s musical toes, though as I mentioned earlier, there is something in the nature of the sound of The Sound, that does not allow it to resonate as a contextual whole. Perhaps this is the production, as I said, I could never understand any of the lyrics by The Fall, figuring that that that aspect was an elemental nature to their delivery, meshing the music and the vocals to the point where they came off as one, though that aspect was not a consideration for The Sound as far as I’m concerned, it was simply scattered and unblended.

                    There are those who will tell you that your musical collection is not complete without the album Jeopardy sitting neatly tucked in amongst the rest of your vinyl, that The Sound had a cult following in the UK that can not be ignored, though so did Alien Sex Fiend, and I know no one who ever plays more than a single side at a time from that band. Yes Jeopardy, the band’s first release does simmer with energy, though how a music critic such as Devon Powers can make the claim that “Jeopardy … bursts with fresh energy while also maintaining a startling maturity and skill.” And to Mr. Powers I said right out loud “Really, startling maturity? Maturity is developed over time, these people were mere kids finding their footing, you’re overselling what might otherwise be a nice album, and that overselling is going to do nothing but force the release to fall short. Besides, as a young person, I don’t want to think of my musical heroes as being mature, I want someone a bit less stupid than I am, someone that I can relate to.” He then went on to say that the songs haunt, blaze, rip and govern, sometimes within the same moment, that the guitars twitch like a trigger finger, that the vocals team with fury and fire, that the bass comes off as nothing short of a controlled nuclear reaction, with keyboards always in perfect colour, whether dark or luminescent, and then he goes on to string words together such as intensely dramatic, mesmerizing, quick-fire, almost inaudibly rising like smoke filling a closed room and overflowing with brilliance.

                    And with that I wanted to take him by the collar, and say, “I get it, you’re a fan, but you’ve lost me at this point, you’re lying to me at best, even Jimi Hendrix couldn’t measure up to those exhalations. Without a doubt, the album does have a chemistry, and it is certainly fun to listen to. Jeopardy was fun thirty-five years ago, and it’s still got it’s moments today, yet the fact remains, no matter what anyone says, the band never found an audience equal to Joy Division, The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs, The Fall, or even The Gang of Four. There is nothing wrong with admitting that The Sound are not a critical piece of the puzzle from that era, that they were simply one of hundreds of other bands who had their following, but could not find a broad base or acceptance.

                    And with all of that being said, I say to everyone, including myself, who has a vinyl copy of the album Jeopardy neatly tucked away, it’s still rather reasonable to purchase, meaning it’s not a treasure, it just is what it is, fun to listen to, but not to be taken as a religious artifact.

                    Review by Jenell Kesler
                    • naosd's avatar
                      I have an almost exact replica of this record. Same label (although the writing on the outer part of the label is a bit closer to the run out groove), front and back cover are exactly the same, same catalog number and label. The only difference is the inner sheet. It's white and the writing "We will wait / for the night / We will wait" are on the front of the sheet.

                      Matrix number/run out:
                      - Side 1: KODE2-LP SIDE-A-
                      - Side 2: KODE2-LP SIDE-B-

                      Does anybody have any information about this? By the looks of it, it seems a reissue from a couple of years ago.



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