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The Human LeagueHard Times / Love Action (I Believe In Love)

Label:Virgin – VS435-12
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Electro, Synth-pop

Tracklist

AHard Times / Love Action (I Believe In Love)10:09
BHard Times / Love Action (I Believe In Love) (Instrumentals)11:10
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Notes

℗ & © 1981 Virgin Records Ltd. (labels, back cover)

Part of the 'RED' series of issues by The Human League which was a short lived marketing plan to differentiate between styles of music of their releases. 'BLUE' was the other style.

'Produced By Martin Rushent And The Human League. Vocals, Synthesizers And Digital Drums. Cover design And Photography; Philip And Adrian. Layout And Co-ordination; Ken (At A.S.)'. (back cover, all in capitals)

'Hard Times': Published By Dinsong Ltd./Sound Diagrams (labels, all in CAPS)
'Love Action (I Believe In Love)': Published By Dinsong Ltd. (labels, all in CAPS)

There is a very similar UK release of this 12" single 'Hard Times / Love Action (I Believe In Love)'. But in that case the 'TOWNHOUSE' mastering is only applicable to the A side of the vinyl. 'TOWNHOUSE' mastered both A and B sides on this release.

The other issue has a different runout stamp, and additional mastering engineer credit, to this UK pressing with the same catalogue number.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): VS435-12a
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): VS435-12b
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched / stamped. Variant 1): VS - 435 - 12 - A2 :⊃ C TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched / stamped. Variant 1): VS - 435 - 12 - B1 TOWNHOUSE /\
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched / stamped. Variant 2): VS 435-12 A1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched / stamped. Variant 2): VS 435-12 B1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched / stamped. Variant 3): VS 435-12 A1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched / stamped. Variant 3): VS 435-12 B2 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched / stamped. Variant 4): VS 435-12 A2 TOWNHOUSE :) C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched / stamped. Variant 4): VS 435-12 B2 TOWNHOUSE C1 :) C

Other Versions (5 of 41)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Love Action (I Believe In Love) (7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo)VirginVS435UK1981
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Hard Times / Love Action (I Believe In Love) (12", Maxi-Single, 45 RPM)Virgin600485France1981
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Love Action (I Believe In Love) (12", 45 RPM)Virgin600.438Netherlands1981
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Hard Times / Love Action (I Believe In Love) (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single, Limited Edition)Virgin, VirginVSX-1134, VSX 1134Canada1981
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Hard Times / Love Action (I Believe In Love) (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Stereo, Y - Terre Haute Pressing)A&M Records, VirginSP-12049US1981

Reviews

  • colin_b's avatar
    colin_b
    When they played this in the night clubs at the time, the 'glitch' part used to somehow go inside your head - really weird experience!
    • Booj1Boy's avatar
      Booj1Boy
      Both sides consist of a suite of the semi-non album track "Hard Times" to the Dare track "Love Action", but each side is a different experience.

      Side 1 begins with "Hard Times", this version I don't like very much, it just seems to monotone and sterile to me, as opposed to the cold yet human style of THL at the time. It then goes into a slightly extended version of the album cut of "Love Action", a sublime track that might've the high light of Dare.

      Side 2 begins with yet again "Hard Times", but it's actually different this time. It's a different mix that I've heard refered to as a "Dub Mix", and I muh prefer it I the other version. It claims to be instrumental, but actually has vocals starting a bit after half-way into the track. It then goes into "Love Action", which is also somewhat different. It's mosty instrumental, and has some difference in the mixing, but stays in the style of the original. About 3/5ths into the track, it decides to glitch out and make you think your system is dying, with some distorted vocals while you're at it. Not as good as the original, but still interesting.

      Both sides have their ups and downs, but each side has the best version of the opposite track , so it gives you something to look forward to and keeps it from getting stale.

      4/5
      • CRUSHTRASH's avatar
        CRUSHTRASH
        Edited 10 years ago
        The segue of tracks A1-2 is very nice, as it adds a few more of the intro 'meow' loops to "Love Action"! We all know by now that the 'instrumental' version of Hard Times is actually a vocal, but a much improved mix (that ended up on Love and Dancing LP). The 3" CD single re-issue indexes 4 tracks, but plays as per the 12".

        Great tracks from their greatest era, Love Action is a classic subversive pop song, those bleeps and noises were like nothing else the chart had heard. Classic!

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