Don’t Quote Me On That

by | Feb 1, 2022

Let me take you back to the early 1980s, a time when there were three known versions of “Don’t Quote Me On That”; at least to me, that is. I am not sure how well people knew about these mixes because, over the past 40 years, I have never heard anyone bring up the Japanese 12″ mix and the subsequent attempt in the 2003 to release the original Hot Biscuit Promo mix for the Singles Box Vol. 1 was a complete failure, and never tried again since.

So let’s dig in

(Mix 1) Work, Rest & Play EP (BUY 71) (approx 4:32)

“It’s All Eggs Bacon Beans and a Fried Slice” with full piano intro then kicks in with all instrumentation mixed into the entire track. It ends with a “Are you sure…” echo to fade (no guitar).

(Mix 2) 12″ Hot Biscuit Promo (MAD-1) (approx 3:59)

“It’s All Eggs Bacon Beans and a Fried Slice” with (edited) piano intro then kicks in with just bass and drums, sax and organ kicks in at 30 seconds, the guitar comes in at 55 seconds, but the mix holds Mikes piano until 1:29 minutes into the track. It ends with “are you sure” dead stop, with guitar, echoed to fade.

(Mix 3) Japanese 12″ Grey Day (VIP-5912) (approx 3:56)

“It’s All Eggs Bacon Beans and a Fried Slice” with (edited) piano intro then kicks in much the same as the hot biscuit mix with just bass and drums, sax and organ kicks in at 30 seconds, the guitar comes in at 50 seconds, the mix still holds Mikes piano until 1:29 minutes into the track. It ends with “Are you sure…” echos to fade (no guitar).

So as you can tell, there are three distinctive mixes, so let’s now look at a few releases where we will find these mixes – I will not go into every release but will hit a few and update this document over time.

Here We Go… here we go!

  • 7″ – Spain, Work Rest & Play (MO 1941) – Mix 2

  • 7″ – Portugal, Work Rest & Play (BUY 71 NP) – Mix 1

  • 7″ – Australia, Work Rest & Play (K 7868) – Mix 2

  • 7″ – Germany, Night Boat to Cairo (6.12777) – Mix 2

  • CD – The Singles Box Vol. 1 (MADBOX 3) – Mix 1 (twice, disc 4 & 5)

  • CD – The Business (MADBOX 1) – Mix 1

  • CD – One Step Beyond (SALVOMDCD02) – Mix 1

  • Digital – Absolutely Beyond Compare – Mix 1

  • CD – Take It Or Leave It (SALVOSVX010) – Mix 1

  • CD – Forever Young (SALVOCD052) – Mix 1

So let’s look at the original Hot Biscuit Promo (Mix 2) that was to be released in some form or other, but the effort was a complete failure and, to this day, the mix has never been released in any format.

The Singles Box Vol. 1 interestingly, was an effort to recreate all the singles up to Cardiac Arrest including the 12″ Hot Biscuit Promo, they should have used Mix 2 but sadly, they ended up using Mix 1 twice! once on disc 5 for the recreated 12″ Hot Biscuit Promo and once on disc 4 for the recreated Work, Rest & Play.

So it may seem that we will be forever stuck with Mix 1 on re-releases and such, which stinks … and so finally, the holy grail is Mix 3 on the Japanese 12″ Grey Day (VIP-5912).

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