Fade to Grey – The Singles Collection

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Fade to Grey – The Singles Collection
1993 re-release cover
Compilation album by Visage
Released November 1983
Genre Synthpop
Label Polydor
Producer Midge Ure, Visage
Visage chronology
The Anvil
(1982)
Fade to Grey – The Singles Collection
(1983)
Beat Boy
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Fade to Grey – The Singles Collection is a 1983 compilation album by the British synthpop group Visage.

Background[edit]

Released as a stop-gap between studio albums whilst the band was experiencing contractual difficulties, the compilation includes all of the Visage singles released up to that point (five of them UK Top 30 hits), as well as a couple of non-single tracks. The cassette version was released as a Special Dance Mix Cassette, featuring remixes of each of the album's tracks as well as a bonus track, "Der Amboss" (a German-language version of the song "The Anvil"). In British HMV stores, a limited number of copies of the album and cassette were issued with a free 7" vinyl picture disc of the "Pleasure Boys" single from 1982. The album reached #38 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified Gold, based on pre-release sales to shops.

The album was re-released a decade later as Fade to Grey – The Best of Visage with a similar cover and track listing but with the inclusion of two tracks not featured on the original release: "Love Glove" (one of Visage's penultimate single from 1984) and the Bassheads/Andy Stevenson remix of "Fade to Grey", which became a minor Top 40 hit again in 1993. The only single not included on this compilation was "Beat Boy", the band's final single from 1984.

Track listing[edit]

Original 1983 release:

  1. "Fade to Grey" – 4:00
  2. "Mind of a Toy" – 3:32
  3. "Visage" – 3:53
  4. "We Move" (remix) – 3:45
  5. "Tar" – 3:32
  6. "In the Year 2525" – 3:45
  7. "The Anvil" (single remix by John Luongo) – 4:26
  8. "Night Train" (album version edit) – 3:58
  9. "Pleasure Boys" – 3:35
  10. "The Damned Don't Cry"– 4:02

The following two tracks were included on the 1993 re-release:

  1. "Love Glove" - 4:00
  2. "Fade to Grey" (Bassheads 7" edit) – 3:22

Writing credits: Track 1 - B. Currie/M. Ure/C. Payne, Tracks 2,3,4 - S. Strange/M. Ure/B. Currie/J. McGeoch/R. Egan/D. Formula, Track 5 - S. Strange/M. Ure/B. Currie/J. McGeoch/R. Egan/D. Formula/B. Adamson, Track 6 - R. Evans, Tracks 7,8,10 - S. Strange/M. Ure/B. Currie/R. Egan/D. Formula, Track 9 - S. Strange/R. Egan/B. Currie/D. Formula/S. Barnacle, Track 11 - S. Strange/R. Egan/S. Barnacle

Special Dance Mix Cassette (1983)[edit]

Side One:

  1. "Fade To Grey" (12" Dance Mix) - 6.20
  2. "Mind of a Toy" (12" Dance Mix) - 5.10
  3. "Visage" (12" Dance Mix) - 5.31
  4. "We Move" (remix) - 3.32
  5. "Tar" - 3.30
  6. "Der Amboss" (edit) - 4.34

Side Two:

  1. "In The Year 2525" - 3.42
  2. "The Anvil" (special remix for this album) - 5.01
  3. "Night Train" (special remix for this album) - 6.20
  4. "Pleasure Boys" - 3.33
  5. "Damned Don't Cry" (12" Dance Mix) - 5.40

(Timings are approximate, though the Special Dance Mix Cassette was produced as a non-stop "hit mix" in which some tracks fade into each other.)

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Bush. "Fade to Grey: The Singles Collection - Visage : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  2. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Fade To Grey - The Singles Collection by Visage Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "BPI Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-10-07.