Should the World Fail to Fall Apart

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Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
Studio album by Peter Murphy
Released 1986
Recorded 1986
Genre Alternative rock
Length 43:00
Label RCA, Beggars Banquet
Producer Ivo Watts-Russell, Peter Murphy, Howard Hughes, Gerry Kitchingam
Peter Murphy chronology
Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
(1986)
Love Hysteria
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Should the World Fail to Fall Apart is the first album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy, formerly of the gothic rock band Bauhaus. The album contains Murphy's covers of Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me" and Pere Ubu's "Final Solution." It was released in 1986.

Track listing[edit]

Original LP track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Peter Murphy and Howard Hughes (Stephen Betts); except where indicated

  1. "Canvas Beauty"
  2. "The Light Pours Out of Me" (Howard Devoto, Pete Shelley, John McGeoch)
  3. "Confessions"
  4. "Should the World Fail to Fall Apart"
  5. "Never Man" (Peter Murphy)
  6. "God Sends"
  7. "Blue Heart"
  8. "The Answer Is Clear"
  9. "Final Solution" (David Thomas, Craig Bell)
  10. "Jemal" (Peter Murphy)

Canadian LP track listing[edit]

The Canadian version of the LP, released on Vertigo/PolyGram, has a different cover as well an alternative track listing:

  1. "Should The World Fail To Fall Apart"
  2. "Never Man"
  3. "Tale of The Tongue"
  4. "God Sends"
  5. "Blue Heart"
  6. "The Answer Is Clear"
  7. "Confessions
  8. "Final Solution"
  9. "Jemal"
  10. "The Light Pours Out of Me"

In addition to reordering, the track "Canvas Beauty" was dropped in favor of "Tale of The Tongue", which had been released in the UK as a non-album single.

2011 deluxe edition bonus CD[edit]

In July 2011 a 25th anniversary deluxe edition of the album with a bonus disc of 14 B-sides and remixes was released.

  1. "Canvas Beauty (Up Version)"
  2. "The Light Pours Out Of Me (Original Version)"
  3. "Confessions (Remix)"
  4. "Should the World Fail to Fall Apart (Version)"
  5. "Stay"
  6. "Tale of the Tongue (12″ Version)"
  7. "Blue Heart (12″ Version)"
  8. "The Answer is Clear (Version)"
  9. "Final Solution (Club Mix)"
  10. "Jemal (Version 2)"
  11. "Canvas Beauty (Fast Mix)"
  12. "Tale of the Tongue (7″ Edit)"
  13. "Final Solution (Full Version)"
  14. "Final Solution (Third and Final Mix)"
  • Track 1 released on Beggars Banquet 7″ BEG 162 (U.K.), 1986
  • Tracks 3 and 10 released on Beggars Banquet 12″ BEG 179T (U.K.), 1987
  • Track 4 is a previously unreleased alternate mix
  • Track 5 exact origin unknown
  • Track 6 released on Beggars Banquet 12″ BEG 174T (U.K.), 1986
  • Track 7 released on Beggars Banquet 12″ BEG 162T (U.K.), 1986
  • Track 8 released on Beggars Banquet 7″ BEG 143 (U.K.), 1985
  • Tracks 9 and 13 released on Beggars Banquet 12″ BEG 143T (U.K.), 1985
  • Track 11 released on Beggars Banquet 12″ EP SOVE 2359 (CA), 1986
  • Track 12 released on Beggars Banquet 7″ BEG 174 (U.K.), 1986
  • Track 14 released on Beggars Banquet 12″ BEG 143TP (U.K.), 1985

Personnel[edit]

  • Peter Murphy - guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Howard Hughes - guitar, keyboards
  • Chris Pye, John McGeoch, Peter Bonas, Phillip Rambow, Steve Turner, Daniel Ash - guitar
  • Erkan Oğur - acoustic guitar, E-bow
  • Eddie Branch, Paul Cover - bass
  • Martin McCarrick - cello
  • Gini Bell - violin
  • Joji Hirota - congas
  • Jon Keleihor - percussion
  • Jon Self - harmonica

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