This Time – The First Four Years

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This Time - The First Four Years
Compilation album by Culture Club
Released 1987
Recorded 1982-1986
Genre New wave, pop, rock, reggae, country, blue-eyed soul
Length 48:07 (LP);
62:15 (CD/MC)
Label Virgin
Epic (US)
Producer Steve Levine
Culture Club chronology
From Luxury to Heartache (1986) This Time - The First Four Years
At Worst... The Best of Boy George and Culture Club

This Time – The First Four Years is the first official greatest hits album of British new wave group Culture Club, released, by Virgin Records, in 1987. Its release came one year after the band had split up.


The compilation exclusively includes, in its vinyl edition, the band's most successful hits. The one track which was never available in single format is "Black Money" (originally on their second album, Colour by Numbers), which was intended to be released to promote this collection, but never actually came out. The album includes a wide selection of tracks taken from all their albums (including more than half the tracks from the Colour By Numbers album), as well as the group's contribution to the Electric Dreams film soundtrack; "Love Is Love". For many countries, it was the first time that their hit "Time (Clock of the Heart)" was included on an album.

Two additional tracks are featured on the CD and cassette version: the remix of "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" and a medley segueing the remixes of "It's a Miracle" and "Miss Me Blind".

The bulk of these tracks would be re-issued on numerous compilations for years after.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Karma Chameleon" - 4:01 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss/Pickett)
  2. "Church of the Poison Mind" - 3:31 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss)
  3. "Miss Me Blind" - 4:29 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss)
  4. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" - 3:43 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss)
  5. "It's a Miracle" - 3:25 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss/Pickett)
  6. "Black Money" - 5:19 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss)
  7. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" - 4:24 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss)
  8. "Move Away" - 4:10 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss/Pickett)
  9. "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" - 2:35 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss)
  10. "Love Is Love" - 3:52 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss)
  11. "The War Song" - 3:59 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss)
  12. "Victims" - 4:55 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss)
  13. "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" (U.S. 12" Remix) - 4:40 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss) [CD/MC bonus track]
  14. "It's a Miracle/Miss Me Blind" (U.S. 12" Remix) - 9:12 (O'Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss/Pickett) [CD/MC bonus track]



  • for the other musicians, see Culture Club's first four albums


  • for the other members of staff and production, see Culture Club's first four albums

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue N°
UK 1987 Virgin CD CDVTV 1
vinyl LP VTV 1

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