Bitter Sweet (King album)

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Bitter Sweet
Bitter sweet king.jpg
Studio album by King
Released 1985
Recorded Park Gate & Wessex Studios
Genre New wave
Length 39:55 (LP)
45:28 (MC)
77:34 (CD)
Label CBS (LP/MC)
Cherry Red (CD)
Producer Richard James Burgess
King chronology
Steps in Time
(1984)
Bitter Sweet
(1985)
Joy
(Paul King solo)
(1987)

Bitter Sweet is the second and final album by the English band King, produced by Richard James Burgess and released by CBS Records in 1985. The album peaked at number 16 in the UK Album Chart and was certified Gold by the BPI.

The first single from the album was "Alone without You" which reached the UK Top 10. Two further singles were taken from the album, "The Taste of Your Tears" (UK #11) and "Torture" (UK #23).

The cassette edition of the record featured a slightly different track listing, containing a slow reprise of the first single "Alone without You", and the 12" extended remix replacing the 7" version of "The Taste of Your Tears".

In September 2007, the album was remastered and re-released on CD by Cherry Red label with eight bonus tracks including remixes and B-Sides.

Track listing[edit]

LP[edit]

  1. "Alone without You" – 3:35 (P. King)
  2. "Platform One" – 3:05 (P. King)
  3. "I Cringed, I Died, I Felt Hot" – 4:56 (P. King/M. Roberts)
  4. "(KFAD) Wait For No-One" – 3:37 (P. King/M. Roberts/J. Lantsbery/A. Wall)
  5. "2 M.B." – 3:38 (P. King)
  6. "These Things" – 4:34 (P. King/M. Roberts)
  7. "The Taste of Your Tears" – 4:03 (P. King)
  8. "Torture" – 4:29 (P. King)
  9. "Sugar Candy Mountain Buddhas" – 3:51 (P. King/A. Wall/J. Lantsbery)
  10. "Mind Yer Toes" – 4:07 (P. King)

MC[edit]

  1. "Alone without You" (3:38)
  2. "Platform One" (3:07)
  3. "I Cringed, I Died, I Felt Hot" (4:58)
  4. "(KFAD) Wait for No-One" (3:39)
  5. "2 M.B." (3:50)
  6. "Alone without You – The Reprise" (3:23)
  7. "These Things" (4:37)
  8. "The Taste of Your Tears (Breaker Heart Mix)" (5:42)
  9. "Torture" (4:29)
  10. "Sugar Candy Mountain Buddhas" (3:54)
  11. "Mind Yer Toes" (4:11)

CD[edit]

  1. "Alone without You" (3:38)
  2. "Platform One" (3:07)
  3. "I Cringed, I Died, I Felt Hot" (4:58)
  4. "(KFAD) Wait for No-One" (3:39)
  5. "2 M.B." (3:50)
  6. "These Things" (4:37)
  7. "The Taste of Your Tears" (4:05)
  8. "Torture" (4:29)
  9. "Sugar Candy Mountain Buddhas" (3:54)
  10. "Mind Yer Toes" (4:11)
  11. "Crazy Party" (3:26)
  12. "Alone without You (Scorcher Mix)" (4:30)
  13. "The Taste of Your Tears (Breaker Heart CD Mix)" (5:42)
  14. "Torture (Passion Fruit Mix)" (6:43)
  15. "Love & Pride (USA Summer Mix)" (6:17)
  16. "I Kissed the Spikey Fridge (Rock Hard Mix)" (4:02)
  17. "These Things (Reprise)" (2:30)
  18. "Alone without You – The Reprise" (3:23)

Singles[edit]

  • 1985 – "Alone without You" (UK #8)
  • 1985 – "The Taste of Your Tears" (UK #11)
  • 1986 – "Torture" (UK #23)

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul King - vocals
  • Mick Roberts - keyboards
  • Anthony "Tony" Wall - bass guitar
  • Jim "Jackal" Lantsbery - guitar
  • Adrian Lillywhite - drums

Production and design[edit]

  • Richard James Burgess - producer
  • Phill Brown - engineering, mixing
  • Perry Haines - photography
  • Rob O'Connor - photography
  • James Palmer - photography
  • Jeff Veitch - photography
  • Simon Fowler - sleeve photography
  • Rob O'Connor - design

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue
UK 2007 Cherry Red CD CD MRED 328
UK 1985 CBS CD CDCBS86320
UK 1985 CBS MC 40-86320
UK 1985 CBS LP 86320

External links[edit]

  • Discogs: track listing, credits, timings, label, date of vinyl LP edition
  • Discogs: track listing, credits, timings, label, date of remastered CD edition