Japanese CD of the day / Paul Young

Paul Young / The Secret Of Association Japanese CD of the dayThis 2009 Japanese ‘paper sleeve’ (or mini LP CD) reissue of Paul Young‘s 1985 album The Secret Of Association has one big attraction (aside from the typically excellent packaging). It is the only CD to date that contains the full extended version of his US number one record Every Time You Go Away (a cover of the Hall and Oates song). It is a bonus track at the end of the album, after Man In The Iron Mask (itself a bonus on the original CD).

The Edsel 2CD reissue of 2007 did list the extended version of Everytime You Go Away on disc two, but disappointingly this was an error, and it played the seven-inch version.

The original UK cassette included the extended version in place of the normal album version, but the ’80s CD didn’t. Four other extended remixes featured on that tape, including I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, Everything Must Change, Hot Fun and I Was In Chains. ‘Playhouse’ and Everything Must Change appeared on the Edsel release but Hot Fun and I Was In Chains have never been issued on CD in their extended form.

Paul Young / The Secret Of Association Japanese CD of the day
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Tim Harrison

Where can we buy this Japanese edition?


About 6 months ago I picked up the 2-CD Edsel edition, and it’s pretty cool. As you note, the one big omission is the Everytime You Go Away 12″. (Always thought it was one of Daryl Hall’s best compositions.)

I’ve read reviews that suggest the 2009 Japanese edition has top-notch audio quality. Can anyone speak the quality of its mastering vs. other available CDs?




Great album. I’ll keep an eye out for this edition in my travels.