Exclusive: China Crisis / deluxe editions

In September, Caroline International will reissue as expanded multi-disc deluxe editions of the first three albums by eighties Liverpool band China Crisis. SDE can exclusively bring you the full track listings for these re-releases.

The albums in question are 1982 debut Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, the follow up from 1983 Working With Fire and Steel and 1985’s Flaunt The Imperfection. All three albums were originally released on Virgin and have been remastered from the original tapes (by Andy Pearce) for these new expanded editions (which have been produced with the full cooperation of the band).

Gary Daly (vocals/keyboards) and Eddie Lundon (vocals/guitars) made Difficult Shapes… on a budget back in the early eighties and the new reissue is a two-CD set, with the album on the first disc and a bonus disc that offers three demo recordings, eight tracks used as B-sides and a John Peel Session.

Working with Fire and Steel (which produced the band’s only UK top ten hit Wishful Thinking) is expanded to an impressive three CDs. The first bonus disc includes demos, B-sides, single edits, extended versions and a couple of live tracks, while the second features 12 tracks from radio sessions (John Peel and David ‘kid’ Jensen).

Steely Dan’s Walter Becker produced Flaunt The Imperfection (and plays some synth) and this album contains the hits Black Man Ray and King In A Catholic Style. Although neither could better the success of Wishful Thinking, the album itself was the only long-player to penetrate the UK top ten, peaking at number nine. It’s back to two discs for this reissue. The bonus CD includes more demos, B-sides and five tracks from a Janice Long radio session.

The band have been interviewed by Daryl Easlea for the booklets and all three albums are due for reissue on 1 September 2017. Note: the track listings below are subject to any last minute changes/tweaks.

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Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms - 2CD deluxe


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Working With Fire and Steel - 3CD deluxe


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Flaunt The Imperfection - 2CD deluxe


Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun to Entertain (2CD deluxe edition)

CD 1

Difficult Side

  • Seven Sports for All
  • No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool)
  • Feel to Be Driven Away
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives
  • Christian

Entertainment Side

  • African And White
  • Are We a Worker
  • Red Sails
  • You Never See It
  • Temptations Big Blue Eyes
  • Jean Walks in Freshfields

CD 2

  • Paula and Patricia – Demo
  • lowlands – Demo
  • African And White – Demo
  • African And White – B-Side
  • No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool) – B-Side
  • No Ordinary Lover – B-Side
  • Watching Over Burning Fields – B-Side
  • Scream Down at Me – non-album A-Side
  • Greenacre Bay – B-Side
  • Performing Seals – B-Side
  • Cucumber Garden – B-Side
  • Seven Sports for All – John Peel Session
  • This Occupation – John Peel Session
  • Be Suspicious – John Peel Session
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives– John Peel Session

Working With Fire And Steel Possible Pop Songs Volume Two (3CD deluxe edition)

CD 1

  • Working with Fire and Steel
  • When the Piper Calls
  • Hanna Hanna
  • Animals in Jungles
  • Here Comes a Raincloud
  • Wishful Thinking
  • Tragedy and Mystery
  • Papua
  • The Gates of Door To Door
  • The Soul Awakening

CD 2

  • Jon and Van – Demo
  • Tragedy and Mystery – Demo
  • When the Piper Calls – Demo
  • Fire and Steel – Mix
  • Dockland – B-Side
  • Forever I and I – B-Side
  • Tragedy and Mystery (5.28)
  • A Golden Handshake for Every Daughter – B-Side
  • Wishful Thinking – Edit
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives – B-Side
  • This Occupation – Extended Mix
  • Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives – Extended Mix
  • Hanna Hanna – Extended Mix
  • Here Come a Raincloud – Live
  • African And White – Live

CD 3

  • Hanna Hanna – Kid Jensen Session
  • You Never See It – Kid Jensen Session
  • Animals and Jungles – Kid Jensen Session
  • Reflections – Kid Jensen Session
  • A Golden Handshake for Every Daughter – John Peel Session
  • Wishful Thinking – John Peel Session
  • Here Comes a Raincloud – John Peel Session
  • Greenacre Day – John Peel Session
  • Papua – Kid Jensen Session
  • No Ordinary Lover – Kid Jensen Session
  • When the Piper Calls – Kid Jensen Session
  • The Soul Awakening – Kid Jensen Session


CD 1

  • The Highest High
  • Strength of Character
  • You Did Cut Me
  • Black Man Ray
  • Wall of God
  • Gift of Freedom
  • King in a Catholic Style
  • Bigger the Punch I’m Feeling
  • The World Spins, I’m Part of It
  • Blue Sea

CD 2

  • Wall of God – Demo
  • Black Man Ray – Demo
  • Bigger the Punch I’m Feeling – Demo
  • Animalistic – B-Side
  • Christian – B-Side
  • You Did Cut Me – B-Side
  • Seven Sports for All – B-Side
  • King in A Catholic Style (Wake Up) – edit
  • Animalistic – B-Side
  • It’s Never Too Late – B-Side
  • 96-8 – B-Side
  • Orange Mutt – Mutt Dance
  • Gift of Freedom – Janice Long Session
  • Strength of Character – Janice Long Session
  • Wall of God – Janice Long Session
  • King in A Catholic Style (Wake Up) – Janice Long Session

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I finally got Working with Fire and Steel earlier this week (had several hundred $ of auto repairs to get out of the way first), and can happily report that it is most definitely NOT brickwalled. In fact, volume-wise, I hear no appreciable difference between this deluxe edition and the original CD edition. In terms of sound quality, the deluxe may sound slightly fuller, but it’s a subtle difference.

I never had anything beyond the original album and subsequent CD edition, so my only complaint with the deluxe edition is that the lyrics and some of the design elements from the original CD are not included, meaning I will likely end up keeping both editions for at least a while.


Received my signed copy of all three albums yesterday and I just have to say that these remasters sound absolutely wonderful!

RobbiS from Germany

The version of “Wishful Thinking” on disc 2 is not the edit version. It’s the same version like on disc 1, the album version. Both has the same length – 4:40 min. The original edit version has a length of 4:08 min !!!


Well these would not be proper deluxe editions if there weren’t a few mistakes ;-)


There was what appears to be a German version of the 7″ with the timing listed as 4:38 (https://www.discogs.com/China-Crisis-Wishful-Thinking/release/347565).


Have to say I am very very pleased with these.
The albums sound very good and the extras are superb. The demos are excellent – some of their instrumentals are truly wonderful. I’ve always loved Docklands and Forever I and I so hearing more of their unreleased tracks in that style is a true delight.

Well worth the wait imho!

Roland K.

I’m very pleased with these box sets, but would like to know more for purchasing these all: are there e.g more comments about their sound quality? And is someone able to check the dynamic range (which I can’t)?


Flaunt sounds great and fab to hear King 12”. It is an amazing album.

[…] produced some other artists, including China Crisis‘ 1985 album Flaunt The Imperfection (due for reissue in less than two weeks) and briefly reunited with Donald Fagen in 1986 to play on Rosie […]

Harry Williams

As of this morning, all three reissues now available as signed versions from the Pledgemusic.com site… plus a lot more incentives being added soon… Gotta love that! Seriously considering cancelling my Amazon preorder and getting my copies scribbled on… Fingers crossed they do another run of their superb ‘Autumn In The Neighbourhood’ too, for all those that missed the boat the last time.



Consider yourself lucky. I ordered the Flaunt deluxe edition and it never showed up. I should have stuck with my Amazon preorder. :-(

[…] revealed a few weeks back, 1982’s Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms and Flaunt the Imperfection from […]


Just noticed they have appeared on HMV but i will stick with Amazon as i will get them quicker.


The release dates for these have changed to the 15th September and why are Amazon the only site that has these for preorder ?

Scott Truelove

Why can’t the person or persons who compile these reissues check with the real people who intend to buy them and include all the mixes that any fool would include i.e. the standard 12 inch versions of the singles that were released at the time.These people are clueless as to the whole point of a so called deluxe version!


There a lot of clueless people indeed when it comes to compiling deluxe versions. Regarding these reissues the band obviously knows what the correct tracklists are but are quite happy to sit back and not make a comment about it. I have bought these and if there are tracks missing i will just have to live with it like everybody else. Pity Paul wasn’t involved with these and then at least we would know what we were getting.

Auntie Sabrina

Regarding the lack of clarity regarding the track details, you may have missed this at the end of the main article “Note: the track listings below are subject to any last minute changes/tweaks.”


You would think somebody even the band would have the correct track listings for these. Apart from a link to here on their FB page they don’t seem to be bothered about these reissues. I tried the record labels website but they aren’t even listed on there

alan hansen

@Martin D.: unless “Janice Long Session” = the 12″ version of “King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up),” then i’m afraid we’ll both have to settle for our vinyl editions of that great extended version. i’ve looked online and hunted through my collection to see if that 12″ version exists on cd elsewhere, but came-up with nothing. if i’m wrong, would somebody PLEASE let us all know. thank you!

Martin D.

We can but hope Alan… I’ve often wondered what King In A Catholic Style is about. I’ve had a quick ‘Google’ but no luck.

Martin D.

Back in the day, I was lucky enough to pick up the limited edition 2 disc version of China Crisis Collection. The second disc contains B sides from several of the twelve inch singles. Even the instrumentals are quality. As previously mentioned, they were/are a vastly underrated band. They had a certain mellowness to them which belied a tough undercurrent. Scream down at me being a good example. They did go a bit ‘MOR’ for me around Flaunt The Imperfection, but still a great band. It would be great to have a crackle free version of the twelve inch of King In A Catholic Style, but if not I’ll have to make do with my vinyl rip and tack it onto the end of the Flaunt reissue on my iPod.


Not much more to add to this great news from one of my fav “obscure” bands from all eras…

…just that on their FB pae they posted a link to this place so it seems that they are in some way on touch with this great place on the net,

Hoping more artists could do just same because will find a great guy who delivers great stuff as well :D

Joe T.

Splendiferous news! Have been waiting and hoping these would be released for years. Love all of their music, including the 2015 “Autumn In The Neighborhood”. As an American fan, hoping to see them live in concert for the first time in November when I cross the pond to see Bananarama.

Joshua Wheeler

HAPPY JOY HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY….I have been waiting forever for these to come out as Deluxe Editions. I will be buying these without a doubt. I love this bands brilliant music. I would have sold my family for these. Did I say I was happy?


I never thought that there would be so many people who have been waiting for these reissues. I have also been waiting for this and I did not expected that it was going to happen.

But I am very happy that “Working With Fire And Steel” and “Flaunt The Imperfection” are going to be released as deluxe editions.

Any more information about the packaging. Is it going to be a digipak?


All the reissues i have bought from Caroline have been jewel cases hopefully these will be as well.


Just pre-ordered FTI and snooped around more to find ANY sound bites from the 2CD edition of Diary of a Hollow Horse. It’s not the best quality, but it’s interesting to compare the original Walter Becker versions to the Mike Thorne mixes: https://www.amazon.de/Diary-Hollow-Horse-2cd-Expanded/dp/B00C132V2Y

Frank P

Wow!!! And here I was attempting to needledrop these 3 albums to take with me on a long trip! Never got around to it due to time constraints so I opted to for “Acoustically Yours” instead.
This is wonderful news! These are must haves for me!


Oh, I held off for so many hours, but couldn’t resist and pressed the buy button!!! (forgive me, bank account)

Looking forward to these but even more in the hope that they include the material that everyone is talking about. Crossed fingers!

Whatever, I’m looking forward to them (and feeling older than ever, living in the eighties).

Frenchy Eric

It is just incredible how many people react with enthusiasm in such a little time !
It is sad in fact that sales at those periods did not reflect …
Anyway, first time i connected with them was in january 1985 when i met a girl from Scotland working in Paris and she had a tape with Difficult Shapes on the A side (can’t remember what was on the B side, maybe the Tourists ?) we listened to and i immediately loved the songs; what is funny is that, some days later, i went to a mate ‘s home and he made me listen to the Fire and Steel LP he had just bought (he did not know Shapes…); and to end the story, i came to London to work in august 1985, bought the Flaunt and saw them live at the Town and Country Club some months later.
One of my favourite english pop bands of the 80’s !
Can’t wait to listen to the extras !

Mark Franklin

These are great! Have been trying to locate the 7″ of Christian for years to no avail and had hoped it would be included on the deluxe release – shame, especially as edits of other singles are included.

alan hansen

paul: from the 12″ “King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up)” – the (Extended Version) of that track appears to be missing from this reissue. is it possible that this is the same as the Janice Long Session? or has this remix truly been overlooked? thanks, paul.

Larry Davis

Pre-ordered…hopefully, changes will be made and the missing stuff will be added…and went to Cherry Red’s site and signed up…the European Electronica box looks great…as does the Manchester box…

Johnny B

This is great news!!! Have been waiting for CC reissues for several years now. Can’t wait to get them!


It was Review Preview… thanks Discogs…


Great band. Did they really only have one top 10? No justice. I still fondly remember the new album sampler / promotion cassette I picked up for £1.99 back as a teen, it featured a couple of new album tracks including Arizona Sky and all their previous big hits. Anyone else get that, 1986 I think it was.

peter m

I would advise ordering these if interested
They look the sort of releases that tend to sell out.


This is good news, thanks for the update. Nice to see they’ve used the LP artwork for the first two rather thank the cropped and reworked versions that were used on the original CDs as well (that always bugged me!)


I wonder if No Ordinary Lover “Methods Of Dance” version could be added too..It’s totally different and should be in it too


wow, great news but upon checking the track listings a few key ommisions. King In A Catholic Style 12″ has never shown up on any of the many Eighties 12 inch compilations over the years so was hoping to see it here – on the bands own releases! How dare I hope for such a thing. AAARRRGGGGG :(

Wax Monster X

5 things:
1. Been waiting 25+ years for these remastered CDs so ….YAY! Please don’t eff em up.
2. Couldn’t be happier that Cherry Red is nowhere near these, worked at Caroline in NYC way back in the day, so cheers to them.
3. Will be 54 in early Sept. so a brilliant b’day present for me! Thanx for getting these out while I can still hear.
4. Three down, 1 to go. PLEASE don’t leave What Price Paradise on the shelf for too long.
5. Picked up a new CD player after 15 years and it’s screamingly good and now longing to play these discs!


agree with # 4

4. Three down, 1 to go. PLEASE don’t leave What Price Paradise on the shelf for too long. That era has some of my favorite B sides too!

Larry Davis

“Arizona Sky” is one of my fave songs ever…by ANY band!!

Derek T.

The short version of Animalistic is just the first half of the long version. So, do we really need both here?

Derek T.

Of all the singles tracks of theirs that haven’t made it to CD so far, Ii reckon about half of them are here. So now I’m not sure if my glass is half full or half empty. In particular, I’d liked to have seen the remixed 7″ version of Hanna Hanna here.


Agree that Autumn In The Neighbourhood should be more widely available, or at least orderable from the band. It’s very good. I only have it digitally – which is like not having it at all!

Simon Taylor

The band sell cd copies of Neighbourhood at their live shows. Worth getting along to one of those before end of this year. They go out as a 3 piece with keyboard player. Highly recommended. Saw them last year and going again in October.

alan hansen

i feel all warm and tingly in my nether-regions!


Question for the China Crisis mega-fans about the Flaunt the Imperfection album title. I always thought it had to be something Walter Becker said to the band during the sessions, based on Steely Dan’s legendary quest for perfection on their recordings. Am I right, or is that just my imagination running away?


Interesting theory – not something I have ever read though (which of course does not mean it isn’t true).

To be honest I always thought it sounded like one of the cards from Eno and Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies set. It’s just the sort of thing I can imagine Eno thinking/saying/doing…

Stephen K.

Great, fantastic news! There’s a glitch on other digital versions of “Performing Seals”, but it can be easily fixed in a digital editor. Hopefully it’s either not on the master tape, or something they can fix before it gets pressed. Doesn’t matter to me, these deluxe editions have been a decades-awaited dream! And the demos and Peel sessions are superb.


Ah, that glitch on Performing Seals bugged me for years. But it’s the same on the vinyl pressings from 1983. Grrrrr!!!!


The glitch is still present on the new remaster.


Recently, Gary from the band posted photos of the covers of the reference CDs for the bonus discs on the China Crisis FB fanpage (along with track timings), which indicate that the African & White, Blue Horizons, Tragedy & Mystery and Hanna Hanna versions listed above as B sides ARE in fact the extended 12″ versions…and the “King In A Catholic Style” (Edit) clocks in at 7’31” which would probably mean that it’s the 12″ version too…and the second listed version of Animalistic is the extended “Day At The Zoo” mix.

Agree it’s a shame that the studio version of Be Suspicious and the 7″ version of This Occupation (in my opinion vastly superior to the extended mix) haven’t been included…nor has the Steve Levine produced version of No Ordinary Lover which appeared on the Methods Of Dance compilation. On the other hand, will be delighted to have It’s Never Too Late on CD finally.

A bit confused as to why Some People I Know To Lead Fantastic Lives appears in it’s non-extended form on the Fire & Steel bonus disc. Whilst both regular and extended versions were on the Wishful Thinking 12″, the regular version is already part of Difficult Shapes.

Still…these re-issues are long overdue so mustn’t grumble.

Derek Cornish

No US release. We suck

Derek Langsford

Hi Derek: That’s weird, my name is also Derek and I am Cornish by birth but in the US now :-)


After reading the 50 odd posts above, it’s quite clear that the reissues are missing key b-sides, radio edits & 12 “es :(
We fans have been waiting 30 years for some china crisis, and unlike bands like u2, def leppard, radiohead, 2nd reissues are unlikely. All we are asking is for it to be comprehensive, why can’t caroline or CC get this right? is that to much to ask for?


Personally I am just happy that these are happening at all.


Yeah, come on ver Crisis, sort it out. You don’t want a ‘where is Saxophones as Opiates?’ type scenario. Some obsessives (me) find it hard to live with shit like that.

Wolfgang Mintrop

Fantastic News! We have waited too long for expanded versions of these real hightlights of “Intelligent Pop”. PS: how about a cd-issue of the (first) ENDGAMES-Album, with the 12″ Versions and b-sides as additional bonus stuff ….?


I think in several cases the extended version is mis-labeled as b-side. If that is indeed true, the only 12″ mix that is sadly missing is “King In A Catholic Style”. That’s a real shame because that is a 7’28” mix and is great. I do hope that they will add that as a last minute change. All 12″ mixes should be on here, come on guys!!

Paul English

These look great. Hopefully there will be a few late additions to cover off any missing tracks.

1985 is my favourite year for albums. Here’s 101 reasons why:

10,000 Maniacs – The Wishing Chair
ABC – How To Be A Zillionaire
A-ha – Hunting High And Low
Arcadia – So Red The Rose
Big Audio Dynamite – This Is Big Audio Dynamite
Blancmange – Believe You Me
Michael Brook – Hybrid
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love
Camper Van Beethoven – Telephone Free Landslide Victory
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – The Firstborn Is Dead

The Chameleons – What Does Anything Mean? Basically
China Crisis – Flaunt The Imperfection
The Church – Heyday
Clan Of Xymox – Clan Of Xymox
Lloyd Cole and The Commotions – Easy Pieces
Phil Collins – No Jacket Required
Colourbox – Colourbox
The Cult – Love
The Cure – The Head On The Door
The Damned – Phantasmagoria

Dead Can Dance – Spleen And Ideal
Dead Kennedys – Frankenchrist
Dead Or Alive – Youthquake
Dexys Midnight Runners – Don’t Stand Me Down
Dif Juz – Extractions
Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
Dream Academy – The Dream Academy
Stephen TinTin Duffy – The Ups And Downs
Dukes Of Stratosphear – 25 O’Clock
Brian Eno – Thursday Afternoon

Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight
Everything But The Girl – Love Not Money
The Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace
Felt – Ignite The Seven Cannons
Bryan Ferry – Boys And Girls
Fine Young Cannibals – Fine Young Cannibals
Five Star – Luxury Of Life
Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin’ Who
Peter Gabriel – Birdy
Half Man Half Biscuit – Back In The DHSS

Paul Hardcastle – Paul Hardcastle
Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians – Fegmania!
Husker Du – New Day Rising
Husker Du – Flip Your Wig
Iron Maiden – Live After Death
Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri – Worlds In A Small Room
Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm
Howard Jones – Dream Into Action
Killing Joke – Night Time

Level 42 – World Machine
LL Cool J – Radio
Lone Justice – Lone Justice
Love and Rockets – Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
Madness – Mad Not Mad
Marillion – Misplaced Childhood
Meat Puppets – Up On The Sun
Mekons – Fear And Whiskey
Microdisney – The Clock Comes Down The Stairs
Mission Of Burma – The Horrible Truth About Burma

Joni Mitchell – Dog Eat Dog
Van Morrison – A Sense Of Wonder
New Order – Low-Life
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Crush
Pale Fountains – From Across The Kitchen Table
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Southern Accents
The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy and The Lash
Andrew Poppy – The Beating Of Wings
Power Station – The Power Station
Prefab Sprout – Steve McQueen

Prince and The Revolution – Around The World In A Day
Propaganda – A Secret Wish
Chris Rea – Shamrock Diaries
REM – Fables Of The Reconstruction
The Replacements – Tim
Run DMC – King Of Rock
Sade – The Promise
Scritti Politti – Cupid and Psyche ’85
Shriekback – Oil And Gold
Simple Minds – Once Upon A Time

Sisters Of Mercy – First And Last And Always
The Smiths – Meat Is Murder
Belouis Some – Some People
Sonic Youth – Bad Moon Rising
The Sound – Heads And Hearts
Squeeze – Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
Sting – Dream Of The Blue Turtles
Strawberry Switchblade – Strawberry Switchblade
Style Council – Our Favourite Shop
David Sylvian – Alchemy: An Index Of Possibilities

Talking Heads – Little Creatures
Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair
Richard Thompson – Across A Crowded Room
Thompson Twins – Here’s To Future Days
Those Nervous Animals – Hyperspace
Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega
Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
The Waterboys – This Is The Sea
Working Week – Working Nights
Robert Wyatt – Old Rottenhat
Paul Young – The Secret Of Association


Nice to see the Sound in there!
Great year.

Paul E.

@ Paul English – you must have access to my iTunes library…nice list! Just a couple of additions below for fun:
Big Self – Stateless
Bryan Ferry – Boys and Girls
Cruzados – Cruzados
Depeche Mode – Catching Up With…
INXS – Listen Like Thieves
[I’m from Chicago so it’s a local thing] Naked Raygun – All Rise

’85 was and is a great year for music!!

Larry Davis

1985, the year I graduated highschool and started university…yeah it was a big one…enjoy all those records I have heard and will prob love the ones I have not.


That is RAD! Do you have any more years to share??

Alan Jones

Magnificent. Cheers Paul.

Martin Aspland

Finally and great to see that never too late is going to be on cd definitely a great lostime b side. I agree some ofriends the b sides seem wrongly categorised and look like the 12 inch a side as the tracks are grouped like they were on the vinyl