One of the Cherry Pop reissue label's newest titles for May is a greatly-expanded edition of Time and Tide, the solo debut album by Polish singer/songwriter Basia.
Basia Trzetrzelewska first caught the public eye in England as the lead singer for sophisti-pop band Matt Bianco alongside vocalist Mark Reilly and keyboardist Danny White. Their similarities to Sade and Everything But the Girl, as well as their Top 30 hits "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Half a Minute," earned them widespread acclaim, but Basia and White would soon strike out on their own. Signing to the Portrait/Epic labels on either side of the Atlantic, Basia's 1987 debut, Time and Tide, was one of those albums by a European act that is far more successful in America, selling a million copies and spinning off several hit songs on the Adult Contemporary chart ("Promises," "New Day for You") and a Top 40 crossover hit in the title track.
The ensuing years would find even more success for Basia, with the album London Warsaw New York (1989) and another Top 40 hit, "Cruising for Bruising." Though her presence in the industry would recede by the end of the 1990s, she did make a comeback in Europe in the 2000s, first with another album with Matt Bianco and then with her solo comeback, That Girl Again, in 2009.
Cherry Pop's expanded edition of Time and Tide features 19 bonus tracks over two discs, including all the B-sides, instrumentals and remixes officially released to promote the record. The booklet also features new interviews with Basia, Danny White and engineer Phil Harding. It's also worth noting, as noted in our recent interview with him, that Vinny Vero, noted reissue producer and friend of The Second Disc, counts Time and Tide as his newest project for the Cherry Pop label.
The expanded Time and Tide hits shops in the U.K. on May 27. After the jump, you'll find pre-order links and the official track list.
Basia, Time and Tide: Deluxe Edition (Cherry Pop CRPOPD120 (U.K.), 2013)
Disc 1: Original LP (released as Portrait 450263 (U.K.)/Epic FE 40767 (U.S.), 1987) and single sides
- Run for Cover
- Time and Tide
- Freeze Thaw
- From Now On
- New Day for You
- Prime Time TV
- How Dare You
- Miles Away
- Forgive and Forget
- Prime Time TV (7" Version) (single A-side - Epic A-7276, 1986)
- From Now On (Band Version) (B-side to "Run for Cover" - Portrait 650158 7, 1986)
- New Day for You (7" Edit) (single A-side - Portrait 650927 7, 1987)
- Time and Tide (7" Version) (single A-side - Epic BASH 1, 1987)
- Promises (French Mix) (single A-side - Epic BASH 4, 1987)
- Give Me That (single B-side - Epic BASH 4, 1987)
Disc 2: Remixes and Instrumentals
- Prime Time TV (Extended Remix) (12" A-side - Epic TA-7276, 1986)
- Run for Cover (Extended Remix) (12" A-side - Portrait 650158 6, 1986)
- New Day for You (Extended Version) (12" A-side - Portrait BASH T2, 1987)
- Promises (Extended French Mix) (12" A-side - Epic BASH T4, 1987)
- Promises (Justin Strauss Remix) (U.S. 12" A-side - Epic 49-68227, 1987)
- Promises (Samba House Mix) (U.S. 12" B-side - Epic 49-68227, 1987)
- Promises (Just Right Dub) (U.S. 12" A-side - Epic 49-68227, 1987)
- Promises (Deep Dub) (U.S. 12" B-side - Epic 49-68227, 1987)
- Freeze Thaw (Instrumental) (single B-side - Epic A-7276, 1986)
- Run for Cover (Instrumental) (12" B-side - Portrait 650158 6, 1986)
- New Day for You (Instrumental) (12" B-side - Epic BASH T2, 1987)
- Time and Tide (Instrumental) (12" B-side - Epic BASH T1, 1987)
- Promises (Instrumental) (single B-side - Portrait 650368 7, 1987)
Mark Zutkoff says
Happy to see this is being remastered - it is, right? Not just expanded - and happy to see "Run For Cover" in the headline, as that's my favorite track on the album. Sorry to see no unreleased songs or an instrumental of "Run For Cover". I'm also not sure I'd compare Matt Bianco to Sade, especially since the former were heavy on male vocals with Basia singing a lot of backup and incredible multi-part harmonies, aside from her lead vocal on "Half a Minute". Oh, and her comeback album was entitled "It's That Girl Again".
What Mark said!
Vinny Vero says
Glad you're looking forward to this, Mark. I had such a magnificent time putting it together. I really wanted to give Basia's fans something spectacular. If you look again, you'll see that the instrumental of "Run For Cover" is included on the collection (disc 2, track 10). Also, there weren't any unreleased tracks from the album sessions. Everything Basia and Danny wrote for the album was recorded. A lot of people assume there's always something unreleased. Not the case here. Looking forward to everyone's feedback!
Vinny Vero says
Glad you’re looking forward to this, Mark. I had such a magnificent time putting it together. I really wanted to give Basia’s fans something spectacular. If you look again, you’ll see that the instrumental of “Run For Cover” is included on the collection (disc 2, track 10). Also, there weren’t any unreleased tracks from the album sessions. Everything Basia and Danny wrote for the album was recorded. A lot of people assume there’s always something unreleased. Not the case here. Looking forward to everyone’s feedback!
Have you been asked to work on any other Basia albums, Vinnie? This one is OK for me but I would be thrilled if the "London, Warsaw..." met the same fate as this one.
Charles Klaus says
I discovered this reissue earlier this year, and I have to say I'm quite thrilled with it. I've loved this lady since the album was treasured by a friend of mine, who listened to it constantly. Hard to ignore that spectacular voice, especially the title track and my favorite, "Promises." I'd go for expanded versions of "London Warsaw New York" and "Sweetest Illusion" as well, with 12" mixes, etc. I looked at this label's website, and they are doing some serious Eighties reissues there, amazing!