Jerky Versions Of The Dream

Release date
6 Aug 2007
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Cold Imagination (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:19 366
2 Topless (2007 Digital Remaster) 3:46 439
3 Rainy Season (2007 Digital Remaster) 5:04 856
4 I Admire You (2007 Digital Remaster) 5:13 129
5 Way Out Of Shape (2007 Digital Remaster) 3:54 372
6 Some Will Pay (For What Others Pay To Avoid) (2007 Digital Remaster) 3:42 374
7 Waiting For A Train (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:52 111
8 Out Of Shape With Me (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:12 158
9 Taking Over Heaven (2007 Digital Remaster) 3:55 102
10 Seeing Is Believing (2007 Digital Remaster) 3:18 245
11 Rainy Season (7'' Single Version) 3:39 611
12 Rainforest (Variation N16) (2007 Digital Remaster) 5:10 524
13 Cold Imagination (Extended Version) (2007 Digital Remaster) 5:04 217

About this album

For his first post-Magazine project, Howard Devoto wrote and recorded his 1983 solo album entitled “Jerky Versions of the Dream”. The album involved at least two former Magazine members (Dave Formula and Barry Adamson) as well as some notable session musicians such as Gary Barnacle (notable for his later work on Bjork’s 1993 album “Debut”). “Dream” was recorded very much in the vein of 80s synthpop, and today sounds a bit dated. However, Devoto’s timeless lyrical and musical sense shines through.

“Dream” was originally intended to be performed by a female vocalist, which may explain the heavy use of Laura Teresa’s vocals throughout the album.

Singles released were “Cold Imagination” and “Rainy Season”, the latter of which garnered strong critical support and a stunning music video featuring Devoto himself. Despite this, the album sold poorly and quickly went out of print. For years the easiest way to get a hold of it was to secure an LP copy. In 2007 Virgin Records reissued “Jerky Versions of the Dream” with six bonus tracks that included the entirety of a John Peel Session from the time of the album’s original release.

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  • martinbizarro

    Got this on vinyl - one day there'll be vinyl scrobbling.

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Lady_Bjork

    This is one of my favourite albums of all time. I bought 2 copies of the recent CD reissue just so I could be sure to always have a copy should something happen to that (or the vinyl, or the cassette). Thank you Howard for re-releasing one of the best albums of the 80s and the past few decades.

    30 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Albert_Transom

    I love Howard Devoto.

    1 Nov 2007 Reply

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