09 January 2014
Minny Pops - Sparks in a Dark Room FBN15CD 
Minny Pops - Sparks in a Dark Room FBN15CD

On 17 March 2014 Factory Benelux release a new 2CD edition of Sparks In A Dark Room, the second studio album by Minny Pops, originally released by Factory Benelux in May 1982. The album on the first disc is augmented by bonus tracks include the non-album singles Time and Een Kus, plus demos and an EP by instrumental splinter project Smalts.

The second disc features an entire live performance recorded at Amsterdam Melkweg on 7 April 2012 on their 30th anniversary tour, with original members Wally Van Middendorp, Wim Dekker and Pieter Mulder and new guitarist Mark Ritsema.


Disc 1

1. Mountain
2. A Feeling
3. Tracking
4. Crack
5. Vital
6. Blue Roses
7. Wong
8. Experience
9. Dream
10. Night Visit
11. Trance
12. Time
13. Lights
14. Een Kus
15. Son
16. Secret Story (demo)
17. Schitterende Ogen (demo)
18. Time (demo)
20. Werktitel #7
21. Werktitel #5
22. Werktitel #1
23. Werktitel #8

Disc 2 (live)

1. Kogel
2. Blue Roses
3. Tracking
4. Vital
5. Goddess
6. Dolphins Spurt
7. Wong
8. Night Visit
9. Secret Story
10. Time
11. Trance
12. Mental
13. Son

More info and ordering details via factorybenelux.com.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tacking a 2012 gig onto a 1982 album and with an altered line-up is just wrong!

11/1/14 09:20


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