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The best of (deluxe: 2008​+​1991)

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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    This is a single compact disc with tracks #1-13 of the download. Released in a limited edition of 1000 in Russia in 2008, we just received the last 25 copies Shadowplay had remaining. Great low price, going to sell out soon.

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Disc 1 was released as A RETROSPECTIVE in 2008 on Russia's Shadowplay Records. Disc 2 was release as A TEARDROP LEFT BEHIND in 1991 on Germany's Hyperium Records. That's two CDs-worth of best ofs for just eight bucks!

Black tape for a blue girl – legends of the Neo-Classical / Heavenly Voices / Darkwave scene – have their first Russian best of courtesy of Shadowplay Records. Featuring music from all eras of their career, A RETROSPECTIVE presents the most popular tracks from the band’s nine full-length releases. Sam selected the songs (with audience input) to please recent fans of vocalists Elysabeth and Bret (from The Scavenger Bride and Halo Star) as well as those who go back to the 80’s and 90’s with Oscar’s vocals. The older tracks were remastered, giving them renewed power, sonic depth and presence. To make this release special for “the fan who has everything,” Sam picked alternative mixes of many songs including three re-recordings with current members (“Remnants of a Deeper Purity”,” “Overwhelmed, beneath me” and the previously unreleased version of “I have no more answers” with Elysabeth on vocals). The 2007 version of Black tape for a blue girl’s 1989 classic “Across a thousand blades” was remixed for the Projekt200 compilations, this is the first appearance on a Blacktape album.


1 Remnants of a deeper purity (2004)
re-recorded during the Halo star sessions
Bret Helm - vocals
Bart Helm - acoustic guitar
Lisa Feuer - flute
Sam Rosenthal - electronics

2 Across a thousand blades (2007)
remixed for the PROJEKT200 compilation
Oscar Herrera - vocals
Allan Kraut - percussion & electric guitar
Mera Roberts - cello
Lisa - flute
Sam - electronics

3 All my lovers
Elysabeth Grant - vocals
Bret - backing vocals
Lisa - flute & backing vocals
Michael Laird - percussion & mandolin
Sam - electronics

4 Griffith park
recorded during the Ashes in the brittle air sessions
Sue-Kenny Smith - vocals
Loren - acoustic guitar
Sam - electronics

5 Given (1. the waterfall 2. the illuminating gas)
Julianna Towns - vocals & acoustic guitar
Vicki Richards - violin
Lisa - flute
Sam - electronics

6 Memory, uncaring friend
Oscar - vocals
Allan - percussion, bass & electric guitar
Sam - electronics

7 For you will burn your wings upon the sun (part 1)
Oscar - vocals
Vicki - violin
Mera - cello
Sam - electronics

8 Dagger (stripped mix)
remixed for The scarecrow single
Bret - vocals & electric guitar
Vicki - violin
Sam - electronics

9 Overwhelmed, beneath me (2000)
re-recorded for the Seireenia compilation
Elysabeth - vocals & viola
Sam - electronics

10 Could i stay the honest one? (1998)
Julianna - vocals & acoustic guitar
Lisa - flute
Sam - electronics

11 The lie which refuses to die
Bret - vocals & acoustic guitar
Sam - electronics & faux piano

12 Knock three times (skinny kinda mix)
remixed for the A dark cabaret compilation, 2005
Bret - vocals & bass
Michael - acoustic guitar & percussion
Sam - electonics & faux piano

13 I have no more answers (2008)
new vocals & mix for this release
Elysabeth - vocals
Vicki - violin
Mera - cello
Sam - electronics & faux piano

Thanks to all the musicians & vocalists who have helped make black tape for a blue girl a reality over the years. - Sam

Written by Sam; arrangements by black tape for a blue girl. All lyrics by Sam. blacktapeforabluegirl.com

14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24 vocals Oscar
16 vocals Julianna
18 vocals Sam
25 vocals Pat Ogl
26, 27 vocals Sue


released July 17, 2008


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Black Tape For A Blue Girl Portland, Oregon

Black Tape For A Blue Girl creates darkwave, ethereal, neoclassical, ambient, goth albums. This page also includes my ambient/electronic music, as well as side-projects. Thanks for listening. Sam

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