Zaine Griff

8-6-12             Zaine Griff

Jazz bassist Charlie Haden born 1937

LP                ASHES AND DIAMONDS                                        WARNER US       BSK 3488

1980 11 TRKS with Hans Zimmer, produced by Tony Visconti

LP                ASHES AND DIAMONDS                                        ZG NZ                    CDMANU132

1980 11 TRKS Hans Zimmer (’12 issue)

7″                 ASHES AND DIAMONDS / HAUNT, THE (PS)     AUTOMATIC UK   K 17610

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD                FIGURES                                                                   ZG NZ                    CDMANU133

1982 11 TRKS Yukihiro Takahashi etc. (’12 issue)

LP                FIGURES                                                                   POLYDOR JPN    28MM 0221

1982 11 TRKS Yukihiro Takahashi etc., insert

LP                FIGURES                                                                   POLYDOR UK      2311 160

1982 11 TRKS with Yukihiro Takahashi, produced by Hans Zimmer and Zaine Griff

7″                 FIGURES / MENTAL PICTURES (PS)                  POLYDOR UK      POSP 458

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 FLOWERS / TURN OUT THE LIGHT (PS)           POLYDOR UK      POSP 506

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 SWING / HOT (PS)                                                   POLYDOR NL      815781.7

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, the sole post-Figures ZG release that I know of!

The two Zaine Griff albums have recently been released on CD!

I probably first heard of Zaine Griff on Yukihiro Takahashi’s fantastic “What Me Worry” LP, in 1982 (“Ronny” wasn’t the only guest vocalist on that fine album!).  Synergy being what it is, Griff’s “Figures” appeared shortly thereafter.  A quick perusal of the $1.- bins in L.A. record stores revealed US copies of Griff’s debut LP, “Ashes & Diamonds” (“Looks like a Bowie clone, but there’s a bit more going on”, is how I remember it).  Both albums were originated in England.

These records are an excellent chance to hear Hans Zimmer at the peak of his Fairlight-ish abilities!  And the songs are great on “Figures”; I do like it better than “Ashes and Diamonds”.

Circa ’82, how many records did Yukihiro Takahashi appear on, outside of Japan?

Are fans of Ultravox (“Class of ’82”) aware that Warren Cann appears on “Figures”?

And, of course, as soon as Gary Steel sends me promo copies of the CD’s from New Zealand, I see that they have been licensed to Japan, as kami sleeve CD’s (little paper album covers).  I’d go for ‘em if they were right in front of me, priced-down, because the clerks ‘didn’t know what they were’.

But “Figures” came out in Japan on LP, so the Japanese know what this is.  It’s a must-own for your Y.M.O. / Yukihiro Takahashi collection.  It’s a no-brainer for the serious collector of Ultravox.

Both albums are a very decent addition to your collection of a) NZ artists b) Hans Zimmer productions c) Y.M.O. solo / ‘guest’ titles d) Ultravox periphery.  Good songs!

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3 Responses to Zaine Griff

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    The ZG albums are on CD in NZ??!! Finally??!! This is fantastic news! I only have “Ashes + Diamonds” purchased in 2005 [?] at a Goodwill [?! – along with a copy of John Foxx – The Garden – with booklet – both for $1 each] after looking years for a copy. I remembered the review that album got in Dogfood back in 1980. I see that the CDs have no bonus tracks, but that’s just gravy. I still need to obtain the singles, but these are going on my want list like, pronto! Are the JPN copies “enhanced” with bonus tracks??!!??!!

  2. ronkanefiles says:

    I do not think the Japanese copies have bonus tracks, per se. Certainly no added singles! Each disc indicates a bonus track (only 1 each), but it does not give it a title. Example: http://tower.jp/item/3126118/%E3%83%95%E3%82%A3%E3%82%AE%E3%83%A5%E3%82%A2%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BA

  3. samvox says:

    Hi, since 1996 I have run a fan site for Zaine called “Fahrenheit 451” (www.zainegriff.co.uk). I am really excited to see his first two albums being given the mini LP treatment. I am looking forward to seeing Zaine perform live in London in October when he supports Toyah.

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