How Long After Hours

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Hi

There are three "Demo" versions of Afterhours of lengths on Echoes Vol.IV. There is another on Reflections Vol.III which purports to be from the Strawberry Studio sessions of June 84. All these versions are of different length but that appears to be the only real difference.

Can anybody shed any light on this perplexing subject?

Any help gratefully appreciated
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Not too familiar with the versions in question but it’s possible there were edits and fades done by fans/bootleggers after the fact? Either to create false differentiation (and give them a “unique” version on their demo) or for more naive reasons such as to fit it all on one side of C90 cassette.

Also, small differences in duration could be due to tape speeds? Do their pitches/tones sounds different? Things were all very analogue back then and tape speeds could differ, and tapes can stretch, etc
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The only version of Afterhours is the one on MR029T. All the others are fake. They're copies of the record, some are poor quality because of too many generations, others maybe have EQ or have been artificially extended by repeating parts of it.
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Thanks, both of you, for putting me right

I am trying to make a compilation of all the different studio sessions but there are so many slightly tweeked versions and such conflicting info that it gets a bit complicated
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i made a list of all (to my knowledge) officially-released versions of all songs. if you pm me with your address I can email the file to you.
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Dan wrote:
15 Jul 2020, 17:07
The only version of Afterhours is the one on MR029T. All the others are fake. They're copies of the record, some are poor quality because of too many generations, others maybe have EQ or have been artificially extended by repeating parts of it.
Yep. I have at least one bootleg where the tape is clearly slowed down and is also very crackly. Cheapo trick.
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Electrochrome wrote:
16 Jul 2020, 15:53
Dan wrote:
15 Jul 2020, 17:07
The only version of Afterhours is the one on MR029T. All the others are fake. They're copies of the record, some are poor quality because of too many generations, others maybe have EQ or have been artificially extended by repeating parts of it.
Yep. I have at least one bootleg where the tape is clearly slowed down and is also very crackly. Cheapo trick.
I have a "fast version" and a "slow version" that are exactly the same, and a "long version" where someone's tried to join 2 parts together but they've left a gap wide enough to drive a bus through. :lol:
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Elon
That is awfully kind of you but it is not the Official Releases I am fussed about.

It is all the unofficial studio sessions / demos that have surfaced on various bootlegs over the years. With the help of the incredible Sister Wiki and now, with the knowledge of the good people here, I am trying to compile a recording of all that is available.
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