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They Don't Know: The Complete Tracey Ullman
They Don't Know: The Complete Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman has been the subject of numerous CD compilations over the years. Of these, the best are probably Rhino's You Broke My Heart In 17 Places: The Best Of Tracey Ullman, or the recently issued The Best Of Tracey Ullman on Metro. The Rhino disc contains all of her first album and a fraction of her second; the Metro disc contains most of her second album, but not much of her first. Both have some B-sides; neither has all.
This kind of approach makes getting the complete Tracey archive on CD difficult (the original albums are themselves long-deleted, as are many of the other rival compilations). To make matters worse, many of the rare extended versions of her singles have never achieved a CD release in any form. So there's a definite need for They Don't Know: The Complete Tracey Ullman to step in.
This triple-disc compilation contains absolutely everything released by Tracey on Stiff during her brief recording career, including her two albums, all B-sides and extended versions. Disc 1 covers the 1983 album You Broke My Heart In 17 Places and associated tracks; Disc 2 covers 1984's You Caught Me Out; and Disc 3 contains extended versions, remixes and instrumental tracks which have long languished in obscurity.
Due acknowledgment and many thanks to Totally Tracey Online, whose discography was mind-bogglingly useful in preparing this compilation concept.
Disc 1: You Broke My Heart In 17 Places
Disc 2: You Caught Me Out
Disc 3: The Remixes
I have no access to the Stiff archives, so I don't know if there's any other unreleased Tracey material from the era lying around. However, Tracey's version of 'Terry' uses exactly the same backing track (and backing vocals) as Kirsty MacColl's, and there's an extended version of the Kirsty version commercially available, so it wouldn't be an especially difficult task to construct an equivalent extended mix using Tracey's vocals. For the purposes of this compilation, I've assumed such a mix exists.