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Summer 1978

THE 'HUMAN LEAGUE CASSETTE'

cassette, Fast Product

This 'limited edition cassette' was available only via mail order from Fast Product, and could barely be described as an official release - it doesn't even have an official title or tracklisting!
The first such cassettes were issued as part of a promotional package, purely for publicity purposes. By early 1979, the cassette had evolved into a semi-official release, available to the general public. To acquire a copy, fans had to reply to a classified advertisement, which declared "Send us a tape and we'll fill it!". (This is why there is no picture of the sleeve above - how it looked depended entirely on the kind of cassette sent to Fast Product.)
The tracklisting varied from cassette to cassette, but generally it seems the tracks would include selections from the following recordings:
The Dignity Of Labour (Part One, narrated by Philip)
The Dignity Of Labour (Part Two, excerpt)
Optimistic Anthem (an early version of Blind Youth)
The Year Of The Jet Packs
Again The Eye Again (an early version of The Word Before Last)
Toyota City
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (recorded for John Peel's show on BBC Radio One)*
Some of the cassettes (probably later copies) may also have featured Dance Like A Star, Interface, Dancevision, Disco Disaster and possibly others, also recorded during the same period. On some (possibly all) of the cassettes, Circus Of Death also appeared, preceded by a short narrated section about solar storms.
Six recordings from the cassette would later appear on the In Darkness bootleg album, along with other tracks from the group's John Peel session.
All tracks written by Marsh/Oakey/Ware, except You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (Spector/Mann/Weill), The Dignity Of Labour and Dancevision (Marsh/Ware) and Toyota City (The Human League)
Produced by The Human League, except *unspecified BBC engineer

Cassette not generally available

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