"Happy Families" is the debut album by British new wave synth'pop duo Blancmange. Originally released in the UK in September 1982, it reached #30 on the UK albums chart, aided by the success of the album's third single, "Living on the Ceiling", released the following month and which became Blancmange's breakthrough hit, reaching #7 in the UK singles chart.
Initial pressings of the album in 1982 contained the original version of "Waves" - on later pressings and on the subsequent CD issues this version was replaced by the 7" single version, which had been remixed by Denis Weinrich and the band's manager John Owen Williams, and included re-recorded vocals and a string section arranged by Linton Naiff. The original version remained unavailable on any format until its inclusion on the 1012 compilation album "The Very Best of Blancmange". The Canadian release of the album had a slightly rearranged running order and included a special mix of the song "Blind Vision", released as a single in May 1983 and which appeared on the group's second album "Mange Tout" in the UK in 1984.
Blancmange - Happy Families
U.K. London SH 8552 stereo (1982)
Album produced by Mike Howlett.
The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting very few plays.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.
For full track listing see Own tab.