"Upstairs at Eric's" was the debut album by British synth'pop duo Yazoo (known in the US and Canada as Yaz), released during August 1982. It was produced by the band and E.C. Radcliffe, with assistance from Mute label boss Daniel Miller on some of the tracks. Named after producer Radcliffe's Blackwing studios where the album was recorded, "Upstairs at Eric's" was preceded by two top three UK singles, the ballad "Only You" and the more uptempo "Don't Go". The singles' success helped "Upstairs at Eric's" reach #2 in the UK albums chart and eventually gain platinum certification for 300,000 copies sold in the UK.
Following the success of their debut single "Only You", Clarke and Moyet rapidly recorded the album to maintain their high profile. As Clarke's only previous experience of a recording studio had been Blackwing studios in south-east London, where he had made Depeche Mode's debut album "Speak & Spell", his immediate thought was to record Yazoo's album there as well: he said later, "I didn't know of any other studios, so i just assumed that Blackwing was the only studio i could record at". However, when the duo arrived at Blackwing they found that not only was Daniel Miller unavailable to produce the album, contrary to Clarke's expectations, but the main studios had already been booked out during the daytime by Fad Gadget, another Mute label act. Instead Clarke and Moyet had to record the album in the early mornings with studio owner Eric (E.C.) Radcliffe overseeing most of the recording process, turning up around 5 or 6 a.m. and working through until 11 a.m. each day in whichever of the two studio spaces were available at the time.
Against the duo's wishes "Situation", originally the B-side of "Only You" in the UK and Europe, was released as the band's debut single in the US and Canada, where a remixed version of the song by DJ Francois Kevorkian was a hit in the clubs and reached #1 on the billboard's Club Play singles chart. On the billboard hot 100 chart "Situation" was a minor hit in the US, peaking at #73, while in Canada it made the top 40, peaking at #31.The North American version of the album subsequently substituted the remixed version of "Situation" for the UK album track "Tuesday". "Upstairs at Eric's" reached #92 on the billboard 200 album chart in the US and #49 on the Canadian album chart.
Yazoo - Upstairs At Eric's
U.K. Mute Records STUMM 7 stereo
Album produced by E.C. Radcliffe and Yazoo.
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying some minor ring wear on the upper section.
The original inner sleeve is excellently presented.
For full track listing see Own tab.