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Kajagoogoo Japanese Collectors Series – Part 8 – ‘The Never Ending Story ’ Japanese 12″ Single and 7″ Promo Editions

May 7, 2014

Returning to a theme we have not explored for quite some time, KajaFax again ventures into the Japanese vinyl collectors area with this duo of special editions. KajaFax holds many Kajagoogoo and Limahl Japanese editions in its archive and we have made it our goal to bring each and every one to you!

The Never Ending Story was a massive global success.  Helped no doubt by several influencing factors, the song is as popular now as it was back in ’84.  At the time of release, Limahl was a massive household name and with the benefit of being featured in a hit movie and being produced by the legendary Giorgio Moroder, Never Ending Story was destined to be a huge hit. Of course, being a great song also helped!

Limahl on Stage

Ultimately included on Limahl’s debut album ‘Don’t Suppose….’, the Never Ending Story was not featured on early pressings in favour of alternate track ‘The Greenhouse Effect’, but was soon added when it became apparent what a monster hit it was destined to become.

The history of the songs’ origins is well documented.  Limahl had been invited to perform at the 1984 Tokyo Music festival where he had a chance meeting with Giorgio Moroder.  He was sent a demo of the song shortly after, and despite being hesitant about the song at first, it was not long before he headed to Moroder HQ in Munich to cut the track.

“When I arrived at Giorgio’s Munich studios in the mid afternoon, I’d already learned the basics of the song back in London, so we just did a few run through’s as a warm-up and then he hit the red button….I had been up late the night before and was a little tired, so Giorgio suggested an early dinner with more recording later.  After some good food, conversation, and a little wine, we recorded again but this time it felt like it was really gelling and the reactions were really positive. It all happened very quickly once I started locking into the vocal, and he just kept hitting that red button….”

The female vocalist you hear on the track is that of Beth Andersen although her parts were not recorded in Munich, but separately in a recording studio in Los Angeles.

Such was the success of the song that it was later re-recorded in the French language for marketing in the French speaking territories of Belgium, Canada, and of course France!

This version did not feature Andersen on female vocal but French based American singer/songwriter Ann Calvert.

 Here are the images:

**click on each image to open a large version in your web browser**

12″ Edition:

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and the 7″ promo edition:

Special thanks to Gold Legion records and Beth Anderson for their assistance with this article.

Thank you for visiting KajaFax.

2014 KajaFax

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Diana Jennifer permalink
    May 7, 2014 12:50 am

    Thanks KajaFax for this exaustive article about The Never Ending Story. I love this song: it has a sweet and poignant melody. When it was released, I was seven years old: I was too little to fall in love with Limahl!! I don’t know why, but everytime I hear this song I remember my childhood even though I was not involved. I loved the cartoons soundtrack. This is the magic of music, I guess! The vintage pics are awesome: I never seen them before!

  2. Denny permalink
    May 7, 2014 1:06 am

    I think I have the white label version on 7″ as well. It’s amazing how many Kaja/Limahl white label versions from Japan are floating about. The standard versions seem harder to find. I’m still looking for an early version of Don’t Suppose with the Greenhouse Effect. Never seen any from the UK but it looks like Japan had thousands of them pressed as these seem to be the easiest to find.The Japanese market got all the good stuff. 🙂

    • May 7, 2014 7:00 pm

      for sure Denny, the Japanese have the best releases. Sound quality, packaging – all superior.

      Nice things to own 🙂

  3. JoanneB permalink
    May 7, 2014 7:28 am

    Excellent stuff, thanks v much for posting 🙂

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