Martina Topley-Bird discography
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  click here for more pics  Need One - New Mix (promo CDR)
   CD UK / Independiente, no cat.nr. / 19. March 2003
 
 
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1. Need One (radio edit) 3:21
2. Need One (album version) 3:55

This promo CD is a CDR and comes in a flat plastic cover with a simple paper insert. The CDR has the title and tracks printed on it. My copy also has a sticker on the pastic outside with the release date. A similar packaged promo CD of Need One with two remixes was released later (see below). Although it says "new mix" on the CD cover it is the same radio edit and album version as released later.

   
           
 

 


 
  click here for more pics  Quixotic: Six Track Sampler (promo CD)
  CD UK / Independiente MTB 002 / May 2003
 
 
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01. Need One 3:56
02. Anything 4:25
03. Soul Food 5:30
04. Too Tough To Die 3:56
05. Ragga 3:16
06. Stevie's 4:31

This promo CD contains six tracks form the upcoming solo album. It comes in a flat paper cover with a sticker on the back with the song titles (check out scans here). "Stevie's" is an early name for "Days Of A Gun". "Ragga" features Tricky in the beginning, "Too Tough To Die" is produced by David Holmes and contains a sample of Cleo Page's "Too Tough To Die" (as you can read here).
Two of the songs on this promo have a different mix than the final versions on the official release: the strings on Anything are different and the background chorus of Soul Food is missing. The 'Quixotic' promo CD (MTB 005, see below) has even more slightly different tracks.

> Martina: "Ragga" was originally going to be titled "Quixotic" because one of the meanings of quixotic is chivalrous to the point of impracticality, which is a fucking mouthful, isn't it? But it seemed to make sense. <
(Magnet, Oct/Nov 2004)

   
           
 
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  click here for more pics  Need One (UK promo CD)
  CD UK / Independiente MTB 003 / May 2003
 
 
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1. Need One (radio edit) 3:24

This is a first promo for the single 'Need One'. The promo comes in a flat paper cover.

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Need One (french promo CDR)
  CD France / Independiente no cat.nr. / May 2003
 
 
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1. Need One (radio edit) 3:24

This looks like the UK promo CD, but it has no hard paper cover. It comes in a plastic bag with a paper insert. The back announces in French that the album Quixotic will be released in August. The CD itself is a CDR with a white top, nothing is written on it.

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Need One (french promo CD)
  CD France / Independiente SAMPCS 12999-1 / May 2003
 
 
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1. Need One (radio edit) 3:24

This promo CD comes not in a paper cover (like the UK one, see above), but in a slim jewel case.

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Need One (promo 12")
   12" UK / Independiente MTB 004 / May 2003
 
 
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A1. Need One 3:50
B1. Need One (Riton's Fashion Mix) 6:13
B2. Need One (Riton's Glitter Mix) 4:48

This promo 12" has two dance remixes that are not on the official CD! Click here to see more scans....

   
           
 

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  click here for a bigger pic  Need One (promo CDR)
   CD UK / Independiente, no cat.nr. / May 2003
 
 
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1. Need One (Riton's Fashion Mix) 6:14
2. Need One (Riton's Glitter Mix) 4:50

This promo CD has the same tracks as the 12" (see above). It has a similar packaging as an early promo CDR of Need One (see above).

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Need One
  CD UK / Independiente ISOM 70MS / 2. June 2003
 
 
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1. Need One 3:58
2. Hours Away 4:32
3. Need One (Fabien's Mix) 4:20

This is the first single Martina released solo. 'Hours Away' is an unreleased track, written and produced by Martina and Amp9. 'Fabien's Mix' is remixed by Fabien Waltman. The CD comes in a flat jewel case, see scans here.

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Quixotic (promo CD)
  CD UK / Independiente MTB 005 / June 2003
 
 
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01. Intro 1:11
02. Need One 3:55
03. Anything 4:26
04. Soul Food 5:32
05. Lullaby 4:23
06. Too Tough To Die 3:58
07. Sandpaper Kisses 3:52
08. Ragga 3:15
09. Lying 4:14
10. I Still Feel 4:32
11. Ilya 4:36
12. I Wanna Be There 2:32
13. Day's Of A Gun 4:32

The promo CD comes in a flat paper cover, check out scans here. Although it is only a promo copy it "contains copy control technology"! The order of tracks is slightly different from the final relase, also some names of the songs: 'Llya' instead of 'Ilya' and 'Day's Of A Gun' instead of 'Stevies (Day's Of A Gun)'. 
And like the "Six Track Sampler" (see above) some of the songs on this promo have a different mix than the final versions. The strings on 'Anything' are different, the background vocals of 'Soul Food' are missing, 'I Still Feel' has a different sound and is one minute shorter. And 'I Wanna Be There' is about 30 seconds longer, it has an additional second verse. The same version can be found as a b-side on the 'Anything' single.
The CD also has a CD-Rom part with all the tracks as .wma files (for Windows Media Player).

> A clue to the making of this record as much as how it sounds, is in the album title. 'Quixotic' may be defined as being motivated by idealism that overlooks practical considerations, taking  a romanticized view of life or simply acting on impulses. <
(Ammo City, July 2003)

   
           
 

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  click here for a bigger pic  Quixotic (promo CDR)
  CD UK / Independiente, no cat.nr. / June 2003 (?)
 
 
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01. Need One 3:55
02. Anything 4:26
03. Soul Food 5:30
04. Lullaby 4:22
05. Too Tough To Die 3:57
06. Sandpaper Kisses 3:52
07. Ragga 3:15
08. Lying 4:13
19. I Still Feel 4:32
10. Ilya 4:36
11. I Wanna Be There 2:35
12. Stevie's 4:30

This promo CDR comes in a plastic bag with a paper insert. The date on the front cover (17/3/03) maybe suggests that this promo was released not around the release of 'Quixotic' (July), but a lot earlier!? I don't own this CD myself, so I don't know if the mixes are any different to the final album versions. The first song from the album, 'Intro' is missing.

> "I didn't want to start the album with a big-sounding rocky song," she explains. "Even though lyrically it's quite cryptic, it's also a bit too obvious." <
(i-D, June 2003)

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Quixotic
  CD UK / Independiente ISOM 34CD / 14. July 2003
  CD Europe / Independiente Sony ISM 512064 2 / 14. July 2003
  CD France / Independiente Sony ISM 512064 9 / 25. August 2003
  CD Australia / Independiente 512064 2 / 2003
 
 
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01. Intro 1:11
02. Need One 3:55
03. Anything 4:25
04. Soul Food 5:32
05. Lullaby 4:22
06. Too Tough To Die 3:57
07. Sandpaper Kisses 3:52
08. Ragga 3:15
09. Lying 4:14
10. I Wanna Be There  1:53
11. I Still Feel  5:21
12. Ilya 4:38
13. Stevie's (Day's Of A Gun) 4:31

You can listen to all tracks in full length in the media section of Martina's official web site! Check out more scans of the CD and booklet here. The booklet contains all the lyrics, you can read them here. The album is also released in the US with a different title, cover and trackorder (see below).
Martina wrote most of the songs with Amp 9) (Nick Bird, Alex McGowan and Steve Crittall). Tricky is involved in 5 tracks: Sandpaper Kisses (additional production), Ragga (lyrics, music, vocals, production, programming), I Still Feel (additional production), Ilya (programming) and Stevie's (producing). Also David Holmes produced two tracks (Too Tough To Die, I Wanna Be There: co-produced with Martina and Amp 9). Cath Coffey does backing vocals on some tracks, also Petra (from David Holmes' Free Association).
The European (?) version has a different catalogue number, although on the CD itself the number ISOM 34CD is printed. The French version has three bonus tracks:
14. Skyscraper
15. I Wanna Be There (Live at Bush Hall)
16. Too Tough To Die (Hot To Tape Mix)      download
'Skycraper' is also a b-side of the 'Anything' single, while the remix of 'Too Tough To Die' is unreleased otherwise. Check out scans of this CD here
Check out some different versions of songs on early promo CDs (Six Track Sampler and Quixotic promo CD). 'Quixotic' will be released in the US on July 27 with the title 'Anything' (confusingly a single in Europe), see below.

> Martina: "Most of the album is about the struggle between your desires and what's good for you. The emphasis is on desire, though. First person. The songs are actually in the moment, or just after the moment. Or, it's just about to happen. That's all I'm saying." <
(The Observer, May 2003)

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Anything (promo CD)
  CD UK / Independiente MTB 008 / July 2003
 
 
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1. Anything (radio edit)

This is a first promo for the second single 'Anything', which will be released on September 1.

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Anything (CD)
  CD UK / Independiente ISOM 76SMS / 1. September 2003
 
 
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1. Anything 4:27
2. Skyscraper 4:27
3. I Wanna Be There 2:36

This is the second single from the album 'Quixotic'. It is also released as a DVD (see below) with the videos for 'Aynthing' and 'Need One'. 'Skyscraper' is an unreleased song, 'I Wanna Be There' was already released on Quixotic, but in a shorter version. This version is about 30 seconds longer and has an additional verse after the first verse. It is the same version as on an early promo copy of Quixotic

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Anything (DVD)
  DVD UK / Independiente ISOM 76MS / 1. September 2003
 
 
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1. Anything (video) 4:27
2. Skyscraper (with photos) 4:27
3. Need One (video) 3:58

The DVD features two videos: Anything (directed by Floria Sigismondi) and Need One (directed by Richard Anthony). The video for Need One was filmed at her first solo gig in London (The Wild) on April 30. Check out the videography for details and pics from the videos. Skyscraper doesn't have  video, instead photos with the canvas are shown. The booklet of the single also has some photos from the 'Anything' video, see them here.

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Anything (promo 12")
   12" UK / Independiente MTB 009 / September 2003
 
 
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A1. Anything (Vanden Plas Remix) 5:36
B1. Anything (Original Mix) 4:46
B2. Anything (Vanden Plas Dub) 5:41

This is a while label vinyl with just a sticker on the a-side with the tracks printed on it. These two remixes can't be found on the official CD or DVD (see above). The Original Mix is different than the album version and early promo version, which are faded out earlier in the end. 

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  I Still Feel (promo 12")
   12" UK / Independiente MTB 006 / November 2003
 
 
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A1. Album Version
B1. Thomas Eriksen Remix

This promo record is available from the official web site. You can also listen to the tracks in the media section. A second 12" has more remixes (see below).

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  I Still Feel (promo 12")
   12" UK / Independiente MTB 007 / November 2003
 
 
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A1. Freaks Solospeakeasy Remix
A2. Freaks Timestretchdub
B1. Jori Hulkkonen Aura Remix
B2. Freaks Instrumental

This is the second record of a promo set. You can listen to the track on the official web site (in the media section). The first 12" has the album version and a remix by Thomas Eriksen. 

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Soulfood (promo 12")
   12" UK / Independiente MTB 011 / February 2004
 
 
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A1. Soulfood (Charles Webster's Bangin' Dub) download
B1. Soulfood (Charles Webster's Slo Mix)
B2. Soulfood (Original)

You can download the first remix of this promo 12" on my download page (recorded from the radio, downloaded on Soulseek). On April 19 'Soul Food' was released as a 'download only' release on the official site, but these remixes are still exclusive, as the other downloads are live versions of other songs (see below). There's another remix on a promo CDR (see below).

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Soulfood (promo CDR)
   CD UK / Independiente, no cat.nr. / April 2004
 
 
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1. Soulfood (Charles Webster's Bangin' Dub) 6:29
2. Soulfood (Charles Webster's Slo Mix) 5:40
3. Soulfood (Drunk Drew Mix) 5:11

This promo CDR has another remix that is not available on the 12" (see above): the Drunk Drew Mix! Check out more scans here.

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Soulfood (promo CD)
   CD UK / Independiente MTB 012 / April 2004
 
 
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1. Soulfood (radio edit)

This one track promo CD comes in a flat paper cover (see more scans here). Remixes of 'Soul Food' are available on another promo CD and 12" (see above).

   
           
 

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  click here to buy the single  Soulfood (download single)
   online download / Independiente / 19. April 2004
 
 
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1. Soulfood (album version)
2. Anything (live)
3. Too Tough To Die (live)
4. Ilya (live)

You can buy these downloads in two packages (tracks 1 and 2, tracks 3 and 4) for 1.50 each (click here). The live tracks are taken from the Zoe Ball show on XFM from August 26.

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Anything (promo CD)
  CD US / Palm Pictures PRCD V21341 / July 2004
 
 
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01. Anything 4:23
02. Lying 4:13
03. Stevies (Day's of a gun) 4:30

This promo CD has two of the three songs missing on the US release of 'Quixotic': "Lying" and "Stevies". It's an enhanced CD in a flat paper cover that also contains the video for 'Anything' by Floria Sigismondi (see videography). See scans of the CD here.

> Anything originally came out in the UK last year with the title Quixotic. It's finally out in the States with a different track listing and three fewer songs. Why the change?
Well, I spoke to (label head) Christ Blackwell about that. He really loved the record, but he doesn't like long albums. It's a shame because those three songs are three of my favortie songs on the record, but in a way, it helps to keep the record fresh for me because it juggles things around a bit. <
(Magnet, Oct/Nov 2004)

   
           
 

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  click here for more pics  Anything
  CD US / Palm Pictures PALMCD 2134-2 / 27. July 2004 (digipak)
 
 
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01. Anything 4:23
02. Ragga 3:15
03. Need One 3:55
04. Soul Food 5:30
05. Ilya 4:36 
06. I Still Feel 5:19 
07. Sandpaper Kisses 3:52
08. Too Tough To Die 3:58
09. Lullaby 4:24
10. Outro 1:10

This is the US version of Martina's debut album that was released last year in Europe with the name 'Quixotic' (see above). One track with Tricky's production from the European version is missing (Stevie's - Day's Of A Gun). The last track, 'Outro', is the same as 'Intro' on Quixotic. The cover is taken from the 'Anything' video (see videography), the packaging is a digipak, see scans here. Executive producers of this album are Chris Blackwell from Palm Pictures and Bruno Guez.

> What about the title? Did you think Amercians wouldn't know what "quixotic" meant?
[laughs] Don't take it personally! It's really more of an accessibilitiy thing. The word "quixotic" does not have an emotional resonance with people, whereas "anything" is extremely open. <
(Magnet, Oct/Nov 2004)

   
           
 

 


 
   Sweetheart 2005 (Starbucks Compilation)
  CD / Hear Music / 19. January 2005
 
 
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01. Rufus Wainwright - My Funny Valentine (Rodgers & Hart- Ella’s)
02. M. Ward -Let My Love Open The Door (Pete Townshend)
03. Neko Case -Buckets of Rain (Bob Dylan)
04. Calexico- Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division)
05. Old 97s-She’s Got Everything (The Kinks)
06. Gary Jules- How Can I Tell You (Cat Stevens )
07. Madeleine Peyroux - Give Your Mama One Smile (Big Bill Broonzy)
08. Sondre Lerche-The More I See You (Cole Porter-Chet Baker)
09. Martina Topley-Bird - I Only Have Eyes For You (The Flamingos)
10. Jim White -Use Me (Bill Withers)
11. Joseph Arthur -There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths)
12. Dean & Britta - Forever (Beach Boys)
13. Milton Mapes -Your Sweet Voice (Matthew Sweet)
14. Vinicius Cantuaria -Inutil Pasagem (Jobim)
15. Mindy Smith -Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

This compilation by Starbucks features cover love songs. Martina recorded "I only have eyes for you", which was made famous by The Flamingos in 1959. But the song is much older, it was written by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dublin (lyrics) in 1934 for the film "Dames" starring Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler, you can watch the scene with the song on You Tube.

   
           
 


 
  click here for more pics  Virgin Territory OST
  CD / 2007
 
 
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01. Cherubs 1:16
02. Lorenzo Runs 2:46
03. Pampinea Flowers 0:42
04. Leaving Town 1:24
05. Garbino's March 0:42
06. Tree Chase 3:44
07. Bless You (part 1) 1:13
08. Bless You (part 2) 1:35
09. Pampinea Needs 0:34
10. At Church 2:39
11. Convent 1:39
12. Cart  1:20
13. The Cow 2:11
14. Cow Reprise 0:57
15. Love Garden  1:23

Martina contributed two song parts for this soundtrack. They're both very short and could have been one song. The soundtrack is very hard to get, maybe it isn't even officially released??? The cover above is made by a fan, here is his blog. I've listed only the first 15 tracks, you can read all 41 tracks on the back of the CD here.

   
           
 

 


 
  click here for more pics  Carnies (promo CD)
  CD UK / Independiente CARNIES1 / February 2008
 
 
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01. Carnies 3:09

This is a one tracks promo CD in a flat paper cover with a sticker on the front. See scans of it here.

   
           
 


 
  click here for more pics  Carnies (CD)
  CD UK / Independiente ISOM128MS / 3. March 2008
 
 
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01. Carnies 3:12
02. At Sea 2:11
03. Trust Me 3:33

This is the first single from the new album "The Blue God". The two b-sides are probably non-album tracks. The cover is a digipak, see scans here.  

   
           
 


 
  click here for a bigger pic  Carnies (promo 7")
  7" UK / Independiente CARNIES2 / 3. March 2008
 
 
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a1. Carnies 3:09

This hand-stamped promo 7" was given out as a free extra for the first 50 orders of the 'Carnies' CD single at Recordstore.co.uk. 

   
           
 


 
  click here for more pics  The Blue God (promo CD)
  CD UK / Independiente BLUEGOD1 / March 2008
 
 
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01. Phoenix 3:47
02. Carnies 3:08
03. Something To Say 3:25
04. Shangri La 3:48
05. Baby Blue 2:26
06. Valentine 3:36
07. April Grove 3:31
08. Snowman 2:32
09. Poison 2:57
10. Razor Tongue 3:53
11. Da Da Da Da Da 2:22
12. Yesterday 3:41

This promo CD comes in a brown fold-out paper cover with the CD on the right side and three postcards on the left side (see scans here). The tracklist is nowhere on the cover or CD, only on one of the postcards. The order of the tracks is a bit different than the official release. The year on the CD is 2007 and not 2008...

< Martina:"Phoenix" was wordless for a long time, we tried a couple of different things that we didn't think did the track justice. Then when I locked into it and it was done that felt amazing, such a relief and a triumph and a catalyst for finishing the rest of the songs. >
(identitiytheory.com, March 2008)

   
           
 


 
  click here for more pics  Poison Remixes (promo CD)
  CD UK / Independiente POISON4 / April 2008
 
 
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01. Van She 4:35
02. The Officers 4:35
03. Original 3:00
04. Instrumental 3:02

This promo CD has two remixes and an instrumental version. The instrumental version can not be found on the official release of the single. The CD comes in a flat paper cover, see scans of it here.  

   
           
 


 
  click here for more pics  Poison (CD)
  CD UK / Independiente ISOM130MS / 5. May 2008
 
 
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01. Poison 3:01
02. Soldier Boy (feat. Gorillaz) 2:07
03. Like Poison 3:05
04. Poison (Van She Tech Remix) 4:34

This is the second single rom the new album "The Blue God". The track "Like Poison" is written by Martina Topley Bird and Leila Arab and has guest vocals by Terry Hall. You can listen to Soldier Boy and the Van She Tech Remix on the official website. Another remix (by The Officers) is available for download through iTunes (or on the promo CD, see above). See scans of the single here  

   
           
 


 
  click here for more pics  The Blue God (promo CD)
  CD UK / Independiente BLUEGODS / May 2008
 
 
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01. Carnies 3:09
02. Poison 2:57
03. Baby Blue 2:29
04. April Grove 3:29

This 4-track promo CD comes in a flat paper cover, see scans here

   
           
 


 
  click here for more pics  The Blue God (CD)
  CD UK / Independiente ISOM74CD / 12. May 2008
 
 
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01. Phoenix 3:47
02. Carnies 3:08
03. April Grove 3:31
04. Something To Say 3:25
05. Baby Blue 2:26
06. Shangri La 3:48
07. Snowman 2:32
08. Da Da Da Da Da 2:22
09. Valentine 3:36
10. Poison 2:57
11. Razor Tongue 3:53
12. Yesterday 3:41

The tracklist of the official CD is slightly different from the promo released earlier (see above). You can see scans of the album and artwork here.

> Do you draw more inspiration from fiction, film, music, or everyday life? "I'm really into South Korean film at the moment. That's where the most inspiring art is coming from for me." <
(identitiytheory.com, March 2008)

   
           
 


 
  click here for more pics  Baby Blue (promo CD)
  CD / Independiente BLUE1 / September 2008
 
 
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01. Baby Blue 3:17

This promo single comes in a flat paper cover and has a sticker on the back with some infos about the song and the album. According to the sticker the song "Baby Blue" is <telling a tale of heartbreak and loneliness masked by exotic and celestial melodies>. See scans of it here.  

   
           
 


 
  click here for a bigger pic  Baby Blue (digital)
  digital / Independiente / 7. September 2008
 
 
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01. Baby Blue 3:17

This single is only released for download. There are no b-sides, so I don't see much sense in this, as you can also download the song from the album. Anyway, you can buy the download here.  

   
           
 

 


 
  click here for more pics  Some Place Simple
  CD UK / Honest Jons Records HJRCD51  / 9. July 2010
  CD ?? / Indie Europe/Zoom  4047179504621 / 27. July 2010
  CD US / Ipecac Recordings IPC121 / 26. October 2010
 
 
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01. Baby Blue 2:47
02. Phoenix 2:45
03. Lying 3:49
04. Da Da Da 1:21
05. Orchids 2:59
06. Poison 2:23
07. Intro 1:30
08. Snowman 2:39
09. Sandpaper Kisses 3:36
10. All Day 2:31
11. Ilyah 3:05
12. Valentine 3:34
13. Too Tuff To Die  1:54
14. Kiss Kiss Kiss 1:00
15. Harpsichord Kiss  0:58

The tracks are reworked and stripped down. A lot of these versions result from live performances over the years. Some songs are new and not released before: Orchids, All Day, Kiss Kiss Kiss and Harpsichord Kiss. Strangely some songs have a different spelling than before, like Ilyah (Ilya) and Too Tuff To Die (Too Tough To Die).
You can listen to snipped of all the songs on Amazon. Martina herself talks about inspirations of the songs on the official website of Honest Jons Records.

   
           
 


 
  click here for more pics  VA: Cadenza Lab Compilation
  CD  / Cadenza CAL005 /  1. September 2011
 
 
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01. F600: He Say a 200 las Empana? (Audio George Mix) 8:09
02. Michel Cleis: Tribute 9:35
03. Martina Topley Bird: Baby Blue (Mirko Loko Remix) 6:01
04. Havanese: Francisco Allendes, Marcelo Rosselot  8:05
05. Rise Again: Alejandro Vivanco  8:07
06. Man's Friend: Luciano  10:53
07. Merry Blues Groove: Psykoloco  8:39
08. No Compute  Laps  9:20 
09. To Rule: Dani Casarano  6:43
10. Emotional Landscape:  Scan Mode  11:40 

This compilation features a remix of "Baby Blue" that is otherwise unreleased. You can listen to it on You Tube or Soundcloud.

   
           
 

 
 
 
 

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