The Professionals (album)

The Professionals was going to be the debut album of the rock band the Professionals.[1] It was originally scheduled for release in 1980 by Virgin Records. However, a legal dispute with bassist Andy Allan over unpaid royalties led to the album being scrapped and re-recorded as I Didn't See It Coming.[2]

The Professionals
The Professionals album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released1991, 1997
Recorded1980
GenrePunk rock, power pop, rock
Length37:59 (1997 version)
LabelLimited Edition Records (1991)
Virgin (1997)
ProducerSteve Jones, Paul Cook; Mick Glossop, Nigel Gray
The Professionals chronology
The Professionals
(1991)
I Didn't See It Coming
(1981)
Singles from The Professionals
  1. "Just Another Dream"
    Released: Jul 1980
  2. "1-2-3"
    Released: Sep 1980

In 1991, the album was bootlegged by Limited Edition Records, albeit with a slightly different track listing.[3] One song ("Just Another Dream") was omitted, an alternate version of "All the Way" was added, and other tracks were titled incorrectly. Only 1,000 vinyl records and 1,000 CDs were released of this version.

In 1997, Virgin Records officially released the album with the same name, but featuring another different track listing.[4] It left off one song (b-side "Rockin' Mick") and included two songs recorded later ("Join the Professionals" and "Has Anybody Got an Alibi").

The track "Just Another Dream" has a music video.[citation needed]

Track listingsEdit

Original LP (1980)Edit

All tracks are written by Paul Cook and Steve Jones except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Little Boys in Blue" 4:16
2."Just Another Dream" 3:02
3."Mods, Skins, Punks" 3:14
4."Kick Down the Doors" 4:13
5."Kamikaze"Cook, Jones, Andy Allan3:21
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."All the Way with You"3:22
2."Crescendo"3:48
3."1-2-3"2:56
4."Madhouse"3:09
5."Rockin' Mick" 

Limited Edition Records version (1991)Edit

All tracks are written by Paul Cook and Steve Jones except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All the Way"  
2."Mods, Skins, Punks" (Mislabeled as "Are You?")  
3."Kick Down the Doors"  
4."Crescendo"  
5."Little Boys in Blue"  
6."Madhouse" (Mislabeled as "Does Anybody Care")  
7."Kamikaze" (Mislabeled as "Kamikhazi")Cook, Jones, Allan 
8."1-2-3"  
9."Rockin´ Mick" (Mislabeled as "Rockin' Man")  
10."All the Way (different version)"  

Virgin Records version (1997)Edit

All tracks are written by Paul Cook and Steve Jones except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Little Boys in Blue" 4:16
2."Madhouse" (Mislabeled as "Mad House") 3:09
3."Just Another Dream" 3:02
4."Kamikaze"Cook, Jones, Allan3:21
5."1-2-3" 2:56
6."Crescendo" 3:48
7."Mods, Skins, Punks" 3:14
8."Join the Professionals" 3:19
9."Has Anyone Got an Alibi" 3:19
10."All the Way with You" 3:22
11."Kick Down the Doors" 4:13

PersonnelEdit

  • Steve Joneslead vocals, lead guitar
  • Paul Cookdrums, backing vocals
  • Andy Allan − bass, backing vocals
  • Paul Myers − bass (uncredited), backing vocals on "Join the Professionals" and "Has Anyone Got an Alibi"
  • Ray McVeigh − guitar (uncredited), backing vocals on "Join the Professionals" and "Has Anyone Got an Alibi"
  • "Gentleman" Jim Macken - handclaps
Technical
  • Cook 'n' Jones - production
  • Mick Glossop - production and engineering on "Join the Professionals" (with The Professionals) and "Has Anyone Got an Alibi"
  • Nigel Gray - production on "Mad House" and "Kick Down the Doors"
  • Bill Price, Gary Edwards - engineer

ReferencesEdit