Lackluster Me (06.10.97)

The second Savoy album was released in Norway and Sweden only (NB: The Swedish release came more than 3 years after the Norwegian one, on 4th January 2001). It was written and produced by Paul and Lauren Waaktaar Savoy, mixed by Jason Corsaro (except * mixed by Simon Vinestock). The album features Paul Waaktaar Savoy on lead vocal, guitar, keyboard (and bass on +), Lauren Savoy on lead vocal and rhythm guitar, Frode Unneland on drums and backing vocals plus Greg Calvert on bass.

The cover of this Dutch made 13-track album features a close up shot of a cracked dolls face. The Savoy logo is printed in silver at the top right hand corner with the title in black beneath. The sleeve folds out length ways. One side of the insert is dark red with the track listings printed in silver and small black and white pictures of the band members. The other side of the insert is black with the title of the album made up from large coloured printers letters. Some lyrics from the songs are printed in silver around these letters. Lackluster Me
Lackluster Me (reverse)
The reverse insert is black with the title in the colured printers letters along the left hand side. The tracks are listed in silver across the middle.
The actual disc is silver with a small embossed Savoy logo at the top and title in black below. Additional text is printed in black down the left hand side. The CD tray is clear allowing the backing insert to be seen through. It is metallic grey with grey text and four small black and white pictures of dolls faces. Lackluster Me CD

Tracks: Lackluster Me* (4:30) / Unsound+* (5:02) / You Should've Told Me+* (4:32) / Foreign Film+* (3:55) / Flowers For Sylvia (2:10) / I Still Cry (4:44) / Sycamore Leaves (3:35) / Rain* (5:14) / Butt Out+ (2:53) / This, That & The Other* (4:19) / Hey Luchie (2:35) / Easy+ (3:23) / If You Tell (4:20)

Lackluster Me EMI inhouse promo

The EMI inhouse promo CD-R comes in album case with inhouse inlay, but no backing insert. The disc is a regular CD-R (KODAK and Xeo Elite editions exist), some of which have been written on by hand. The double sided front insert is similar to the front and back of the regular album insert, but the fonts used differ. The track listing and order of the tracks also differs from the regular release:

Lackluster Me (4:30) / Unsound (5:02) / You should've Told Me (4:32) / Easy (3:23) / I Still Cry (4:44) / Sycamore Leaves (3:36) / Rain (4:20) [Note: The track time is actually 5:14) / Butt Out (2:53) / This That & The Other (4:19) / Hey Luchie (2:35) / Foreign Film (3:58) / Flowers For Sylvia (2:11) / If You Tell (4:21) [Version on the disc is actually 4:47, i.e. longer than on the regular release]

Another EMI inhouse promo comes in an album case with inhouse front inlay, but with a hand written track list. These copies were issued to some of the most important Press contacts as the printing of the regular release was slightly delayed. Again the discs are just white topped CD-Rs (KODAK and Maxoptix editions exist), some of which have been written on by hand. The font used in the title on the front sleeve again differs from the regular release. The hand written list has inaccuracies regarding spelling and length of songs, but the disc is identical to the other EMI inhouse album:

Lackluster Me (4:30) / Unsound (5:02) / You Should've Told Me (4:32) / Foreign Film (3:55) / Flowers For Sylvia (2:10) / I Still Cry (4:44) / Sycamore Leaves (3:35) / Rain (5:14) / Butt Out (2:53) / This That & The Other (4:13) / Hey Luchioe (2:35) / Easy (3:23) / If You Tell (4:20) [Track length is actually 4:47]

Promo copies of the album sampler CD come in a jewel case without an actual CD insert. Some copies come with a grey sticker with the title printed in white on the front of the jewel case. Around 250 copies were distributed inside a 21cm x 21cm fold out card picture sleeve.

Lackluster Me Promo with sticker
Lackluster Me Promo sleeve This sleeve has four flaps which open out. The picture on the outside is similar to the album cover but the large silver Savoy-logo is written all the way across the top (although only the letters A, V and O can be seen as the rest cuts off). Inside the sleeve, the middle is similar to the inside of the CD booklet - black with large dirty looking red, orange and yellow printers leters reading "Lack" "luster" "Me" in three different lines. The insides of the flaps are dark red with information on Savoy, a-ha and the tracks on the new album. There are also small black and white pictures featuring the band members. The whole sleeve is fastened together by a piece of silvery tape with the words "Lackluster Me Savoy" in white letters.

The actual disc is similar to the regular edition but with a textured feel to it. It features the five tracks: Lackluster Me (4:30), Unsound (5:02), Foreign Film (3:55), Rain (Edit) (4:20) and Sycamore Leaves (3:55) which are listed on the disc. Lackluster Me Promo CD

There is a 4-track inhouse promo album sampler (Maxoptix CD-R) which comes with a green front label. It features a different version of "Foreign Film" (4:59). More details to follow.


Norway   Lackluster Me EMI 724382169222
Norway promo Lackluster Me EMI SAVPROMO 0197
Norway EMI promo Lackluster Me EMI 7243 8 21692 2 2
Norway EMI sampler Lackluster Me EMI /

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