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Audio: 1985 "Sun City"

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This page contains all entries relating to the 1985 charity song (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City by Artists United Against Apartheid, of which Bob was a member.

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Revised: 17 January, 2017


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7" Singles


Various Artists (Artists United Against Apartheid) - "(Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City"/"Not So Far Away (Dub Version)" - 7" singles: Manhattan (various catalogue numbers) (Worldwide), Dec 1985:
Bob contributes vocals to this charity song. For the Dec 1985 VHS video The Making Of Sun City, see VHS & DVD 1980s. Thanks to Bill Hester for clarifying that there are in fact four versions of this song with different times (which explains the gap in the R-numbers as two were added later), also for information about Australia and New Zealand releases.

Manhattan B50017 (USA/Canada):


Manhattan B50017 (USA) - 7" single front, scan by Manuel García Jara

R-0170 (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City ("Little Steven" Miami Steve Van Zandt) - 7" single version (4:58)
The US promo 7" single and most worldwide 7" singles time the A-side at 4:58, but the US commercial, West German and Italian 7" singles below time it at 5:09. Is this really a slightly extended mix or just an error?

The B-side of the 7" single is Not So Far Away (Dub Version) by the Artists United Against Apartheid ensemble from the album below, but not including Bob.


Manhattan B50017 (USA) - 7" single rear, scan by Hans Seegers


Manhattan B50017 (USA) - 7" promo single A-side, scan by Hans Seegers (R-0170)


Manhattan B50017 (USA) - detail of 7" promo single A-side, scan by Hans Seegers (R-0170, timed at 4:58)


Manhattan B50017 (USA) - 7" commercial single A-side, scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0170)


Manhattan B50017 (USA) - detail of 7" commercial single A-side, scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0170, timed at 5:09)


Manhattan B50017 (USA) - 7" commercial single B-side, scan by Manuel García Jara

Manhattan B-50017 (Canada) - 7" single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0170)


Manhattan B-50017 (Canada) - 7" single B-side scan by Hans Seegers (non-Dylan)

Manhattan MT 7 (UK), Manhattan/Capitol MT 7 (Ireland):


Manhattan MT 7 (UK) - 7" single front scan by Manuel García Jara
These two releases share the same catalogue number and a similar sleeve, but the Irish record is unique in having Capitol labels instead of the Manhattan labels that all other worldwide single releases have. Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for confirming that this single is indeed from Ireland, although there is no country of origin on the sleeve or the record labels.


Manhattan MT 7 (UK) - 7" single rear scan by Manuel García Jara


Manhattan/Capitol MT 7 (Ireland) - 7" single front scan by Manuel García Jara


Manhattan/Capitol MT 7 (Ireland) - 7" single rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Manhattan/Capitol MT 7 (Ireland) - 7" single A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0170)

Manhattan/Capitol MT 7 (Ireland) - 7" single B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


Manhattan MT 7 (UK) - 7" single A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0170)


Manhattan MT 7 (UK) - 7" single B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

Manhattan 006-2010277 (NL), Manhattan 1C006-20 0927 7 (West Germany), Manhattan 06 2009277 (Italy):


Manhattan 006-2010277 (NL) - 7" single front, scan by Yan Friis

The sleeve of the Italian single is similar to the Dutch sleeve with added text "Made in Italy by EMI Italiana SpA" on the rear.


Manhattan 006-2010277 (NL) - 7" commercial single rear, scan by Hans Seegers


Manhattan 006-2010277 (NL) - 7" single A-side, scan by Hans Seegers (R-0170)


Manhattan 1C006-20 0927 7 (West Germany) - 7" single front scan by Manuel García Jara


Manhattan 1C006-20 0927 7 (West Germany) - 7" single rear scan by Manuel García Jara


Manhattan 1C006-20 0927 7 (West Germany) - 7" single A-side, scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0170, timed as 5:09)


Manhattan 1C006-20 0927 7 (West Germany) - 7" single B-side, scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


Manhattan 06 2009277 (Italy) - 7" single A-side, scan by Ronald Born (R-0170, timed as 5:09


Manhattan 006-2010277 (NL) - 7" single B-side, scan by Hans Seegers (no Dylan)

Manhattan 2009277 (France/Spain):


Manhattan 2009277 (France) - 7" single rear scan by Hans Seegers

Manhattan 2009277 (France) - 7" single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0170)

Manhattan 2009277 (France) - 7" single B-side scan by Hans Seegers (no Dylan)

Manhattan 2009277 (Spain) - 7" single rear scan by Hans Seegers


Manhattan 2009277 (Spain) - 7" single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0170)


Manhattan 2009277 (Spain) - 7" single B-side scan by Hans Seegers (no Dylan)

Where front sleeves are not shown these are the same as the Dutch single. The French single has injection labels (see here for the French We Are The World single with the same labels). For more details of injection labels, which were used mostly in France but also in the UK, see Mono Singles 1970-76 (Wigwam/Copper Kettle, 1970).

Toshiba-EMI/Manhattan MHS-17956 (Japan):


Toshiba EMI/Manhattan MHS-17956 (Japan) - 7" single front scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial releases)

Toshiba EMI/Manhattan MHS-17956 (Japan) - 7" single rear scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial releases)

Toshiba EMI/Manhattan MHS-17956 (Japan) - 7" promo single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0170)

Toshiba EMI/Manhattan MHS-17956 (Japan) - 7" promo single B-side scan by Hans Seegers (no Dylan)


Toshiba EMI/Manhattan MHS-17956 (Japan) - 7" commercial single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0170)


Toshiba EMI/Manhattan MHS-17956 (Japan) - 7" commercial single B-side scan by Hans Seegers (no Dylan)

Manhattan MH-1634 (Australia), Manhattan F-50017 (New Zealand):


Manhattan MH-1634 (Australia) - 7" single rear scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial releases)

Manhattan MH-1634 (Australia) - 7" promo single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0170)

Manhattan MH-1634 (Australia) - 7" promo single B-side scan by Hans Seegers (no Dylan)

Manhattan MH-1634 (Australia) - 7" commercial single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0170)


Manhattan MH-1634 (Australia) - 7" commercial single B-side scan by Hans Seegers (no Dylan)


Manhattan F-50017 (New Zealand) - 7" commercial single A-side scan by Bill Hester (R-0170)

The Australian 7" single had catalogue number Manhattan MH 1634 and a picture sleeve which states "MANUFACTURED AND DISTRIBUTED BY EMI MUSIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, AND LOWER HUTT, NEW ZEALAND". The New Zealand single Manhattan F-50017 was apparently sold without a picture sleeve, and has no country of manufacture on the labels. Both were on sale in New Zealand.

Thanks to Yan Friis, Hans Seegers, Bill Hester, Manuel García Jara and Ronald Born for information and scans.


Various Artists (Artists United Against Apartheid) - "Sun City"/Emilio José - "Victoria" - stereo promo 7" single: EMI DIF 371 (Argentina), Dec 1985:


EMI DIF 371 (Argentina) - 7" promo single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0518)

R-0518 (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City (Version II) (Miami Steve Van Zandt) - second album version (5:42), see below

This Argentinean promo single is unique in that it has the album version from Side 2 (5:42) as the A-side, not the single version (4:58). The B-side is an unrelated track by an Argentinean artist. It has dark-yellow promo stamps on both labels with text "VENTA PROHIBIDA PROMOCIONAL" (sale forbidden promotional).

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


EMI DIF 371 (Argentina) - 7" promo single B-side scan by Hans Seegers (no Dylan)

12" Singles


Various Artists (Artists United Against Apartheid) - "(Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City" - 12" promo single: Manhattan SPRO 9528 (USA), Dec 1985:
Bob contributes vocals to this charity song. For the Dec 1985 VHS video The Making Of Sun City, see VHS & DVD 1980s.


Manhattan SPRO 9528 (USA) - promo 12" single A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0170, Side B is the same)
R-0170-2 (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City (Miami Steve Van Zandt) - 7" single version (4:58)

This 12" promo single in a generic sleeve actually has the 4:58 single edit on both sides. The commercial 12" single listed below has the extended remix R-0611.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scan.


Various Artists (Artists United Against Apartheid) - "(Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City"/"Not So Far Away (Dub Version)" - 12" commercial singles: Manhattan V-56013 (USA), Manhattan V-75124 (Canada), Manhattan 12MT 7 (UK), Manhattan 1C K 060-20 0927 6 (West Germany), Nov 1985; Toshiba EMI/Manhattan S14-123 (Japan); Manhattan GOOD 95 (Australia), 5 Dec 1985:
Bob contributes vocals to this charity song. For the Dec 1985 VHS video The Making Of Sun City, see VHS & DVD 1980s.


Manhattan V-56013 (USA) - commercial 12" single front scan by Manuel García Jara

R-0611 (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City (The Last Remix) (Miami Steve Van Zandt) - 12" extended remix (9:37)

The B-side of the 7" and 12" single did not include Bob, nor did any of the other tracks on the album. The Canadian 12" sleeve has the sun on the front in pink rather than red. The UK 12" single came in either a picture sleeve of a generic Manhattan sleeve. The Japanese 12" single had a picture sleeve dated "I-12-5" (5 Dec 1985) and a red/white obi with price ¥1,400. For an explanation of Japanese year code letters from 1985 to 1991 see International Albums (Regular). There is a single-sided insert and the record is in a clear plastic inner sleeve.

There are two Australia/New Zealand 12" singles, Manhattan GOOD 95, which has R-0611 (9:37) on Side 1, and Manhattan ED-155 below, which has R-0171 (7:10) on Side 1. GOOD 95 was also sold in New Zealand.


Manhattan V-56013 (USA) - commercial 12" single rear scan by Manuel García Jara


Manhattan V-56013 (USA) - commercial 12" single A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0611)


Manhattan V-56013 (USA) - commercial 12" single B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


Manhattan V-75124 (Canada) - 12" single front scan by Manuel García Jara


Manhattan V-75124 (Canada) - 12" single rear scan by Manuel García Jara


Manhattan V-75124 (Canada) - 12" single A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0611)


Manhattan V-75124 (Canada) - 12" single B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

Manhattan 12MT 7 (UK) - 12" single front scan by Manuel García Jara


Manhattan 12MT 7 (UK) - 12" single rear scan by Manuel García Jara


Manhattan 12MT 7 (UK) - 12" single A-side (R-0611), scan by Kenneth Robson


Manhattan 12MT 7 (UK) - 12" single B-side scan by Kenneth Robson (no Dylan)


Manhattan 12MT 7 (UK) - alternate 12" single sleeve front, scan by Kenneth Robson


Manhattan 12MT 7 (UK) - alternate 12" single sleeve rear, scan by Kenneth Robson


Manhattan 1C K 060-20 0927 6 (West Germany) - 12" single front scan by Manuel García Jara

Manhattan 1C K 060-20 0927 6 (West Germany) - 12" single rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Manhattan 1C K 060-20 0927 6 (West Germany) - 12" single A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0611)

Manhattan 1C K 060-20 0927 6 (West Germany) - 12" single B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


Toshiba EMI/Manhattan S14-123 (Japan) - 12" single front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen


Toshiba EMI/Manhattan S14-123 (Japan) - 12" single rear with obi, scan by Wil Gielen


Manhattan GOOD 95 (Australia) - 12" single front scan by Bill Hester


Manhattan GOOD 95 (Australia) - 12" single rear scan by Bill Hester


Manhattan GOOD 95 (Australia) - 12" single A-side (R-0611), scan by Bill Hester


Manhattan GOOD 95 (Australia) - 12" single B-side scan by Bill Hester (no Dylan)


Toshiba EMI/Manhattan S14-123 (Japan) - 12" single A-side scan by Wil Gielen (R-0611)


Toshiba EMI/Manhattan S14-123 (Japan) - 12" single B-side scan by Wil Gielen (no Dylan)

Thanks to Kenneth Robson, Wil Gielen, Stuart Moore and Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Various Artists (Artists United Against Apartheid) - "(Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City"/"Not So Far Away" - 12" single: Manhattan ED-155 (Australia), 5 Dec 1985:
Bob contributes vocals to this charity song. For the Dec 1985 VHS video The Making Of Sun City, see VHS & DVD 1980s.


Manhattan ED-155 (Australia) - front scan by Stuart Moore
R-0171 (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City (Miami Steve Van Zandt) - album version (7:10)

Unlike the other 12" singles illustrated above, including another Australian 12" single, Manhattan GOOD 95, this single has the 7:10 album version of the song. It was distributed in Australia by EMI. The sleeve has a white background instead of the usual black.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans.


Manhattan ED-155 (Australia) - rear scan by Stuart Moore


Manhattan ED-155 (Australia) - A-side scan by Stuart Moore (R-0171)


Manhattan ED-155 (Australia) - B-side scan by Stuart Moore (no Dylan)

LP Releases


Various Artists (Artists United Against Apartheid) - "Sun City" - stereo vinyl LPs: Manhattan (various catalogue numbers) (Worldwide), Nov 1985:
Bob contributes vocals to this charity song. For the Dec 1985 VHS video The Making Of Sun City, see VHS & DVD 1980s.

SunCityLPFront.jpg (18335 bytes)
Manhattan 1C 064-2404671 (NL) - LP front scan by Olav Langum
R-0171-2 (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City (Miami Steve Van Zandt) - album version (Side 1 - 7:09)

R-0518-2 (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City (Version II) (Miami Steve Van Zandt) - second album version (Side 2 - 5:42)

The Argentinean LP, EMI 108371, was available in both promo and commercial releases. The promo release has monochrome labels with the same dark yellow promo stamp as the single. The reverse of the LP sleeve is also black and white. The Australian/New Zealand LP is Manhattan ST 53019 as per the US LP, and also has the EMI text.


Manhattan 1C 064-2404671 (NL) - LP rear scan by Hans Seegers

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Manhattan 1C 064-2404671 (NL) - LP rear, detail showing artists - scan by Olav Langum


Manhattan 1C 064-2404671 (NL) - LP Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


Manhattan 1C 064-2404671 (NL) - LP Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers


Manhattan MTL 1001 (UK) - LP rear scan by Kenneth Robson


Manhattan MTL 1001 (UK) - LP inner sleeve front, scan by Kenneth Robson

Toshiba-EMI/Manhattan MHS-91149 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen

Toshiba-EMI/Manhattan MHS-91149 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Wil Gielen

Toshiba-EMI/Manhattan MHS-91149 (Japan) - LP Side 1 scan by Wil Gielen (R-0171)

Toshiba-EMI/Manhattan MHS-91149 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Wil Gielen (R-0518)


Manhattan MTL 1001 (UK) - LP inner sleeve rear, scan by Kenneth Robson


Manhattan MTL 1001 (UK) - LP Side 1 scan by Kenneth Robson (R-0171)

Manhattan MAN-240467 (Australia) - LP front with sticker, scan by Stuart Moore

Manhattan MAN-240467 (Australia) - LP front sticker scan by Stuart Moore

Manhattan MAN-240467 (Australia) - LP rear scan by Stuart Moore

Manhattan MAN-240467 (Australia) - LP Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (R-0171)


Manhattan MAN-240467 (Australia) - LP Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (R-0518)


Manhattan MTL 1001 (UK) - LP Side 2 scan by Kenneth Robson (R-0518)

Manhattan ST 53019 (New Zealand) - LP front scan by Bill Hester

Manhattan ST 53019 (New Zealand) - LP rear scan by Bill Hester

Manhattan ST 53019 (New Zealand) - detail of LP rear, scan by Bill Hester


Manhattan ST 53019 (New Zealand) - LP Side 1 scan by Bill Hester (R-0171)


Manhattan ST 53019 (New Zealand) - LP Side 2 scan by Bill Hester (R-0518)

EMI 108371 (Argentina) - LP front scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial)

EMI 108371 (Argentina) - LP rear scan by Hans Seegers


EMI 108371 (Argentina) - promo LP Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (R-0171)


EMI 108371 (Argentina) - promo LP Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (R-0518)


EMI 108371 (Argentina) - commercial LP Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (R-0171)


EMI 108371 (Argentina) - commercial LP Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (R-0518)

Manhattan ST-53019 (Israel) - detail of promo LP front, scan by Hans Seegers

Manhattan ST-53019 (Israel) - promo LP rear scan by Hans Seegers

Manhattan ST-53019 (Israel) - detail of promo LP rear, scan by Hans Seegers


Manhattan ST-53019 (Israel) - promo LP Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (R-0171)


Manhattan ST-53019 (Israel) - promo LP Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (R-0518)

Thanks to Eduardo Gomez Kodela for information and to Hans Seegers, Kenneth Robson, Stuart Moore and Olav Langum for information and scans. Thanks to Wil Gielen for scans of the Japanese LP, which has a black/white obi with red/white/black text and price ¥2,800. The release date is given as "I-11-27" (27 Nov 1985). For an explanation of Japanese year code letters from 1985 to 1991 see International Albums (Regular). There is a single-sided insert and the record is in a full colour paper inner sleeve. Thanks to Bill Hester for scans of the New Zealand release, Manhattan ST 53019. This was manufactured by EMI and both their Australian and New Zealand address are given on the rear of the sleeve. The record labels have no country of origin.


Various Artists - "Mayo 1986 [May 1986]" - promo stereo vinyl LP release: Discos Hispanos/EMI (no catalogue number) (Peru), May 1986:


Front scan by Manuel García Jara
This very rare promo only album was made in Peru by Discos Hispanos for EMI. Discos Hispanos is the Peruvian manufacturer and distributor of the EMI group (EMI, Odeón, Liberty and Capitol, and the well known Spanish company Hispavox, bought by EMI in 1983).
Detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara

Rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

Detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes Dylan, probably R-0171)

The two sides of the record have different purposes: Side 1 contains tracks sung in Spanish only by artists from different Spanish speaking countries like Mexico, Argentina and Spain. Side 2 contains international artists like Iron Maiden and Stevie Nicks. Track 1 on Side 2 is Sun City credited to Artistas Unidos Contra Segregación Racial [United Artists Against Apartheid] (probably R-0171)). The record has a generic promo Discos Hispanos sleeve with multiple promo marks - printed, stamped, and handwritten.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Tape Releases


Various Artists (Artists United Against Apartheid) - "Sun City" - stereo cassette release: Manhattan 4XT 53019 (USA), Nov 1985:


Manhattan 4XT 53019 (USA) - outside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara
This cassette release has a long folded insert. The cassette is black with white paper labels.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Manhattan 4XT 53019 (USA) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0170)


Manhattan 4XT 53019 (USA) - inside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara


Manhattan 4XT 53019 (USA) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


CD Releases


Various Artists (Artists United Against Apartheid) - "Sun City" - CD releases: Razor/Tie RE 2007 (USA), 1992; Rarities/Manhattan 837420 2 (France/Italy), 1996:
Bob contributes vocals to this charity song. For the Dec 1985 VHS video The Making Of Sun City, see VHS & DVD 1980s.


Razor & Tie RE 2007 (USA) - CD long box scan by Hans Seegers
This album had only these two releases on CD as far as I know. The US CD release came in a long box.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Razor & Tie RE 2007 (USA) - CD front insert scan by Hans Seegers


Razor & Tie RE 2007 (USA) - CD rear insert scan by Hans Seegers


Razor & Tie RE 2007 (USA) - CD scan by Hans Seegers


Rarities/Manhattan 837420 2 (France/Italy) - CD front insert scan by Hans Seegers


Rarities/Manhattan 837420 2 (France/Italy) - CD rear insert scan by Hans Seegers


Rarities/Manhattan 837420 2 (France/Italy) - CD scan by Hans Seegers

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