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Copper Blue [Deluxe Version] [Box set, CD+DVD, Collector's Edition, Extra tracks]

Sugar Audio CD
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Mac McCaughan of Superchunk & Merge wrote of the Copper Blue / Beaster & FU: EL (Deluxe Edition) reissues:

When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a "band" band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and Hüsker Dü in particular (like myself) went into ... Read more in Amazon's Sugar Store

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  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Collector's Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B007KLY8VY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Act We Act
2. A Good Idea
3. Changes
4. Helpless
5. Hoover Dam
6. The Slim
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Act We Act
2. A Good Idea
3. Changes
4. Running Out of Time
5. Helpless
6. If I Can't Change Your Mind
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Disc: 3
1. Helpless (Promo Video)
2. Changes (Promo Video)
3. If I Can't Change Your Mind (Promo Video)
4. Helpless
5. Interview (MTV UK)
6. Interview (MTV US Mix)

Product Description

Product Description

The debut album by Sugar has received countless critical accolades since its original release in 1992.

Frontman Bob Mould had sung and played guitar for visionary midwest punks Hüsker Dü, openly acknowledged by the likes of Nirvana and The Pixies as a huge influence. Following their break-up and two well-received solo albums, Sugar saw Bob return to a band set-up in partnership with the powerful rhythm section of David Barbe and Malcolm Travis.

Previewed by an extensive campaign of packed out, energetic live shows, the band was truly a force to be reckoned with. Issued in Europe by the iconic Creation Records, Copper Blue s ebullient collection of richly melodic and anthemic songs saw Bob triumphantly reclaim an alternative rock legacy he had helped create. The NME named it their Album Of The Year.

Twenty years on, this modern classic has been lovingly remastered from the original tapes and is now presented in this expanded edition including b-sides, radio sessions, a full length live concert, promo videos and TV appearances.

An extensive booklet contains rare photos, memorabilia, and exclusive new interviews that tell the story behind the album in the band's own words.

BBC Review

The music and influence of the pioneering Minneapolis hardcore band Hüsker Dü was investigated brilliantly in Michael Azerrad’s 2001 book on the 80s alternative underground, Our Band Could Be Your Life. But for Bob Mould, Hüsker Dü was his life – and going on the stories, tales of financial penury, addiction and interminable band squabbling, it was a pretty miserable existence

His work with Sugar – the power trio he formed in 1992, four years after Hüsker Dü’s demise – feel like an attempt to wash away the angst of the post-punk years, to try on a sunny expression and see how it felt. And while Sugar were themselves short-lived, their music, particularly that collected on excellent debut album Copper Blue, sounded like salvation.

Copper Blue hit it big, selling hundreds of thousands of copies and scoring NME’s 1992 Album of the Year. In part, this was down to timing. The alternative rock movement that Hüsker Dü helped usher in was booming, thanks to the stratospheric success of Nirvana’s Nevermind. But Copper Blue also contains some of Mould’s brightest, most brilliant writing.

Subject-wise, it is not exactly light: the Pixies-esque A Good Idea is the tale of a man who drowns his lover, and The Slim recounts the death of a friend from AIDS. But the arrangements froth with melodies, gold-plated choruses stretch out a mile, and an expanded instrumental palette – witness the synthesisers and harpsichords that adorn the lilting, 60s-tinged Hoover Dam – mean each song comes out gleaming with a rare lustre.

This generously expanded edition brings with it a wealth of extra material, including numerous B sides (including a fine solo mix of the breezy, acoustic If I Can’t Change Your Mind), a four-track BBC session and, on a second disc, a live set from the Cabaret Metro in Chicago.

Those that adore Copper Blue are also directed towards the following year’s Beaster EP, songs from the same sessions but of a darker hue. Similarly reissued in expanded form it presents proof that, even on sunnier days, Mould still had angst to burn.

--Mike Diver

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the Deluxe Version 29 May 2012
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Confession time. Several years back (12 to be precise), in the days of 'A Customer' I wrote a review of this album on this very page. It went like this...

'If you never thought heavy rock music could be melodic then you should buy this album and be amazed. From the out and out rock of The Act We Act to the sheer delight of Man In The Moon this album will enthrall and delight. The heavy numbers such as The Slim grow but the instant access numbers such as If I Can't Change Your Mind, Changes, Helpless and Hoover Dam never become tiresome. At times Bob Mould sounds like Sting during the best Police songs (Particularly Changes). What came after paled into comparison. Not because it wasn't equally excellent but because it never delivered on each and every song with each and every note like this. Husker Du may have died but the more melodic, accesable Sugar overshadowed them. When Nirvana and company were inventing themselves the originator out-thought them all and delivered a never to be forgotten classic.'

Yes, that was me and its still here. And now, twenty years after I first purchased it (on cassette) there is a deluxe version to celebrate those twenty years. Twelve years later its still my favourite album. In fact this week I get the thrill of seeing Bob perform the whole thing live. It still gets played a hell of a lot. Its not diminished over the years. The album itself is here and is as fantastic as it ever was. Complete with B sides. Clownmaster is as fantastic as ever as an acoustic B side (even better on the live CD). There are also radio 1 sessions which includes the perennial favourite Diamonds Are Halo's - which I have always loved and its fab here as well. The whole concert is the tour de force Sugar were live at the time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning album, excellent remaster 20 Jun 2012
By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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"Copper Blue" has always been a fantastic album and this remastered package only improves on things.

The main album is excellent, a wall of guitars but with catchy hooks aplenty, the songs coming alive in their choruses, and you begin to wonder why this isn't an album that everyone has heard and loves already. It is a fantastic collection of grungy rock songs, the only slight clunker for me being "Slick" which I've never really liked that much, but the rest are superb. The remaster doesn't make the album sound radically different just cleaner and brighter, so if you own the original already don't expect it to sound like a brand new album.

The package itself is excellent. The three disks consist of the album (with added B-sides at the end - personally I'd have preferred the B-sides to have been on a separate disk, but that's just me), an excellent live concert, and a DVD. Of the three the DVD is inessential, a collection of some promos and TV interviews, but the second disk is a good live concert from the "Copper Blue" era, featuring the tracks from the album along with some of the B-sides, and "Tilted" from "Beaster". I'm not usually a fan of live albums but this is hugely enjoyable, just a loud blast through the songs with no banter between them, and it makes me wish I'd managed to see them live back in the day.

Best of all though is the booklet, which is basically a long interview of sorts between the band members and their record label boss about the making of the album and its success. It is a fascinating read, and even if you have read Bob Mould's recent autobiography it is still good to hear the story of "Copper Blue" from different voices.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Version 11 Dec 2012
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The other reviews pretty much cover it as far as the quality of the music goes. The third disc is rather superfluous though- a few videos and interviews. You might want to consider buying the U.S. version of this on Merge which although lacking the Peel session, contains both Copper Blue, the B-Sides AND Beaster along with the live stuff all in one package. I kind of wish I had.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Superlative album - poor remaster 14 Oct 2012
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Unquestionably a classic album. I bought the cd when it was first released, and it's still thrilling to listen to!

As for the remastered 'deluxe' version - I bought it in anticipation that it would sound even better, however having compared the original and the remaster through hi-fi and speakers, to my ears, it sounds like another victim of 'loudness wars'. The remaster's dynamic range sounds compressed, so too the width and depth of the 'sound stage'. Some of the high frequencies sound as though they've been brought up in the mix to give an initial, and false, impression of clarity and 'freshness' but in reality at the expense of definition of the other instruments and vocals.

Some recent remasters of other artists' classic albums have been excellent, true and well worth paying out for again, but unfortunately not this one. If you've got the original cd, stick with it and just turn the volume up a bit!
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