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Epsilon in Malaysian Pale [CASSETTE]


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  • Audio Cassette (9 Sep 1992)
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B00008EURR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

1. Epsilon in Malaysian Pale
2. Maroubra Bay

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Wheeldon on 6 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
Much of the controversy surrounding this new, remastered release of Epsilon in Malaysian Pale seems to centre around the fact that a number of changes have been made to the original 1975 recording. I can totally understand those who are used to the earlier version being disappointed when they hear this. Music can often evoke strong memories of particular times and places and it can be shocking to hear your beloved albums changed, as if the past has been re-written.
I approached this new re-recording from an interesting angle in that I heard it before I managed to track down the original. My verdict is that I would rate it as an interesting alternative to the 1975 version. I'm actually inclined to say that I may even think it is better.
So: for those familiar with the original what has changed? Well: the title track has a new intro and outro. Those train sounds have been replaced by an interesting clanging metal sound, as if construction is taking place in the jungle. Much of the original mellotron work is intact and there are also some more contemporary keyboard sounds subtly applied over the top. Although the original had an appealing minimalism, this version has a lush sound, making it appropriate for the evocation of a jungle environment.
Maroubra Bay starts with the same menace as the original but the waves crash with more power. They also appear more prominently throughout the track, to great atmospheric effect. That fantastic sequencer pattern (which seemed to anticipate techno music) is softer in this version. There is also a very faint sound, like jingling bells or wind chimes over the top. The 1975 recording is more driving, whereas this has a slightly dreamy feel.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jeremy marshall on 28 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is a pale imitation of a brilliant original, the soul has been removed leaving it merely "nice"! Hey Edgar when are you going torelease the original for comparison?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Hulme on 19 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The secret with Art is to know when to stop adding. The original Epsilon in Malaysian Pale was pure magic. It was a beautiful, moving piece of music.
I bought the re-released CD recently and I was horrified at the overlay of rubbish that masks the underlying beauty of the original.
I have the original on cassette tape, so I know what I'm talking about!
Now I must search for the original recording (on a CD)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark Stevenson on 27 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
To be fair this is nothing like as bad as some of EWF butchering - i mean remixing - classics, but as others note, why can't we have the originals & "remixes" on the same CD. There's room aplenty!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Hibbert on 9 July 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I an listening to it as I write this its not the same as it was first laid down, its been tweeked in the Eastgate way an upgraded I have it on vinyl so can draw on the original its still good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By feline1 on 24 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am lucky enough to have the original Virgin Records CD of "Epsilon in Malaysian Pale", which is probably my favourite album of all time. This reworking by Froese from 2005 is awful. He has just dubbed a load of bland digital synth sounds over the original gorgeous mellotron and analogue stuff. What a tasteless nitwit! It's like a child scribbling in felt tip and crayon over a masterpiece. Down with this sort of thing!
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