"Head," of the four Touch And Go releases, really benefits the most from being remastered -- and maybe this is obvious, since it's the oldest and documents the band still forming their signature sound and honing their songwriting. But the sound really jumps out! Opening track "One Evening" has some vocal growls and other sounds in it I had never noticed before. It's great to hear this seminal record with so much texture and depth.
As with the previous CD version, the "Pure" E.P. (which predates drummer Mac McNeilly; the band instead relies on an Alessis drum machine to supply their stuttering rhythms) is bundled together with "Head." "Pure" was the bands actual debut, with its slightly electronic/clinical studio sheen giving quite a different listening experience to live favorites like "Bloody Mary" and "Blockbuster."
It could be said that the 3 bonus tracks on "Head" are the slightest offerings of the reissue series, but then no fan should be without the "Chrome" medley, a burning pit of noise with tribal, stomping drums and Duane Denison's razor-like guitar burning out an abrasive proto-punk riff. The other two live tracks were previously available on the "Lash" triple 7-inch, great readings of "Killer McHann" and "Bloody Mary," with McNeilly very present and in fine form.