I am always more than happy to re-assess things and quite prepared to eat some humble pie. In light of S Dinsdale's comment I realized I was succumbing to certain prejudices.
I STILL have reservations about this re-release; BUT as far as the music goes I must not allow myself to waver.
Hergest Ridge is a wonderful work and an engrossing piece of music. Perhaps slightly shaky after Tubular Bells, it none-the-less has passion, grace and fire, with Mike's meticulous attention to detail.
It is a grand vision full of intricate changes; it deserves attention and credit.
Personally, my favourites are "Ommadawn" and "Incantations" and I'm wondering whether the latter might be in for a "Deluxe" release?
Elegant, eloquent and charged Hergest Ridge is a complex blend of sartorial splendour. Its mood swings are dramatic - a perfect example of this being the mid-section 'storm' in part two.
Great MUSIC! Superb!
The remix and repackaging - well; it's harmless enough I suppose?