The Triffids made some fine albums but In the Pines, for me, has always been their finest hour. Look beyond the cheapness, and the 'novelty' of being recorded in a sheep shearing shed and you have a warm, familiar album of great simplicity.
Remixed to be closer to David McComb's original vision for the album improves the feel of the album and shows the concept in all its intended glory. Clearly the master tapes were in poor condition and have painstakingly been restored, at times you can tell, but given the ethos of the album it in no way detracts from the enjoyment.
The additional five tracks are interesting and are mixed into the running order rather than all being tagged on the end. An early version of Trick of the Light (later to appear on Calenture) which shows the songs simple charm but without the glitzy production of the more familiar Calenture version. She's Sure the Girl I Love fits with the album well. The version of Jerdacuttup Man is the great lost discovery of the album - a version that puts the later version on Calenture to shame with its almost gothic feel. Blinder By the Hour to be fair works the other way in that the song is less impressive with the starker less full sound of the ITP version compared to the familiar Calenture version. Finally, Wish to See No More seems more like a Born Sandy Devotional period track but it sets you up well for the big three which finish the remastered album, One Soul Less on Your Fiery List, Born Sandy Devotional and Love and Affection. Three tracks which encapsulate the spirit, wit and intelligence of David McComb and the Triffids.
If you have not heard The Triffids and are looking for a remarkable album to be a friend for years to come and convey the sound of a bunch of great musicians just having a good time with a few tinnies, buy this CD.