- Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Deluxe Edition
- Label: Edsel
- ASIN: B0012PK052
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Into The Gap Deluxe Edition
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Now I'm pretty sure I've got the fixed pressing of the bonus disc, as I've not noticed any glitches at the start of the "Machines Take Over" track and apart from a couple of suspiciously vinyl-like loud pops much later in the track, it's fine. The rest of the tracks sound just fine to my ears, so I'm perfectly happy with this reissue.
So, I'm giving it 4 out of 5, not because of any sound quality issues, but because that's what I would have given it in the first place. I love the album, but it would be wrong to call it a masterpiece.
The new Edsel release contains a disc of remixes approximating the bonus mixes you got with the cassette release in '84. Much has been made of the lack of quality of the remastering on the Edsel re-release. That is all worth pointing out, but I'm not here to split hairs.
'Into The Gap', for me, is timeless. Every track is a standout... but, even after 25 years of living with this album, it gets played in its entirety quite regularly, moreso as the years go on...
The album's packaging, back in the day, was overwhelmingly blue... and that's how I still see it. A deep blue Bahamas day. It was recorded at the legendary Compass Point studios in Nassau, and I think you can hear the surrounding natural beauty coming through, translated, via the synths of Tom, Alannah and Joe. In that regard, I think it's true art.
Standout track for me (and we really are splitting hairs now) is 'Storm On The Sea'; I have grown to love this song over the years. The singles are all amazing. An over-used word in my reviews is 'sublime', but it applies here in spades.
It's all wonderful.
I have the original 12" vinyl single and there is no problem with that - So, I assumed that I either had a bad pressing of the CD or it is a problem with the Master CD (I checked the CD on several players and speakers to eliminate the possibility of equipment failure). I mailed Demon-Edsel to ask for their comments and I returned the CD to Amazon for a replacement copy (which was all handled well and without problems) to see if that was the issue, it wasn't - The replacement CD has exactly the same problem so it seems unlikely it is a 'bad batch' issue.
I got a reply from Demon-Edsel saying they had not heard of any issues with this release and to contact them again if the replacement was also wrong - I did this and have now received a reply stating "We have identified a problem with this disc and will get back to you". Good to hear that they are doing their best to sort this issue. I will update this review when I hear from Demon-Edsel again.
Suffice to say as it stands, one bad track does not spoil an otherwise excellent collection but it does seem odd that this track slipped through quality control to such a degree when the rest of the album and the 'Quick Step & Side Kick' CDs are uniformly excellent quality releases.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album by the slightly mad Thompson Twins. Good standard tracks and some longer mixes of favorites. Brings back memories of the vinyl version I have but don't often play. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Eng
Hypnotic, spellbinding, tuneful - could this be the best pop album of the 1980s? Very possibly.Published 1 month ago by B. Wilson
its great , that's why I bought it , just like 1988 all over, not like todays politically correct rubbish , yhe 80 s were the best ever, and this epitomises themPublished 5 months ago by mike c
Takes me back to my teenage years. Into the gap (2 cd Deluxe edition) is excellent value. The inclusion of the Cassette remixes and the 12" remixes and B-Sides is exactly how... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Little Ol Meses