As a lifelong fan of the Roses I always viewed this album as the 'real' second album, despite being 'merely' a collection of singles and B-sides. I was gutted when only the debut album was released as a standalone remaster and the only way you could get the remasters of these songs was as part of the (very) expensive boxset. So I was delighted to see it finally available for purchase on its own!
And what a job they did! This is a true remaster because, not only does it sound better across the board for treble, midrange and bass (as you would rightly expect) but the songs are actually the full untruncated versions! Clearly Silvertone did the same botch job they did with the awful The Complete Stone Roses release that sped up the opening of I Wanna Be Adored and chopped the entire end(!) off of I Am The Resurrection. I was never aware that Turns Into Stone had the same 'treatment' so it was a fantastic surprise to discover that Reni did a few hi-hat hits at the beginning of Where Angels Play and it didn't begin with Ian singing 'Come with me...'! Even the beginning of Standing Here sounds slightly different because there must have been a half second or so chopped off. It doesn't sound like much but to obsessives like me you'll know it!
Amazing release! If you're a Stone Roses fan buy with confidence!