on 6 April 2016
I have a question....Did I hear that Eric Bell, while suffering a breakdown, was not helped by Lynott's writing of "Hero and the Madman" being all about him?
Good album and great guitar work, though.
on 23 February 2011
I'll start with the - from my point of view - somewhat negative aspects of this release: The sound quality of the original album is not improved compared to the old Decca/Deram release. The new mastering sounds noticeably brighter and is also a little bit louder (by use of some moderate limiting/compression). This might appeal to some people ("it's louder and clearer, I can hear more details") but the result in my opinion is a too bright sound, and the vocals don't sound as natural anymore as on the original CD. Also, the dynamics are better on the original CD, although this Deluxe Edition is far from being brick-walled.
Another small quibble, but we already got used to that with the new Deluxe Editions: There is no more outer plastic slipcase which nicely protects the digipack style artwork. The "Deluxe Edition" banner is only a sticker which - thankfully - comes off quite easily and well if you are a little careful (= just pull it off slowly). The disc one of my set also has some hairline scratches from manufacturing, you might want to check your copy. It doesn't affect playability, at least I haven't noticed it yet.
Now that I got that off of my chest, there are some really positive aspects to this Deluxe Edition, that is the multitude of the great bonus material. Especially disc two is totally outstanding, we get five excellent live recordings from BBC Radio 1 and then 8 tracks from various "live in the studio" (without audience) sessions for various BBC Radio 1 programmes. The sound quality on these is pretty good and the performances are excellent. Really worth owning.
Disc one also has 10 bonus tracks in total (2 of these were released on the old Deram/Decca CD release of the album - and these also do sound better there), but I haven't heard or owned the other bonus tracks (although I am quite sure some of them have been released before in some form).
I still give this release four stars due to the excellent bonus material. But if you are not a fan of bright and loud CD's, don't expect a sonic upgrade compared to the old version. If you find the old version "muddy" sounding and not loud enough, you might prefer the new mastering. I understand that preferences in CD mastering can differ greatly, so please view my comments only as my personal opinion. If you like the new mastering better, that is fine with me.