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Pretty damn close to perfect. A great companion to the deluxe editions!
on 9 November 2011
For those on the fence about buying this, here's a rundown of the included tracks:
1. Susannah's Still Alive
2. This Man He Weeps Tonight
3. Mindless Child Of Motherhood
4. Hold My Hand
5. Do You Wish To Be A Man
6. Are You Ready
7. Creeping Jean
9. Lincoln County
10. Mr Shoemaker's Daughter
11. Mr Reporter
12. Groovy Movies
13. There's No Life Without Love
14. I Am Free
15. Death Of A Clown (Mono Single A-side)
16. Love Me Till The Sun Shines (Mono Single B-side)
17. Susannah's Still Alive (Mono Single A-side)
18. Funny Face (Mono Single B-side)
19. Lincoln County (Mono Single A-side)
20. There's No Life Without Love (Mono Single B-side)
21. Hold My Hand (Mono Single A-side)
22. Creeping Jean (Mono Single B-side)
23. This Man He Weeps Tonight (Mono Single B-side)
24. Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Mono Single B-side)
25. Mr Reporter (Alternate Mix)
26. Hold My Hand (Demo Version)
27. Good Luck Charm (Studio Version)
Tracks 1-4, 7, 9-12, 14-19 & 21-24 are all the same mixes as featured on the recent Deluxe editions (and the 2004 Village Green Deluxe)
(although track 23 here is superior as it does not have the mastering errors (clicks and pops) present on the Arthur Deluxe)
Tracks 5, 6 & 8 are previously unreleased songs which have only been available on bootlegs in poor quality. It's worth buying the CD just for "Crying", I'm amazed it wasn't released at the time!
Tracks 13 & 20 were left off the Deluxe editions. The stereo version (track 13) is a previously unreleased mix.
Track 25 is an alternate stereo mix from 1969. There was also a different stereo remix of this song done in 1998 for the Arthur remaster (Castle/Sanctuary single disc remaster)
Track 26 is an early demo version from a Dutch various artists compilation LP released in 1969. The sound quality is quite poor, but the compilers were limited to the fidelity of the original LP as there is no master tape for this song. (The stereo version of "Hold My Hand" on the Arthur Deluxe is mistakenly noted as being from the Dutch LP)
Track 27 was previously released on the 2008 Picture Book boxset. This studio version of "Good Luck Charm" only exists on a studio acetate so the quality cannot be as good as the other tracks here. Unfortunately the compilers of Hidden Treasures were unable to obtain the original acetate to do a new transfer so it has been sourced from the (less than stellar, mp3 sounding) transfer done for the Picture Book boxset. They were able to clean it up a bit so the version presented here is superior, although still not ideal.
All in all, a worthwhile set for any Kinks fan!