on 6 November 2012
'Dreamland' is yet another in the reissue series of Aztec Camera albums and once again it finds Roddy Frame in good form as far as his songwriting goes.This one is probably more focused musically than the 'Stray' album and has some fantastic tracks on it: 'Spanish Horses', 'Black Lucia', 'Safe in Sorrow' and 'Belle of the Ball' to name a few. Despite the quality of the music the singles released from the album initially failed to do anything, but then again singles have long been struggling to make an impact no matter the artist.
The bonus disc that comes with the reissue is a beautiful set live from Ronnie Scott's in London that is like an overview of Frame's career with under the banner of Aztec Camera. Songs from each of his albums are represented and it's a nice and warming performance.
Throughout the lifespan of Aztec Camera I've never found myself disappointed by any of the albums that were released. Each one is a gem in it's own right. When I saw that they were all being reissued I ordered all 6 of them without hesitation. Well worth getting.
on 28 September 2012
As with the other entries in the Aztec Camera reissue series, "Dreamland" is no exception when it comes to using an inferior source instead of the original tapes. Again they only seem to have tampered with the EQ a little so they can pretend it's a remaster. Overall it seems a little louder and brighter (which is a good thing IMO since the original was very murky) and the soundstage seems slightly wider, but it's hardly revelatory.
For most people the main draw will be the second disc with the Ronnie Scotts gig, which is on the quiet side but sounds fine overall. That said, Edsel had to throw a spanner with the final track, a terribly distorted live version of "Just Like The USA" from a Barcelona gig. Why, just why?