Got it today. The good news is it's in a jewelcase, not cardboard!
First, here's what's missing on this from the previously released UK 2 cd sets:
Welcome To The Club:
When The Daylight Comes (Live)
Medley: Once Bitten Twice Shy/Bastard/Cleveland Rocks
Original mix of We've Got To Get Out Of Here
You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic:
Just Another Night (Early Version) (aka The Other Side Of Life)
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
And all of the live disc 2:
1. F.B.I. (Live In Cleveland 18/6/79)
2. Once Bitten Twice Shy (Live In Cleveland 18/6/79)
3. Life After Death (Live In Cleveland 18/6/79)
4. Sons And Daughters (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 22/11/79)
5. Laugh At Me (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 22/11/79)
6. Just Another Night (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 22/11/79)
7. One Of The Boys (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 22/11/79)
8. Letter To Brittania From Union Jack (Live In Berkeley 7/7/79)
9. Bastard (Live In Berkeley 7/7/79)
10. All The Way From Memphis (Live In Cleveland 18/6/79)
11. Cleveland Rocks (Live In Cleveland 18/6/79)
12. All The Young Dudes (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 22/11/79)
13. When The Daylight Comes (Live In Cleveland 18/6/79)
14. Sweet Angeline (Live In Cleveland 18/6/79)
However, 2 tracks are ADDED that are not on the 2 cd set:
The Outsider (Early Version)
Short Back `n' Sides:
Detroit (Rough Mix-instrumental)
I Need Your Love (Rough Mix)
Rain (Alternative Mix)
Theatre Of The Absurd
Na Na Na ( Extended Mix)
Old Records Never Die (Version 1)
Also, apparently Short Back is oop except on this set which I wasn't aware of & sells for a fortune (or at least USED to!)
It was "mastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road". No other sonic information is provided. From a quick comparison of 3 Welcome To the club tracks (the album i was most concerned about sonically), the new version is both louder (more compressed, but also has much more detail (likely better more modern a/d convertors). Comparing the dynamic range on the first 11 tracks of WTTC on Foobar (the only valid comparison due to splitting both versions over 2 cd's & the 2 missing & 1 alternate track), the original UK cd scored DR 12 (acceptable for a 44/16 cd), the new version scores a DR9 (not so good). I'm surprised I enjoyed the sound as much as I did. One thing I did find interesting; on the new version there is a large audible drop in volume between FBI & Once Bitten; that drop doesn't occur on the original 2 cd edition.
I think the alternate version of We Got To Get Out Of Here is simply a remix, though there is so much more detail it's hard to tell for certain. Oddly, both versions run exactly 3:14, but the new version starts with a drum stick count off & the original does not.
Also briefly checked the Pepsi Fest on disc 4. It is definitely the same tour as the King Biscuit & Westwood One shows that were released on US promo LP's from Westwood One & King Biscuit, but definitely not the same show. While I was kind of hoping to have those LP's on official cd, I'm still very glad to have it though! Long as I'm mentioning DR ratings, Disc 4 scored DR10 (again considered unacceptable; the audiophile community's conventional wisdom seems to be that acceptable for 44/16 cd is anything DR12 & above.).
I haven't yet spent any time with Schizophrenic or Short as I already own the 2 cd versions, & they were of the least interest to me here because of that.
To sum up, if you don't already own these albums, this is an absolute steal, especially as Short was oop world wide & still sells for a fortune.
If like me you already own all 3 of the 2 cd editions, at this price I still consider it worthwhile for the Pepsi fest on disc 4 (which apparently was previously released in the UK on VHS!), & there are some benefits to the new mastering; though I do wish it was less compressed. Though not nearly as loud sounding as many cd's the loudness wars do strike again; without the compression this would sound stunning.
Edit: Having played more of this, it really is brighter/louder than I like. The issue is more apparent on a cheap computer system than on my high end system; but even on my main stereo a few of the songs are REALLY BRIGHT (Silver Needles is the worst offender).