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Slightly disappointing ....
on 24 November 2012
This is a welcome re-release. The record has been sensitively remastered and sounds more powerful than ever. The artwork has also been reproduced well but, as with the reissue of A Walk Across The Rooftops, the new photos are predominantly of the band in America - an odd choice for a band and an album so redolent of Scotland. Perhaps a clue as to the marketing strategy behind the reissue. The only real problem is the bonus disc: apart from one unreleased track, "Christmas", and the b side "The Wires Are Down", Virgin have troubled us with 4 largely pointless alt or live versions of tracks already on the album but left off the b sides "Halfway to Paradise" and "Our Lives" and the outtakes "Young Club" and "Broadway In the Snow". Why give us rehashes of songs we already have instead of new ones? Particularly with a band whose fans are bound to long for new, hard to find material like this. It's always amazed me, the contempt with which the majors treat their punters.
So, a slight disappointment after so long. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed for a rarities and b sides collection one day.