5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2014
Having decided the 8 disc box-set price was just too much, as I had all 4 albums/EPs on original CD and a playable "Gasoline in Your Eye" vhs tape, it was good to see Mute releasing the 3 core albums individually too. I opted for Crackdown as it is the murkiest on original CD, in part due to it being such a transitional album - you get bright fairlight style handclaps in one dance track, and then evil-sounding guitars and ethnic tinged percussion in the next.
I am slightly under-awed by the remastering, but maybe there wasn't a great deal you could improve. Certainly some of the more organic tracks, "In The Shadows", "Over and Over" and "Haiti", plus the bonus EP 4-tracks at the end, do reveal elements I hadn't really noticed before, which is interesting, but the more synth-based tracks don't sound much crisper. I loved the opener "24-24", but comparing it to the original CD there's not much to tell the masters apart.
However the overall mastering of album and EP are very consistent, and not too loud/compressed, which is a real relief and shows the engineer wanted to remaster sensitively. It's just to my ears it doesn't sound as different as I'd hoped/expected.
As these single album releases are in the same packaging as the ones in the box, they are digi-packs with a slim booklet giving credits and a few treated versions of the cover shots. Interestingly they have chosen to replicate pretty much the vinyl album sleeve, rather than the original CD artwork, which is a nice touch.
It's a great album, and whilst the remaster is not jaw-dropping, it does reveal some percussive/bass extras on some tracks, whilst retaining a good listenable EQ.
Update 12/7/15 - also purchased the vinyl (remastered by Pole), and this is much punchier and crisper than the original vinyl pressing. I am far more impressed with his his remaster/cut than the the CD remaster, though both are worth getting if you only have the original CD!
The Cabs produced a slightly more commercial set in "Microphonies", before dropping any producer and releasing Gasoline/Covenant. "Crackdown" is the only CD that retains its full tracklisting, as the extras on the 2 later releases are featured elsewhere in the box set...except "Blue Heat" Tokes' 12" mix, which appears to have disappeared completely!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2014
£6.99 for this... happy days.
The blurb, for once, underplays rather than overplays. If you have listenned to any electronic based dance music from the last 30 years you can be pretty cerain that somewhere down the line of influences someone was a big big fan of Cabaret Voltaire. This album is jammed full of class - the ten minutes that is Talking Time and Animation is simply magical. It is also still accessible and relevant.
Hugely underrated band and high quality album = something to impress your "trendy" friends with and be able to enjoy yourself!