on 18 October 2012
I completely agree with the previous review of this latest compliation of Moving Sidewalks tracks and would just like to add a couple of points for any of you that have either of the previous two CD releases or those on LP.
The main reason for buying this set, even if you have any of the others, is for the huge improvement in sound.
With the exception of the demos, all of the tracks here are taken from what must be the best sources available and the improvement in sound compared to ALL other releases is a revelation.
All of the previous releases, (many still available) are from either 3rd or 4th generation tapes or needle-drops.
What they have done here, (and what all re-issues should do) is select the source based on the best sound. This means that some tracks are in mono and some stereo.
All previous releases have used what they could get, (to keep the CD in stereo) which meant a lot of needle-drops.
The biggest improvement here is the track, 'You don't know the life'. All previous releases used a stereo needle-drop but this release uses the original mono master, which sounds amazing; all of the instruments crystal clear and the impact, smooth and with the feeling I'm sure Billy intended.
This appies to all of the LP proper, with a split between mono & stereo but with each track sounding as clear as the day they were recorded.
The singles are, as you would expect for the period, in mono and also sound fabulous.
My heartfelt reccomendation here is that if you are intending to purchase anything by this group, spend the extra cash and you won't be disappointed.
If you already have one of the other releases, throw it away and buy this one, please!
One other point, when using a computer, beware that the tracklisting you get from 'gracenote' mixes up which singles are alternates and single releases, so go by the box data.
All in all, a real quality release; great job Billy & the team... beat those boots!