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on 24 January 2014
Originally had Drinking Gasoline on dble 12" with some pressing flaws ('pips' seemed to be quite common on Virgin Cabs vinyl around that time), which had a real punch to it. Then got the CD reissue, which sounded like all the life, and most of the bass, had been sucked out of it. It was crisp but unbelievably tinny sounding! This remastered reissue does go some way to improve on this, but disappointingly not as much as it arguably should have. "Sleepwalking" and "Ghost Talk" sound the most improved, slightly beefed up with some extra background elements far clearer in the mix. However "Kino", and to a lesser degree the excellent "Big Funk", are only slightly improved and still sound thin. A lot of this is down to the way these 4 tracks were produced, the original deep-grooved vinyl compensating, but this new CD doesn't quite deliver as much as it could have.
Its great to have Gasoline In Your Eye minus any vhs tracking issues, and constant stereo sound, and the imagery does seem to have been cleaned up quite a lot in transfer (even if the promo 12" edit of "I Want You" has some pixcellation at times). However the audio/visual tracking does seem to slip in vocal tracks such as "Crackdown", when Mal's lips are definitely well behind the soundtrack in places - more so than I recall on the vhs. The soundtrack is not remastered to the same degree as the audio releases, though it is pretty clean, and there is a rather nasty, albeit brief, pitch-shift in "Sleepwalking".
Nice photo-booklet and fold-out digipack sleeve - though the DVD is a bit difficult to access.
Overall this is definitely worth having for the DVD, for those who didn't really want to fork out for the box-set, even if it is now region-free NTSC (the originl vhs was PAL). I love Peter's work with these guys, and there are some quite accessible belters here!