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This review is from: The Art Of The 12 Inch Volume 2 (Audio CD)
I have to say I am feeling a little bit deflated after having had an initial listen to this compilation. When it first appeared for ordering I thought that I was finally going to realise a 20 year dream to have completed my ZTT Cassette mixes collection in glorious digital format availability. For on this very compilation was the final piece of the puzzle, the "Two Tribes - Keep the Peace" mix, in all it's 15 odd minute glory. Many years ago I had "digitised" my rapidly wearing out Cassette version of this, and even more recently (last year) had re-visited it to archive it in 24/96 format. So, imagine my disappointment when upon hearing this (presumably) re-mastered version it sounds so clinical, and lacks any of the real "umph" that the cassette version does. Perhaps I'm expecting too much, but the bassline is now too seperate from the rest of the mix, and even at a "un"-healthy volume it just doesn't cut it. Compared to other ZTT compilations Two Tribes normally has that edge, but here, no :(
If it hadn't've been for this the compilation would have got the full 5 star treatment, as there is so much more on here to offer, the glorious 12" of Cry by Godley & Creme (who'd've thought the bassline was a slowed down version of Relax, but listening, yup it sure is!), the Version of Absolute, which is available on countless other compilations, but is still a Fairlight classic, Propaganda and ACT strutting their pompous self.
So, what can I say apart from PLEASE ZTT, try again with the mastering of Two Tribes, I'll just have to go back to my 24/96 version as the definitive listen, or back to the attempt at self-mixing.