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This review is from: Electric Peace (Audio CD)
Whoever decided to bin Peace and re-record it as Electric simply got it wrong. At the time it may have sounded like a good idea but in retrospect the Steve Brown production is a lot more pleasing to the ear than the pared down studio techniques lent the tracks by Rick Rubin and his cohorts.
So many of the songs are more full and colourful on the original record and stand the test of time whereas Electric now sounds dated. So I deduce that Ian Astbury may have been behind the reckoning to discard Peace as the band's follow up Sonic Temple which was redolent of that record with Billy Duffy laying on the guitar riffs with an even bigger trowel.
If Peace had been released and not Electric it would sit easy alongsides Love and Sonic Temple as the sound of a great band laying down some of the best organic rock music ever recorded.