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25 years in the waiting......,
This review is from: Walking The Ghost Back Home (25th Anniversary Edition) (Audio CD)
The Bible! was a reasonably controvertial name for a band back in 1986 but it did not particulalry matter as Walking the ghost back home was largely ignored until the band finally scored a reasonable hit two years later with their major label single Honey be good. It was however an album of melodic beauty. Song after song of smooth acoustic based (almost indie, almost folk) songs filled the album, there were no fillers and the original backs label CD pressing even included most of the original B-sides to the Gracelend and Mahalia singles however, the album tracks were jumbled around and the track The red flag was even omitted and in usual 1986 fashion the CD sounded very tinny and quiet. Fast forward 25 years to the 25th anniversary edition, the album tracks are back in their rightful order (still no Red flag though) and all of the original B-sides are now present at the end including the wonderful Glorybound and even an excellent demo version of She's my bible. The sound quality is stunning, I'm hearing things in the tracks I've never heard before. The original album only featured 8 tracks, this CD version only features 12 and if I'm honest I'm left wanting more and on hearing of it's release I actually expected more. The only other small gripe is that there is no booklet, the sleevenotes have to be downloaded from a website noted on the sleeve (I hope other labels doing re-issues do not take up this idea, the whole point of a re-issue is the nice booklet that accompanies the re-mastered CD).
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Initial post: 16 Mar 2012 09:07:27 GMT
D. Lewis says:
Surprisingly, talking to Boo Hewerdine after a gig a couple of years ago I was shocked by his attitude towards 'Red Flag'....He doesn't like the track at all!
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2012 09:20:41 GMT
S. Nash says:
Hmmm, still that's no reason to change the original album. I guess that's the beauty of being on a small label at the time. If "Walking" had been on a major label I reckon the major label would have insisted on the correct tracks for the re-issue.
Posted on 24 Sep 2012 21:06:40 BDT
Coincidence Vs Fate says:
Nobody can make me angry, nobody can make me sad, shoot the shot for Uncle Sam with your Red Flag.
Mad that's not on this expanded edition. Bought the LP originally and was disappointed when the track failed to appear on the Haven CD. So what if Hewerdine doesn't like it? I'm sure there are countless albums by countless artists who would like to go back and do things differently or not record tracks, but that's just the way it is.
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