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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value remastered set, with the usual easily avoidable mistakes., 5 April 2012
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This review is from: Solo [1974-1983] The Virgin Years (Audio CD)
Here we have five unadulterated Edgar Froese albums, in their original form recorded for Virgin Records and issued without the sonic vandalism usually associated with Froese reissues. The real jewel here is the original `Epsilon In Malaysian Pale', which has been unavailable on CD for many years. `Aqua' and `Epsilon' both sound sonically improved (specificaly missing some clipping/distortion which plagued earlier CD issues). `Ages' has its best track `Golgotha and the Circle Closes' restored for the first time on CD, and `Stuntman' and `Pinnacles' flow nicely into each other...so, 6LP's worth for £12. Bargain !

There are also 4 bonus tracks scattered around within the set, each taken from the LP `Edgar Froese Solo 1974-79' and previously unissued on CD. The annotation of these is a complete shambles: `NGC 891', and `Pizzaro' would appear to be correct, but `Epsilon' (from Solo 1974-9) is actually `Tropic Of Capricorn', and `Tropic Of Capricorn (from solo 1974-79)' is actually `IF 810'.

Why EMI can't employ one of the legions of TD trainspotters out there to check these things I don't know.
So there you have it, brilliant sounding, great value and subject to the easily avoidable careless mistakes we have become accustomed to.
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Initial post: 8 Apr 2012 15:10:44 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2012 21:32:54 BDT
John Kelly says:
cheeky Andy....he he..

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2012 12:49:23 BDT
I wish I was even kidding :)

Posted on 14 Apr 2012 11:44:09 BDT
feline1 says:
Surely that's not a remixed NGC 891 either, if the preview on the Amazon page is anything to go by? NGC is the one on the 2nd side of Aqua with the repeating moog sequence and Chris Franke mooging all over it?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 12:45:14 BDT
S. Dinsdale says:
There's the original, and then what I ASSUME is a remixed NGC 891, but as it bears absolutely no resemblance (at the strand of nightmares) to the original it could actually be something else altogether. Andy might be best placed to answer that one :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2012 19:44:07 BDT
On disc 2, track 2 is listed as Epsilon in Malaysian Pale (Alternate version from Solo 1974-1979) but plays Tropic Of Capricorn (the first 4 minutes of it anyway)
On disc 3, track 8 is listed as Tropic Of Capricorn (Alternate version from Solo 1974-1979) plays IF810 from Macula Transfer.

The above is second-hand info, as I'm not hugely familar with Edgar's early albums

Errors in the booklet that I've spotted, 'so far':

AQUA credits:

1.Artificial misspelt (with an extra I?)

EIMP credits:

2. Studio spelt as SYNTHANORMAN...should be Synthanorma

3. Adrian Anderson Credit - spelt Adian Anderson

Ages credits:

4. Klaus Krieger/ Kruger spelt Claus Crieger

5. Engineer Ottmar Bergler spelt Berbergler

Stuntman credits:

6. Edgar spelt Edagr

Kamikaze 1989 credits:

7. Kamikaze instead of Kamikaze 1989...which is even weirder as the set doesn't feature K89 at all!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2012 00:11:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Apr 2012 00:21:08 BDT
feline1 says:
The "1989" of Kamikaze 1989 *is* printed on the booklet, but in the wrong colour font: the office monkey who typed it used orange for "Edgar Froeses" [sic!!] and "Kamikazee", but then puts "1989" in white, the same colour as the year of release and catalogue number - they obviously got confused and thought "1989" was the released date.

Those tracks for "Solo 1974-1979" really are a total shambles, aren't they?!? Gah!

One of them is actually a slightly fortuitous mistake: the one mislabelled as 'Tropic of Capricorn alternate version' is actually an extract of IF810 from the otherwise-entirely-omitted album 'Macula Transfer' - and it's a slightly longer extract that was originally included on the vinyl 'Solo 1974-79' album in 1982.

The inclusion of the "remix" of Tropic of Capricorn (which is mislabelled as a remix of Epsilon in Malaysian Pale) is completely pointless, because it isn't a remix, it's just the first four minutes, then faded out!

the one called "NGC 891" just seems to be Froese playing silly buggers and re-using a title from 'Aqua', but actually re-recording a totally new piece of music.

They should've licensed Macula Transfer and included all of it!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2012 11:14:19 BDT
Daylord says:
I think Virgin may have issued a corrected edition, at least for the tracks, as the alternate versions of Epsilon and Tropic of Capricorn seem to be correctly in place as listed on my CD. Have read on another forum that this is the case.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2012 11:08:31 GMT
You're right, EMI/ Virgin have re-issued the set with the correct 2 tracks - although without anyway to visually tell each issue apart plus ALL of the booklet typos remain.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 21:20:59 GMT
shadowmaster says:
Thanks for your great review
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