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3.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't It Be Good if Universal could actually get one of these Deluxe Editions RIGHT?, 1 Mar 2012
This review is from: Human Racing (Audio CD)
Well, it's good to have this album finally available again on CD, and expanded with a second disc of B-sides and remixes. And yet...it doesn't quite hit the mark. The problem is not what's been included (for the most part, more on that later) but rather what has been left out...

Human Racing was released possibly at the height of the 12" remix craze, and as a consequence most of the singles released from the album had multiple 12" re-mixes. Yet here we get only one remix for each single. Plus, they've seen fit to include a live performance of Cloak and Dagger - originally released as part of a double 7" single release of the album's title cut - but for some reason have left out the live version of Drum Talk included in the same set.

Universal could be forgiven for leaving off material had there been space limitations on the discs, but the fact is that Human Racing is quite a short album, clocking in at just about 40 minutes, so that means half of the first disc is empty - space which could have been used to give us the missing remixes and so forth. There is some suggestion that this is a deliberate tactic on the part of the record company - as it makes it easier to spin off the first disc for a cheaper single disc release later on down the line - but there are already any number of Universal Deluxe Editions out there (ABC, Big Country et al) which make more efficient use of available running time, so this not a logic I accept.

Admittedly, Universal have sweetened the pill a little with the inclusion of an otherwise unreleased mix of Bogart, but that aside I can't help feeling they've managed to drop the ball yet again. A simple example of this is the inclusion on the extras disc of the brass mix of Shame On You, which I would argue should have been held over for a deluxe repackaging of The Riddle, given that it was actually a B-side of one of the singles from that follow-up LP.

Shame On You indeed, Universal :-(
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Initial post: 2 Mar 2012 08:35:28 GMT
J. Milner says:
This is not actually packaged as a 'deluxe edition' more a low priced expanded edition whereas the Big Country and ABC reissues are classed as 'deluxe' and carry a higher price but also contain more luxurious packaging. Personally I prefer it if they leave Disc 1 as the standalone album as it was originally released and i'm not a fan of just cramming as much as possible on to a disc just to fill it up. I think this reissue has filled it's brief in putting a long deleted much loved album back in the market. For that I believe it's a job well done but I can appreciate your views.

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 14:41:58 GMT
elektrolad says:
Quit yer bitchin'! This sounds way better than the original cd release and I don't have to drag out the old vinyl to hear the 12" mixes.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012 18:14:07 BDT
Actually you kind of do as a bunch of them are indeed missing!

Posted on 31 Aug 2013 22:52:27 BDT
Brilliant review, Steven.
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