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A Work of Art and Beauty Butchered and Destroyed!,
This review is from: Closer (Audio CD)God, what is the point of releases like this! Remember we used to think the music industry was clueless and not interested in music in decades long gone. And that punk was meant to change things. Well dream on; things are worse than they ever have been with horrid little money making exercises like this.
The guy from Croatia hit the nail on the head in his review - when he said he missed his vinyl copy of the original album. That was a gorgeous, intricate piece of art, design and music to hold in one's hand, look at, treasure and listen to. I aint even a vinyl junkie; I am not making that point; I have nothing against CDs - what I am against is this butchering of original albums like this.
We get what we deserve in some sense. Pointless releases like this are a symptom of the moral decay of the music industry, and wider issues about society. About commerce and money driving everything, the power of consumerism and 'stuff', and how art and creativity have been compromised by corporates.
People will say it was always thus; well no it wasnt as this very release proves by its existence and its utter genius. As Factory Records proved, New Order, Tony Wilson, by existing as a genuine, pioneering independent and cradling some of the most important musical talent Britain has ever seen in post-war times.
Why would anyone buy this release when they have the original Factory issue or even the subsequent London release? And why would anyone buy this - if they dont have these releases - when the first London release is still on the market?
A release that - along with Unknown Pleasures - hits a new low in record company exploitation of dead stars and icons. These two releases detract, diminish and tarnish the power, beauty and perfection of the original albums.
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Initial post: 30 Apr 2009 12:10:24 BDT
O. Buxton says:
When you get over the venting, would you care to say what it is you don't like about this record? How has it been butchered?
Posted on 23 May 2009 17:08:19 BDT
Asger Harlung says:
Without stating what you actually think is wrong, your ' review' is NOT a review, just senseless bantering.
If the music is remastered and the sound is in anyway enhanced, then this is preferable to earlier cd releases, in which case your criticism is simply wrong. If there actually was a *real* problem, such as 'enhanced with added disco drums in the hope of better sales', you might have made sense by pointing that out. But of course, there isn't.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2010 14:14:51 GMT
Mr. Christopher M. Allen says:
two points as a response to you venting your spleen
Tony Wilson (lovely as he was) released both Still and Substance 1977-1980 on Factory Records after the death of Ian Curtis...does this mean he too "hit a new low in record company exploitation of dead stars and icons".
People who were there at the time will buy this for the live ULU cd....like I did. The album remains peerless and undesecrated in my view by this release. If you are new to Joy Division this is currently the best starting point along with the Unknown Pleasures double cd release.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2011 20:52:28 BDT
Great review, spot-on!
Like punk never happened innit!?
Posted on 30 Jan 2012 19:54:34 GMT
Dave Preston says:
In what way was this butchered?
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