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This review is from: Jeopardy and From The Lion's Mouth and All Fall Down (Audio CD)
When these albums were released by Renascent in the early 2000s, they came housed in what can only be considered as beautifully and careful packaging. Lyrics were produced along with the late Adrian Borland’s comments about songs. It was clear from the outset that Renascent’s aim was in creating lovely releases, similar to what, say, Postcard Records and Factory Records, had done.
Yet, however, the sound (no pun intended) quality of those discs are flat sounding and there was no sparkle in the music. In fact, I had audio versions (TDK MA metal tapes) that my friend had applied some EQ on that sounded better. In fact, I could not listen to the Renascent discs at all despite admiring the presentation that housed the discs.
This has now changed. Edsel have put together a box set of The Sound’s Warner Brother days and my goodness the music sounds clearer, balanced and full of sparkle: they even outperform the audio recordings that I had! Borland’s guitar is salient on all four discs, Mike Dudley’s drumming has depth, Graham Bailey’s bass can at times make floor vibrate (well I am playing them through my B & W AS2 subwoofer) and Colvin Mayers keyboards embroiders the music in a way that I have not heard before.
Of course, there are niggles regarding what could have been included in the box set such as a replica of the full gatefold to Lions Mouth and the inner bag to Jeopardy. Also, it would be nice to have had the commentary by Borland found on the previous cd’s reproduced but that matters little compared to the music found on these discs. Phil Kinrade has done a remarkable job on these remasters and Edsel have done justice by housing the discs in a mini-lp format reproducing the original sleeves. In addition a booklet with words from Dudley and Bailey balances the box set out. For those who have the Renascent versions I would recommend this box set and for those in the unknown, go check out some music by the band and then buy this, you’ll love it.