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New version coming,
This review is from: Too-Rye-Ay (Audio CD)
In response to the problem inherent on Track 1 of the first CD, I contacted Universal UK. They became aware of the problem after the product had been released and proceeded to withdraw the CD from distribution. Apparently a mastering glitch caused the fault. As of 21st September the CD is currently being remanufactured and will be available again soon. Amazon are listing the release as 24th September but Universal informed me that it's still in manufacture so this date may not be correct. Universal are very kindly sending me a new copy when they receieve it but I would urge anyone else with a faulty disc to return it to where they bought it and explain the problem.
Apart from this the album is a welcome reissue. Although released in several CD versions over the years this one does contain the best sound. It is a very organic, analog sound which has far greater dynamics than any of the previous versions. This remaster has really enhanced the warmth of the original recording and portrays it as much more natural. It even retains some degree of tape noise and appears to use very minimal equalisation and compression.
You do realise when listening to it what an incredibly tight band performed this music. It's pure brilliance and testament to the artistic vision that Kevin Rowland seems able to translate into music. Pure genius. To enjoy it fully the original 10 tracks must be taken as a whole. The commercial aspects of the singles should be ignored - this is a brilliant performance as a whole and one of the pivotal albums of the 80s. The extra music contained in the deluxe edition is not essential but it's a nice addition to an already classic package. The album is worth buying just for the new remaster.