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This review is from: Odds & Sods (Audio CD)
Review of the MCA pre-1998 version of 'Odds & Sods' (MCAD-1659):
Despite the 1998 revamp edition of 'Odds & Sods' being lavished with an additional 12 extra songs, it didn't convince or satisfy in the way that the original record did. John Entwistle's 1974 curating of the album assembled the songs in a humorous manner, juxtaposing ballads against rockers, silly songs against serious pieces, presenting an incomplete jigsaw puzzle image of the band (the shoddily-repaired torn photo on the front cover underlines the intentionally scrappy feel of the project), whereas the Jon Astley-remastered reissue re-ordered the songs in a fake chronological order, thereby ruining the original concept of the album, and also cleaned up and smoothed out the overall sound, mixing Moon's clattering drumming down and effectively neutering much of the energy. Excellent though it is to hear the likes of 'Quadrophenia' outtake 'We Close Tonight', my personal preference is for the old premastered MCA 11-song CD with Entwistle's delightfully eccentric running order and truer-to-the-spirit warts-and-all mixes.