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1.0 out of 5 stars An un-Loved reissue: substandard sound and wrong mixes, 14 Sep 2012
This review is from: Love [Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
Oh dear. The whole idea of reissues, deluxe or otherwise, for great 80s music continues to be something of a bad joke.

Edsel, who have previous in this department it has to be said, have sadly made a right mess of this wonderful album from 1987. Reissuing the Aztec Camera catalogue is a noble idea, and a very welcome one, but despite the glossy hardback packaging there is very little to recommend any of the titles in the series.

Love was originally released on 9th November 1987 by WEA, 9 songs clocking in at a little over 37 minutes. CD1 of this new edition is identical, both in content and - to these ears - sound. It bears all the hallmarks of an 80s-mastered disc, much quieter than today's fashions dictate, and a very flat sound that only those who grew up with will be used to. While it's perhaps a blessing that the album hasn't been a victim of loudness for loudness' sake, it means the bonus material on the second CD really has to justify the price-tag for owners of the original.

Unfortunately, the second CD is where the biggest problem lies. The listed "Sax Mix" of Working In A Goldmine has been erroneously replaced by the same version of the song which is on the first disc. The "Breakdown Mix" of Deep & Wide & Tall sounds highly compressed, as though taken from an inferior source. Vinyl, quite probably, but any clicks have been removed. The 12" version of Somewhere In My Heart is really the only bonus track to sound bright, sharp and not crudely edited.

So, for the price of a brand new album, you get the same version of a very short CD released 25 years ago, plus barely 40 minutes of extra music including a repeated track by mistake and some mixes which sound rather murky.

Not good enough at all. What a shame.
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Initial post: 17 Sep 2012 09:44:09 BDT
I'm waiting on Dreamland arriving and after the balls up with the first two releases they can't seriously have screwed this up as well. I agree it isn't good enough especially when you are paying ten pounds for an inferior product but Demon have had a long history of doing this and they keep getting away with it.

Posted on 17 Sep 2012 11:03:59 BDT
DJ Control says:
Don't forget to add Cherry Pop to that list!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012 11:27:25 BDT
Eric Generic says:
My interest in the rest of the series has evaporated after these first two efforts; they're clearly just using the old album masters and sourcing the extra material direct from compilations and sometimes vinyl. If the main album had been remastered (in a positive way of course), then I'd have given maybe 2 or 3 stars, but as it stands there is nothing to recommend it other than the nice gloosy case. Roddy Frame's talking of an upcoming archive project with a new company, but if he can't stop substandard fare like this coming out under his name, you'd have to assume he doesn't own the original Aztec Camera masters and therefore whatever he releases will be entirely "alternative" material and takes. We'll just have to see I guess. But this Edsel series is a waste of everyone's time and money.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2012 13:19:05 BDT
I just sent the following message to Demon

Hello i just received a copy of your latest reissue Aztec Camera's Love (Deluxe 2CD Edition)and i and others have noticed that the Working In A Goldmine [sax version]on disc 2 isn't the proper version and is in fact a repeat of the album version also on the same subject the Oblivious(Remix) on High Land Hard Rain has a mastering fault on it. I was wondering if you had any plans to fix these mistake at all?

What do you think the chances are of a reply ?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2012 13:36:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Sep 2012 13:37:34 BDT
DJ Control says:
They made an error with one of the Thompson Twins reissues a few years back. They rectified it and sent out new copies of the faulty cd to anyone that emailed them. If they remaster the cd,I think they will look after you. I was one of the people who got a replacement TT cd. Good luck. As much as they do stuff up reissues they do get it right sometimes as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2012 17:18:19 BDT
Eric Generic says:
Hi Neil, I don't know what kind of reply you might get (if any) but they do need to know that customers aren't happy with these botched products, so kudos for contacting them. Keep us posted on any developments!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2012 23:43:41 BDT
I also left a message on their Facebook page on Sunday but there has been no reply to that.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2012 00:02:16 BDT
Eric Generic says:
In the meantime we have people who insist there is nothing wrong with these crummy reissues...give me strength! Haha.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2012 09:42:59 BDT
It's now 5 days since i contacted Demon and no reply now there's a surprise and only one person liked my comment on Facebook so it looks like the vast majority of people couldn't care less. With them reissuing all of Deacon Blues back catalogue shortly i just wonder how many errors will be present on those ?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2012 10:49:01 BDT
Eric Generic says:
Neil - I was thinking the exact same thing yesterday when I read an interview with Ricky Ross, and he talked about how great Edsel are with reissues! He obviously hasn't seen/heard these Aztec Camera ones!
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