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A Review of the Deluxe Version,
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This review is from: Copper Blue [Deluxe Version] (Audio CD)
Confession time. Several years back (12 to be precise), in the days of 'A Customer' I wrote a review of this album on this very page. It went like this...
'If you never thought heavy rock music could be melodic then you should buy this album and be amazed. From the out and out rock of The Act We Act to the sheer delight of Man In The Moon this album will enthrall and delight. The heavy numbers such as The Slim grow but the instant access numbers such as If I Can't Change Your Mind, Changes, Helpless and Hoover Dam never become tiresome. At times Bob Mould sounds like Sting during the best Police songs (Particularly Changes). What came after paled into comparison. Not because it wasn't equally excellent but because it never delivered on each and every song with each and every note like this. Husker Du may have died but the more melodic, accesable Sugar overshadowed them. When Nirvana and company were inventing themselves the originator out-thought them all and delivered a never to be forgotten classic.'
Yes, that was me and its still here. And now, twenty years after I first purchased it (on cassette) there is a deluxe version to celebrate those twenty years. Twelve years later its still my favourite album. In fact this week I get the thrill of seeing Bob perform the whole thing live. It still gets played a hell of a lot. Its not diminished over the years. The album itself is here and is as fantastic as it ever was. Complete with B sides. Clownmaster is as fantastic as ever as an acoustic B side (even better on the live CD). There are also radio 1 sessions which includes the perennial favourite Diamonds Are Halo's - which I have always loved and its fab here as well. The whole concert is the tour de force Sugar were live at the time. Don't get me wrong they could be bad live (I am dreading the Finsbury Park extras on Beaster - I was there and it wasn't pretty). But this is a pretty great live set. Add in the interviews (dull and un-engaging), the promo's and the late show performance - one of my favourite from the No Alternative Late Show that was shown at the time. Its a pretty good deluxe version. It also has a booklet with all the key players contributing. Telling the story of the band and this album. I am very happy to upgrade to this version.
My review of 2000 is still true. This package is well done. If you haven't heard Copper Blue then you really should. Its the sound of a band outdoing those around them. This was album of the year for a reason. If you know this album then you should upgrade to this version. There is enough here to reward you and it gives you a reason to listen again to one of the true masterpieces of the grunge era.
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Initial post: 30 May 2012 11:46:07 BDT
Mr. D. Lewis says:
Spot on review, fair play.
It is still my favourite record ever released on the Creation label.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 19:32:31 BDT
Thanks. Totally agree and the Beaster reissue is equally worthwhile
Posted on 13 Jun 2012 12:12:03 BDT
Peter Simmons says:
I used to have Copper Blue on CD, but unfairly seems to be one of the albums I've lost over the years (very careless). Been wanting to buy another copy for ages, but only seen expensive copies until this reissue. I will definitely be buying this reissue. I used to have Beaster on cassette, but managed to obtain a copy of that on CD (listening to it right now - awesome mini album)
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2012 20:10:22 BDT
Its definitely worthwhile. The other reissues are good as well (have left reviews on each).
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2012 06:57:57 BDT
Mr. D. Lewis says:
Definitely agree about 'Beaster' Syriat- I pre-ordered all three reissues at the same time (well it would've been rude not to)...Still can't get FUEL though, always sounded like Bob was running on auto pilot and fulfilling the Creation contract.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 08:30:59 BDT
Red on Black says:
Syriat - well done on all the excellent reviews of Sugar and Bob Mould. "Copper Blue" remains one of my favourite albums up there with the best work of Husker Du. It is great to see these reissues emerging. Thank you.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2012 21:29:21 BDT
Thanks RoB. If only they would re-release the Husker Du albums in a similar manner.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2012 20:23:56 GMT
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D. Brown says:
the mastering is really good on the original Husker Du albums. I don't want them to be "remastered" or loudness war'd.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 07:56:04 GMT
I think you misunderstood me. The strength of these re-issues is not the remastering. It's more the extra's in the form of the DVD material, extra tracks and booklet. If they added that to Husker Du reissues that would be great. Getting the three of them to do it might be an issue though
Posted on 30 Jul 2013 16:24:04 BDT
Nomar G. Nillit says:
I heartily concur, Syriat. 'Copper Blue' is, was, and forever shall be an Unassailable Sonic Sensation! In fact, it DEFINES 1992 for me! 'If I Can't Change Your Mind' is still (as Jo Whiley described it) "...the greatest pop song ever written" without question. As for the interviews being "dull and un-engaging", I fear it's just the great man's natural demeanour. I suppose this Deluxe Version will be a re-introduction to the sound of Sugar for many old fans. As for me, I've never STOPPED listening to it!
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