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Mostly a few notes on this version,
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This review is from: Hvis Lyset Tar Oss (Audio CD)
This version is in a jewel case with the original cover artwork on the booklet, presented in a cardboard slipcase that has the image shown by amazon. The sound quality is excellent. It is slightly crisper than the original which brings certain elements more to the front, such as the horn sound on the long intro to the first track.
There is also a brief (new) note by Varg about the release and the Norwegian lyrics are reporduced, with the rest of the writing in English this time. Some of the original notes and artwork are missing or not as good as on the original release and the German translation of the lyrics is also missing.
Thus my feelings about this release are ambivalent, but I couldn't bring myself to give it less than 5 stars because the music is what really counts. The nearly 15 minute long opening track 'Det Som En Gang Var' is still one of the best and most atmospheric black metal songs ever recorded and never feels like its true length; even if the rest of the tracks, whilst good, pale in comparison.
A note about the re-releases in general: the cleaned up production loses a little bit of the original atmosphere but adds some clarity and a bit more force. It is hard to choose which version I prefer for most releases except "Filosfem" where the cleaner production somehow completely ruins he atmosphere of the album, and I find the re-release unlistenable! However, the new version of "Burzum/Aske" is well worth buying for the inclusion of the Aske version of "A lost forgotten sad Spirit" and the informative notes on the involvements of Euronymous and Samoth.