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At last ....,
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This review is from: A Walk Across The Rooftops (Audio CD)
This is a welcome re-release and very nearly perfect. The remastering is wonderful - clear, bright and not too loud - and the artwork well reproduced. The new images are predominantly of NYC; I wondered about this as the album is famous for its celebration of Glasgow. So why the American imagery? Perhaps a clue as to the marketing strategy behind the reissue. The bonus disc contains their first single, "I Love This Life" b/w "Second Act", but the two tracks are oddly split in the running order (it would have made more sense to keep them together). There are remixes of three of the album tracks, designed I imagine to make them sound more modern - the slap bass is taken out, trip hop beats are put in and the piano & strings are muted in favour of a fatter, warmer and more cocktail-bar-friendly sound. This description sounds ghastly but actually the remixes are intelligent and work well. There are also the majestic b side "Regret" and the outtake "St Katherine's Day", excluded from the album only because it didn't gel with the other tracks. It's a lovely song but the version here is I suspect not the one they recorded at the time of the album (which you can find on youtube). It sounds like a later recording - it doesn't say but it could be from the Hats or even later sessions - and, although lacking the raw intensity of the earlier one, it is a lush and passionate rendering that is a little easier to listen to. Maybe that's why they chose it instead.
All in all, highly recommended to both old and new comers to this very special band.