- Audio CD (25 Nov. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Double CD
- Label: CHERRY RED
- ASIN: B00FG1EWJS
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Love Hysteria Expanded Edition Double CD
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Peter Murphy was best known for his time in Goth band Bauhaus and his notable appearance in a series of adverts for Maxell tapes! This was his second album released in 1988 was produced by former Fall member Simon Rogers- it was released to critical acclaim at the time. This updated version contains rare demos recorded at the time and comes in a 2CD set newly mastered from original tapes. A bonus disc of home demos and rare B-Sides, new sleeve notes containing a new interview with Peter, upgraded art work with many rare photos and memorabilia .
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For me, this album is in the classic category, and no mistake. I was never much into Bauhaus, so when I heard this on its release it just blew me away. And here I am nearly 26 years later and this music still makes the hair on the back of the neck stand up.
The record isn't gothic in any way - and I'll bet all the ex-Bauhaus members aren't a fan of that word. There is, however, a kind of darkness and mystique to Love Hysteria. The album's production is overall very good indeed - it clearly wasn't recorded with a mass audience in mind, and Beggars Banquet's a&r dept were obviously wise enough to realise that in Murphy they had an exceptionally talented artist (a genius) on their hands, and so just let him get on with it.
Songwise, a lot of Love Hysteria is as good as it gets. Time Has Got Nothing To Do With It is just magical - a song about the human condition that has the depth of a Marcus Aurelius meditation as well as a great tune "the clock cannot be turned/ by remorseful yearns/ time has got nothing to do with it". Lovely stuff. Really excellent drum sound too.
Another cracker is Indigo Eyes, which was released as a single and had the best b-side of all time, an incredible live recording of the track God Sends, which isn't included on the bonus disc. The studio recorded version of the track appears on an earlier album, Should The World Fail To Fall Apart but the live version is the one for me. How I wish it could have been included here!
Love Hysteria is such a great, great album.Read more ›
Murphy`s voice is as good as it ever sounded and he`s having "fun" with the project; definitely worth the upgrade.
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First, let me make it clear that the music here is incredible, and this is one of my favorite albums of all time. If I could only listen to one album for the rest of my life it would be a toss-up between Love Hysteria and Kate Bush's Hounds of Love. So, if you don't have this in any form, buy it immediately. For the music, it is 5+ stars without question.
Now, let's talk specifically about this REMASTERED EXPANDED EDITION for those people who already have the original. I've had to mark the rating down to 4 stars because I am rather disappointed with the remastering for a few reasons. Most importantly, SOME SONGS HAVE BEEN ALTERED from the original release. For example, the intro of "Indigo Eyes" is shortened and doesn't sound right. Also, the ending of "His Circle and Hers Meet" goes on much longer than it did (or should). There are a couple of other places where something didn't seem right to me - and while I haven't investigated them further yet, I know this album *extremely* well, so if something doesn't sound right to me, it probably isn't the same. These may be small things, but I don't see ANY reason why they should be altering the songs like this, and it pisses me off.
As far as the sonic upgrade, it is a mixed bag in my opinion. On the positive side, this remaster does have a significantly wider frequency range, much more detail and clarity, and I can hear things on it that I never heard on the original CD from the late 80s. So, it has much higher fidelity in that sense. Having said that, however, it is unfortunately been mastered in pretty much the same annoying way as most modern recordings and remasters. That is, it is loud, noticeably bass-heavy, somewhat flat sounding due to increased compression, and the mids are diminished so that the vocals do not stand out from the mix. While it is not nearly as bad as many of the other remasters I've heard in this regard, it was still obviously done with some degree of the "make it sound good to someone using earbuds in a noisy coffee shop" mentality, which is a real shame in this case. So, it's not a terrible remaster in that sense, but it could have been much better.
If this version is the only way you can get this music, then get it. If you already have the original CD, however, it's hard for me to say whether the remaster is worth buying or not. Even though it has lesser sonic quality, I think the original 1988 version is punchier, more balanced, and easier to listen to. I think the sparse sound was also intentional. So, I'd say that you don't really need this if you have the original. On the other hand, the remaster does have value as a set of alternate versions, and it has the bonus disk. It's also nice to hear the songs with more fidelity through a good system, even with the issues. The small song alterations are disturbing, though, so if you get this, make sure you keep your original CD.
To sum up: The music is incredible. The remastering is good, but not great. Some songs are slightly different from the original album versions.
Cherry Red may have had their hands tied by rights issues, etc so I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Bottom line, avoid this and it's ridiculous price if you have the US version.