Sex Mix Double CD, Original recording remastered
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Relax. Come again with Zang Tuum Tumb on an expedition through the remix archives, the tape jungle generated by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT and Trevor Horn during the band s unstoppable domination of the pop charts in the mid-1980s. In fact, during Frankie's imperial reign, from 1984-87, Trevor Horn and the ZTT team created enough remix tapes to stretch from Sarm Studios to the moon and back. Such was their industry that we're almost 30 years into the digital age and we still haven't caught up. There remain mixes that were issued on cassette and vinyl that have never appeared in digital formats. Add to this more fruit from the first proper expedition through the FGTH avenues of the Sarm tape room and you have some of the inspiration that lead to Sex Mix, Volume One, which draws from the breadth of the band's career and gets its name from a particularly fine reworking of Relax (disc 2, track 1). Notable also is the special (1985 singlette) edition of the 'Welcome to the Pleasuredome' single entitled 'All in the Mind, All in the Body - Frankie Goes To Hollywood in The Pleasure Dome'.
The first five tracks of Disc One are exactly that, albeit in glorious mono as the only master tapes available were mono. These are followed by 'Relax (International)', a rare b-side from the accompanying vinyl, and another classic singlette soundscape: 'The Power of Love'. The 'Oyster' and 'Holier Than Thou' sections here are all fully restored and remastered. From the Liverpool-era, we've unearthed the full, 17-minute version of 'Rage Hard', the 23-minute Warriors of the Wasteland (Compacted), which has been unavailable since 1986. Plus there are two b-sides - Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? and Watching the Wildlife - that have never been issued on CD before.
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I would like to apologise to the people who have been disappointed with this album and inform them that every effort was made, on mine and Peter's behalf, to try and correct it. I am apologising despite having nothing to do with this release because I feel it may reflect badly on the band and the band's reputation and it would be nice to see a word from ZTT or Salvo amongst these pages. ZTT's only public response to date has been the rather sneering and arrogant press release referring to the mistake as a "technical **** up" on their Facebook page. The fact that they have tried to turn this mistake into some sort of marketing ploy and describing the mixes as being in "glorious mono" looks like a pretty desperate attempt to save face. That said, I am so in the dark as to why this mistake happened that I am not sure if the error was down to ZTT or Salvo. What I do know is that if the band would have been consulted or involved in this release then due care and attention would have been taken to deliver the product in all it's glorious stereo.
I don't doubt that the rest of the content is great and reading the reviews it seems most people are happy with it. I have given it a one star review because it reflects my disappointment that sub-standard versions of our material have been released although technically I shouldn't be able to review it because I haven't heard it and don't own a copy?
Clearly whomever mastered this CD, didn't pay any attention to the job at hand.
Now mistakes of course can happen, but there has been no firm response from Salvo/ZTT as to what they intend to do to rectify the error, they have stated that they plan to issue a Lossless replacement, as/when/if the appropriate master is found.
But, they MUST have had the original master, as it's unbelievable that ZTT only had the one channel master, why would that occur?.
It's with a heavy heart that I've given this a one star review, as I love Frankie Goes to Hollywood but, standards are important.
Even members of the band have expressed their annoyance at this glaring error& but even they haven't even had a single response from Salvo/ZTT
Avoid this release until the problem is rectified.
My copy is being returned as faulty
Stereo masters have been located and have been used to prepare a new, all stereo version of disc one. If anyone would like to replace their current version of disc one with one of these freshly minted, all stereo versions then all we ask is that you please send us your current disc, or email us a copy of your receipt if you prefer, and provide a return address. We will then forward a copy of the all stereo disc to you by first class post. Please send the discs to the following address:
Salvo, Union Square Music Ltd., Unit 1.1, Shepherds Studios, Rockley Road, London, W14 0DA, UK. Please send emails to: email@example.com.
For your reference there will be one or other of two codes on the discs featuring the tracks with one channel repeated on both sides and they are: *053731 and *055114. The code on the new discs is: *056837. These codes can be found on the underside of the disc in the ring around the centre. In addition, those who bought digital downloads of the album can now download an updated version at the store from which it was originally purchased.
Digitally Demastered, indeed. :(
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