Shm-666 -Ltd- SHM-CD
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Part of the BACK TO THE ROCK YEARS series from Universal Music Japan. Reissue of the 1972 album from a Greek progressive rock band(2003 remaster). Comes in a SHM-CD format and a jewel case. All 16 tracks in Disc 1 and 8 tracks in Disc 2.
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Quite so here and what better excuse to indulge than a nice hefty vinyl reprint, faithful to the original with the famous Swirl labels ready to send you into a psychedelic frenzy should find yourself with nothing better to do than stare at them. Actually, I do quite like watching records revolve. It has a kind of calming feeling.
Mastered from proper analogue sources at Abbey Road where they're pretty good at doing this type of thing well. Happy to say they succeed again here. The usual irritation at lack of poly lined sleeves applies again here but it's a minor point and I really can't get excited about it as they're easy enough to buy anyway.
Major record labels get a rough time but as far as reissues and catalogue regeneration go, Universal are at the top of the game. Sure, they don't always get it totally right but a look at their recent releases shows they have a solid commitment to vinyl and the ability to do it well. I'm not convinced at their pricing levels, considering them to be on the high side but in defence, this is a premium product, aimed at a small market with a limited pressing meaning that the price per unit is likely to be considerably higher. Worth paying for? In this case, yes. Used original copies of this album are hard to come by in decent condition and do command a high price. Being on the Vertigo label makes the collectibility higher and prices are just plain ridiculous for those who prefer to PLAY our records as opposed to just having them to look at.
I like it. It won't be a massive seller at the price but it is a perfect example of music from a time when artistic ambitions could be fulfilled without having to sell your soul to the corporate beanpushers. Long before Autotune, dynamic compression, Simon Cowell and rap destroyed real music we have something that is worthy of still being talked about over 40 years since it first came out.
The front of the gatefold LP cover is pictured, the back cover is also red with black lyrics printed on it. The inside spread is mainly taken up with an illustration of a car crash. This can be found on Google images. Approximately 2/3 of the right side is dedicated to the credits. 2 plain white inner sleeves house the black vinyls. One side on each lp has the classis VERTIGO BLACK AND WHITE SWIRL.
For me one star reduction for plain white dust jackets. This may be as originally issued but why not boost these new reissues with a little more.
The music now. Prog, with a cult following, this is an unusual sound but I really like the album. Many written by Vangelis it is definitely not in the style of JON AND VANGELIS. If I was going to like it to a Yes album then possibly Relayer, only because the music is quiet, loud, a little confusing in places (but it works).
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