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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music & Marketing
  • ASIN: 555357420X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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Great to hear this properly after all these years. The corrected polarity has given this some sonic gravitas. It's nowhere near as thin as the version we've been listening to for three decades. Kudos to Andy for correcting this. As far as the songs etc. it is still a very good album, containing some of the band's best songs. "Earn Enough for Us" anybody? Great production by Runt, but for this reviewer not their greatest album.
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Vast improvement over the original CD. Not only is 'Dear Mr. God' included. The "Corrected Polarity" is a vast sonic improvement over the anemic original CD. The punch of the Bass up to the lower mids is way bigger without being bloated. The sound and with it the music itself gains so much power, it is hard to believe that just a wrongly connected cable could do that. If you do not mind pubes on your sleeve, you gotta have this, if you are a lover of things XTC.
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It's a fantastic album and now sounding better than ever.

billy
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Noticeably better than previous versions. This is the one.
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...this is better, lots better. Back in the day I didnt have a lovely super duper hi fi, and whilst my adoration of all things XTC was 'up there' my appreciation of the nuances of sound wasn't quite so 'up there', both faults have been subsequently rectified.

My first impression is how gorgeous this sounds, lush, full, broad, deep, expansive........aw its just delicious....sorry, Im listening as I type.

So, expanded version with all the tracks on it including the one they thought might offend ( dear God), the cover in all its unadorned shamelessness ( how the heck this was considred risque back in the day ...ah well).

Many reviews will comment on the music, suffice to say I really do consider this album a classic, its an oft over used hyperbole, but it happens to be true, this album has stood the test of time.

Its no mistake that this album represents the psychedelic( esque) pinnacle of XTC, and, given the releases either side of it were Dukes Of Sratotsfear albums kinda confirms it.

I still dont fully understand the 'polarity' issue, but all I do know is that this album sounds utterly stunning......it is part of a body of work that it still largely underepresented in a lot of music collections of my friends( and probably generally too); but they are all gonna be forced to listen to this little beaut.

edit....it was 28 years ago!!! old!
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To be absolutely honest, I can't tell a whole lot of difference between my previous remastered version and this corrected polarity edition. Perhaps there's a bit more depth to it, better clarity in the bottom end, but even audiophiles might struggle to detect a lot of difference. But it still sounds brilliant, arguably XTC's peak, even though they did go on to make a series of absolute gems (Oranges & Lemons, Nonsuch, Apple Venus). XTC leader Andy Partridge and producer Todd Rundgren butted heads throughout, but it was all worth it. From Summer's Cauldron to Sacrificial Bonfire, it's a stunning day in the life (or life in a day) that encompasses everything from pure power pop to faux jazz. Interesting variation on the cover too. One of the masterpieces of the '80s.
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Honestly.. I couldn't really hear any difference from the previous remaster.
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The 5 stars are for the music. Great album. Let's be careful here. Does it sound better? Yes, it does, but there's no getting away from the fact that it doesn't sound great because the production doesn't sound great. It's an 80s album and that still shows. Although it is warmer, there is a distinctively lack of warmth. Difficult to describe (plasticky???), but it still sounds harsh. There is NO eureka moment when you play this, even when you A/B it against the original album. I don't want to say you can't polish a turd, but you can't polish it turd, (although this is no turd).
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