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Great music - pointless remaster?
on 8 April 2015
This is a review for the 2015 remaster CD.
First of all, the music itself gets a minimum 5 stars...a remarkable debut album that (to me at least) still sounds fresh and bright an incredible 37 years after it came out. I'm sure lots of other reviews talk about the music and you'll know what to expect.
The remastered sound: Not a noticeable difference from the older digitally remastered CDs that came out in 2001 (I think). It sounded superb when I first played it and I was really happy, but then I played my older version and that sounded superb too! Some will no doubt say I've got cloth ears, but both versions sound great to me...if I'd heard this before buying, I would just stick to my older remasters. This goes for 1984 which has also just been reissued. I won't be buying the newer versions of the remaining 4 Dave era albums when they get round to them later this spring.
So why only 4 stars if the music is so good? Well, the CD is in a luxury case...oh no, sorry...a regular plastic case... with an extensive booklet packed full of...oh no, sorry...a two-page booklet with exactly the same pics from the previous remaster...and lots of bonus tracks... oh no sorry...no extra content at all. Now, I'm not a massive fan of bonus tracks that come with many albums...you often listen to them once and then never play them again, but if there were any included, it would have at least been an incentive to buy. Or even an expanded booklet to sucker me in. So only 4 stars for the seemingly pointless reissue, just to bolster (or piggyback on) sales for the new Tokyo Dome live album (which I definitely recommend).
Maybe some of the other albums will benefit from the remaster, but if you have the older one (mine is 9362-47737-2), I wouldn't bother with this one.