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Disc Two Remix - 'live' feel
on 2 April 2017
2017 Deluxe Edition: reflection on Disc 2 (of 3) REMIX:
Craig Fletcher - bassist and vocalist with John Lees mostly touring band - has had fun rejigging the master tapes, and so will the listener. I guess CF's usual modus operandi is live gigging, and thus it is as if the 11 songs have been re-presented here in a live idiom. Gone are subtlety and restraint, with more oomph and presence and wallop. In a way it's very enjoyable, almost like the thirty-ish BJH Fab Four had popped out of a time machine to render the songs live in your living room. I will always want to go back to the familiar restraint and subtlety of the original tracks with their '70s engineering, but this is a fresh alternative for a once in a while listen. You do get flashes of instrumentation that has long lain buried in the originals, brought to the fore in the remix. E.g. a stirring rumble of timpani on In Search of England, the narrative clang of tubular bells on Berlin, what sounds like bass pedals on Streets of San Francisco. Talking of the latter, despite what I said about restraint and subtlety being jettisoned by CF, we have included here as a bonus track a liberally re-worked 'Streets' that comes over well, opening with stark lead vocal and piano only, and building up to the more familiar multi-layered soundscape. Personally I welcome the creative approach (cf. Beatles Love album - surely endless scope for future projects on classic albums).
This remix recommended if you want to sample a kind of live feel to the album.
And of course the Disc 1 standard album remaster is as lovely as you would hope. (...5.1 Disc 3 pending my ears.)