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Great re-release but more material wouldn't have gone a-miss!
on 2 April 2010
As the amazon description shows this new CD+DVD edition of the modern dark progressive classic "Blackwater park" has just had a fresh outing less than seven years after it's release, it's about time mind you, "Still life" arguably their best album to date has been out in a luxurious Digibook for some time now if i recall, so this release is rather a good point of call. Fans are going to love this as far as i can tell (probably for the additional DVD with this set.) The bulk of the DVD features the Making of the album, albeit a short sessional piece which just about surpasses the 35 minute mark. Additionally, there is a 5.0 audio mix of the album, but anyone who doesn't have the required gear to make the most of this extra are undoubtably going to feel short changed. The Live rendition of the classic dark opus "The leper infinity" was definitely a good decision to include on the audio disc, not only is it one of their best songs but it is performed and executed extremely well.
Keeping things short and sweet I expect the majority of you that have come here will already own the album or at the very least, heard of the album and the band, I also expect many of you are pondering over the idea of whether to sell your standard 1 disc jewel version and upgrade to this lavish set? It was indeed something that made me think. And having already acquired this set as a dedicated fan since the "Damnation" album i must say I'm certainly not disappointed with this acquisition, I'm actually quite pleased with the product, in particular the documentary "making of" which i found very interesting, it's lacking material though, and that's it's only downfall! A 5.0 audio and 35 minute documentary in my opinion simply isn't enough material to include on a re-release, especially in comparison to the recent Fates warning deluxe editions of "Awaken the guardian, Perfect symmetry and Parallels" The decision to buy this ultimately lies on the buyer, but i would like to share a few important aspects and thoughts which I have had and ones which I hope will help you in the right direction.
Summary: This is a good re-release of the modern classic but it is more likely going to appeal to any of you who do not own the album, I would recommend it's purchase but just don't expect much more than a hours worth of extras, because what's here is the lot I'm afraid.....