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This may be the worst of the 40th anniversary releases
on 14 June 2017
The extra cuts were simply not worth more than one listen, and frankly, few were complete songs. I skipped over much of the drivel. I was hoping for another version of Peace Frog, but they play a few bars and that's it. A lot of chatting and Jim thinking of clever things to say.
The remixed album itself was generally far worse than the original. Change for the sake of change. They put tracks in that were never used for a reason. Roadhouse Blues is a perfect example. They added a second harmonica part that was not used because it was too much (think less is more) and sounds like a dying cat. Ruins the song. They have the engineer talking before Ship of Fools: Why? Not everything was worse; some just different. Peace Frog had a little more guitar emphasis and the "She came" background vocal was reduced so you can hear what he's saying in the lead vocal. Queen of the highway was turned into more of a rock song. They really cranked up the guitar and reduced the soft keyboards that are the focus of the original recording. The original version I like better, but I like this as well. However, I would not trade the original mix for the other.
This is simply not worth purchasing. If you want to purchase a 40th anniversary release you will feel good about, try LA Woman. They didn't make any major changes in the remix that would ruin the song. They also put all the bonus tracks on a second CD and they are alternate takes that are complete songs - really good stuff. Morrison Hotel has all the bonus tracks on the same disc and it is all garbage.