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Classic album remastered and expanded
on 31 March 2017
This is the third time I've bought this album - cassette, CD and now this two disc expanded edition. It's a classic album that has stood the test of time given the strength of the song writing, Lindsey Buckingham & Richard Dashut's skilful production and not forgetting the stunning vocal arrangements. The deluxe edition was tempting for a couple of minutes but this seemed like much better value for money (I'm sure they'll delight many but endless eighties extended mixes and remixes hold no interest for me).
Surprisingly given that the original production of this album is sonically very clean, the remaster does highlight enough subtle but noticeable differences to make it worthwhile, particularly Buckingham's guitar playing. The volume is slightly louder and the overall sound is clearer. It's probably not worth an upgrade for the re-master alone unless you're an audiophile (a single disc remastered CD has also been released) but the second disc should appeal to fans.
Collecting together three non-album B-sides and 10 previously unreleased demos / alternate versions, the second disc is an interesting listen, nothing more; nothing less except for 'Special Kind of Love' and closing track 'You and I, Part I & II' (Full Version). Previously unreleased 'You and I, Part I' is a jaw-dropping mid-tempo slice of pop that's very different from the Part II it segues into and it's incredible that it was omitted from the original release.
Housed in a double gatefold cardboard sleeve that features four studio portraits of the band, the combined playing time of both discs is a few seconds shy of 99 minutes. The accompanying 16 page booklet features a few archive photos, an essay about the album, credits and the lyrics for the original album tracks. If you decide to let this expanded edition pass you by, I do recommend downloading You And I, Part I & II (Full Version). Remastered original album: 5 Stars; Second disc: 3 Stars.