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BEWARE: Wonderful album spoilt by tinkering...
on 18 August 2006
This album was and still is one of my favourites from 1986.
I originally bought it on vinyl having seen the Daintees live on many occasions around that time.
The songs are pure quality and were captured perfectly by Gil Norton's (Bunnymen, Pixies) production.
Its all here from mellow Jazz, to country to rock and roll and the lyrics are just pure genius, from a man with a big heart and plenty of stories to tell.
I thought it was time to buy this classic album on cd, especially with the enticement of extra tracks like Troubletowm and Roll on Summertime.
However these are demo versions which pale next to the original singles recordings. It is a shame that these were not included
instead as to my knowledge they have not yet been made available on cd. I can only think that these recordings could not be used for copyright reasons.
This you can live with I guess as the actual songs shine through and even in their demo forms it is better to have them there than not at all.
However the real problem comes in the middle of the actual album itself. I could not beleive my ears when it got to one of my favourite tracks 'Piece of the Cake' and instead of the beautiful
version that appears on the original album you now get a substandard demo recording of the song (apparently recorded around the same time as the bonus tracks). This ruins the whole mood and flow of an otherwise perfect album. I would really like to know the reasoning for this apparent tinkering. There is room on the cd to have included this version at the end and left the original tracklist intact. Leaving out the actual album version altogether seems absurd.
In short by all means buy this cd, but if you have an original version keep hold of it. Maybe one day this wonderful album will
get the reissue it deserves and be restored to it former glory and perhaps the superior versions of the bonus tracks could be included.