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The reissue is not a labour of love
on 20 November 2016
I'm reviewing the reissue of this album on the Man In The Moon label which is currently being sold in CD format on Amazon. This is the 10 track presumably non-remastered version. The sound on this reissue is excellent so much so that I query the need to remaster. I would guess the original acetate was obtained from Electra/Warner rather than a copy from earlier CD or vinyl. That said, Exact Audio Copy in secure mode showed track quality to be less than 100% on 4 tracks. As this was a new disc it suggests a production problem and/or poor quality discs being used.
The stand out tracks on the album are the three Joni Mitchell covers and of course Tom's No Regrets which to me is far more heartfelt than the UK hit for The Walker Brothers. These alone make this a 5 star album. There is a countrified version of James Taylor's Something In the Way She Moves which works less well and sounds a bit dated. The Glory Of Love which became a hit for Benny Goodman in the 1930s seems an odd choice and now sounds cheesy. The three remaining songs and one instrumental are pleasant enough.
In addition to the track quality issue the accompanying information is minimal. A folded two page insert gives track listing, songwriter of song, supporting musicians and production crew. Nothing about Tom, how the album came about, it's original reception or lyrics. The front and rear pics are just awful. The original had a green tint but this reissue makes Tom look like he's about to heave-ho and the young woman on his shoulder is out of focus. It's not a labour of love and for this reason I'm awarding this CD reissue 3 stars.