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RETURN TO FORM
on 9 March 2012
This was PIL's return to form after some years of changing lineups, and questions over Lydon's commitment to the cause. The LP receives mixed reviews but if you're a PIL fan, you know this as a bright point in the catalogue, not least because it features the brilliant 'Rise' in its proper context.
The sound is epic, due to Bill Laswell's production, and the stellar lineup of musicians on hand-- including Steve Vai, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shankar, Ginger Baker and more. You wouldn't know who plays on what from the liner notes because there aren't any. The information about who plays can be found in the books and websites related to PIL and Lydon, but even then, the truth of who did what is still... out there somewhere.
So the packaging is true to the original, except.. shouldn't this be called COMPACT DISC?
The remaster is sheeny and spiky.