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Well worth a refresh
on 9 February 2013
I've had the original releases for a while, hunted down on the secondary market. I got the pair for less than £25 but they've been offered here for silly money. Great to see the music remastered, and with extra tracks. After the superb job on the DVD this is another gem.
I can understand comments regarding reissues with additional tracks. So many are just 'filler' material - not good enough at the original release date and only of interest to completists. This seems a lot more than that. Three CDs should be about 45 tracks, as opposed to the original 30, and it's not just 'bonus' material or alternate takes. Remastering the lot makes some sense. (Maybe they'll do it to the Series 3 discs, of which there were only two CDs).
I think Series 2 and 5 are my favourites, although it's hard to choose. Series 2 (and 1) had John Martyn though, so that gives it an edge. But then Series 5 had Sam Bush and Bela Fleck! This first volume of the Series 2 reissue is superb and a noticeable improvement in audio quality, although I can't think of a reason not to issue all three at once. (Maybe they'll get the year right on the other two: mine says 'recorded in 1988').
I'm still smiling from the show at the Royal Festival Hall (6 Feb 2013). Now, having the live shows on DVD would be something.
I realise this isn't much of a review of the CD, but I love everything about Transatlantic Sessions so there's little more to say. I'm really looking forward to the next two CDs - and to Series 6 this autumn!