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Review of 'Asleep versions' EP (not 'Immunity'): good but slightly disappointing (compared to superb original LP)
on 16 November 2014
This is a double CD, consisting of the unadulterated album ('Immunity') and a CD maxi-single/EP ('Asleep versions', with four new mix versions of tracks in 'Immunity' totalling another 25 mins of music). The new mixes are chill, minimal, occasionally beautiful, and entirely listenable -- abt 3.5 stars overall. But they're not essential like the original album, which is extraordinary (5 stars) [please consult the previous reviews for that original release]. It really is another ruse by the industry to plonk down again for the same offering, with a few extra tracks. The extra CD sits in the other side of the gatefold cover, and, like the original LP, has its own sleeve. No other changes. Is it worth it (at time of writing, 8 quid)? Marginally, if you're a completist and if only because the original album is so excellent: one could always give the extra disc as modest gift. But why not sell the 'Asleep versions' CD for just a few quid?