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Good album let down by TERRIBLE 'deluxe' treatment
on 21 August 2013
It pains be to say this, being a big Nik fan, but the new Riddle Deluxe is almost a text book example of how NOT to put together a deluxe edition of a classic album.
It really isn't rocket science putting one of these things together. In addition to remastering the original album (of course), you also add all the bonus tracks that accompanied the album's first release. ie all the B-sides, 7" mixes and 12" mixes, bonus cassette only tracks, whatever.
ALL of them.
Then if there is space left over you add unreleased tracks and/or promo only mixes, live tracks and/or demos to fill out the discs. See? Easy.
So what is wrong with this new release? Well, there's almost 50 minutes of unused CD space for a kick off. Then there's the missing bonus tracks - Wild Horses 12" being the most obvious track MIA. Then there's the fact that of the six live tracks, three have been re-recorded with new vocals. And then there's that god-awful running order on the bonus disc.
When I think of what could have been included in this package, I canonly conclude this is a massive opportunity wasted.
EPIC fail :(