Wonderful to have Erasure finally back, they've been lost since Cowboy but Snow Globe is their return.
Glad to have this in this interesting little format - 5/5. The Dave Aude remix is the best remix of Gaudete. As most good remixes it keeps the song intact and present and is just such a great mix - it sounds and unfolds as good remixes did during the remix heydays up to '90 or so...unfortunately for fans of that 'physical' era the mix wasn't released in physical format (-1). I don't buy mp3's - it feels to me like buying a bag of air....I love the very packaging and touchability of how this was released though - it really is well done.
The other mixes are there - the best of them being the Razor 'n Guido mix and it is quite good...the rest is nothing....and then....
it all ends with a remix of Sleep Quietly by Maps (definitely worth purchase price alone!!!). Sleep Quietly from Snowglobe is amazingly good as it is but here there is a low, brooding tension and the instrumental planes that exist between Andy's singing are filled with all kinds of little pitter/patter that seem to reveal themvelves upon each listen. With a half decent sound system it sounds really amazing. This reminds me of my first Erasure purchases during the winter of 85/86 and their b-sides - what wonderful e.p.'s they are but at the time I cherished every note that emanated from my speakers as nightly I went to bed and couldn't fall asleep for worrying of whether Vince Clarke would abandon Andy and the music would end yet again - evidently I felt I had real problems.
I'm taking one off for the missing Aude mix, it still ticks me off, lol. Given the choice between havinge the Aude remix of Gaudete or the Maps mix of Sleep there's not much of a contest. Tonight I'll sleep quietly.
"Gaudete" is an interesting collision of tradional and electro-stomp, and the club remixes here do work quite well, apart for the R&G Instrumental, which seems a little pointless. For those who are not so keen on 4:4 the Storks remix is rather different, and the Alternative Version by Erasure strips out most of the heavy percussion, creating a far more intricate arrangement which fits in more with the other traditinal songs they did on the rather good "Snow Globe".
There is one other song remixed here, to over 7mins. MAPS have done a really good laid-back/ambient full vocal extension, with the original production very high in the mix. Their remix of Mode's "Should Be Higher" was one of my faves of that track (most of the mixes were too far removed...or dated club), and they do not disappoint with their take on this Erasure track either. Worth the price for that alone!
Shame there weren't a couple of other songs remixed here, but maybe there will be a second non-festive single in 2014 (here's hoping). The artwork is quirky, which adds to its charm.
The MP3 version includes a bonus club remix by Dave Aude, which sounded quite good from the sample - so if you're a completist you may want to buy that mix too!
This is a great CD single. It's got lots of great remixes, which are better than the usual remixes that you get on singles that just add a generic dance beat to the tune. There isn't a bad song on there!
This cover version of Gaudete is just brilliant Andy's voice is on top form as always. Not only the CD but there is the added extra for every Erasure Fan's collection the Christmas card edition. One of my many favourite tracks from the album.