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254. Kings of glam (and reissues!) present yet another kingly collectible item
9 November 2018
The latest instalment in the series of retrospective releases that followed the group's 2010 live reunion, "Studio albums 93-16" gathers Suede's 7 studio albums (recent album "The blue hour" is not included). Basically, this is a limited coloured vinyl version of their highly collectible 2013 vinyl box set. Similar to that, it features the tracklists of the original LPs (thus, no B-Sides or extra tracks), now presented in coloured vinyl. Some may argue that only black vinyl can offer fine sound quality, but these coloured beauties are great, in fact they sound notably warmer than the 2011 2CD+DVD combos.
Saying that, however, there seems to be an issue with "Night thoughts", where there is a seque split between tracks when each side runs out. If this is the matter with not just my copy but with all boxes, then this is very disappointing; especially knowing that, with this being a numbered release, there is no stock to replace any faulty discs. Also, I expected the box to come with an accompanying booklet, just like the one included in the earlier vinyl box set. This release is just as important and comprehensive, so, why omit the booklet from the new box? For these two reasons, I am taking one star away.
The raw fierceness of their eponymous debut, the sublime beauty of "Dog man star", the unstoppable passion of "Coming up", the urban alienation of "Head music", the mellow optimism of "A new morning", the sophisticated energy of "Bloosports", and the contemplative nostalgia of "Night thoughts"; all packed in a smart, lift-off lid box that will be treasured by those who ordered one of the 1,000 copies pressed. Nicely assembled and filled with the unmistakable sound that made Suede the kings of glam in the early '90s, this is another gorgeous, prized collectible item to delight avid Suede heads.
List of contents:
- Suede (1993) (brown)
- Dog man star (1994) - 2LP gatefold (green)
- Coming up (1996) (yellow)
- Head music (1999) - 2LP (purple)
- A new morning (2002) (red)
- Bloodsports (2013) - single LP with gatefold sleeve (pink/red)
- Night thoughts (2016) - 2LP gatefold (blue)
* No download code is included
UPDATE (20/11): Demon acknowledge that there is an error with the masters used for the pressing of "Night thoughts" within this set. A new master has been provided by Suede, and both LPs for the album will be repressed and will be available to everyone who purchased the box set. Details will be available via the Suede and Demon social channels, and SuperDeluxeEdition.