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4.0 out of 5 stars A 5 star album, but a 4 star release ..., 30 May 2008
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This review is from: Songs From The Big Chair - Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
Already owning quite a bit of TFF stuff (inc the remastered/extra tracks release of Songs From The Big Chair from 1999 and the B Sides album Saturnine, Martial & Lunatic) i wasnt to sure whether it would be worth owning this as well, but i succummbed in the end. If you already have the two previous albums i mentioned, then you have around 75-80% of this album covered by those two, however, this album features a few mentionable tracks not available anywhere else, inc the Urban Mix of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (which features in its mix some elements used in the re-release for Sport Aid - see further on in my review) and the proper 7" vinyl version of "Mothers Talk" (featuring the slightly diff drum and bass), plus a few other previously unavailable 12" versions. This 2CD set (an import as well) is nicely packaged with artwork concurrent from the original relase period, and a nice booklet with some notes about the album. Sound quality is very good. The only reason i give this 4 stars really is because i would have thought they could have included the Sport Aid version of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (known as "Everybody Wants To Run The World") which i dont think is available on and previous CD releases at this time, and which i still have on vinyl in 7" and 12" formats. The same with the standard 12" mix of EWTRTW, which again, i dont think is on any other CD release. Infact, they could have easily dropped a few tracks from this release, such as "The Way You Are" which is not really from this period, and probably belongs more with The Hurting period, and the 7" version of Everybody Wants To Rule The World which is essentially the album version.
All in all a nice purchase, but you'll have to decide if its worth another £15 (current Amazon price) if you already have the earlier stuff; much better value if you dont !
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Initial post: 19 May 2012, 13:03:15 BST
I bought this recently and I'm confused about the booklet, it seems incomplete re the printed tracklisting which in the booklet only lists seven tracks on the 2nd disc and in the written part it begins 'Then came debut album the hurting...' it just seems like it's been misprinted. which is a shame as it's a brilliant album and deserves better.
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