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on 5 November 2006
Can't believe that 'the early nineties' is so darn long ago! Anyone who has the older versions of this album (I had it right from the day of release, when it came in a blue box) should seriously consider investing in this. As well as the original album, which is every bit as good as the other reviewer says, is a second disc, which is a contains all those tracks from those long-lost 'Fear Loves this Place' EPs, which are just fascinating. Cope is shown in full creative flight. A great document! Topping the disc is a long (over 20 minutes) version of standout track 'Poet is Priest', which I know will get played over and over agin by me . . . like the recent Orb reissue, I'm finding disc two is even better than the original album.
The music is all over the place, a real patchwork of garage, Krautrock, folk, melodious pop - the lot. Even if you've no idea about what the lyrics are about (and they aren't as opaque as you'd think) the music is enjoyable and even (dare I say it) frequently beautiful. The lyrics are easy enough to get if you've read 'The Modern Antiquarian', which Cope was working on at the time. My taste was more to 'Peggy Suicide' and '20 Mothers', but hearing this great set again has dislodged themfrom the top! What a unique talent the Arch Drude has. These various 'Deluxe Editions' are the most enjoyable thing to come out of the record industry for years, and I truly hope it's not long before 'Peggy Suicide' gets the same treatment.
UPDATE!!! Since writing this review after hearing it a few times, I read a few more by other listeners. Some reviewers are noticing low level crackling on parts of the album. I've relistened to mine, and yes, it is there, most obviously on the last track of disc 1 and a couple of tracks on disc 2 (not the ones recorded on a dictophone!). But to be honest I hadn't noticed. Maybe this will be rectified by Island, but for now I'm happy enough with what I've got, and consider myself fairly fussy. Consider it one star docked, and if you can hear a copy before deciding to buy, all the better.
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