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How to improve on perfection,
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This review is from: Quark, Strangeness And Charm (Audio CD)
QSC is one of my all-time Top 10 albums. Always has been. If I were being picky about the original, I'd have only two minor quibbles. Firstly, the sublime 'Fable' is about two minutes two short. Secondly, 'Days of the Underground' doesn't quite fit into the rest of the album.
Fascinatingly, this sensational reissue from Atomhenge provides a glimpse of how near-perfection COULD have been improved upon. The full-length 'Fable' is sublime - so the version on the original LP COULD have had another couple of minutes included. And the medley of title track plus 'Uncle Sam' works so well that, with minor tidying up, it would have made a glorious opening to 'old' side 2 of the LP. The peerless 'Hassan' could then have been moved to where 'Days' ended up - and 'Days' could have been held back (perhaps for issue as a single). What's more, the rambling 'bonus' version of 'Spirit' here is so awesome, I'm also tempted to suggest that the version on the original LP might have warranted being lengthened slightly to incorporate the 'new' first verse (which I've never previously heard). And I used to think the original 'Spirit' simply couldn't be improved...
Absolutely fantastic reissue! And oh, what might have been! The best album EVER!
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Initial post: 5 May 2013 10:44:15 BDT
Rush Shukla says:
Thats the trouble with all these re issues today. The original is always the best and most definitive version of the album, the rest are all just superfluous add ons that were omitted for a reason! Besides its why people go to shows to hear all these 'perfect renditions' and 'improvements'. I had the original on vinyl and it sounded fantastic, seen them live countless times and appreciated the 'live improvements' as music is always evolving, but it all comes full circle in the end to the original spark!
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