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4.0 out of 5 stars RED VINYL EDITION - Sounds good, but content not quite the same as the original, 20 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Complete Madness [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Complete Madness looks great on red vinyl. For some reason it has been split across two LPs, even though it fit quite comfortably on one without stretching near to the dreaded 30 minutes a side mark (Probably about 22 mins max.) I was surprised how much I liked the sound on this, although I have no idea what the sourcing was. At some point though this album has been remastered, whether that was for the Salvo CD or especially for this vinyl, I don't know.

What I can tell you is that most of the mixes/versions are correct to the original edition of the album, notably: Cardiac Arrest, It Must Be Love, The Prince (although the ending may be longer), Los Palmas 7, and House of Fun (with the fade.) What isn't quite right is One Step Beyond, which appears as the LP version with the longer "Hey you!" intro, rather than the single version as originally appeared, which interupts the pace of the album a little. It is worth noting that the tracks from the One Step Beyond album sound a good deal less harsh than they have done in the past.

The joins between the tracks are slightly different, improving the old version of the album where the fades cut bluntly and the next track came in. This has a much smoother transition between tracks, except maybe for Los Palmas 7 which doesn't have any of the bustle sound at the beginning.

The artwork/presentation is very good, which has been a strength in general through this Let Them Eat Vinyl reissue series. The front and inner gatefold of the sleeve, while not glossy, look very nice. The rear sleeve appears to be a mixture of new type setting and scans of the pictures from the original rear sleeve, so appears a little disjointed/inconsistent on close inspection. Nothing to get worried about though.

The record labels consist of the front sleeve artwork on the first side of each disc, and the relevent track listing on the other side. Each side is cut with a good distance to spare from the end of the side - about 1.5 inches in each case. In my case the discs were pretty much flat - a little off centre on a least one side of each disc (but only a little) and generally very quiet where it mattered.

Well presented, and decent sound.
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