I love these new releases.
Firstly, the remastering is awesome. I have just compared San Fransisco back to back with the original release and the first thing I noticed was that it was much clearer and much, much louder. Oh, and apologies to Markus, it is 'You Must Follow' (as per this
Like Mark did, I think I'll comment on each CD separately.
Like Mark, I think the bonus tracks on here are disappointing for us. But then again, we're a bunch of saddos who collect everything. Ordinary punters who were into 808 back in the day probably won't have Utd State 90 and so Boneyween to Girlie Men will be most welcome. The Britmix of Pacific is very good. A new mix but still in the old style. I'm pleased to have finally got the Cobra Bora off Optical90 and I'm afraid, Mark, I'll have to disagree with you about Donkey Doctor. I think the new mix changes it's feel slightly and makes a little more mellow. I totally agree about Magical Dream - it is a new track. Very nice.
Again, punters who bought singles will have half of these tracks already but I'm made up to have another version of Lambrusco Cowboy and In Yer Face. Although I must say the Cheadle Royal mix of In Yer Face doesn't seem to flow as well as it should. It is almost like a fan mix. (Sorry).
I can't understand why Olympic is missing of the remaster since it was on the original CD.
Proof of my theory here - I never got Insane Lover, Freak or La Luz so there are three that most of you may have already but are totally new to me. In fact, I only had Mondonet and Marathon so there's 12 new tracks for me! And they're quality - I love every one.
I got a totally new Don Solaris experience just by hearing the old one through headphones. So listening to a brand new remastered on through headphones must be ten times ten times ten times ten better. I will have to make some time for that.
Single collectors and Thermo King owners will only find a few new tracks here and the highlight of the lot has to be the Sure Is Pure mix of Joyrider - what a track!
What I like most about the bonus discs is the way they show the transition between albums. The 90 tracks are a case in point - showing the transition from Quadrastate.
Finally, I must tip my hat to Ian Peel for the sleeve notes. They were well written and just reading them made me want to turn up the volume and party like it was 1991!
Oh, and overall I got 28 new tracks. I'm made up!