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Cherry Red is notorious for bad (re)masterings. Just simply LOUD. They compress all the subtlety out of a recording... Actually, this has been the general trend for the past 20 years. We have the best sound reproduction capabilities today but the worst sounding recordings. Louder is simply not better. It's actually worse.
Treasure your original releases. I do.
re the "Guthrie mixes" - he definitely mixed "Declaration".....this is Lawrence's quote from my interview with him in 2003.....
"The beginning of 'Declaration' is ridiculous! The regular engineer had been working on bands during the week. It was the middle of the night and he was tired, so he set his 16 year old son loose on it. Afterwards, we took the track to Robin Guthrie's new studio. He said, 'I knew you were in a fix, so I saved these as best I could, but if you credit me for this, I'll kill you!'"
Thanks Lee... I knew I'd read something about Guthrie being involved with this album.
In the same interview he mentioned that "declaration" and "silver plane" replaced "when the dawn starts creeping in" and an early version of " I can't make love to you anymore" - it's a pity that they didn't make it to this latest release. We can only get a studio version of "when the dawn" from the still unreleased Andy Kershaw session.
I'm against reissues in general. I hated it when Swans reissued White Light.Of course, I bought the last round of Felt reissues, but that was more of a question of availability.
But are any of these reissues worth it? I mean, really worth it? I object to ******* around with tracklisting, but if I get to hear something really different from the tracks that are already engraved on my brain then I may just go for it.
The reissues are very much worth it for anyone who wants to buy Felt records in 2018.
For those of us who are already fans, two of the albums are worth checking out... The remixing on Ignite the Seven Cannons has uncovered layers of instrumentation you may be surprised to hear. And the changes to Pictorial Jackson Review have re-made a lesser album into something arguably better.