I'm more disappointed that "Poem Of The River" never had room for "When The Dawn Starts Creeping In" and the original version of "I Can't Make Love to You Anymore" - I'd have liked to have heard those. The only official version of "When The Dawn" is on that horrible sounding live DVD - and the only way you can hear a studio version is the bootlegged Andy Kershaw session. I'm OK with "Jewels....." and whilst I definitely prefer the "Space Blues" version of Tuesday's Secret" - this new version sounds more like the live versions they were playing in 87 ad 88.
Both the songs and the album changes have grown on me with repeated listens, as has Ignite the Seven Cannons. Always worth letting these things settle, the old versions have been with us for years. It's interesting to have this stuff, especially as Lawrence always said there wasn't any archive material. Is there anything else lurking in that lock-up?
My feelings are much the same... Upon first listen the new songs seemed incongruous, especially "Tuesday's Secret". But given Lawrence's concept for the album, and repeated listens, the record has come together for me and I've enjoyed re-evaluating these songs.
In the past this had always been my least-favorite Felt album. Not because of the different sides (I love Martin's tracks and what could be more "Lawrence" than making such an odd record), but because some of the songs seemed undercooked and the two instrumentals are clearly unconnected from each other. It was a package that was ramshackle, unlike every other Felt album.