Hula (2) ‎– Murmur

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Ghost Rattle 4:01
Invisible 4:34
Delirium 3:39
Pleasure Hates Language 3:44
Tear-Up 4:55
Hour By Hour 3:05
Jump The Gun 3:46
Red Mirror 3:28
Cold Kiss 4:45

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RED L P 53, RED L.P. 53 Hula (2) Murmur(LP, Album) Red Rhino Records, Red Rhino Records RED L P 53, RED L.P. 53 UK 1984 Sell This Version
RED LP 53 Hula (2) Murmur(LP, Album, TP) Red Rhino Records RED LP 53 UK 1984 Sell This Version
DSR058LP Hula (2) Murmur(LP, Ltd, RE, Cle) Desire Records (4) DSR058LP France 2013 Sell This Version
gg268 Hula (2) Murmur(CD, Album, RE, RM) Klanggalerie gg268 Austria 2018 Sell This Version

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BRUSSELSLAWYER

BRUSSELSLAWYER

March 3, 2019
referencing Murmur, CD, Album, RE, RM, gg268
This CD version sounds not good. It is difficult to understand how it could have been remastered by Martin Bowes from the original masters.
spoofonasongname

spoofonasongname

October 2, 2018
referencing Murmur, LP, Album, RED L P 53, RED L.P. 53
This is possibly one of the best albums of its kind. Goes toe to toe with every Art of Noise (I love Art of Noise) release, but darker. Really hope this album gets the attention it deserves some day. I'd love to do a reissue if it meant helping this band to the largest audience possible.
ckt1138

ckt1138

May 17, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Murmur, CD, Album, RE, RM, gg268

Disappointed.

How can an album exist for over 30 years without a CD being issued? And how is it that said album after demand finally arises can be repeatedly butchered through subpar reissuings?
If you look at my review of the Desire Records LP reissue of Murmur, you'll see that I criticized the sourcing of the music, which was terrible. I am very sad to say that this is an issue that Klanggalerie fell prey to as well. This CD version sounds like a thoroughly used vinyl record that was transcribed to digital with a poor quality turntable and stylus. Additionally, the remaster that Martin Bowes did actually makes matters worse by slightly brickwalling the audio and overboosting the bass frequencies. There's also a TON of DNR artifacts and signs of poorly applied compression, with drums lacking all punch and sometimes completely ducking out of the mix. There's no air or breath, everything sounds harsh yet muffled at the same time.
Even the bonus tracks are poorly presented, although some fared better than the main event.
Probably the biggest tragedy here is that many of these songs were available on the Hula-Threshold CD in perfect from-master quality, and would it really have hurt anyone's wallets to buy an unopened record for the rest?

My cassette copy sounds better, what a tragic use of 20 dollars.
ckt1138

ckt1138

November 27, 2017
referencing Murmur, LP, Ltd, RE, Cle, DSR058LP

It's such a shame that an underlooked band like Hula, who were utterly shafted out of any form of success have not seen any proper reissues over the years.
In 2013, Desire attempted to remedy the issue by rereleasing "Murmur", the group's second LP and many a fan's favorite Hula record. Sadly, this is not the definitive edition people really deserved.
Desire attempted to provide an attractive package, which they certainly did. The reprinted artwork is incredibly sharp and natural looking, and the deep blue transparent disc is truly gorgeous, and really hammers home the blue "water" motif the record makes use of extensively (i believe that the labels and sleeve are only two color printed, using only black and blue inks).
So what's the issue? There's two major issues;
for one, it sounds unexceptional. Hula never did have perfect album mixes and masters, but this is WAY too shrill and also strangely inconsistent to be a proper mastering job. To further suggest the possibility of this being a record created from second (or third) generation sources, there's inner groove distortion on this album FROM THE FACTORY. I know it's not my turntable at fault, because I have bought a number of other brand new records in the past which did not have notable IGD, which can be etched into a record by using a worn, misaligned cartridge extensively (and likely at high tracking forces). This obviously should not be an issue, but it is, probably because this was not a proper reissue job. Need more proof? How about problem number two: The INCREDIBLY...ANNOYING...PAUSES...BETWEEN...EVERY..TRACK... I own a copy of Murmur on cassette (which actually sounds surprisingly good, although a bit too low-level and noisy), and almost every track smoothly transitions from one to the other.
On this reissue, there are abrupt stops and even fade outs and fade ins between every song. In the case of "Ghost Rattle" into "Invisible" this is incredibly grating, and pretty much proves that this was sourced dubiously.

In short, this was a lazy reissue. Honestly, I think Hula needs to get some CD reissues (vinyl too, I guess) sourced from clean masters, because this is unacceptable, as is having to buy used 30+ year old records, a major gamble.
Defkon

Defkon

August 11, 2016
referencing Murmur, LP, Album, RED L P 53, RED L.P. 53

This LP is a disorientating, dark, trippy, and simultaneously groovy masterpiece. Hula sadly never received the recognition they're due for they are surely up there with Sheffield's finest - and there's a helluva lot of fine music from that neck of the woods. Long live Hula!
IZCAS42

IZCAS42

August 6, 2015
referencing Murmur, LP, Album, RED L P 53, RED L.P. 53
love this-the cut-ups,the tape loops,voices and mysterious sound effects underpinned by driving rhythms.excellent.