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posted a comment on Cabaret Voltaire - Drinking Gasoline. 2 days ago
It's well-known that all of the UK vinyl copies were mislabelled. This is even mentioned in the CV biography book 'The Art of the Sixth Sense', published in the late ’80s.
posted a comment on Two Sandwiches Short Of A Lunchbox - Too Good To Be Strange. 3 days ago
"long before I banished the word cheesy from my vocabulary"
It might have been better if you'd banished phrases such as this one:
"occasionally strengthened by anthemic diads"
posted a comment on Massive Attack V Mad Professor - No Protection. 15 days ago
The "good old days" are a myth. There were frequently such "defects" on records when I began buying them, circa 1987. The only thing that's changed is that back then, people didn't whinge about superficial faults.
posted a review of The Beatles - The Beatles. 16 days ago
This was an opportunity to make the mono mix of the album available on CD outside of the extortionate Mono Masters box. Instead, here it is on Blu-ray. Idiots.
posted a review of Infiniti - Skynet. 19 days ago
I read slidetoanswer's review only an hour or two after buying this reissue. On first listen I expected the worst, but it's actually a very good pressing. True, there is one noticeable bump on 'Skyway', but this does not cause the needle to jump, and I ... See full review
posted a comment on Nina Kraviz - TRP ADE 2018 PT2. 20 days ago
Can't see it a n y w h e r e on there.
posted a review of Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile: Deviations 1. 2 months ago
To put the cost of this item into perspective (I'm using UK prices, but US or RoW ones will be comparable):

Depeche Mode's "Remixes 2 81-11" cost me (new, in 2012) £50, inclusive of postage, for 6 records in 1 full-colour hardback box with another hardback ... See full review
posted a comment on A Certain Ratio. 3 months ago
"they are nothing like joy division, the only reason you say this is factory records"

Rubbish. From the outset ACR were frequently compared to Joy Division, and this comparison was made by people at Factory as well. They had the same producer (Martin ... See full review
posted a comment on Renegade Soundwave. 3 months ago
Snub TV is where I first heard/saw Nitzer Ebb's "Lightning man", circa January 1990. Changed everything for me.
posted a review of Chris Carter (2) - CCCL Volume One. 3 months ago
Inoffensive, glossy, tepid, directionless tracks. "CCCL" is exactly what you'd expect from Carter now: momentum but no melody or ideas to speak of; technically polished but without any particular ideas. "Post[-]industrial" is in the manner of Nine Inch ... See full review
posted a review of Various - The Art Of The 12", Volume Three (A Soundtrack For Living). 5 months ago
Another in the garrulous series of Ian Peel's half-baked ideas. This time he tries to hang a compilation of supposedly 12" tracks around the idea of TV themes, which of course are usually very short and thus have nothing in common with the 1980s 12" mix, ... See full review
posted a review of 808 State - ex:el. 5 months ago
The "Archives" disc lasts only 46 minutes – that's a lot of unfilled space on the disc, when any of the following could have been included:

– "Cübik (pan-American excursion)"
– "Cübik (Kings County perspective)" – later included on "The art of the 12", ... See full review
posted a review of The Durutti Column - Obey The Time. 5 months ago
'Obey the time' is a unique album, but it is not a great one. It was Vini Reilly's response to house, and uses many synth pads that date it to 1989–90. In some ways it's a (much) less commercial companion to New Order's 'Technique', and it's a pity that ... See full review
posted a comment on The Cure - Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018. 6 months ago
This is true. Smith could have subjected that song to the amateur drum ’n’ bass treatment that he tried with the remix of 'Lost'.
posted a review of Can - Landed. 6 months ago
The booklet contains two errors – one technical, the other factual:

The centre spread artwork includes a large "page 6" and a "page 7", which should have been non-printing elements in the artwork file. This is incredibly amateurish of Intro.

Simon ... See full review
posted a review of The Cure - Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018. 6 months ago
At the time of writing, this has a Discogs rating of 4.43, based on 151 reviews. So there are evidently a lot of diehards here.

Smith made these remixes at home, in the chronological order in which they appear on 'Torn Down'. He starts out with no ideas ... See full review
posted a review of Propaganda - A Secret Wish. 6 months ago
Why does this exist?

In 2010 "A secret wish" was remastered from the original tapes, and reissued on CD with both the September 1985 CD and July 1985 vinyl mixes, plus a second disc of extra tracks and variants, and notes by Ian Peel, and relayout by ... See full review
posted a review of Soft Cell - This Last Night...In Sodom. 6 months ago
At the time of writing, this release has this note on Discogs:
"Despite mentioned as "Mono/Stereo" on sleeve, it's actually recorded in Stereo only."

I'm not convinced. "Mr Self Destruct", "L’Esqualita", "Down in the subway", and "Surrender to a ... See full review
posted a review of The Cure - Mixed Up. 6 months ago
The back cover looks a real mess. Was it necesary to print "remastered 2018" after each of the first 22 titles? None of the other Cure remasters featured this silly repetition.
posted a review of Act. 6 months ago
Act: mistimed and misconceived. The pairing of Brücken and Leer really didn't work, and Leer seems to have encouraged Brücken to sing (and whisper) in a much more mannered, irritating way than she ever did with Propaganda, or during her subsequent solo ... See full review
posted a comment on The Cure - Mixed Up. 6 months ago
Well, I did ask, and I'm grateful that you replied to rafika77 and myself. As for Amazon, my copy won't be coming from ... See full review
posted a comment on Can - Tago Mago. 6 months ago
That must be one of the fastest-ever responses on Discogs.

I have no problem with "challenging" – Throbbing Gristle, or Cabaret Voltaire's "Methodology" recordings, or Club Moral, or NON. But there's a difference between setting out to "challenge" the ... See full review
posted a review of Can - Tago Mago. 6 months ago
"Monster movie" (1969) lasts 38:05.
"Soundtracks" (1970) lasts 35:09.
"Ege Bamyasi" (1972) lasts 39:57.
"Future days" (1973) lasts 40:45.

If "Tago mago" (1971) had been limited to its first four tracks, it would have lasted 37:31 instead of 73:27, and ... See full review
posted a comment on Propaganda - A Secret Wish. 6 months ago
You're right, but as I've mentioned in response to accozzaglia, this means that the vinyl mixes aren't "analogue variations". The CD mixes are the "variations". What Peel wrongly calls "analogue variations" are the "analogue originals".
posted a comment on Propaganda - A Secret Wish. 6 months ago
"What's worth mentioning is that "The Analogue Variations" here are actually the "Digital Variations," as all six of these variations appeared consistently over the years on every CD edition labelled "Full Digital Recording" on the cover art."

Wrong. ... See full review
posted a review of Propaganda. 6 months ago
It's forbidden to mention that the best-known incarnation of this legendary band, whose recordings have generated one studio album (in many versions), one remix album, and God knows how many remixes and compilations, wrote precisely six songs:

'Dr ... See full review
posted a comment on Propaganda - A Secret Wish. 6 months ago
"… a hideous tape glitch [at the] the end of the previously-unreleased Unapologetic 12" of "Sorry For Laughing" …"
I'm pretty sure that this is not a glitch: the backward tape effect is heard once, then delays once. If the effect was an accident, and not ... See full review
posted a review of Can - Soon Over Babaluma. 7 months ago
A lopsided album. ‘Dizzy dizzy’, is an obvious single, but starts too abruptly to work as the opening track on an album that otherwise has so much drifting on it. Michael Karoli sings, sounding oddly similar to the departed Damo Suzuki, who is not missed ... See full review
posted a review of Can - Unlimited Edition. 7 months ago
"Ibis" sounds very much as though it was intended as a prelude to "Dizzy dizzy", or as an ambient version of it. "Soon over Babaluma" was apparently recorded in August 1974; "Ibis" is dated "Sept ’74".
posted a review of Can - Anthology - 25 Years. 7 months ago
‘Anthology’ was first released in 1994, with a cover photograph taken circa ‘Rite time’, when Can reformed with Malcolm Mooney on vocals. For the remastered edition in 2007, Mooney was removed from the photograph. This is unintentionally ironic, because ... See full review
posted a comment on The Cure - Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018. 8 months ago
I have a recording of a Radio 1 interview from 1990 in which Smith says that the original 12" mix of "Primary" is "awful". He also mentions a dreadful new remix of "The Love Cats", which was rejected for "Mixed Up". Having said this, that very mix is ... See full review
posted a comment on John Carpenter In Association with Alan Howarth - Christine (Original Motion Picture Score). 8 months ago
"I hear a strange electronic sound between tracks 1 and 2. Any of you experience the same thing?"
Exactly the same here. This happens again on side 2.
posted a review of John Carpenter In Association with Alan Howarth - Christine (Original Motion Picture Score). 8 months ago
Many of the pieces on the 'Christine' soundtrack are quiet, subtle, beatless, with elements that swell and fade, so a good pressing is essential. Instead, this is a typical GZ Media job: thin, shrill sound, a criminal amount of unused space on the runout ... See full review
posted a comment on Madonna - The First Album. 8 months ago
"Save your money and track down an original rather than pay the already exorbitant prices that this replica is commanding."

At present, this reissue is still available at my local store for £21.99, and is a similar price at many other stores. Meanwhile, ... See full review
posted a comment on David Bowie - Welcome To The Blackout (Live London '78). 8 months ago
Please see my review above. A few issues with sides 2, 3 and 6.
posted a comment on David Bowie - Welcome To The Blackout (Live London '78). 8 months ago
DBMTB – I'm fine with both this and 'Stage' being around, and I can imagine that some people will prefer this, because it's more raw than 'Stage'. But now that 'Blackout' exists, it's all the more reason for 'Stage' to exist in its original incarnation, ... See full review
posted a comment on David Bowie - Welcome To The Blackout (Live London '78). 8 months ago
Congratulations on your high-handed, patronizing comment. Perhaps you're another type of "tedious oik", but that hasn't occurred to you yet. I'm not a particular fan of RSD, but having said that, I've never seen any cigars or brandy in an RSD queue. As ... See full review
posted a review of David Bowie - Welcome To The Blackout (Live London '78). 8 months ago
Sean Mayes once said that the band intentionally played the set slower for the 'Stage' recordings than on the rest of the tour. 'Warszawa' and 'Sense of doubt' are noticeably faster here than on 'Stage', whereas 'Heroes' seems slower, and has a brief ... See full review
posted a review of Public Image Ltd.* - Concert: Live At The Brixton Academy 27.5.86. 8 months ago
What a wretched product this is. The long gaps between songs are punctuated with Lydon versus some of the audience, and, being Lydon, he zeroes-in on the most aggressive ones (or perhaps one – it sounds like he's arguing with only one punter) and ... See full review
posted a comment on The Durutti Column - The Return Of The Durutti Column. about 1 year ago
My vinyl has the Raoul Dufy cover and the following runouts:

Side A:
W-2 FACT 14 4PBG A1 FACT 14 [then something illegible] SOUND CLINIC EG
['FACT 14' is crossed-out]

Side B:
S-4 FACT 14 B 14PBG B1 EG
['14 B' is crossed-out]

Discogs lists something ... See full review