one faint deluded smile

Monday, October 25, 2004

So Very Green

As I've posted hither and yon...

Can have started to release newly remastered versions of their albums. The 1st 4 (Monster Movie, Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Soundtracks) are available now via Mute in the UK and elsewhere soon to follow.

All previous releases / re-releases of these albums have used the original digital transfers from the time when they were first made available on cd... and they've always sounded piss-poor. But these re-issues sound f*ing brilliant. There's no real messing around with the thrust of the original mixing - they just sound punchier, more urgent and just plain "there".

Oh, and no bloody tape hiss - hear that Brian Eno : this is how quality remastering should sound.

The booklets are pretty good: lots of never before seen pics and quite lovely round-cornered jewel cases (see the pic above). But it seems like they've missed the chance once again to add some sort of definitive text. And they haven't included any extra studio material! The 2 wonderfull singles from the Tago and Ege era aren't anywhere to be seen even though they've never been officially released on cd at all.

But these are just minor quibbles. I'm fairly biased as i've hardly ever gone a month in my life without playing Ege Bamyasi at least once but hearing these updated versions makes me want to play them again and again.

Judge the difference in sound quality yourself :

mp3: I'm So Green (original master)

mp3 : I'm So Green (new remaster)

Then go and buy them yourself.

Visit: Spoon Records
Visit: Holger Czukay


  • Have to agree, I am loving the remastered stuff, just wish they could put it out on heavy vinyl. I’m so pleased they didn’t piss around with the mix – but more outtakes and stuff would have been nice. Yeh, Ege Bamyasi every month too, especially now it’s winter in the UK to keep my soul warm.
    Have you played the remastered through a huge PA yet? it made me shake a bit, nice.

    By Blogger 20jazzfunkgreats, at 9:08 pm  

  • no - haven't played it on a big PA but my home sound system has 1 mtr tall speakers and i can crankit up pretty loud - as i have done.

    By Blogger Phil, at 3:43 pm  

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