The original CD version of Epsilon In Malaysian Pale, on the Virgin label, is out of print and extremely hard to find. And it has been that way for nearly twenty years.
On the other hand, the re-recorded/re-mixed/re-mastered Eastgate version from 2004 is not hard to get, but since it's overdubbed and suffers from some terrible glitches, it's not that collectible, and not that attractive.
I personally prefer to supply my vinyl versions with CD versions, but since the original Virgin CD often fetch prices close to a half of my monthly food budget, I always have to pass.
Thus it was tempting to buy a illegitimate Russian variation of the album, when I saw it for only 6 (six!) dollars on GEMM. According to the seller this version is from 1997. The comparisons were made with scans from the original Virgin CD.
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The front cover is actually based on the backside of the Virgin CD booklet, where you can see the catalogue number CDV2040 in the left corner, from the original release. The front cover is a mirror image of the backside cover, with the catalogue number being mirrored. Therefore a new font face is placed on top of the front cover, simply saying "EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE - EDGAR FROESE" compared to the original "epsilon in malaysian pale by edgar froese".
The colour is also paled.
The inner cover seems unchanged from the Virgin CD.
The outer tray cover is based on the inner back cover once again. This time the cover notes has been added in small lettering, with a few typos. Note the spine has "Tangerine Dream" in brackets after "Edgar Froese".
Here it's evident that it's a Russian release, with the letters in the white box below the cover notes.
The CD design is extremely basic, and contains no further information.
Regarding the sound quality: The original recording of Epsilon In Malysian Pale was never very good. It took Edgar three days to record the album, and was probably recorded in homely settings. Therefore the vinyl or the CDR copy (from the Virgin CD) I have, both sound rather poor and murky. However it sounds like the source for this CD is a bit lossy, and somewhat noisy, but not that much really.
After all, there is no denying the musical quality of this release. I'm just glad to have it as a real CD now. After all it's nowhere near as noisy as my LP!