Life's a glitch.

reviews - 10'sOprettet af Jacob Pertou ons, april 20, 2011 21:50

Received the compilation above, today.

Let's take the positive things first: Impressive booklet, simple cover design with loads of historic images. Bought it for "Vanishing Blue" and the Warsaw In The Sun 12" single, which are nice to have on CD.

The 19 minute excerpt "Live Miles (Albuquerque Concert)" is strangely edited. It starts too abruptly. The whole thing should have been included, and a track from Underwater Sunlight or Tyger could have been excluded.

The Blue Years were actually from 1984-1988, so a few Virgin Years tracks have sneaked in. Despite that historic error, I have no problems about the tracks "Quichotte Part II" or the Sohoman version of "White Eagle".

However, "Bondi Parade" suffers from glitches at 11:17, which once again must be due to a faulty master disc. Why even use cd's as masters in 2011, when you can just use a wav file? I thought about contacting Esoteric for a replacement disc, but don't want the hassle and potential extra costs. After all, it is just another compilation. And TD have released tons of them already. Instead I might press skip when "Bondi Parade" comes on. Or pretend like it is not there.

Sound quality is not an improvement. Too loud, almost undetailed at times, and nothing to write home about.

One thing is sure, I will be more careful before I invest in the Poland and Zeit reissues. As for Sunrise In The Third System, who would need the millionth compilation from the Pink Years (1970-73) anyway?

Oprettet af Jacob Pertou tor, april 21, 2011 10:11

Actually Quichotte was first released in 1980 on the German label Amiga. Besides that, the subtitle of this compilation is The Blue Years 1980-1987, indicating a large overlap with the Virgin Years. Not a big deal, though.

Oprettet af Jimbo tor, april 21, 2011 03:38

Wasn't Pergamon released in 1986? My first copies were on Caroline records - I guess that's why it's thrown into the "Blue Years."

Oprettet af Jacob Pertou ons, april 20, 2011 22:51

At least you know about the glitch, and the sound quality, which I think is important info, before buying. smiley

Oprettet af Thomas ons, april 20, 2011 22:47

Thanks for review. Think I'll end up buying it.