What does it sound like?:
The fourth release in Cherry Red’s retooling of the Be Bop Deluxe back catalogue. This time it’s the debut album from 1974. It follows the format of the previous sets – 3cd’s and a DVD in the box set, and a more modestly priced 2cd version comprising of the original version and the new remix versions of the album.
This album was recorded with the original lineup, Bill Nelson joined by rhythm guitarist Ian Parkin, bassist Robert Bryan and drummer Nick Dew. They had formed in August 1972 and played their first gig in that hotbed of rock North Ferriby, Hull the following month.
The new mix is as sparkly clean as the previous albums, with more echo on the vocals and (unsurprisingly) sharper guitar tones. When you play it next to the original album, it just shows how disgracefully muddy the original release was – this is understandable when you take into account producer Ian McLintock’s apparent substance abuse during the recording.
The new clarity does, however, reveal the limitations of the band – especially the drumming. Maybe it was the equipment, but the drums sound leaden and dragging. Nelson’s vocals sound weedy, » Continue Reading.