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INXS / Kick 30 / anniversary deluxe set

Brand new Dolby Atmos surround mix • Renders Kick 25 redundant

When I reviewed the 25th anniversary of INXSKick album back in 2012 I opened by saying “major record labels cling to blockbuster albums like a toddler clings to a security blanket”. Well, the proof is in the pudding, because since that time no other INXS album has received the expanded deluxe treatment, but five years down the line Universal Music are reissuing Kick again, for its 30th anniversary!

This is the third reissue of this album in 15 years and although I’m not sure it’s physically possible to roll your eyes enough to react properly to this news, the cloud does have a silver lining, because while the previous 25th anniversary set was missing remixes, didn’t include all the videos and was rather expensive, this time the label seem to have got it right, with a well-priced four-disc package that includes a brand new surround sound mix – in Dolby Atmos, no less – created by Giles Martin, who has made his name in the last decade as the new custodian of The Beatles audio, with regards to re-releases.

The first disc in this forthcoming Kick 30 package is a newly remastered version of the album, while the second CD is identical to CD 2 from the previous reissue. On the third disc, Universal do this time what they inexplicably failed to do five years ago and that’s fill out the disc with the ‘missing’ remixes. It’s uncanny. Anyone would think they’ve been reading SDE, since everything suggested five years ago is here (and more). Amongst the new additions are the Kookaburra Mix of Guns in the Sky, the Ben Liebrand Mix of Need You Tonight and the Mendelsohn 7″ Edit of Need You Tonight.

But credit where it’s due. It’s really fantastic news that a Dolby Atmos surround sound mix of this album has been created. It features on disc four –  a blu-ray. If you are new to Dolby Atmos, here’s the science bit: “This advanced technology delivers moving audio – a complete atmosphere of sound, with individual sounds that can be precisely placed and moved all around the listener, even overhead.” Although you need a Dolby Atmos compatible amp and God knows how many speakers in your room to really get the benefit, we are assured that this will provide “an enhanced sound experience on any surround sound set-up”. Giles has worked with Sam Okell at Abbey Road studios to create the ‘immersive’ mix.

“You can hear this album like you’ve never-before,” says Giles Martin. “You can hear Michael so close to you, you can hear his breath. You feel like you’re in the studio with the band. You have a record that’s 30 years old, but it’s been taken in a completely new direction and you can listen to it in a completely new way and it becomes new again. Great music and great songs, they don’t get old.”

Interestingly, after all the fanfare about R.E.M.‘s Automatic For The People being the first album to be mixed in Dolby Atmos, the Kick Dolby Atmos mix is actually going to beat R.E.M. ‘to market’ by a week (INXS is due on 3 November, while R.E.M. comes out on the 10 Nov). One up for the Aussies!

As well as this new surround mix, the blu-ray features all the promo videos alongside a new video for Kick. The Through Our Eyes Only home movie feature and the Track By Track documentary haven’t been ported over from the previous set.

This four-disc Kick 30 set comes in DVD-sized ‘fan-deluxe’ which includes a 48-page booklet with interviews, essays and rare photos. Best of all, it is less than half the price of its bigger, and inferior 25th anniversary cousin!

There will also be a new 2LP vinyl edition of Kick, half-speed mastered and pressed at 45RPM. This has been cut by Miles Showell, who did the recent Brian Eno sets. These come with a download card and a ‘certificate of authenticity’. A limited edition red vinyl version of this is available via the INXS online store. Andrew Farriss of the band declared these as “an outstanding sonic achievement… I was truly amazed to hear INXS’ recordings sounding so incredibly fresh, clear and kick-ass, like vinyl on steroids…”

All the INXS albums from the 2014 vinyl box are also being made available on vinyl LP individually at this time.

The Kick 30 3CD+blu-ray anniversary deluxe set is just £26 in the UK. It will be released on 3 November 2017.

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CD 1 – ORIGINAL ALBUM REMASTERED 
1. Guns In The Sky
2. New Sensation
3. Devil Inside
4. Need You Tonight
5. Mediate
6. The Loved One
7. Wild Life
8. Never Tear Us Apart
9. Mystify
10. Kick
11. Calling All Nations
12. Tiny Daggers

CD2 – DEMOS, MIXES & MORE 
1. Move On [Guitar Version]
2. I’m Coming (Home)
3. Mediate [Live From America]
4. Never Tear Us Apart [Live From America]
5. Kick [Live From America]
6. On The Rocks
7. Do Wot You Do
8. Mystify [Chicago Demo]
9. Jesus Was A Man [Demo]
10. The Trap [Demo]
11. Guns In The Sky [Kick Ass Remix]
12. Need You Tonight [Mendelsohn Extended Mix]
13. Move On

CD3 – ADDITIONAL MIXES & B-SIDES
(tracks in bold, new additions compared to KICK 25)

1. Never Tear Us Apart [Soul Version]
2. New Sensation [Nick 12” Mix]
3. New Sensation [Nick 7” Mix]
4. Devil Inside [Extended Remix]
5. Devil Inside [7” Version]
6. Devil Inside [Radio Edit]
7. Different World [12” Version]
8. Different World [7” Version]
9. Need You Tonight [Big Bump Mix]
10. Need You Tonight [Ben Liebrand Mix]
11. Need You Tonight [Mendelsohn 7″ Edit]
12. Guns in the Sky [Kookaburra Mix]
13. Calling All Nations [Kids On Bridges Remix]
14. Shine Like it Does [Live]

 

BLU-RAY
1. Kick Mixed in Dolby Atmos & High Definition Audio
2. Promo Videos
Guns In The Sky
New Sensation
Devil Inside
Need You Tonight
Mediate
Never Tear Us Apart
Mystify
Kick [New 2017 promo]

Kick 30 / 2LP half-speed mastered vinyl

Side A
1 Guns in the Sky
2 New Sensation
3 Devil Inside

Side B
1 Need You Tonight
2 Mediate
3 The Loved One

Side C
1 Wild Life
2 Never Tear Us Apart
3 Mystify

Side D
1 Kick
2 Calling All Nations
3 Tiny Daggers

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Alone With Strangers

Paul.

Having lived with this for a few weeks now I feel compelled to raise an issue. It’s nothing to do with the tracks included which are great (although I never need to hear another version of ‘Need You Tonight’. Ever.)

Nor is it particularly to do with the mastering which is a tad loud to these ears.

No. It’s to do with the blu ray & its claim that it includes a, and I quote, “Dolby Atmos Surround Sound Mix & Hi Resolution Audio”. The Atmos mix is fine – assuming one has the ability to play it and to get the best out of it.

It’s the claim of the “Hi Resolution Audio”. I, for one do not consider a 16bit/48khz audio file as ‘Hi Resolution’. It is scarcely better than a bog standard CD and, to be frank, this is a rip-off: this was one of the key reasons I bought the set.

Now it could be that the album was recorded, mixed, mastered digitally and at the time that would have restricted it to 44.1khz or 48khz. That is understandable but it should not be marketed as ‘Hi Resolution’.

But I don’t bear a grudge and so sought out a copy of the 24 bit/192khz download. Guess what? It’s 24bit! Yay! Guess what? It’s still capped at 48khz….. However, Universal are now marketing & selling a product in breach of advertising regs & sale of goods.

I have written to them via email & have received no reply. You have contacts at Universal – can you please contact them to request an explanation and, hopefully, a TRUE “Hi Resolution’ copy?

If required I can supply screenshots of the file sample rate & frequency distribution

Cheers.

AWS

Alone With Strangers

Thanks Paul. Record companies – indeed, any company – should be held to account for issues such as this. If this was a Financial Services product, the Financial Conduct Authority would be down on them like a ton of bricks.

Alone With Strangers

Just to correct something in the above – please replace “48khz” with “48khz or less” since , on closer inspection, the ‘192khz’ download is actually limited to 40khz.

Rob G.

Is the “Devil Inside” 7″ mix any different from the album version? Or was that just a mistake since both are thr same length? I know the edit version is shorter obviously.

David Carter

Received my Vinyl today and its a superb release, I have never heard this album sound better

Mark Sinclair

The vinyl is alwfully compressed and clipping is riff.

The extra dynamic range brought about by the half-speed mastering process has been wasted and simply accommodates a nasty compressed and loud master.

I’ll be listening to my original vinyl pressing for sure. I foolishly though the vinyl would have been mastered separately like So or Roxy half-speed masters….

TomG

Sinclair:

Apparently, the surround sound is not an actual hi-res transfer is just 16bit. If this is the case, I might have to skip this one.

gogandmagog

very well done
I posted my humble review in Amazon uk

William_M

bluray visual quality, especially the menus are a bit crap to be honest

Dajong

Received mine today. When I skip some songs on the blu-ray disc, I can still hear a few seconds of the ending of the song before. Does anyone have the similiar problems with the blu-ray disc?

Andy B

Listening to this right now, nice meaty remaster (haven’t got 25th) don’t really care for the bonus stuff, but overall solid.

Jon Mayers

Everything on the blu-ray is beyond awful. Utterly deflating hearing / seeing how bad it is.
So disappointed. If the other earlier albums do ever get reissued properly (which us fans have wanted for decades), PLEASE don’t let it get remixed unless it’s by Steven Wilson…and PLEASE don’t edit the videos and replace the original audio.
(Why does no one ever listen to the fans?)

Joseph Stone

Amazon is now showing Feb release ?
Universal website still shows a NOV release. Anyone have any new information in this? Thanks

MikeT

Release date on Amazon back to 11/24/17. I ordered my copy from Amazon.co.uk, since it was less expensive than Amazon.com, and my copy shipped today from the UK and expected in the US prior to the US release date.

Bill

Paul ( or anyone else) i only have a standard stereo monitor, 2 speaker with blu Ray player. Is there a blu Ray Disc that comes with this set that I can play? Does it include the home movie documentary? Bottom line—what Can I play from this box set and what can’t I play based on my system?

Jeff

I probably haven’t listened to this record in 25 years, but a 5.1 mix in Atmos and a good price. I’m in.

Glenn Schryver

Attended the world premiere last night. The surround mix is excellent; I picked up things that I’d not heard before. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Shawn

$33 shipped to the USA from Amazon UK, thanks Paul!

Daniel (from Adelaide)

Loved INXS since I saw them back in 1983 in a small club in Adelaide (Bridgeway). I don’t think I’ll be buying this set for six remixes that I already have though. Having said that, it does look great, so if a copy turns up very cheap, I’ll swoop on it.

As for the band themselves, I once heard them described as a good, second tier band with a great, top tier front man. That was as apt as anything. Live, they were great back in the day, but playing pubs in Australia back then soon sorted the wheat from the chaff.

elliott buckingham

just sold my red kick 25 vinyl so ive pre-ordered the dbl red vinyl postage is a bit steep though

Luis

do we know which version of the vinyl issue will have the certificate of authenticity? both or only the black version?

Mark

My two favourites are The Swing and X but I would be very keen on deluxe releases from The Swing up until and including Full Moon,Dirty Hearts.

Steve

Michael. There will be a regular single disc black vinyl version of Kick (and their back catalogue) issued for £16.99

James

Happy about this news. IMO Shabooh Shoobah is their best album. Would love the deluxe treatment for SS.

Michael

I will be tempted to get this on vinyl, but it’s too steep in price yet to feel worth it for me. I might have some interest in the remixes, but I’ve never felt that INXS were really a great band for the “deep cuts” and b-sides, as I grew up with them collecting all of their 80s stuff as a child.
I’d love to have the album on a new vinyl copy, but it seems like they only do very expensive versions in reissue.

elliott buckingham

at least now I can put my atmos receiver to use since buying it 4 weeks ago I haven’t owned anything atmos enabled

Josh

Leo Lotti, thanks for telling Giles Martin that – I fully agree.

Gisabun

Hmmmm. Waiting for the 35th anniversary which will add additional material not found in the 30th. :-)

Christopher Old

Is this a Region free blu-ray, or must I purchase from .com to view in Canada?
Extremely excited about this release!

Gisabun

Huh? Amazon Canada is extremely slow in listing new items. Wait a bit. It will show up.
Because of the smaller quantity sold in music videos, BR videos are generally region free.

Leo Lotti

Guys, you wouldn’t believe me, but I met Giles Martin outside of Abbey Road studios. Apparently, I was the only tourist outside the building that could actuatly recognize him. I told him that I thought he was one of the best engineers around and thanked him for all the marvelous he has been doing with the Beatles catalogue. I even told him that I couldn’t wait to listen to his Kick Dolby Atmos mix. To my infinite annoyance, the batteries on my cell phone had run out and I couldn’t take a bloody picture and register the moment, but there you go!

Simon

Screening of Live! Baby Live! coming up in London in October and note ‘Come wearing your favourite INXS shirt for a chance to win one of 10 door prizes.’

And a special guest to open the screening as well.

https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/inxs-live-baby-live/

William

Welcome To Wherever You Are should definitely get the SDE treatment. I had a few CD singles from the album (did I really pay £4.49 each back in 1988 for those?) so some of those remixes and extra tracks will appear on this set but it still looks like a well priced set.

gogandmagog

Midnight Oil and Crowded House…but don’t forget Men at Work…and (I know, no big hits) the magnificent The Church!!!!!

Dylan

Correct but they were fleetingly successful overseas. Was expecting to get flamed by AC/DC fans, tho’…

John

I suppose this is as good a place as any to complain about the 19 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees, as Inxs is not on the list, AND SHOULD BE! If the Cars don’t get in this year, I listen to nothing but country music from now on.

Chris

I would love the other albums to be given the Super Deluxe overhaul…esp The Swing ( which could have the fantastic Dekadance EP as part of a deluxe version) and Listen Like Thieves.

Martin Kilroy

Hi Paul. Is anything exclusive to 25 or is it all repeated?

Martin Kilroy

Cheers

Larry Davis

Is the documentary stuff on the 2011 “Very Best Of” 2CD/1DVD?? Or is that a new/exclusive documentary??

Glenn

Excited about this. Nice to see the new additions on disc 3.

Missing (?): The 5:11 Mendelsohn Mix on the 1988 CD single: https://www.discogs.com/INXS-Need-You-Tonight/release/1392636

Would be nice if they included all of the DVD features from Kick 25 on the blu-ray.

Would like to see Deluxe Editions of their other albums.

Phil Wilson

That one is 7:14, I am guessing the 5.11 version is the 7″ edit (track 11 on disc 3)?

Charlie Waffles

In the summer of 1988 I watched a show on NBC one night. INXS performed four songs from Kick at the Universal Amp. I wish those would have made it onto the Blu-ray. I also remember Dan Aykroyd and Sam Moore singing blues songs together on the same show.

Steven Roberts

Looks like a great set for the price.

If there is one minor criticism…..it’s that not all the material on the CDs hasn’t made it onto the blu-ray in hi-res. I’m guessing that – even with the album in Dolby Atmos – there’d be plenty of space left over for the demos and remixes etc to be included on the blu-ray?

Brian

Correct me if I’m wrong but Velvet Underground’s debut had a 40th, 45th and then a 50th anniversary edition. Each with a few added tweaks. There’s a lot of mileage in anniversary editions so it seems.

Mo Lester

Atmos mix is the big pull here. Heard good things.

Ty Tudor

Cat got tongues? Paul – calm down.
Simonf added to the mix. You were off hand and he is heartbroken.
Poor lamb Simonf has been lambasted for wording his wording ‘reissue repackage same old shit’ in the most gangster way.

Cheers Paul. Nice one Paul. Ohh Paul Ive bagged it, thanks to you. Ohh my wallet, oh my wife, ooohh Ill have to bribe the postman – is getting a tad trite you must admit.

Some constructive mud slinging has materialised this week. Thank you Simonf.
And you have to admit, minions decorating your comments give’s you no right to doctoring a community that is not up your arse.
Many thanks for the communistic effort.

I demand a petition to get Simonf back on here, and everyone makes a concerted apology for your loose and un charitable message to him.

You have turned opinionated of late, so why cant we?

Simonf I miss you dearly. Paul is in a foul mood, and he knows it.
Only an apology from Paul will do.

Paul E.

@Ty – I’m guilty as charged. I did thank Paul Sinclair in my earlier comment and went as far as crediting him for the post by using the SDE widget link to pre-order…shameful indeed.

The problem as I see it is that there is no problem at all.

I’ll add more fuel to the fire and restate how appreciative I am of the information on releases I’m interested in purchasing or just entertained by the extravagance of some
these box sets. Either way, SDE has become a great resource for this music collecting hobby/passion I have.

Fact still remains that he/Paul Sinclair didn’t withhold Simonf’s 1st OR 2nd comment and/or your criticisms. Good luck with that petition though – suggest you post it on your site.

Dylan

From memory, there’s a largish number of “unreleased” INXS tracks out there. If the other two Antipodean bands who made in big overseas – Midnight Oil and Crowded House – can have a full reissue campaign, I can’t see why it shouldn’t happen with INXS. My preference would be the CH model.

Bren

Going to have to go for this. Will only be able to make use of the Dolby TrueHD ‘core’ of Atmos, will be happy with that though.

One of THE albums of the 80s, every track an absolute winner. Used to hire the VHS of the promo vids for the album (Flick?) and loved all of those too. Only Welcome To Wherever You Are came close to matching Kick after this.

Not heard any of the 25th bonus material – the surround mix and the promo vids make this package worth the asking price. The rest is gravy as far as I’m concerned.

Griffin

Again? I’m still waiting for the Janet Jackson Control & Rhythm Nation 1814 Super Deluxe Editions. Glad I didn’t buy the previous one (25th ann.)! So I’ll buy this one (30th ann.) for the missing remixes.

Shane

I wonder what the purpose is of Dolby Atmos (whatever it’s called) when clearly the album was not recorded that way and surely it wasn’t re-mixed to sound like that, as I can’t imagine anyone taking notes of where the instruments and the musicians were in the room when they recorded it.
So basically you have this new disc of someone completely remixing the album to sound in a way that it was never meant to be and that has been randomly decided by someone who is not even the band?
I will be buying it anyway, it’s a pretty package and I don’t have the album yet.

Gunnar Radisewitz

Are there any differences between the previous 2012 Remaster and the new 2017 Remaster of “Kick”?

Ty Tudor

Atmos.. Dolby IIz anyone?

Brilliant album on DVD/A. The best disc i ever heard. Fact.

CJ

This is so weird, as I was literally listening to this album just last week and wishing that I had bought the 25th anniversary set when it was out–kicking myself for missing it. This is great news–already pre-ordered.

Steve

Ordered, Thanks Paul for pointing out the Red vinyl version. Also for anyone interested, Universal have a silver coloured double vinyl of The Best Of on their store for release at the same time.
Love Full Moon Dirty Hearts too Gogandmagog.

Steve

Paul – you should withhold comments as you see fit. If they’re just noise, not adding to the discussion, decline them. Whether they’re negative or positive. Simonf’s comments were off-topic, but maybe were interesting enough to let through.

I’ll second Kauwgompie’s suggestion of adding “like” options. No need for “don’t like”, just the positive marker. That would allow people to contribute, without writing mostly-duplicate posts. And you wouldn’t have to moderate the “likes”, maybe reducing your work load.

Actually, an automatic poll at the posting level would be interesting. Let people could weigh in on whether they’re interesting in the release, will definitely be getting it, already pre-ordered, why didn’t they put this out years ago, don’t like the artist, will wait for a sale, etc.

Anyway, I’m pretty geeked about this “mini SDE” – price-wise, it’s fantastic. Minor grumble that yeah, it’s still not the complete SDE package, but that’s a complaint to lodge against higher-priced sets. Here’s hoping more of the INXS catalog gets similar treatment as this.

I’ve been a fan of INXS since “The One Thing” hit MTV. Saw them open for Adam Ant in 1982, they were great – although Hutchence was drunk to incomprehensibility. Then again, if I had to open for Adam Ant in some podunk midwest city, I’d probably drink a lot, too. :)

Schu

Looks like they finally got this one about right with a reasonable price point. Other single release albums could take a queue from this. Now it’s time to release an SDE version of an INXS album I’d want to purchase, The Swing or Listen Like Thieves.

Other than the useless “this band sucks” or “anyone who likes this is crazy”, I applaud the fact that this is generally an open forum for everyone to express varied opinions.