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Parlophone hold its hands up to Bowie box ‘Heroes’ issue and takes action

Replacement discs coming •  “We have listened to fans” – Parlophone

After the events of last week, when Parlophone/Warner Music defended the mastering and the ‘loss of energy’ issue with Heroes on the new David Bowie A New Career In A New Town box set, the label have now adjusted their position – in light of ongoing criticism from some fans – and in a statement have confirmed that new discs for Heroes will be made available.

The statement from Parlophone is as follows:

“While we attempted to maintain the integrity of the issue that existed on the original master tape of the ‘Heroes’ album, we have also listened to fans’ concerns. As soon as a new master is available the digital versions will be changed and those who would like a replacement ‘Heroes’ album (CD or vinyl) will be eligible for one, further details on how to obtain such a replacement will follow in due course so please hang onto your proof of purchase”

Since the Heroes issue was the primary concern for most, this should satisfy the majority of box set buyers. While criticisms, in some quarters, of the mastering in general aren’t going to go away, that’s a much more subjective debate, as the 400+ comments in last week’s post will attest. But there was no getting around the problem on Heroes. If you take their comments last week at face value, the record label were aiming for maximum authenticity in an attempt to please fans, but ironically ended up delivering an imperfect version of one of Bowie’s most iconic tracks – a song that is at the heart and soul of the ‘Berlin Trilogy’. The label may regret not nipping this in the bud a bit earlier, and making the replacement discs decision a week ago, but they’ve got there in the end.

Incidentally, there’s a very interesting and insightful commentary on this situation from Jeff Rougvie, who worked with David Bowie on the Rykodisc reissues in the early 1990s. You can read the full text on his website, but the passage below stood out for me:

I’ve been on both sides of this equation, so before I go deeper, let me say that a project of this scale, by an artist of this stature – especially when it features music many of Bowie’s hardcore fans hold particularly dear – is an enterprise not undertaken lightly or without fear of fan wrath. These boxes have been coming at a steady rate and there’s no doubt many inside the walls of Parlophone – no matter how big a Bowie fan they may be – are human, and may be, at this point, somewhat Bowie-fatigued. After going through so many reels listening to and cataloging the vault, I certainly was.

In short, I’m sympathetic. The Ryko titles contained mistakes. We were lucky – when the Ryko releases were prepared, David was alive. He signed off on all the re-masters we created, so we could safely deflect to him, regardless of who was initially responsible for any slip-ups. And, thank God, they came out before the internet was a thing, or I might’ve offed myself while reading comments.”

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DAVID BOWIE / A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977-1982)

13LP Box Set:

84 Page hardback book

Low (remastered) (1LP)
“Heroes” 
(remastered) (1LP)
“Heroes” E.P. 
(remastered) (12” Single)*
Stage 
(remastered) (2LP Yellow Vinyl) *
Stage (2017) 
(remastered)  (3LP)
Lodger 
(remastered) (1LP)
Lodger 
(Tony Visconti 2017 Mix) (1LP)*
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
 (1LP)
Re:Call 3 
(non-album singles, single versions and b-sides) (remastered) (2LP)*

* Exclusive to ‘A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982)’

11 CD Box Set:

128 Page hardback book

Low (remastered) (1CD)
“Heroes” 
(remastered) (1CD)
“Heroes” E.P. 
(remastered) (CD EP)*
Stage 
(remastered) (2CD)*
Stage (2017) 
(remastered) (2CD)
Lodger 
(remastered) (1CD)
Lodger 
(Tony Visconti 2017 Mix) (1CD)*
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 
(1CD)

Re:Call 3 (non-album singles, single versions and b-sides) (remastered) (1CD)*

* Exclusive to ‘A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982)’


Detailed CD & Vinyl Tracklistings (showing Vinyl side breaks)

A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977-1982)

LOW

Released on RCA PL 12030 (U.K.) / CPL1-2030 (U.S.) on 14thJanuary, 1977.

Side 1
1. Speed Of Life
2. Breaking Glass
3. What In The World
4. Sound And Vision
5. Always Crashing In The Same Car
6. Be My Wife
7. A New Career In A New Town

Side 2
1. Warszawa
2. Art Decade
3. Weeping Wall
4. Subterraneans

“HEROES”

Released on RCA PL 12522 (U.K.) / AFL1-2522 (U.S.) on 14th October, 1977.

Side 1
1. Beauty And The Beast
2. Joe The Lion
3. “Heroes”
4. Sons Of The Silent Age
5. Blackout

Side 2
1. V-2 Schneider
2. Sense Of Doubt
3. Moss Garden
4. Neuköln
5. The Secret Life Of Arabia

“HEROES” E.P.
Side 1
1. “Heroes”/”Helden” (German album version)
2. “Helden” (German single version)

Side 2
1. “Heroes”/”Héros” (French album version)
2. “Héros” (French single version)

STAGE (Original)

Released on RCA PL 02913 (U.K.) / CPL2-2913 (U.S.) on 8thSeptember, 1978.

Side 1
1. Hang On To Yourself
2. Ziggy Stardust
3. Five Years
4. Soul Love
5. Star

Side 2
1. Station To Station
2. Fame
3. TVC 15

Side 3
1. Warszawa
2. Speed Of Life
3. Art Decade
4. Sense Of Doubt
5. Breaking Glass

Side 4
1. “Heroes”
2. What In The World
3. Blackout
4. Beauty And The Beast

STAGE (2017)
Side 1
1. Warszawa
2. “Heroes”
3. What In The World

Side 2
1. Be My Wife
2. The Jean Genie *
3. Blackout
4. Sense Of Doubt

Side 3
1. Speed Of Life
2. Breaking Glass
3. Beauty And The Beast
4. Fame

Side 4
1. Five Years
2. Soul Love
3. Star
4. Hang On To Yourself
5. Ziggy Stardust
6. Suffragette City *

Side 5
1. Art Decade
2. Alabama Song
3. Station To Station

Side 6
1. Stay
2. TVC 15

* Previously unreleased

LODGER

Released on RCA PL 13254 (U.K.) / APL1-3254 (U.S.) on 18th May, 1979.

LODGER (2017 Tony Visconti mix)
Side 1
1. Fantastic Voyage
2. African Night Flight
3. Move On
4. Yassassin (Turkish for: Long Live)
5. Red Sails

Side 2
1. D.J.
2. Look Back In Anger
3. Boys Keep Swinging
4. Repetition
5. Red Money

SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS)

Released on RCA BOWLP 2 (PL 13647) (U.K.) / AQL1-3647 (U.S.) on 12th September, 1980.

Side 1
1. It’s No Game (Part 1)
2. Up The Hill Backwards
3. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
4. Ashes To Ashes
5. Fashion

Side 2
1. Teenage Wildlife
2. Scream Like A Baby
3. Kingdom Come
4. Because You’re Young
5. It’s No Game (Part 2)

RE:CALL 3
Side 1
1. “Heroes” (single version)
2. Beauty And The Beast (extended version)
3. Breaking Glass (Australian single version)
4. Yassassin (single version)
5. D.J. (single version)

Side 2
1. Alabama Song
2. Space Oddity (1979 version)
3. Ashes To Ashes (single version)
4. Fashion (single version)
5. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version)

Side 3
1. Crystal Japan
2. Under Pressure (single version) – Queen and David Bowie
3. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (soundtrack album version)
4. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy * – David Bowie and Bing Crosby
* mono

Side 4
Bertolt Brecht’s Baal
1. Baal’s Hymn
2. Remembering Marie A.
3. Ballad Of The Adventurers
4. The Drowned Girl
5. The Dirty Song

The running order for Re:Call 3 CD differs from the vinyl version

1. “Heroes” (single version)
2. Beauty And The Beast (extended version)
3. Breaking Glass (Australian single version)
4. Yassassin (single version)
5. D.J. (single version)
6. Alabama Song
7. Space Oddity (1979 version)
8. Ashes To Ashes (single version)
9. Fashion (single version)
10.Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version)
11.Crystal Japan
12.Under Pressure (single version) – Queen and David Bowie

Bertolt Brecht’s Baal
13.Baal’s Hymn
14.Remembering Marie A.
15.Ballad Of The Adventurers
16.The Drowned Girl
17.The Dirty Song
18.Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (soundtrack album version)

19.Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy * – David Bowie and Bing Crosby
* mono

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Gerbrand

Received my replacement disc today.

Arr Gee

Thanks for the notification of the price drop. Was in two minds about the CD box, but this sealed the deal!

Arr Gee

Just ordered the vinyl box set for £149.99; I guess this has the flawed disc. Anyone know what is happening with replacement discs?

[…] The new masters, prepared by producer Tony Visconti, have generated some controversy among hard-core fans. In addition, there have been questions about the overall quality control on the project, mainly centering around a volume drop at 2:50 into “Heroes.” Parlaphone first blamed the source tape, then agreed to offer buyers of the original CD and/or LP package (or download) a replacement recording of the album. […]

[…] reissues have. The set’s first pressings also had a problem in the song “Heroes” that Parlophone has promised to correct. On the bright side, Mr. Visconti’s disc-length “Lodger” remix makes the original (also […]

Jim Kearns

The new, individual album, available for download or streaming on Tidal, is fixed. Therefore, the question remains, why haven’t those of us who spent real money on actual products, been made aware of when this egregious oversight will be corrected for all of us?

Pete Murs

Any NEWS when the new replacement CD Disc & Vinyl gonna be available……Just Asking

Murray Robbins

Well done for chasing Parlophone Paul!

Paolo

When?

[…] the label’s credit, they’re going to offer buyers of the original CD and/or LP package (or download) a replacement recording of the album. Details are yet to be announced, but it’s good news for those whiplashed by the whole […]

John Kent

Nearly two months down the road and still no news on when the replacement discs will be available. Have Parlophone hoped that we’ve all forgotten?

phlmarie

Hello,

Sorry for my bad english, I’m French…

I’ld like to buy the CD Box for Christmas.
But, for the matter, I would prefer to receive the “good” release without errors.

Do you think that the new sold boxes are ok ? (for example, those sold by Amazon)
Is it a way to make the difference between the two versions ?

Thanks for your help,
Cheers,
philippe

Rich L

When?

Mattt

Is there an update regarding when replacement discs will be ready to be shipped and/or the process to send in sales receipt? Thanks Paul. Would make a great follow-up post.

R.Naud

Really should have owned up from day one…

Now what can we expect for the next box. I don’t think Tin Machine should be part of the box. It was never released under Bowie’s name but as a group effort so it’s not a ‘solo career’ project, however that doesn’t make much for a box. I tried to think what was there to be added in that box…

Let’s Dance album – 1983

Serious Moonlight film concert soundtrack – 1983

Tonight album – 1984

Film songs 1985/1986 (9 tracks):
The Falcon & The Snowman soundtrack: This is Not America
Labyrinth soundtrack: Magic Dance/As the World Falls Down/Within You/Underground
Absolute Beginners soundtrack: Absolute Beginners/That’s Motivation/Volare
When the Wind Blows soundtrack: When the Wind Blows

Never Let Me Down album – 1987

Glass Spider film concert soundtrack – 1987

Recall-4 compilation: Remixes of singles from the Album Let’s Dance/Tonight/Never Let Me Down, including b sides ‘Julie’ and ‘Girls’, and Time Will Crawl (MM mix) from the iSelect compilation + Live Aid Performance 1985 (TVC15/Rebel Rebel/Modern Love/Heroes)

Would love some demos to be released. I always heard Bowie saying that the demo for Loving the Alien was fantastic and superior to the officially released studio version…

Matthew Hudson

There are also 3 non-album tracks on the 1981 Christiane F. soundtrack that would belong on the film songs disc: TVC15 (Single Version), Heroes/Helden (a mix of the English full-length version and the German single edit) and Stay (US Single Version)

William_M

very bizarrely but certainly most appreciated and unexpected… I contacted amazon about the issues sometime ago and kept up a dialogue with them on and off over a period of a month or so.

Basically i was unhappy at spending my £100 and all the issues with the set. I was exasperated being passed around from one customer service assistant to another, retelling what it was all about time and again.

The alarming thing is although the set has been withdrawn from sale by amazon a few times, the reviews are damning and so on, they seemed blissfully unaware of the whole drama surrounding the release. Anyhoo the upshot of all of this contact was a full refund without returning the set, I have to admit i was only expecting a cheeky little £10 refund but this has pretty much left me speechless. I can only assume they were sick of me going on about loss of energy and lost the will to use any more energy on my moaning and quest for updates etc.

Mark Porter

It’s a bit after the fact now but did you have the opportunity Paul to ask about the next box set in the series or the next RSD releases?

Ben

Well, nice to see Parlophone is big enough to admit a mistake, even if it took a week to do so. It’s always good to see the positive side of fan/creator interactions, especially with archival stuff like this.

Bruno

Not sure if this has already been reported but, interestingly, both the CD and the vinyl box sets have been withdrawn from the David Bowie / Parlophone website… There is just a link to the HMV store but the boxes are not available directly from the DB store anymore. Maybe Parlophone is waiting for the new version of “Heroes” to be issued before they put the boxes back on their store?

Wayne Klein

Most likely rather than have Parlophone have people return more books and complain. My guess–they will package it on the outside or repackage it.

Marc

Do we allready know when the replacements will be ready?

Hans

Phew… Read all the comments… Interesting. I still think the box is worth every penny. I love the artwork, the details. Low includes the fanclub flyer and the inner sleeve has even 12/76 printed on it. Sure the heroes thing was unfortunate but they are replacing it now. And for the next box… Tonight is probably the least of all great albums bowie did simply because Bowie himself made one big mistake. How can anyone think of rerecording the Beach boys “God only knows”…..

gwynogue

I was hoping the complaints/bad reviews would cause Amazon to lower the price, but alas, tis still 100 squid (CD version). It might sound strange that I want a box set that is soon to be revised and ‘corrected’, but I have a very limited budget so price is just as important as quality. If it’s cheaper to buy an ‘error’ and get a free replacement rather than buy ‘correct’ at a higher price, that is the path I will take. Perhaps when the boxes with revised “Heroes” come in, the old boxes will become more affordable.

Unfortunately, I am a ‘completeist’, so since I bought the “Five Years” box, I MUST have the others! I still haven’t got “WCIBN?” yet, I’ve been waiting for a deal alert but it hasn’t happened yet!

Shawn

I love music and I love David Bowie. I understand some people are audiophiles – but most aren’t. I find the level of furor over New Career in a New Town to be way over the top. That said, when they offer the replacement disc, I’ll get one.

I’m thrilled with all three of the box sets and am anxiously awaiting the next with Let’s Dance and the underrated Tonight. Tonight had some truly rough spots, but also contained one of Bowie’s best, “Time Will Crawl.”

Paul, do you have any info at all on the next set?

Heinz

Hi Shawn,
“Time Will Crawl” is on the “Never Let Me Down” – LP.

Warren

How are going to actually receive the replacement disc ? Do we need to apply for them ? Will we be contacted and if so how or will there be an announcement,does anyone know or have any information please.

Thanks.

Warren

Thanks Paul ,I suspect that I shall hear first via your good self as usual.

JUAN ANTONIO AGUDELO V

Dear Paul

Do you know the reason for pr that did not include the following songs or rarities in this box?
*Abdulmajid
*Joe The Lion (Remixed Version, 1991)

maarten

The Gouster was not released commercially either…

Marc G.

They need to save some stuff for the inevitable upcoming “Deluxe Editions” for these albums.

Punk Anderson

The ‘rule’ is a really odd thing. The remade live albums were obviously not made commercially available in the relevant periods, but somehow they are still up for inclusion.
Whereas gems like ‘Candidate’ or ‘Some Are’, which have been every bit as commercially available after the event as Stage 2005 has, are missing from here. I’ll stick my neck out and boldly claim that ‘Some Are’ is rather more essential than the mangled remains of ‘Fashion’ that is the 7″ version ;-)

Punk Anderson

True, but the Diamond Dogs anniversary 2cd version (for instance) has already been and gone, so it wouldn’t have been outlandish for Re:Call 2 to pick up stuff like ‘Candidate’.

Anyway, fingers are certainly crossed for a Low deluxe edition that really opens up the vaults. The mere thought of just one song of the same quality as the divine ‘Some Are’ … here’s hoping :-)

Iain McDermott

All sounding good from Parlophone. Thanks again Paul. Do we know if the individual albums are being h released on CD as with previous box sets?

Iain McDermott

Thanks Paul. Good to be able to cherry pick LPs across vinyl and CD out with the boxes, as great as they are – hoping that the new Visconti Lodger is available individually too.

Chris S.

“hoping that the new Visconti Lodger is available individually too.”

It won’t be, it is/always has been exclusive to the box set.

Nigel Bevan

Email from Amazon states this is how the remasters were intended as stated by Tony Visconti and they will not be replaced. Has anyone else received this email?

Wayne Klein

No but maybe this is how they are avoiding refunds for the flawed box.

Wayne Klein

Great comment from Jeff Rougvie. You could argue about the mastering (it isn’t as good as the previous sets) but the drop outs, warts and all approach here do, indeed, did a disservice to fans just as not including the previous bonus mastering on a separate disc was a disservice as well.

For me to possibly even consider purchasing the next box set, they better do something awfully special. Heck, for fans if I were the label, I would replace the Heroes disc and also give fans the choice of getting a remastered Scary Monsters, Low with various issues fixed.

Taking your fans for granted and then correcting the issue is still taking advantage of fans and, when caught, fixing the problem. It’s dishonest and disengenous.

voxstarstream

As for myself, I hope the next box is a rarities/unreleased tracks box from the RCA era (the years covered by the last 3 box sets). That would pretty much do it for me! I have also heard rumours that an unreleased show from the “Isolar II” tour will be next year’s RSD release.

Paul Wren

Paul, this demonstrates people power as co-ordinated by your site. And this is on top of providing us with early “heads up” info on releases and associated pricing. Take a bow, sir!

Mic Smith

Finally listened to Low from the box today and in places – especially Speed of Life – I can see why the work on that album is getting a fair amount of criticism. I enjoyed most of it but Speed of Life does sound pretty dreadful. I need to listen to my Ryko/EMI which I got from ASDA for £6.99 but I suspect that sounds nothing like this remaster and will be my default copy.

fish

nice to see a record company doing something. I hope you all get a good copy! good luck!

Uncle Arthur

Sure, an 80s Box must have some chance.. we all have our own personal favourite Bowie era…

I was a teenager at the start of Glam Rock.
My Bowie is the classic 70s, and embryonic 60s creative output…

So Chart Success Pop Bowie of the 80s is bound to have sufficient fans for a Box set of their own…

Even if us older ‘fans’ consider the 80s as mainly Bowie getting up for work in the mornings
and going through the motions,
he still produced plenty of excellent singles far better than most other artists of that decade.

Nico

Parlophone is doing the right thing here.

It’s time to stop complaining and to start enjoying the music itself. My boxset has just arrived. It’s a beautiful package. I did not have any previous version of those albums (or any early bowie albums). Those boxset are a great way for me to own this piece of history.

That said, if the next boxset is from 83 to 88 or so, good luck selling these…

Neil

Why would they need good luck selling the albums from 83 onwards ? He never had any problems selling those albums first time around and Let’s Dance was his biggest ever selling album.

Nico

keep in mind that this is just my opinion.

but appart form Let’s Dance this is not Bowie’s best period, to say the least.

Mad Earwig

Now that the hysteria (and blame and arrogance) has died down a bit, it was excellent hearing these albums anew.

It is a brilliantly presented box set, even the sleeves have inner sleeves, and I really like the packaging/box/book

I work in the hi-fi industry but trust my ears more than spec sheets and ‘Low’ sounds more upfront to me, not just louder and despite the enhanced bass – Dennis Davis’ drums sound clearer and less muddy.

But my main point is how brilliant ‘Low’ was an album of music and atmosphere and I have never tired of it over many years.

and tonight, it will be ‘Heroes’ glitch and all…

Trash

@Mad Earwig
Totally agree. A really nicely produced set with great attention to detail in the packaging.
I brought the Roxy Music vinyl box and had to return it – the sleeve artwork was badly reproduced and the sleeves themselves were so badly made that it was actually difficult getting the records out of the them.
This in comparison is a masterpiece (and I refuse to let the crapstorm of complaints ruin my enjoyment of what is some of the most interesting and rewarding music made in the Rock/Pop genre).
Other people’s mileage may vary :-)

Wayne Klein

That’s too bad because, aside from not including the intended high re discs, the cD and SACd editions of the box for Roxy were really really good quality.

Robert Todd

Absolutely. Overall the set is very good. The bass on Low was always there. On first listen to the current LP in the box I was taken aback, convinced that there was a tracking error. A quick listen to my old flimsy copy dispelled that notion. All that clutter and noise was there in the first place. I’m one of the complainers. I wrote to Amazon about Heroes in an effort to raise the issue and request a replacement if one was available. To my surprise I was offered a 10% refund which I was happy to accept. What I am pleased about is Parlophone’s acknowledgement, despite the earlier “this isn’t a problem” statement.

Richard

So, what if i purchase a new box next month … will it contain the proper cd … or

Richard

russell finch

Let’s hope the record company(ies) have also picked up on reaction to the loudness / brickwalling of this box set and realised that it’s not what buyers of back catalogue reissues want.

RJS

There was an error on one of the CDs from the Complete Bob Dylan Vol. 1 box set a few years ago. I can’t remember where I got it from, but there was an email address set up to deal with the issue. All I had to do was email my name, address along with the number of my Amazon order/receipt.

Barry Scotland

Paul, to save reading umpteen pages on web sites can I assume you will post the updates for instructions to obtain the corrected Heroes disc ? I know many purchased through Amazon.co.uk. Thanks for all the updates.

Barry Scotland

Thanks again. I love this web page, it is my go to site for reissues.

Charles

Thanks to Parlophone for making the right decision to replace, but gods help them if the vocal track on Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) in the next set goes from right to left instead of left to right. A touch too far indeed.

Name the next box set “Too Dizzy”!

Armidge

Too bad the record companies didn’t have this kind of response when the awful Duran Duran “remasters” came out in 2010. Good content, but many of the albums were rendered completely unlistenable. I remember there being a fair amount of uproar, especially about the tape damage at the beginning of Girls on Film, but EMI did nothing.

Adey

I know Bowie spoke of nlmd actually sounding quite good before it was “destroyed” by production. I wonder if the next boxset will have an alternate version of the full album, made up of earlier demos/ outtakes? After all, they’re gonna have to pull out all the stops to make the next boxset appealing, even to Bowie completists like myself.

Paul

Thanks for your part in raising awareness of this issue Paul! In the early days of CD’s, I used to enjoy Rock ‘n Roll Disc and ICE magazines which would regularly point out discrepancies in versions of master tapes and sound quality issues as LP’s were quickly being remastered for CD. Good to know there are still people paying attention to these issues!

Will

Well I just took a quick look and I can’t find my proof of purchase! But I do have an original copy of “Heroes” on Parlophone vinyl and CD. I hope that’s proof enough!

Brian

I reckon as of 2019 they will start doing 50th anniversary boxsets of each album, with rarities and 5.1 of each album. It’s bound to happen. And a Bluray of his greatest videos in 5.1. They can call it TVC15.1 (see what I did there?)

Paul D

Was the Heroes ‘error’ also replicated on the Heroes/Helden/Heros EP.?

Or was there another reason why those tracks sound so bad?

Mark Borland

Not the same error, those are different problems, poor and inaccurate recreation of the edits….. Same with the previous 2 boxes.
Unfortunately the Heroes issue is only the most obvious of many issues that won’t be corrected.

Larry David

Ok I’ve listened to the new Heroes, Low and Scary Monsters remasters and all of them sounds great to my ears! Listened to them on two different systems and I found them much better than any of the previous masters I’ve heard.
To be honest I’m starting to get REALLY tired of the audiophile crybabies who tell me not to buy the box set with my three favourite Bowie albums just because one so called “error” that I didn’t even notice at first. It’s bullshit. This set looks amazing and sounds great.

Punk Anderson

I’d left Low in the box since it arrived, partly because I was terrified to hear it after seeing how the mastering had been panned, and partly because I’d been listening non stop to Scary Monsters, Stage and the ace new Lodger mix.

So I finally stuck it on, excpecting it to basically sound distorted. It did nothing of the sort. Sure, I could hear that the bass range had been given a bit of oomph, but the whole thing just sounded alive and vibrant. Not boomy or lifeless at all.

The “Heroes” error was still pretty damn easy to hear at first listen, though ;-) Good job they’re doing the right thing after that embarrassing first reaction. Amazon were kind enough to give a big partial refund, so I’d have bought the fixed “Heroes” instead. Now I just hope they’ll fix the glitch on Lodger’s ‘Red Sails’ as well, and I’ll buy that one too. It messes with my OCD …

David Whiting

Well done Paul. Clearly your crusade and your willingness to discuss with Parlophone on behalf of the fans has made a significant impact. Perhaps you will be a trusted reference for future releases.

I may have missed it however are they replacing both CDs and vinyl?

LeBaron

Everybody should be aware that you’ve played such an important role in Parlophone’s decision, Paul, thank you for that !

RJS

Along with the reviwes on the various Amazon sites.

Daniel Wylie

The name the Ryko guys have chosen for their new CD label, Supermegabot, has to be one of the worst label names of all time. It’s absolutely uncool.

Mark

Heh, indeed! Although I’d also nominate “BMG Rights Management” which has to be the most unimaginative label name ever.

Jeff Rougvie

Sorry so many of you are put off by the label name. We’ll try harder next time.

I don’t know about you, but the reason I buy music is because I LIKE IT. I EVEN LOVE IT. I think this is the best reason to buy anything!

That said, I have bought albums unheard because it is on a great label. Stiff, 4AD, Creation, Sire, Island, Vertigo, Virgin, Omnivore and all the great labels of the past all earned their reputations as labels of quality, even if not al of their releases hit the target.

There have been plenty of stupid, meaningless label names that say nothing about the music they release; Fat Possum, Blind Pig, BMG Rights Management, SONY, Bong Load, Universal, Geffen (the ego!), Cavity Search, Delicious Bowels Agency, Edsel, Anal Log, Don’t Fall Of The Mountain, and my one of my favorites, Funded By Mom Records (all real, BTW). There are literally hundreds more, equally stupid, equally nonsensical. Some of them have put out incredible records, others have not.

Supermegbaot will strive to earn a reputation as a quality label. You may not like the name, but you’ll probably remember it!

Good luck to all humans! Thank you to all SDE readers! Always remember, music is the best!

Jeff Rougvie

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Maybe you guys have a point, as apparently even I cannot spell Supermegabot! I blame spellcheck.

SimonH

Regardless of what the label is called, I’m so pleased someone is showing love for the much maligned CD…!

Jonathan Smith

Hi Jeff,

If you are looking for potential release ideas, I would like to put forward the third Big Country album, The Seer that has never been released in its original mix. There is a 1500 strong online petition for it’s release that can be found on the podcast page on bigcountryinfo.com. This release is a kind of holy grail for BC fans. In 1986 the band were interested in recording sounds in a more organic and natural way than before. They worked with Sade’s producer which is a good indication the less bombastic approach they were after. But when they thought they had finished the Mercury records remixed the songs with an outside mixer adding lashings of reverb, delay and compression for a commercial sheen. This was all to the disappointment and of the band, and producer and eventually the fans. This release would also be of interest to Kate Bush fans who sang on the title track. Apparently she was not pleased with the released mix.

ps.

I have really enjoyed your guided tour of making the Sound and Vision collection.
As someone who takes care in making home made collections I appreciated the pain and effort into the making of the box set. Not really improved by the four disc version.

Thank you. Jon

Uncle Arthur

If Diamond Dogs had been included on the 1st Box set, I probably wouldn’t have bought the 2nd.
Now I’m in so far, the 3rd completed the 1970s for me.

Scary Monsters is my stop off point anyway.

So I never intended buying more boxes after this one.
Just individual CD re-releases of the less disappointing later LPs…

Can’t think of any post ‘Scary’ rarities that would be enticing enough…

Though a budget price Tin Machine Box would be a good move…