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Old 14-12-2010, 16:28   #1
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70s-80s bands/albums: essential remasters, re-recordings, 5.1 or live sets

1) Any remastered albums that you consider essential?
The Smiths/Morrissey remasters are worth a listen, but hardly essential. Likewise, even these original albums sounded good to me: Dire Straits, Mike Oldfield, Jean-Michel Jarre (but tbh sound a bit dated now imho).

2) Any re-recorded albums (with new vocals) you recommend?
The Cure's "best of" came with a (limited edition) acoustic in-studio recording (and absolutely awesome they are too - highly recommended).

3) Any DTS/5.1/HD-audio reissues that have helped you re-appreciate the album?
REM's 5.1 reissues are good, and I've recently heard the Blu rips which are (even on my modest sound system) significantly better. And of course ... Depeche Mode are perfect in 5.1 audio.

4) Any essential live sets with excellent audio?
The Cure's 'Trilogy' was a bit disappointing - the audio is pretty good (rather than great) but the video has been edited/cut by a hyperactive teenager. I've since read that the 2.0 stereo track is actually better than the 5.1 version. But it's great value for money at over 3 hours long, and there's decent 'gig' atmosphere, crisp HD visuals and good lighting.

And if Michael Stipe is a member on here - we'd all love some new interpretations & recordings of the first 5 REM albums ... !
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Old 14-12-2010, 16:30   #2
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Brian Wilson's 'Smile' album springs to mind.
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Old 14-12-2010, 16:36   #3
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Quite a few old bands are rerecording their hits to get round old publishing deals. The most recent being Squeeze with their 'Spot the difference' album.
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Old 14-12-2010, 16:46   #4
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Yeah, Squeeze - and I believe Simply Red did something similar. Re-record old tracks as close to the originals as possible so they can supposedly profit 100% from the songs.

(I always wondered if you could 'cover' electronic music by using the same samples, etc., passing on the songwriting royalties but keeping the performance royalties for yourself?)

(A bit different, but there's a whole industry on iTunes for covers for acts that aren't officially on there yet. So you go to iTunes looking for AC/DC, can't find them so a % of people will just download the 'good enough' cover versions ...)

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Old 14-12-2010, 16:49   #5
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No exactly the same but Six Feet Under did a full cover Of AC/DC's Back In Black. Its hilarious hearing You Shook Me All Night Long being sung death metal style while everything else about the song sounds like the original.
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Old 14-12-2010, 17:12   #6
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Adam Ant did it with Dirk Wears White Sox to get around a publishing deal with someone. This was in the early 80's.
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Not a cover of a whole album, but Frank Black / Black Francis reinterpreted a load of his own Pixies songs on Frank Black Francis.

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The Black Crowes re recorded the songs on Croweology semi acoustic.And the Before the Frost/Freeze albums are New tracks recorded Live.
Neil Young has put out a few new live tracks on studio albums.,And Time Fades Away is a Live album of previously unreleased tracks.

Some bands record hits albums with new singers Uriah Heep.Helloween and Maiden re- recorded some tracks for B-sides when Bruce joined

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Old 15-12-2010, 04:32   #9
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Thanks guys - keep 'em coming !

Not heard about the recording contract thing - makes sense if artists are miffed at their recording contracts.
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While collections rather than albums, Todd Rundgren's With a Twist... contains bossa nova versions of his singles, and Suzanne Vega is currently going through her back catalogue with her Close-Up collection (volumes one and two have been released).

I don't think that the versions on Simply Red's Simplified are "as close to the originals as possible" like douglasb says. They are definitely fresh takes on the tunes, but it could still have something to do with publishing deals, as they are independent now. I think back in the days Prince was also contemplating something similar, but the only thing that ever came out was 1999: The New Master.
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Chris Rea re-recorded his greatest hits, seem to recall it was called New Light Through Old Windows. Think that was a contractual thing.

Alanis Morrisette did an acoustic Jagged Little Pill I believe, but that falls more into the "haven't done anythuing else decent so return to the one good thing I've done category", see also Mike Oldfield.
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Old 15-12-2010, 10:19   #12
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The Sex Pistols re-recorded a couple of tracks for Rock Band or Guitar Hero. Again you can only imagine it was an attempt to earn a few more $$$s as a result.
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The Sex Pistols re-recorded a couple of tracks for Rock Band or Guitar Hero. Again you can only imagine it was an attempt to earn a few more $$$s as a result.
I think they said it was because they couldn't find the original masters for the game, so they re-recorded them - although they were probably rewarded handsomely for it!
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That's what they said, and it was always claimed the multi-track masters were missing, but the Classic Albums documentary produced a few years back seemed to give lie to that.
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The most obvious ones that spring to mind are The Beatles Let It Be Naked and John Lennon's Double Fantasy. True, they weren't re-recorded as such but were re-interpreted to provide new versions of the songs.

Queen's Made In Heaven album contained a number of re-recorded versions of songs from band member's solo careers and a Queen b-side.

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Ipswich Punks, The Adicts re recorded their 1st album "Songs of Praise" for its 25th anniversary.
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Forgot to add this earlier - It's not a single album, but Bon Jovi reinterpreted a number of songs from previous albums on 'This Left Feels Right'.
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The Wonder Stuff seem to be re-recording their entire back catalogue at the moment! Both Eight Legged Groove Machine and Hup have been re-recorded and released.

As already mentioned there seems to be a lot of bands or members of bands re-recording old hits to get around rights issues. There's loads of these on emusic.com and seems to be particularly prevalent with soft-rock types (Bret Michaels/Poison, Warrant etc).
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Adam Ant did it with Dirk Wears White Sox to get around a publishing deal with someone. This was in the early 80's.
I'd not heard this - do you have any details?
I have the reissue from a couple of years ago and my original vinyl too. Not heard there was another version...


Edit: From reading Wikipedia I'm not sure there was really a re-recorded version of this album. It looks like there was a lot of ******* around with the track order for US releases (due to some contentious lyrics) and some alternate mixes of tracks (which I already have). From a bit of research it doesn't look like there was any particular input from Adam Ant himself though.

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Anthrax re-recorded a lot of their earlier songs with John Bush singing instead on 'The Greater of Two Evils.'
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