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born to mourn and yawn

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It's Summer again, which means, step by step, there will be more time available soon. Time, though, is worth nothing, if the mind is occupied with too much job shit, but we hope it'll clear up within the next two weeks.
Anyways, shot down some records that had got in my way in the past few months. Can't remember when or why. But here we go.
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Info: Some more are scattered around the place, waitin to be retrieved an then washed and scrubbed.

Was listening to Rank earlier today. It's a 1988 GSA release. Everything about it is okay. I have to say that I am not a big fan of the Smiths' live recordings, and this album hasn't convinced me of the contrary, but I guess they had to wean them suicidal Smiths fans with something after the break-up in '87.

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The concert took place in Kilburn, London in 1986, recorded by the BBC, if I got that right, and while listening to Morrissey singing on my headphones, I thought I detected some signs of routine tiredness in his voice. But, could well be that I was looking for exactly that, routine tiredness, today, and wasn't able to notice much else. The vinyl quality of this copy is VG+ at best, lots of surface noise, which might have contributed to my impression of a rulebook slowdown.
Highlights: "The Boy" was rendered in a pretty spirited way, so was "I Know" and "Bigmouth". Couldn't detect any exceptional or impressive guitar work on this album.

I am tired now. I will listen to the next album, which is "The Cat" by the Incredible Jimmy Smiths. A good friend of mine will join me...
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born to mourn and yawn

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I am thoroughly bedazzled by this scintillating copy of the 2013 limited Parlophone reissue of Kill Uncle...
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This is an immaculate (probably never-played) spic and span PERFECT ! copy that I have legally obtained for just a handful of euronies from a Swiss woman.

The sound is AMAZING! Was listening with my headphones on. Not one single crackle, and it felt as if I was listening to the album for the first time with Morrissey sitting on my lap. That's as close as it can get vinyl-wise.

I am not sure, if they had also remastered the 1991 original, because this reissue sounds way much better, especially the songs on the A-side. Some songs on the B-side lack the sparkling clarity of let's say "Our Frank" or "Sing your Song", but overall, the sound is outshining everything that I can find on my 1991 European Kill Uncle version, which, I have to admit, is probably just in VG+ condition. Still I believe that there is also a difference production-wise and with regard to the material, as the 2013 reissue is much heavier than the flimsy 1991 version.

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I cleaned the original thoroughly as well, and still the difference can easily be discerned. Now that I look at it, the sheer amount of dead wax is also remarkable, as if they had forgotten some songs the first time round, and maybe they actually did.
 
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born to mourn and yawn

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This morning I was listening to the 1975 Japanese (re-?) issue of Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival from 1968 on the Fantasy label .
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This copy sounds solid but throughout a bit damped and time-worn. The constant crackle has a hard edge to it, which of course fits the music well. After all, I will have to wash it again or send it in for some professional deep-cleaning.
My favorite song is "Wrote A Song For Everyone" on the A-Side. Not sure if this has been a hit single like "Bad Moon Rising" on the B-Side, but there is something in the lyrics which I find appealing.

The cover is made of sturdy and thick cardboard, yellowed, stained and smelly. The lyrics come in Japanese and English. The previous owner corrected some parts of em, which I like, coz we should all take a correct orthography more seriously in these times of superficial but nevertheless opinionated inaccuracy and lack of complexity.

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Janice

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I am thoroughly bedazzled by this scintillating copy of the 2013 limited Parlophone reissue of Kill Uncle...
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This is an immaculate (probably never-played) spic and span PERFECT ! copy that I have legally obtained for just a handful of euronies from a Swiss woman.

The sound is AMAZING! Was listening with my headphones on. Not one single crackle, and it felt as if I was listening to the album for the first time with Morrissey sitting on my lap. That's as close as it can get vinyl-wise.

I am not sure, if they had also remastered the 1991 original, because this reissue sounds way much better, especially the songs on the A-side. Some songs on the B-side lack the sparkling clarity of let's say "Our Frank" or "Sing your Song", but overall, the sound is outshining everything that I can find on my 1991 European Kill Uncle version, which, I have to admit, is probably just in VG+ condition. Still I believe that there is also a difference production-wise and with regard to the material, as the 2013 reissue is much heavier than the flimsy 1991 version.

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I cleaned the original thoroughly as well, and still the difference can easily be discerned. Now that I look at it, the sheer amount of dead wax is also remarkable, as if they had forgotten some songs the first time round, and maybe they actually did.
I very rarely play the 2013 issue you quote above. I think it’s been ruined with the additions and subtractions.
FYI - there was a 1995 release on Parlophome -
Not in great numbers. Very rarely do they come up for sale, a bit like the 2013 issue nowadays. That can’t be found for love nor money for small shilling. Yet up to recently (2 years or so) it could be found quite easily for low £££.
 
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Bless Comrades:praying:

Comrades all vinyls needed payable in rubles, all
emergency buy, no vinyls at this moment all sold
in April.:sob:
it was better to sell now better to get again.
needed brave comrade who can land
in hmv and remove green Bd item from kulacks
and deliver to hq to Comrade T

xxx Comrade T
 

Janice

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:)

Bless Comrades:praying:

Comrades all vinyls needed payable in rubles, all
emergency buy, no vinyls at this moment all sold
in April.:sob:
it was better to sell now better to get again.
needed brave comrade who can land
in hmv and remove green Bd item from kulacks
and deliver to hq to Comrade T

xxx Comrade T
Fear not blessed comrade, I’ll get mine and your green vinyl xx

Much love
 

born to mourn and yawn

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I very rarely play the 2013 issue you quote above. I think it’s been ruined with the additions and subtractions.
FYI - there was a 1995 release on Parlophome -
Not in great numbers. Very rarely do they come up for sale, a bit like the 2013 issue nowadays. That can’t be found for love nor money for small shilling. Yet up to recently (2 years or so) it could be found quite easily for low £££.
Defo prefer the 2013 version for its organic arrangement of songs.
Whats the story behind this odd mid-90s KU reissue?
 

born to mourn and yawn

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:)

Bless Comrades:praying:

Comrades all vinyls needed payable in rubles, all
emergency buy, no vinyls at this moment all sold
in April.:sob:
it was better to sell now better to get again.
needed brave comrade who can land
in hmv and remove green Bd item from kulacks
and deliver to hq to Comrade T

xxx Comrade T
Comrade T!
Your plight is my plight. The fat capitalist swines at hq hvm are currently trying to bring misery and discord upon the honourable masses of the international moz brigades.
Brave comrade E, who knew your late grandfather, heroic comrade R, sends you his genuine comisseration as well.
He was told by comrade V at the SMAD that the Central Committee is going to announce today that the class ememy hvm's ludicrous propaganda has been debunked and that they can feed their soylent green crumbs to their deluded british working class slaves and alcoholics instead.
Comrade T, we cannot thank you enough. What would we do without you? Incredible work. What a labor! Truly heroic!
 

Janice

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Defo prefer the 2013 version for its organic arrangement of songs.
Whats the story behind this odd mid-90s KU reissue?
KU, BD and VH were reissued on vinyl and CD in 1995. Morrissey had changed labels the previous year for Vauxhall, swapping from HMV previously. Maybe it was thought Arsenal and Beethoven were too recent to reissue.
 

born to mourn and yawn

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KU, BD and VH were reissued on vinyl and CD in 1995. Morrissey had changed labels the previous year for Vauxhall, swapping from HMV previously. Maybe it was thought Arsenal and Beethoven were too recent to reissue.
Could be. I always thought that KU wasn't such a big seller, so why reissue it only 4 years later, and also as a gatefold? Maybe it was part of a deal, so that he could leave PP earlier to go to RCA Victor?
 

born to mourn and yawn

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I am disappointed by the 2018 remastered, 180gr, half-speed cut, Polydor EU reissue of Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Peepshow"
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What a great album, but someone had messed this 30th-anniversary reissue all up.
First impression was excellent; packaging and the vinyl record itself are in superior tip-top stellar quality condition. Pressing was done at Optimal, and this record looked just fantastic, like a new and shiny-black Mercedes electric and leather-free EQC luxury sedan with zero kilometers on its sharp odometer. The vinyl itself is lying comfortably in your hand, like a conveniently thick and heavy steering wheel. It can also be used as a mirror:

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Like I had expected, there was not one single distracting pop or crackle or other surface noise spoiling the listening experience after the needle-drop, even the silence at the beginning was a pleasure. But then....
... it was horrible. The music sounded bony and cold, like coming from an empty freezer, and the vocals and guitars, especially in the higher tone pitches seemed to have been muted in a fuzzy way. My heart tightened in an aimless way, unable to beat with the music.
To cut it short: I could only bear listening to the A-side once, and then felt like having been squeezed into a tin can.
I am not sure what went wrong exactly. All I can say is that besides the Optimal pressing, the mastering had been done by Abbey Studios in London.
Only positive thing which can be said is that I had bought the album for only € 12 at amzn earlier this year, considering myself a most fortunate and happy person indeed. But, they probably knew why they had to sell this album at a loss. Learning never stops.

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Next question is, what to do with this record? It is really a pity. Such a beauty.
 
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born to mourn and yawn

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It took me almost a full day to recover mentally and physically from the above-mentioned experience. I wanted to listen to something simple and solid, no high-gloss mainstream major label sterile vacuousness, so first thing I tentatively pulled out from the shelf were the Green Pajamas from Seattle, Poison in the Russian Room. I had totally forgotten that I have a GREEN LIMITED VINYL, and what a green that is.... :frogface:🤢
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I sometimes wonder whether there is actually some quality control involved in vinyl production that takes into account questions of color combinations.
Anyways, the Green Pajamas have been active since the early 1980s and could be categorized as indie psychedelic rock of some sorts or the other. This album was released first in 2009 in the US on the indie-pop label Hidden Agenda Records, but only as a CD, and then, 10 years later on Sugarbush Records in Europe. It's a fine pressing, solid and lively.
Most songs are pretty popsy in a catchy and melodic, radio-friendly way, which makes me wonder why they have never achieved a higher degree of publicity.

 

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