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Copper Blue / Beaster (Deluxe Edition) [Original recording remastered]

SugarAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Mac McCaughan of Superchunk & Merge wrote of the Copper Blue / Beaster & FU: EL (Deluxe Edition) reissues:

When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a "band" band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and Hüsker Dü in particular (like myself) went into ... Read more in Amazon's Sugar Store

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  • Audio CD (July 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B0084ZIWNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Act We Act
2. A Good Idea
3. Changes
4. Helpless
5. Hoover Dam
6. The Slim
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Come Around
2. Tilted
3. Judas Cradle
4. JC Auto
5. Feeling Better
6. Walking Away
Disc: 3
1. The Act We Act (Live at Cabaret Metro)
2. A Good Idea (Live at Cabaret Metro)
3. Changes (Live at Cabaret Metro)
4. Running Out of Time (Live at Cabaret Metro)
5. Helpless (Live at Cabaret Metro)
6. If I Can't Change Your Mind (Live at Cabaret Metro)
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Editorial Reviews

Copper Blue / Beaster 3-CD is a remastered deluxe edition of Sugar's quintessential debut album & companion EP. Also included are B-sides, a complete 1992 live show and a 40-page booklet with band interviews. The 2-LP version includes Copper Blue & Beaster on vinyl, plus downloads of both records, B-sides and the complete 1992 live show.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice edition for a quintessential album August 6, 2012
Format:Audio CD
You get a remastered Copper Blue and Beaster with great extras in nice packaging, all at a reasonable price. If you don't own these albums, it's a no brainer. Even if you do, I think the extras are great. Recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding remaster of a masterwork! August 10, 2012
Format:Audio CD
"Copper Blue" and "Beaster" remastered in all their sonic glory, it doesn't get any better than this! Oh wait...yes it does...a bonus disc of a live show from 1992! A roaring/buzzing/crunching mass of fizzing pop/punk noise that has never sounded better! "Copper Blue" is a classic from first song to last (plus 4 B-sides added here) and the "Beaster" EP is a snarling monster (J C Auto is amazing beyond words). The live set is killer and the accompanying booklet features interviews with all parties involved giving a rare sense of what was going on at the creation of this masterpiece. Wow, hats off to Bob Mould and Merge Records for perhaps the finest remaster I've ever owned!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very SPECIAL special release May 22, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Props to me for making a good call.

I went back & forth if I should purchase this 3-CD Deluxe Edition because I already own and frequently play Copper Blue & Beaster ... took the plunge and very, very pleased that I did - highly recommended for any Sugar, Bob Mould solo or Husker Du fan.

Both Copper Blue and Beaster are incredible, diverse albums. I compared this edition to my other 20+ year old copies and to my ears the remastering is a significant improvement. A true audiophile may have a more educated opinion, mine is that it sounds better.

The 40-pg booklet included in the set is outstanding. I'm usually disappointed by the lack of information in these formats in favor of abstact and such, but this "extra" really delivers. Two seperate Q & A's with a variety of folks included in making each album, with honest, descriptive insights from all involved, most notably the three band members. Plus lyrics to each song included on all 3 cd's. Bottom line, best insert I can ever remember seeing.

The live album is the true catch that I didn't already own. Wow. In the Q & A Bob says he had trouble singing "JC Auto" every show because of the toll it took on him, listening to the live album I totally believe it. Not only that intense, awesome song, but the band is just all-out killing it on every tune. All but one Copper Blue (alas, Fortune Teller didn't make it, one of my faves ...) tunes and two great "new" inclusions ... "Where Diamonds are Halos" and the instrumental "Clownmaker". This is the type of raw, live album that ranges from punk to hard core to heavy rock from song to song.

Great job by the Record Company and the band producing a VERY high quality special release, we've all bought similar offerings that were not all that special, from top to bottom Sugar absolutely crushes it here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it's weight in gold January 22, 2013
By vvv
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A true classic - modern sounding still, with ferocious playing and terrific writing, and the included bonus of *Beaster*, a not-so-secret companion album. Bonus includes a concert I was at; it was raucous and tough, poppy and louder than everything else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Bob Mould's best work January 18, 2013
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Okay so Bob Mould was in Husker Du which was one of punk rocks greatest and most ground breaking bands. They bust up the band and Bob goes solo. Some good work from Bob in his solo phase, more introspective, melodic, and in some cases darker and more grinding / wall of sound type music than the Husker Du punk stuff.

Bob figures he made his statement with the solo stuff and forms a new band named Sugar - another power trio like Husker Du was. This was a Brilliant move because Sugar took all the punk elements from Husker Du and meshed it with the more melodic, structured and radio friendly elements of Bob's solo work which results in some of the greatest power pop songs ever created.

Stand out Songs for me are: A Good Idea, Helpless, If I Can't Change Your Mind, Fortune Teller, Needle Hits E,

This was a tremendous debut for Sugar, but it was amazingly outdone in my opinion by their next full length release called File Under Easy Listening which is worthy of 6 stars!

Rock On
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Great Great May 26, 2013
By ksrp
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Bob Mould is a guitar GOD! Totally overlooked and under-appreciated! You can hear his innovative influence in so many alternative bands. This version also has live versions of all the album cuts. GET IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album September 12, 2012
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Terrific album. The remastering is lost on me, in that I am not an audiofile. The live concert tracks are outstanding and offer different "takes" on some of the songs. A must for any Sugar/Mould fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Combination September 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
While Copper Blue and Beaster were recorded at the same time they are two very different records. Copper Blue being more of a pop record and Beaster much darker and heavier sounding. The B sides are a nice addition. This is a great value and you get a third live CD to boot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
My two favorite Sugar albums together in one nice package.
Published 17 hours ago by Bill Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars pop masterpiece(s) + sonic masterpiece(s) = buy it
Aside from the songs themselves, which are all brilliant pure power pop, this is one of the best remasters I've ever heard. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bleak
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong disc!
They sen me the wrong disc! It's the 1st version.
How do I get my money back, or the right one.
It's not the box version!
Published 12 months ago by jim v. grana
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock albums of the last 40 years
Not an overstatement. This is a great album that has great songs that work well alone and in the context of the album as a whole. Genius stuff.
Published 12 months ago by C. Liebendorfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better The Husker Du
Did that heading say "Better than Husker Du?" If you're a fan of the earlier HD output and not so much their later stuff, then you'll think of me as an idiot and move on. Read more
Published 19 months ago by The Dude
3.0 out of 5 stars It's competent rock. By the numbers.
Granted, this album came out in the 90's, but by the level of praise I'd seen this album receive, I went ahead and bought this blind. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bryan Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Copper Blue and Beaster ep by Sugar
With this deluxe set, you get so much more music for a great price. Not to mention some of the best music ever written by Bob Mould. Highly recommend!
Published 21 months ago by steven joseph
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Euro edition different?
I believe the US version of Beaster got a DVD bonus disc.
Jan 5, 2013 by George W |  See all 2 posts
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