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Copper Blue / Beaster (Deluxe Edition) Original recording remastered

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Act We Act
  2. A Good Idea
  3. Changes
  4. Helpless
  5. Hoover Dam
  6. The Slim
  7. If I Can't Change Your Mind
  8. Fortune Teller
  9. Slick
  10. Man on the Moon
  11. Needle Hits E
  12. If I Can't Change Your Mind (Solo Mix)
  13. Try Again
  14. Clownmaster

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)
  7. Where Diamonds Are Halos (Live at Cabaret Metro)
  8. Hoover Dam (Live at Cabaret Metro)
  9. Beer Commercial (Live at Cabaret Metro)
  10. Slick (Live at Cabaret Metro)
  11. Anyone (Live at Cabaret Metro)
  12. Clownmaster (Live at Cabaret Metro)
  13. Tilted (Live at Cabaret Metro)
  14. Armenia City In the Sky (Live at Cabaret Metro)
  15. JC Auto (Live at Cabaret Metro)
  16. The Slim (Live at Cabaret Metro)
  17. Dum Dum Boys (Live at Cabaret Metro)
  18. Man on the Moon (Live at Cabaret Metro)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 24, 2012)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • 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 (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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This is the audiophile review.

First off, original version came out on Rykodisc in 1992 and 1993. Remastered edition released on Merge Records in 2012. You get Copper Blue with b-sides, The Beaster EP, a concert from 1992 at the Cabaret Metro and an excellent booklet with lyrics, photos and interviews with all three guys all in one package.

The sound.
The original CD was low in volume like it was an album transfered to CD vs mastered on CD. It was bass shy which made it sound thin and flat. I did an A/B comparison using a Phillips dual disc recorder that has a record level meter.

The remastered version...night and day. Volume competes with CD's released today. Notice how if you shuffle your music and you play something new then Sugar and you have to turn the volume up cause its so low. Remastered version is at zero plus on a vu meter. The original danced up to zero. The remaster has far better bass and treble. Bob's guitar and vocal take on a 3D effect verses the originial. Guitar parts are clear, defined and more stereo like vs the "wall of sound" presented on the original. Tilted sounded so good I felt like moshing! It sounds more lively than the compressed and flat sounding original. Much better detail. I heard guitar parts I hadn't heard. The bass and drums are full, present, weighty and meaty. The bass intro to A Good Idea is more ballsy on remastered version than original. Listening to the original version vs the remastered is like listening to a song on the radio vs CD or the stereo vs live. The remastered has such a vibrant, live, energetic, raw, meaty and exciting sound compared to original. You will listen to it in a whole new way. After a listen to the original cranked, my ears would hurt and ring...not with the remastered version.

Hopefully that helps. If anything, get it for the b-sides and the live disc.
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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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I believe the US version of Beaster got a DVD bonus disc.
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