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Good Music, Crappy Radio Edits,
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This review is from: The Singles+ (Audio CD)
Granted, if you purchase a compilation called "Singles," you might expect to get the single versions, i.e., the edited versions for people with short attention spans. There's also something to be said about having "clean" copies of these songs, without the early Moodies' frustrating habit of overlapping the tracks with the neighbouring songs. Personally, the edits make me barf, but that's just me. If you're just a casual listener, you probably won't mind or know the difference, and you'll have more songs than you would if these were the extended versions.
But... when I saw this "Singles" compilation, I thought, "FINALLY! They put the vinyl version of 'Cities' on CD!" Nope. Hunt down the 7" vinyl version of "Cities," found on the B-side of "Nights in White Satin"--by which I mean the 1971 re-issue of the single. It's clearly a different (and in my view, superior) mix to the "bare bones" version here (previously available on "Prelude" and elsewhere,) with Justin's unenhanced vocals and without the lavish bass. I know some people will prefer it that way--there is something to be said about the excesses of production in late '60s Brit rock--but it make me pull my hair out when they missed another chance to release this classic properly.
Again, that's probably a little inside for the casual fan to care about. But if you already have the album versions of these songs and you want a more portable anthology, do what the rest of us cheap buzzards do: Burn yourself your own copy of favourites.