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Copper Blue / Beaster (Deluxe Edition) Original recording remastered
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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 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.
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.
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!
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Great albums by a sorely underrated artist. A great pickup for anyone who likes 90's rock.Published 9 months ago by Paul A Kraus
Just everything crushed to s***. No dynamics nothing. And this deluxe is DR6 mostly. Too crushed for me to purchase. The original being DR11 already had a loud mix. Whatever. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Crank
One of the quintessential 90's rock albums. Not quite as well known as it should be. This edition sounds great and includes some cool extra tracks.Published 20 months ago by brkn
In our mp3 world, is there a need for this? I mean you've heard it a 1000x by now. The answer is an unequivocal Yes. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Patrick
If you consider yourself a fan of Bob Mould, you already have these in their original forms. Now the two-of-a-piece are piled together in remastered form and they're more brilliant... Read morePublished 22 months ago by David P. Weber
Master sound writing from Bob Mould now with the right sound mastering. The re-master of Cooper Blue makes the end-to-end play more “Listenable”. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael B