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Copper Blue [LIMITED EDITION]
Vinyl | LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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This limited edition LP is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and includes specially-compiled liner notes from Bob Mould as well as David Barbe (Sugar), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Samuel Fogarino (Interpol), Paul Banks (Interpol), and Lou Giordano (co-producer/engineer). The critics lauded the album and to this day their top-ten lists are packed with bands who would never have gotten there unless there was Mould and his Sugar.
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If you're a fan of the album, you will enjoy this.
If you're a fan of mastering.... Wow. What happened to you?
I think it sounds really good. And it's a couple of great records, to boot.
Incidentally, it comes with a free download. You get both the WAV and MP3 files. I listened to the wav's, and they sound significantly better than the LP, but not quite as good as the original 1992 CD. The drums are overly compressed (the snare is slightly distorted in some spots and the cymbals don't sound quite right). However, the guitars sound a little "bigger".
The other problem with the MP3s and WAv files is that the segue between "Fortune Teller" and "Slick" on the MP3s is awkward in the way it was cut. The train effect is both at the end of "Fortune Teller" and the beginning of "Slick". Essentially, the train is supposed to slow down at the end of "Fortune Teller", then pick up speed and segue into "Slick". What happens is the train slows down, picks up, then there's a click as it switches tracks, then the train slows down again, picks up speed, and then goes into "Slick". Seriously, did anyone at Ryko listen to this before releasing it?
For comparison, I bought the new Foo Fighters record (which also comes with a download). I would call myself a casual Foo Fighters fan, but a HUGE Sugar fan. However, I was amazed at how good the vinyl sounds. The sound quality of the Foo's "Wasting Light" on vinyl is way better than most of my CDs, and stands as an example of why I buy music on LP nowadays anyway. It makes me even more disappointed in how this reissue of "Copeer Blue" came out.
Maybe Bob Mould or Lou Giordano should have supervised this reissue. Randy LeRoy and Frank Marchand at Airshow Studios did the remastering on this one. I'm thinking neither of them own a turntable. Or maybe they just didn't put much care and effort into it. I don't know.
Sorry, I love this record - its one of my all time favorites, but the remastering has a lot to be desired. Go find the original Copper Blue if you want the vinyl. This one isn't worth the money.
The LIFE BEFORE SUGAR side has a photo of the trio with a red background. It is basically a best of Bob Mould Husker Du collection.
There are credits inside for all 13 tracks:
"It's Too Late" from BLACK SHEETS OF RAIN
"See A Little Light" from WORKBOOK
"Wishing Well" from WORKBOOK
"Could You Be The One" from WAREHOUSE: SONGS AND STORIES
"Standing In The Rain" from WAREHOUSE
"Up In The Air" from WAREHOUSE
"Hardly Getting Over It" from CANDY APPLE GREY
"Too Far Down" from CANDY APPLE GREY
"Makes No Sense At All" from FLIP YOUR WIG
"Celebrated Summer" from NEW DAY RISING
"I Apologize" from NEW DAY RISING
"Who Hangs Behind Your Eyes" by Mercyland, from a forthcoming single
"Turned On" by Zulus, an unreleased demo
LIFE BEFORE SUGAR is about 53 minutes.