Myrmidons of Melodrama: Definitive Collection Import
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Original version with color artwork released in 1995: This version includes the singles "Maybe," "Wishing Well," and "Hate To Say I Told You So," which are NOT included on the 2002 re-release. This version, however, lacks any stereo mixes of the songs and does not include the single "Simon Says/Simon Speaks."
2002 re-release with the black-and-white cover: This version includes stereo mixes of some of the group's singles and includes the single "Simon Says/Simon Speaks." Excluding the three songs mentioned above, the track listing is identical to the original version (taking into account the fact that the tracks are listed out of order on the back of the CD). This is a minor, albeit irritating, clerical error.
So the question really becomes one of importance. If it is more important to you to have the three songs that are included on the 1995 version, then that is the one you should buy. If having stereo mixes of the songs is what you're after, then the 2002 re-release is for you. Personally, I would rather have the stereo mixes of some of the group's classic hits than have three songs that I have never heard before, but that it merely my preference. Collectors will probably want to buy both versions.
One of the reviewers has listed the differences in track selection. Here it's a toss up. Both have all of the essential tracks. On the other hand it's all worth having. I personally am glad I got both, but you really only need one from the standpoint of essential tracks.
The mono tracks sound the same on both Myrmidons issues (with one exception and in that case it's arguable which is better and they are very close) So now we are down to the six tracks that appear in mono on the first issue (color cover) and in stereo on the second issue (b&w cover).
These are all major tracks so this bears some consideration:
Remember (Walking In The Sand)- The stereo version has better fidelity. That is to say, there is less distortion, there is less apparent wear on the source tape. The mix is a little different than the mono version that was the single release. But most significantly, the mono mix was tweaked before release. A dramatic layer of echo was added to the single master.
This is not present on the stereo mix. Clearly the mono mix is the authentic single and the stereo mix is not.Read more ›
I have no idea what these people did to "Remember," "Leader of the Pack" and "Great Big Kiss," but they sound very different from what I've heard in the past. "Leader of the Pack" sounds very hollow and devoid of the sharp rhythm I always heard in the recording. The same can be said of "Remember," which sounds unusually flat besides. As for "Kiss," something about this mix seems rhythmically wonky, as though the tambourine isn't matching up with the drums; there are also parts of the song which are unusually quiet, such as that great "MWAH!" which now virtually disappears. Maybe I'll get used to the differences with time; it's probably just me. I doubt these would bother the casual listener.
The rest of the tracks are all very well-remastered, and sound very clear. I've got some particular gripes about the packaging, however. A paper case, guys? Gimme a break. Before I got the shrink-wrap off, the case was already ripped. And the CD is also mislabeled. It reads:
25. Love You More Than Yesterday
26. Simon Says
27. Simon Speaks
28. Give Him a Great Big Kiss (alternate version)
In actuality, the tracks go thusly:
24. Love You More Than Yesterday
26. Give Him a Great Big Kiss (alternate version)
27. Simon Says
28.Read more ›
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