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Great album, but terrible reissue
on March 31, 2015
Sonically this reissue sounds fine. 'Them' was not one of King Diamonds best sounding albums. The songs are great but the production value was not what it should have been. I knew that going in. My real issue with this release is how they formatted it. They added bonus demo tracks on to side two, and in doing so crammed the first 8 tracks on to side one. On side two the only tracks from the original release is the instrumental "Them", "Twilight Symphony", and "Coming Home". That latter of which isn't even a song. This totally screws up the original format and listening experience of the album. What I wanted was a proper reissue on the original LP. Leave the bonus tracks for download or the CD reissue. My other issue is the the back cover is a generic image of a monster's eyes and a solid black back cover that are on all the LPs of this particular series. The original back cover photo', album art and titles are on the inside sleeve. Lame. I wonder who the marketing genius at Roadrunner and Cargo records were that did the layout.
Update:This review was based on the Roadrunner reissue. The current one carried by Amazon is the Metal Blade reissue, which appears to be formatted identical to the original album(i.e.all songs for from the original album in the original order and on the correct sides).