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Your Pet: Complete Recordings 1980-1984
Box Set, Import
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UK three CD set. Following the demise of The Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren formed Bow Wow Wow in 1980 from former members of Adam And The Ants and a 14-year-old Myint Myint Aye (Burmese for "High High Cool"), who was spotted singing while working a Saturday job at her local dry cleaners, and soon renamed Annabella Lwin. Bow Wow Wow found early success with their Burundi-style drumming, pop melodies, surf instrumentals and Annabella Lwin's screams, chants and girlish squeals. But their notoriety soared due to the controversy surrounding Lwin's age, and the fact that she was featured naked on the band's first LP in 1981. Soon to be touring the States and opening for bands of the likes of the Pretenders and the Police, Bow Wow Wow soon released a plethora of singles, many of which came in numerous formats including cassettes, 7 inches, 12 inches and flexi-discs, with many containing alternative versions, b-sides, and remixes - all of which are included here on Your Box Set Pet: The Complete Recordings 1981-1984. Contains the albums See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy! (1981), When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (1983), the EP Your Cassette Pet (1980), plus all of the band's singles, b-sides, remixes and rarities. All material has been fully remastered especially for this release. Comes in a special clam shell style box set containing CD wallet replicas of the band's albums, faithfully reproducing their original artwork.
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Haven't listened with headphones/amp yet. Package is nice, clean - nothing fancy. No detail about remastering process - not sure if that's something usually included with remastered releases - but they do mention 2 tracks that didn't have good original source material, so they used best material possible (Elimination Dancing, King Kong). I can for sure now hear how "muddy" the other releases are compared to this.
Mastering is dynamic and not brick-walled. It doesn't feel like anything was done to ease the fact that the vocals were too high in the mix on "Your Cassette Pet", which still sounds a bit anemic (as did the original cassette anyway). I still have to crank it loud to feel the kick and bass, and then the vocals jab me in the ear a bit much...
Packaging and the booklet are nice. Nothing extravagant, but it doesn't feel like a budget release either.
Oops: When the narrative in the booklet mentions how the guys came over from Adam & the Ants, there was an accompanying photo of the Ants... but it was from 1977, when Mark Ryan was the guitarist and Andy Warren was bassist! At least Dave was in the photo...