August 2 Reviews / What album needs a remaster?

Over the course of the past couple years, I've picked up a lot of great remasters of albums that seemed to bring things into clearer focus to my ears. The Talking Heads box set, a slew of Can SACDs, David Bowie, The Cure, Sly And The Family Stone, Brian Eno, Leonard Cohen and Peter Gabriel remasters have all found their way into my collection.

What other older releases could use a bit of remastering in your ears?

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yeah, the lamb is way remastered.

Has Lamb Lies Down on Broadway ever been remastered? It has always disappointed me that such an amazing album suffered from such a god-awful recording.

Being the inconsistent hypocrite that I am, I shall of course be getting the Cindytalk remasters when they get released, hopefully by the end of the year. This is more out of necessity, as I've practically worn the vinyls out completely.

Stereolab - Peng
The Spinanes - Manos
Yo La Tengo Painful

Also, I don't believe MBV's Loveless has been remastered, has it?

Just a quick side note from the new reviews. Those who found the Kiliminjaro Darkjazz Ensemble through this site last year should check out their alter-ego band The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation

It would be nice to see Queen II remastered....

Yes, it's true that quite a few things have gotten high scores this year. I think that 2007 is shaping up to be better than 2006 in terms of releases that really stand out (in my mind, anyway). Not only that, but there's still almost five months to go until the end of the year.

Sam, good call on the Gas being re-released. I don't think it needs any remastering, but I'd say three of the four (the first, self-titled one doesn't do much for me) releases are all well worth having. They're outrageously out-of-print, which is silly.

I'm really happy now that Daydream Nation has been re-released, such a joy to listen to it. I only wish Loveless could be brought back into light again, I think that would be ultimate.

Nice review of Fehlmann also, lots of high scores this year it seems! =) Have you heard the recent album by Deadbeat on the ~scape label? It's some heavy dub that I recommend anyone who has taken a liking to Dub to check out.

Thanks ning, i didnt realise that, I can finally get put the scratched vinyl away!

@Michael, a newly remastered 40th anniversary Piper 3CD set is already there (for pre-ordering though) i.e. see the news section of for details

'In The Court of the Crimson King' by King Crimson or maybe some Syd Barrett stuff like 'Madcap Laughs' or 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' for me

Though it's not old at all, I'd kind of like to hear godspeed's "yanqui u.x.o." recorded as well as their other albums. That would be nice...Albini kind of muddied it up, I'd really like to hear another cut of it!

...but that's just another fantasy I'm afraid.

surfer rosa, it takes a nation of millions to hold us back by public enemy, all big black albums, jesus lizards goat, mostly steve albini productions from the late 80s-early 90s

I'm not much of a fan of remasters. If it's the only version available, then I'd buy it.
Perhaps it's the cynic in me that doesn't want the poor record buying public being ripped off by the need to own another copy of the same album.
Personally, I'd rather hear the record as God originally intended! That said, I hear those Cocteau Twins remasters are lovely!!

PS: Staffraenn Hakon's "Gummi" is their best yet, one of my top ten of the year so far.
PPS: Dialect (on Resonant) is now known as Unstatuesque. I've still got all my fingers and toes crossed for the album to be released this year...

I've been loving the Triumvirat remastered re-releases in recent years, as well as the Converge remastered re-releases. But for the future, maybe a Neu! remaster or Vangelis would be nice.

Nice review of the Fehlmann - looking forward to checking that out. Talking of re-releases, I wish someone would re-release those Gas records (Pop, Konsigforst etc) - they are always mentioned mouth-wateringly in reviews but I can only find them for around the £100 mark ($200!) on line. Also, Warp should re-issue the Artifical Intelligence releases - copies of Speedy J's Ginger are also prohibitive online, and I could do with replacing my minidisc copy. Same with B12 'Electro-soma'.

Mercury Rev - Boces

Besides a remastering Kraftwerk should eventually release their early albums on CD ...

All albums of The smiths
All albums of My Bloody Valentine
Early Harold Budd stuff (albums not working with Eno)

I know it's been talked about for some time, but I think that the Kraftwerk releases could use a remastering job, along with some of the classic Tangerine Dream stuff.

Oh, and I'd pick up the first two Underworld albums again if they remastered those. "Second Toughest..." in particular lacks the punch that it seems like it should have.