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Gareth Pugh
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Pink Floyd came in for a lot of piss taking from fans for pointless memorabilia in their 3 'Experience Edition' boxsets (scarves, *cough* marbles!!) and I have some sympathy with that. A decent coffee table book with plenty of artwork, even work in progress concept art/drafts if any still exist - yes please. (I had hoped FMTM would take that approach when early news first leaked a year or so before it finally saw release).

Stickers, flexi discs - not so much.  Swatch design is really nice, though.
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Trust me, properly remastered albums are a key desire of mine, and I actually felt it went without saying such a new recording ought to be featured in the set(s). I apologize for not explicitly citing it (though I can see how the want of a picture disc might irk an audiophile, hence that 180g transparent brown vinyl). However, you don't need me to tell you, when it comes to reissues, boxsets are the "thing" when there's a market for it. If you want a successful one...well, this is pretty much the way to go (mostly). Inclusion of paper goods alone doesn't carry as much weight...literally, and figuratively.

On the other hand, we couldn't more opposed when it comes to forcing a "uniformity" of format upon reissues that didn't originally exist among the albums themselves. That kind of diminishment is criminal in my eyes and ears. It's what detracted most from the PSB reissues (though I still enjoyed the contents). At the very least, a reissue ought to recreate the original in every way but those that can be improved upon (yes, mainly mastering). What I envisioned above, with a little humor thrown in, is really in keeping with a particular album taken to the extreme. We are Erasure fans, and we love these albums. I can tell you that I would buy the above release for the fact it would be no half-measure in being the definitive edition of the album, and the era in which it was released.

To take each album and sand down the edges to fit some idea of "standard" is akin, artistically, to the brickwalling of the audio itself.


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A thought occurs to me here - I wonder if this is where that out-of-nowhere Lee Monteverde mix of 2000 Miles maybe comes from - readying bonus content for an expanded Wild! reissue perhaps?
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