Reply to "Woodface Deluxe Reissue discussion"

Possessed7 posted:
Dazz posted:

As for the different fades and full endings etc...  Who would have a problem with that unless it is a shorter version/edit than  the original. Hearing the full end of "Can't Carry On" was a pleasent surprise although I first heard it on the 5.1 mix. (The surround mix was so different to the stereo with variations a-plenty!).

I'd have a problem with it, in principle (this is all subject to be understanding of the term remastering being completely wrong!). Remastering bringing out detail you've not heard before is one thing, but changing the song in more fundamental ways is completely different. Your assumption seems to be that making the song longer is OK, but shorter is not OK. If I bought a Pet Sounds or Revolver re-issue, I wouldn't expect (or want) God Only Knows to have an extended intro, or I'm Only Sleeping to have an extra chorus. Those become alternative versions, in my eyes. Any argument that it's 'in the spirit' of the re-issues isn't really correct either, in my opinion - the albums should be as they were, alternative versions should be on disc 2.

That opens up a can of worms. If I was that pedantic, I would argue that I don't want "I Walk Away" on the first album and I wanted "Can't Carry On" faded out early because that's how I remember it on my original Australian vinyl pressing. Yet I have found out that "Can't Carry On" was NOT faded out early on overseas pressings so which is the 'alternate' version? Depends on what country you bought your albums from I guess. I'm guessing CCO wasn't meant to be faded out but was during that vinyl album's preparation in Australia for reasons lost in the midsts of time. Imagine my surprise when I first heard the full ending on the DVD-A after years of being used to a fade-out.

Since Neil was active in these remasters, he probably chose this time to correct things that may have annoyed him in the past (like the applause at the end of "Together Alone" - he may have thought it was always there and was disappointed to find out it wasn't so he took this time to make sure it went back on as originally intended. I don't know if that happened but I'm using that as a hypothetical).

 

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