Dazz, I don't think it's being pedantic at all. It is pedantic in instances where its a difference of 1 or 2 seconds, but my comment was that I don't think it should be done, in principle, in any case. In my view, once the album is finished, that's it. I don't think it should be revisited 10, 20 years later and changed, in terms of tracks or length. The Waterboys reissued some albums with extra tracks and extended versions inserted into the original tracklist. The justification was that they couldn't fit on a single LP at the time, but I think that's just the way it goes - if you want to revisit it, it's not a reissue, it's a 'reimagining', it's a director's cut. That's cool if you don't agree though, each to their own, and it's a 'bonus' for anyone who also has the originals.
For the record, I'm not bothered at all by these changes, I just think the original version should remain unchanged for anyone hearing it for the first time.
I agree in principle, but in the case of the debut album, things are a little tricky: is the original Australian LP/CD (with shorter Can't Carry On and no I Walk Away) the original, or is it the American LP with I Walk Away (and a longer Can't Carry On on the CD)?
While CH were based in Australia, they were signed to an American record company and recorded the album in the States. On that basis, it could be argued that the American edition is the original and the Australian issue was just a local variant that took account of the fact that I Walk Away had previously been recorded/issued by Split Enz.