[Grief] TG remaster

Brian Conniffe conniffe at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 14 13:47:30 PST 2011

the tgv set was quite poor and a real disappointment, the quality of some of it was so bad - like the atp show on there which looks like it's recorded on a phone - that a lot the content is pointless.

"after cease to exist" i've seen, it's interesting historically but that's about it. yes, first and last five minutes are a black screen. the rest, and possibly most exciting, content is comprised of some brief footage of the 1977 nuffield theatre southampton gig (in what looks like, and i think is, a university lecture theatre with gp-o wearing a swastika t-shirt), after that the viewer gets the chris carter castration (not as convincing or horrific as the similar scene from sleazy's "polarvision"), and the footage of soo catwoman tied up on a bed. she's actually very cute without her punk make up on, so maybe that's of some value to some people.

i'm not impressed at all by the new remasters that i have picked up so far. heathen earth and 20 JFG sound ok, but i think this new master of second annual report actually sounds worse than the mute cd issue (even though that was at a very low overall volume). listening to the after cease to exist soundtrack on both editions, there is a lot more audible tape hiss apparent on the recent remaster. all due respect to chris carter, i am surprised to hear him mention in recent interviews that these remaster jobs have taken up the bulk of this years work of him, since i can't hear any great improvement beyond the new issues being slightly louder (i actually wouldn't mind hearing this old material with a bit of compression on the cd editions). the bonus cds are basically just a new presentation of the four live cds which came out on mute.

i totally agree with grant that a release of early material like the two "best of" cassettes, music from the death factory, pastimes etc. would be much more exciting. throw in the unreleased jam stuff which appeared on "kreeme horn" and "giftgas" and that's a worthy box set release.

i hope the recording of the XTG live material - of which a couple of desk quality excerpts were posted on the industrial records soundcloud - is released properly. i'd actually more interested to hear that than the desertshore album.

imho, "journey through a body" is pretty much a failure. oddly enough, it sounds to me more like someone trying to imitate the early nurse with wound albums, and failing at it. whatever made tg work had surely been lost at this stage.
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