[Grief] 2nd Annual Report remaster

Grant Regnaert tripreset at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 14 16:24:45 PST 2011

Again, going back with the better idea of releasing old, rare and unreleased studio recordings on the second discs, I think the perfect album to accompany 2AR on disc 2, would have been the backwards recut version of 2AR, that was released on Fetish (and you would still have plenty of room for the United/Zyklon B 7" single, and then some!)  I LOVE that album and, IMHO it has always sounded really good, maybe even a bit better than the original 2AR. My friend, for Xmas a few years ago, gave me a CD copy of Backwards 2AR, that he had professionaly made. But I do hope that sometime it will see the light of day as a proper remaster, along with Giftgas and Kreeme Horn (two more of my favorite TG albums), and all the rest that were already mentioned, and New TG 1 & 2, and Nothing Short of... as well! That would be an excellent boxset as brian mentioned, and I would buy that in a second, as I know most other fans would too. And wes, I do agree with you that Speed does sound a lot better on Blood Pressure too. 

Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:47:30 +0000
From: conniffe at yahoo.com
To: grief at hollyfeld.org
Subject: Re: [Grief] TG remaster

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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