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The Doors - Strange Days: 50th Anniversary Edition [Expanded 2CD]
Hard to believe that it has been half a century since this album has been released. “Strange Days” seems a bit more sophisticated than their debut released just months before. It doesn’t have the raw intensity of their first, but I think it is its equal, just in a different way. This double disc edition contains both the original mono and stereo mixes of the album. I would have to give a nod to the mono mix for its immediacy. “Strange Days” is another text book example of the high standards in remastering classic albums.
- Ted Talks
The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed with The London Festival Orchestra
“Days of Future Passed with the London Festival Orchestra conducted by Peter Knight” This double disc reissue is another Fifty Year Anniversary Edition. “Days of Future Passed” is definitely a more technically adventuresome undertaking than the Doors reissue. The technicians who organized this release painstakingly repaired the damaged original tapes and present the original 1967 mix for the first time in some forty-five years. They also included the 1972 remix that has been used for reissues for the past decades. I would have to give the 1967 mix the thumbs up for better sound and clarity. All of the singles tracks and BBC sessions for 1967 are included, as well as a few “works in progress” from the album sessions. Also included is a DVD with a Surround Sound Quad mix and videos from 1968 with the band performing a few of the album tracks live. “Days of Future Passed” is another 1967 masterpiece that sounds even better than it did all those years ago.
- Ted Talks
Chris Gantry - At the House of Cash
This album was recorded in 1973 at Johnny Cash’s home studio and executive produced by Mr. Cash himself. For some reason this album was not released at the time and sees the first light of day this year. Mr. Gantry was a Nashville songwriter who penned a few minor hits for other artists. At some point before starting this album, he went to Mexico and got lost in a haze of Peyote. This album is a result of that experience. Taken in its totality, “At the House of Cash” is perhaps the ultimate freak/acid folk album out there. Mr. Gantry’s imagination certainly ran miles ahead of his talent on this album. There are so many oddball musical ideas on this album that one wonders about Mr. Gantry’s sanity when he recorded it. But his past as a country music songwriter gives the music a structure that the music demanded. One of the oldest tropes out there is to suggest that an album is so bad that it is good. To a certain extent ‘At the House of Cash” lives that sentiment. But there is also a natural talent that makes this album so much more than a freak show.
- Ted Talks