2007 digitally remastered and expanded edition of the debut album from the Post-Punk band led by former Buzzcocks vocalist Howard Devoto. Originally released in 1978, this reissue now features four bonus tracks: 'Shot By B... more »oth Sides' (Alternate Recording), 'My Minds Ain't So Open', 'Touch And Go' and 'Goldfinger'. Virgin.« less
2007 digitally remastered and expanded edition of the debut album from the Post-Punk band led by former Buzzcocks vocalist Howard Devoto. Originally released in 1978, this reissue now features four bonus tracks: 'Shot By Both Sides' (Alternate Recording), 'My Minds Ain't So Open', 'Touch And Go' and 'Goldfinger'. Virgin.
Influential, haunting, but with a beat
Teresa Heinrich | Morgan Hill, CA | 08/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Howard DeVoto's post-Buzzcock's venture that combines Ultravox, Tuxedomoon, and Roxy Music (listen to the solo at 2:22 in "Shot by Both Sides" and then listen to Roxy Music's "In Every Dream Home A Heartache"). Incredible, influential album."
Fine album - good remastered sound - mediocre packaging
John Hilgart | Memphis, TN USA | 10/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE NEW REISSUES OVERALL:
SOUND: The mastering job makes a noticeable difference. The mix remains true to the originals, but there's more definition around the edges of each part - resulting in more powerful dynamics and an overall clearer sound. They refrained from maxing out the volume, which also helps with the dynamics.
MUSICAL CONTENT: They did it exactly right. Every non-album studio-recorded a-side and b-side has been slotted onto the ends of the appropriate albums. Previously, you had to buy the four albums, the non-album collection "Scree," and an additional disc to get the original a-side version of "Shot By Both Sides." (There was a great live 3-song b-side on an e.p., which is now only available on "Scree." Some alternate 2002 mixes of "Magic Murder and the Weather" songs are only available on the boxed set, "Maybe It's Right to be Nervous Now." The third disc of that box - the complete Peel Sessions - was released as a stand-alone cd in November, 2008.)
PACKAGING UPSIDE: Magazine had great album covers, but the Virgin cds all printed a diagonal banner across them indicating that they were budget cds. So that has been rectified. Also, the new cds come in clear jewel boxes and have nice artwork adaptations beneath the cds (which also have album-specific graphics on them). Typography on the spines is also specific to the albums and their visual aesthetic.
PACKAGING DOWNSIDE: The Virgin cds did a good job of adapting the back covers of the albums for the jewel box, and only the new "Correct Use of Soap" really tries to do that (poorly). The printing job is okay but not great. The typography on "Soap" and "Magic" is a little wonky, and the background color on "Soap" far more yellow than the original artwork/album. The Virgin cds also included the complete lyrics. The new cds do not have any lyrics. There's no additional graphic content either - photography, single covers, or anything else. Aside from the credits, all you get are mediocre essays that don't tell you much if you're already a Magazine fan."
Classic Album, Unexceptional Reissue
Nicholas Wilhelmy | La Crosse, WI USA | 09/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are some remasters that significantly improve the sound quality over the original CD's release (The Cure, Jesus & Mary Chain); some remasters actually sound worse than the originals (Siouxsie and The The's immediately come to mind); and then there are some that are just unremarkable. Don't get me wrong: the Magazine remasters sound fine, the audio quality just isn't a huge leap forward from what was on the original CDs. On top of that, the bonus tracks that are offered are all available elsewhere.
Bottom line: If you're a die-hard Magazine fan, you probably have all the tracks that are on here, and chances are slim you'll notice a difference in sound. If you're new to Magazine and are looking for a good place to start, don't think twice about picking this up."
The Great MAGAZINE!
cannibalhippy | happy hap hap | 01/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first Magazine Cd or lp is essential,its also incredible beautifull with the great Howard devoto qand future Bad seed barry Adamson I saw Magazine Live once A true "beautifull but powerfull punkband live theyreinded me of Joy division Check out their next 2 albums too Second hand day light is simply ..incredible"