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« on: May 15, 2006, 03:57:45 PM »

I havn't visited the store here on this website before but did so today because I was interested in the re-releases on cd. I like the fact that the soundquality has been improved etc but it's really sad to see how poorly it's been designed. Ofcourse it was done with the best intentions but it really doesn't look too good. I'm sure there would have been fans here, including me, that would have been willing to take the time to design these.  now you might thinkt, who am I to complain.. well i think very highly of daniel's music and I think the cassette tape recordings really deserves to look good on cd as they did on cassette. As it is now, they look too powerpointish if you know what I mean.
Perhaps it's silly of me but I was about to buy some of them but became unsure after a while and decided I'd rather burn my own. 
Anyone here with an opinion about this except me? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2006, 08:43:39 AM »

I have no great objection to the design, seems true to the minimalist aesthetic of the tapes. However, I have a major beef with the clumsy, crass mastering of the CDs. Firstly, the CDs have been mastered with 2 second gaps between each tracks, which, needless to say are not on the tapes, & which completely destroy the flow of the music. Listening to the music with gaps is a very jarring, infuriating experience. Secondly, the splits between tracks are real slap-dash, so a note that ends a preceding track will be part of the subsequent track. Which, of course, adds to the jarring listening experience.

Basically, I'd advise people not to touch the reissue CDs with a bargepole. Most of us own CD burners nowadays. Buy all the cassettes from Stress, if you haven't already, and burn them to CD to avoid tape wear, play them in your Discman, whatever. All of us could do a better job of mastering than has been done on these reissues. They've got "wasted opportunity" written right all over them.

Sorry if these words come over as overly harsh but I really feel that the music, for sure, and also the fans who buy it & listen to it do deserve more respect than has been shown here.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2006, 07:06:49 PM »

I made a thread about these gaps last year, which I noticed upon purchasing a CD of 'Yip' at a gig.  It wasn't entirely ignored, someone official offered me a replacement which never materialised.  It's beyond stupid these gaps, it's like sticking gaps between tracks on 'The Who Live At Leeds' or something.  It severely pisses me off, because I thought I was buying the Homestead CD anyway.  More fool me for being blown away by the gig and buying ever piece of elusive merch left, right and center.  If I was selling CD-Rs, I would at least invest in copying software like Nero that removed these gaps.

I recommend you ignore these sloppy CDs and buy the tapes from Jeff,  or go for the legal downloads instead.
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Troubled Joe
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2006, 07:51:55 AM »

Im currently in the process of buying the tapes off jeff and then was planning to buy the cds but am now having second thoughts....im not very good at technical stuff but i was wondering how you get the tapes onto cd yourself....what equipment do you need?

It may all end tomorrow, or it could go on forever......in which case, im doomed.
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2006, 12:57:00 PM »

No disrespect to any party here...but listen...

Out of my collection of tapes (all of them) I bought from Stress in the last 7 or so years, 3 busted in the tape deck. Granted, I played them alot, but no more than any Daniel listener I'm sure. They are not even chrome or hi-fidelity...just pretty cheap petrolium based tape. And all the original xeroxed covers have disintigrated. They are applied with rubber cement which has an acid content equal to Gibby's saliva. grin

I'd love to have this music in it's original form, which is why I bought the tapes in the first place, but they do not hold up.

I'm sure, now with art sales and fame a-knockin, Stress can get some better quality tapes to dub, and maybe start making a folded insert of the label artwork instead of slathering typing paper with liquid napalm.

It'd be worth paying an extra buck or 2, knowing that the tapes might last a little longer than 5 years.

"Although there's a darkness, love balances chaos."-HL
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