I had high hopes when I heard that all five of the guys were getting back together for the first time since 1985. Ecstatic to be more precise. Finally, a return to greatness!!!!
Then I heard Sunrise, and I grew a little worried. Oh, no. This better not be how they're returning to the scene after all this time. Some mixes came out, and I grew a little less concerned, but still very cautious. Then, they released the album.....
As a grand return to the music scene, the album was okay, pretty good, but far from perfect. It has some really good songs on it, but then also some songs that make you think "what the hell is that?!" After repeated listens, I grew more comfortable with it, and I settled into the fact that this was the new "them", and to accept it for what it was worth.
Then, over the course of the next year, some great things happened. The remixes came first, then some b-sides and unreleased tracks. Lastly, the demos. It would appear that the best songs recorded during the sessions were left off of the actual album. Beautiful Colours, Salt In the Rainbow, Silent Icy River... All favorites of mine. And there are a lot of fantastic remixes as well. Really great stuff.
SO, I compiled it into three discs. All of the mixes are official, all of the demos are top quality. And, there is also one track in there that does not belong in there, but I included it anyway because this was the era I found it in, and I didn't learn until much later that it didn't belong in the set. Too bad, so sad, in my collection, that is where it's going to stay.
Anyway, I will be gone ALL next week, but I will schedule out my posts so you won't miss a beat. Enjoy your weekend!