Freitag, 17. März 2017

why index titles? (as for instance in complete opera recordings)

Mr. Mueller has put some clever subdivisions on numerous longer tracks in the set [and else]. Some people may think it's useless, but in my opinion it helps to understand the piece structure and helps to better remember some passages in it. For example, in "L'opera aperta", the "Scherzi a parte" section is a strong one, but distinctive from the other ones (it's also a favorite one!). We have the precise moment and duration with kdm's subtitles. I'm also more attentive when each section changes. Just take a look at your cd player! The song structure is sometimes complex, evolutive, etc. It's also a great reason why I prefer the Ultima Editions albums in comparison with KS regular albums. I remember the "Vie de rêve" structure more easily than the "Dune" one, just because of these subdivisions.

(from a longer article by Frederic Letourneau from Canada, in The KS Circle from October 2001, about THE ULTIMATE EDITION; most of this 50-CD set's music was later reissues in La Vie Electronique, vol. 1-16.
The subdivisions and its (sub-)titles are all mentioned in detail on the covers or in the booklets of the CDs and sets (and in THE WORKS), but - because of space - not in the Schulze website discography)

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The reissue of the 1983 album AUDENTITY in the year 2006 on SPVs "Revisited Rec." label included a long bonus track: "Gem", which consists of five continuously playing sub titles.
On this first release in 2006, this long track is of course one continuously playing track and so it was mastered; same as many (many!) other long tracks with subtitles on many KS albums (already on MIRAGE in '77, and then often & regularly since "Royal Festival Hall"). So far so good.

In 2016, AUDENTITY was again reissued, this time by the MIG label, and suddenly the nearly one hour track "Gem" is divided four times by empty two seconds - which can only mean that the label has done a new and naively(?) wrong master. Without mentioning it on the album: it still & only reprints all the old SPV info from ten years ago, incl. the fine & correct mastering by Tom Dams.

A customer told me about the "split up" in February, he also wrote to MIG (and no answer from them). Then he sent me this MIG release (and got from me the correct SPV album). And, yes, he was right: the 'Gem' track on this MIG release is now five SEPARATE tracks, and I repeat: this is wrong!

Luckily, the longtime Schulze connoisseurs have of course either the original IC or the later Brain release, in addition they certainly also own the SPV re-release. Which could be the reason that no one of the 'usual suspects' mentioned to me this clueless but still little mistake on this new MIG reissue (...of course, the TONWELLE fake issue was a much bigger 'Griff ins Klo').

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