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"Welcome to the brave new world - The Future's here, or haven't you heard?"
"in negotiations to re-release all the albums-we'll see.."
-Tim Baker, 30 Apr 2010
It would be very exciting to find out the entire Cirith Ungol back catalog was going to be re-released as deluxe edition Cd's with bonus material included. Each should come with an up-dated booklet with rare photos and liner notes from the band members.
It's an absolute crime for these brilliant recordings to remain out of print. These incredible musicians were robbed by the very industry they dreamed would help elevate them to fame and fortune the first time around. Lets give this incredible band what it deserves by releasing these incredible recordings with all the grandeur they rightfully deserve. There is a whole new generation of heavy music fans that need to hear the majesty that is/was the mighty Cirith Ungol.
I have no idea who owns the mastertapes and rights for Paradise Lost. Something has for sure happened the last years, because PL was officially re-released by Noble Rot not long ago. Never heard about Noble Rot before though. I hope they will be able to re-release it anyway. If they re-release them as deluxe editions, it will be a win/win-situation for both the fans (who gets something new) and the band and label (who sells more).
I have them on CD already except Servants. I'd buy them all again if they were packaged in the way suggested. Heck, I'd buy Servants if it were simply made available again for a reasonable price.
Does the band have the original masters? They probably don't in the case of all releases as I think they signed away all rights to Paradise at least.
If they can get them then perhaps they could re-master them the way they see fit but that's gonna cost coin.
Personally, I think they all sound pretty good and I've grown crotchety in my old age so change isn't always for the better IMO, especially if the added touches don't exist. I think there were some quotes about the best takes of Tim's vocals being actually trashed on the floor in the Paradise sessions. If those best takes don't exist anymore then I say let sleeping dogs lie.
Now, that isn't to say I wouldn't buy any re-release as long as I know the artists themselves receive just compensation. The fellas in this band were way more creative than most bands and they deserve something more than an attaboy for that.
I'm just a fan though and I know that building a fan base is difficult so like I said I'd buy Servants if it were re-released but I'm not sticking money in anyone's bread jar unless the band sees some of that.
My wishes for the re-releases: Big colour booklets in all albums with liner notes, rare pics, etc.
Frost and Fire
CD1: Frost and Fire original album
CD2&3: Orange Album, Demo 1979 and other old tracks.
King of the Dead
CD1: King of the Dead original album
CD2&3: live shows, out-takes, etc
One Foot in Hell
CD1: One Foot in Hell original album
CD2&3: One Foot in Hell original mix (the band didn't like the final production/mix), + live, out-takes, etc
CD1: Paradise Lost original album
CD2: Paradise Lost, original production (the band didn't like the final production), live, out-takes, etc
Servants of Chaos
CD1&2: Servants original album
CD3: more raritites. I'd prefer a DVD to be a separate release.
Who are the ones ending up buying these re-releases? Is it Metal Blade Records? No! So please tell them what you want before they are pressed!
I really wish the re-releases will be Deluxe Editions and cover all five albums, including Paradise and Servants, and that they will have a big upgrade with big booklets and bonus discs. Just plain repressings are not very interesting, except for Servants which is out of print.
Anyone else who agrees or have special wishes for the re-releases, please demand before it's too late!