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- Whirlpool/The Original Recordings by Chapterhouse
6/10 scottie Customer review,
This is not the whirlpool album you may be familiar with. These are the original mixes produced by chapterhouse with the original engineers who recorded the material during 1990. The whirlpool album most people are familiar with was remixed by ralph jezzard, robin gutherie, and john fryer and has a much more polished sound and better production value. This version of whirlpool sounds much more raw and almost demo sounding at times. I would say it sounds more like the EP singles that came out before the album. Is it good? Not really. Is it bad? Not really. Is it worth owning? If you are a die hard chapterhouse fan and want to own everything they have ever put out like I do then I would recommend picking it up for sure...just to hear what a difference can be made in the final mixing stage. The track 'thrasher' is actually just the song 'satin safe' with a different name...it is not a `never before released' rare track. the ambient version of 'something more' is actually the original EP single version with the drums removed...it is not the version that robin gutherie re-recorded for the more popular version of whirlpool. The cover of the beatles' song 'rain' is a slightly different mix but it is nice to have it on CD if you don't own 'rownderbout' or the original EP single it was on. The extended version of guilt is nothing special...just an extended noisy middle section, and treasure is a little longer here as well. But there are times where the poor sound quality spoils the experience and the drums sound like Tupperware containers... But like I said...if you love chapterhouse and want everything then I recommend picking it up. If you are new to chapterhouse I recommend ordering whirlpool from the cherry red records website because the original pressing had some problems so they repressed it again with corrections and you don't know for sure if you are getting the good or bad one if you order it from somewhere else. The original bad pressing has the single version of 'something more' while the new corrected re-pressing contains the robin gutherie version. The original pressing has some issues in that some of the tracks have the same bit rate as MP3s. The repressed version corrected this problem.
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