Buying the LPs sampled on “Nice Enough to Eat” – the final furlong.
We now come to the last one of the “two and a bit” CD versions of this album that I have. This is the so-called “Collectors’ Edition”, released only in 2009.
This is a splendid and remarkable opus. The top part of the last inside page of the insert reads like this:
“This is a 24-bit remaster approved by the band, taken from the original stereo A and B mixes played back on Studer decks calibrated for correct speed, using a SADIE mastering platform with the CEDAR noise reduction system (denoise, declick, dehiss).”
The sticker on the front has it headlined thus: “*New 24-bit remaster *correct speed *bonus tracks *extensive booklet”.
Correct speed? This implies that previous releases have been at the wrong speed, but I really can’t say I noticed.
The first inside page of the insert has a facsimile black and white image of the Island cassette inlay, and the following intro to the package, once more relating the techie brilliance of the thing:
“This classic slice of psychedelic folk is Dr Strangely Strange’s first album, produced by Joe Boyd and originally released on July 3rd 1969. Over the years, Kip has acquired a considerable cult status; Record Collector recently deemed it one of the top hundred most collectable progressive rock albums. Using the tape restoration skills of the Audio Archiving Company, the album has been remastered at the correct speed directly from the original stereo mixes, with the addition of four bonus tracks.”