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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Associates -"The Affectionate Punch (re-mixed/ re-recorded version)

The Associates - The Affectionate Punch (re-mixed / re-recorded version)
CD Album, 1997
Fiction Records

A total mystery to me why Billy Mackenzie and Alan Rankine went back to the studio to re-record or re-mixed this album. Contractual reason? The original edition is much better, with its guitar, bass, drums sound, processed with compression and other studio trickery. This version is very 80's orientated. “Paper House” is an Associates classic, and both versions can't do wrong. But I feel that the new recordings doesn't add anything to the mix. Perhaps its bad for any artist to go back to their older work to 'fix' it. Each recording or work of art is part of its time. Or even season. I think one has to respect that aspect of art as it happened.