Saturday, August 17, 2013

Stereo Zombies Box Set Coming This September

Considering the current vogue for mono reissues, Repertoire's upcoming The Zombies In Stereo box should come as a pleasant surprise for stereo enthusiasts when it comes out this September 23rd. Although the specific track list has yet to be released, extensive information about what we can expect is now available on the pre-order page where the four-disc, 81-track set is currently selling for under £20.00

Jon Astley, who was in charge of The Who's most recent remastering campaigns, handled this project. Though he has some detractors for his work on that band's nineties reissues, those critics should hear his more recent work on The Who's Shm-CDs released exclusively in Japan, which sound fabulous (I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that these very pricey imports will one day receive a US/UK release). When I interviewed him for The Who FAQ, Jon expressed his loathing for fake stereo, so I'm surprised to see that there's an entire disc of fake stereo mixes on this upcoming Zombie's box, but I guess he worked with what he had. Here's the break down direct from Amazon:

"CD1: 1960s True Stereo recordings(1964-1967 period), 23 track selection featuring key tracks (She's Not There & Tell Her No) plus many others. The tracks are taken from Decca's The World Of The Zombies and bonus tracks from previous Repertoire releases and compilations.

CD 2: 1960s Fake Stereo recordings (1964-1967 period) 14 tracks, featuring the entire contents of The Zombies Featuring She's Not There and Tell Her No (Parrot Records, USA), plus 2 other tracks from The World Of The Zombies.

CD 3: New Stereo Mixes taken from masters of the 1964-1967 period (Part 1) 2002 Remixes, Remastered 2013 22 tracks. Opening tracks 1-14 commence in the running order of the debut LP Begin Here -here now presented for your listening pleasure in new remixed stereo version! Other tracks follow the order of our companion CD.The Complete Decca Mono Recordings, plus a couple of new additions.

CD 4: New Stereo Mixes taken from masters of the 1964-1967 period (Part 2) 2002 Remixes, Remastered 2013. 22 tracks. Continuing on the lines of our The Complete Decca Mono Recordings plus 7 new additions... 

Booklet with new, authoritative and extensive liner notes written by respected journalist and author Michael Heatley (Record Collector/Guitar & Bass)."
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