Muscles - the Pacific Ocean Blues sound awesome!
For me whatever CD version of Sound Of Confusion
which has been available for the last 15 or whatever years still sounds like a way better master than the truly awful Perfect Prescription
The absolute number 1 album which needs a definite remaster from the original mixes is that one... Mark's interview with PK last year revealed that he actually has the tapes with all the mixing notes etc! I truly hope he gets around to sorting out a definitive digital master of that album... instead of remastering endless hip underground bands of the moment.
Having never heard the original Glass pressings I can only go on the likes of Forged Prescriptions
, which gives an indication of how awesome this stuff could actually sound with a decent remaster...
Around 10 years ago I asked PK about potential for a Perfect Prescription
remaster. He replied that it had already been done on Forged Prescriptions
(which was a relatively recent release at the time). I didn't really feel comfortable telling the original artist that wasn't exactly the same thing.
I was inclined to ask, as a result of the newer material - so well produced and presented on Forged Prescriptions
. Whilst the latter is a masterpiece, providing fascinating insight into the blossoming Spacemen 3 songwriting process, I personally rate the sound quality of my knackered Perfect Prescription
CD over that of my old CD of Sound of Confusion
I can thoroughly recommend Pacific Ocean Blue
. After having to make do with substandard copies for many years, I splashed out on the gatefold-sleeve deluxe 2 disc reissue from 2008 - though I think the sheer quality of the tracks from the original release transcends differences in quality between the various versions floating around.
Amazon currently advertises new single CD albums (with some extra tracks) for £5.99 or under £3 from third-party sellers. If you're happy without the extensive liner notes, comprehensive credits and some nice graphics - that's a great deal, compared with the premium I paid originally (at the time it was a lot less than the going rate for originals).
Whilst I'm sure a completist would want the whole reissue package, the tracklist for the single CD version mentioned is the same as disc 1 (except for the last previously unreleased track "Mexico") which includes all of Pacific Ocean Blue
's original tracks, remastered on CD ... if you've never heard the album before, that's plenty of great music at a fraction of the cost of the limited original pressings, which changed hands for silly money before the reissues came out!
Muscles - firstly there are a load of other Spaceman 3 releases. I can't begin to catalogue them, but searching the titles on this site should be a good starting point to get an introduction to anything you want to familiarize yourself with.
Secondly - Spacemen 3 did not run rings around Spiritualized!
I would suggest that band is better characterized as a very accomplished finishing school for the songwriting talent of both Jason and Sonic. That education came to a ripe fruition in both artist's early post-Spacemen 3 releases, via the creative bridge which was each side of Recurring
. The huge sonic differences between Jason and PK's side indicate what lay ahead...
Whilst I in no way would wish to detract from or inappropriately credit other Spacemen 3 band members' contributions to any releases - canonical or not - I think to comment further would require one to have a comprehensive and accurate list of exactly who played what and when, at the very minimum.
Given the rate of Spacemen 3 attrition catalogued in the Erik Morse book alone, I'd hesitate before crediting individual members with any specific importance. I imagine each band member has an individual take regarding their particular contribution. I recall more than one band I've been in - where I couldn't even agree with friends / bandmates about exactly what I did re X at Y gig, joined band A on date B or wrote P for song Q! I'm sure others who have been part of a collaborative music-making process will have experienced similar.
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