Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hammill, Joy Division and Big Big Train

New albums starting to be released. Though the month began with the last batch of Hammill remasters. These are albums I didn’t care for too much on initial release, but have found these new releases to be quite enjoyable. With “Sitting Targets” and “Skin” this was Hammill in transitionary mode between his 70’ style and what he would do during the 80’s. Some of the keyboard sounds are very much if the times!

The new album by Big Big Train “Difference Machine is very impressive. Made up of mainly three long form pieces, this is highly involving prog. Took a few listens to really get into, but this is beautifully produced and executed and can be placed alongside The Tangent albums and “Milliontown” by Frost*

Just released is the "Nil Recurring" ep/mini-album by Porcupine Tree. Containing a couple of left over tracks from the “Fear Of A Blank Planet” sessions and a couple of recent tracks recorded in July. These latter show where Porcupine Tree may head in the future! As good as the main album.
Also just out are new remasters of Joy Division,s two studio albums, plus the "Still" compilation These are deluxe packaged 2 CD sets, each containing a CD of live material. The clarity of the remastered studio tracks is very good, showcasing what an original and inspired producer Martin Hannett really was.
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