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Steve Hackett / Spectral Mornings to get standalone deluxe with 5.1 mix

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Following on from the Premonitions box set of last year, Universal Music will soon reissue a three-disc standalone deluxe edition of Steve Hackett‘s 1979 album Spectral Mornings which will include the Steven Wilson 5.1 surround sound mix.

This set consists of the new Steven Wilson stereo mix of the album (plus three bonus tracks), a CD featuring the original album mix, remastered, and the Steven Wilson 5.1 Surround sound mix (on DVD).

Spectral Mornings‘ predecessor, Please Don’t Touch and 1980’s Defector also get the same treatment, although fans should note that Defector is a ‘pseudo’ surround mix rather than a ‘true’ 5.1,  since the multi-track tapes couldn’t be located.

Spectral Mornings and the other two deluxe editions will all be released on 27 May 2016

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Spectral Mornings 2CD+DVD deluxe

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Please Don’t Touch 2CD+DVD deluxe

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Defector 2CD+DVD deluxe

track_listing

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Spectral Mornings

CD 1
1. Every Day
2. The Virgin And The Gypsy
3. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms
4. Clocks – The Angel Of Mons
5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing
6. Lost Time In Cordoba
7. Tigermoth
8. Spectral Mornings
9. Every Day
10. Clocks – The Angel Of Mons
11. The Caretaker

CD 2
1. Every Day
2. The Virgin And The Gypsy
3. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms
4. Clocks – The Angel Of Mons
5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man
6. Lost Time In Cordoba
7. Tigermoth
8. Spectral Mornings

DVD
1. Every Day
2. The Virgin And The Gypsy
3. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms
4. Clocks – The Angel Of Mons
5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man
6. Lost Time In Cordoba
7. Tigermoth
8. Spectral Mornings

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Please Don’t Touch

Disc: 1
1. Narnia
2. Carry On Up The Vicarage
3. Racing In A
4. Kim
5. How Can I?
6. Hoping Love Will Last
7. Land Of A Thousand Autumns
8. Please Don’t Touch
9. The Voice Of Necam
10. Icarus Ascending
11. Narnia (John Perry Vocal Version)
12. Seven Of Cups
13. Narnia (Alternative Version)

Disc: 2
1. Narnia
2. Carry On Up The Vicarage
3. Racing In A
4. Kim
5. How Can I?
6. Hoping Love Will Last
7. Land Of A Thousand Autumns
8. Please Don’t Touch
9. The Voice Of Necam
10. Icarus Ascending

Disc: 3
1. Narnia
2. Carry On Up The Vicarage
3. Racing In A
4. Kim
5. How Can I?
6. Hoping Love Will Last
7. Land Of A Thousand Autumns
8. Please Don’t Touch
9. The Voice Of Necam
10. Icarus Ascending

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Defector

CD 1
1. The Steppes
2. Time To Get Out
3. Slogans
4. Leaving
5. Two Vamps As Guests
6. Jacuzzi
7. Hammer In The Sand
8. The Toast
9. The Show
10. Sentimental Institution
11. Hercules Unchained (B – side of single – released in June 1980)
12. Sentimental Institution (recorded at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 11th November 1979)

CD 2
1. The Air Conditioned Nightmare
2. Every Day
3. Ace Of Wands
4. Funny Feeling
5. The Steppes
6. Overnight Sleeper
7. Slogans
8. A Tower Struck Down
9. Spectral Mornings
10. The Show
11. Clocks – The Angel Of Mons

DVD
1. The Steppes
2. Time To Get Out
3. Slogans
4. Leaving
5. Two Vamps As Guests
6. Jacuzzi
7. Hammer In The Sand
8. The Toast
9. The Show
10. Sentimental Institution

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12 responses to Steve Hackett / Spectral Mornings to get standalone deluxe with 5.1 mix

  1. Runicen says:

    I love Steve Hackett and these albums are great, but this is a very confused reissue program.

    First, you get Premonitions which, in spite of some of my reservations, I picked up. It’s a nice set albeit with some curious programming choices (split albums between discs, etc.), but not a terrible value for money if you shop around. It also mostly reproduces the bonus content from the last wave of reissues but with improved mastering, so no problem there.

    These eliminate the bonus content and just give you three versions of the album in a digipack… I can’t help but feel this is just cutting corners while flooding the market.

    • Phil Morris says:

      What do you mean “eliminates the bonus content”? It’s here, plus more. I’m especially pleased to see the Narnia Perry version, which I was so disappointed by its omission from Premonitions.

      • Runicen says:

        Sorry, I was only half right. I saw that Spectral Mornings is listed with only 11 tracks when the last issue pre-Premonitions had 4 (albeit mostly live) bonus cuts.

        While I get that the focus is probably on collecting the studio-only cuts relevant to each album, it’s still frustrating to not really know what they’re aiming for and to need to own multiple issues to actually have everything. Seems like these releases should be clearing house “final words” on these albums barring the future possibility of improved sonics.

  2. Steven says:

    That live performance (from Reading, August 1981) on disc 2 of the Defector package should have been a bonus feature on an expanded version of the Cured album (originally released August 1981).

  3. What was lacking from the DVD’s in the Premonitions box was hi-res stereo of bother Voyage and Defector. They only included hi-res for Spectral and Please Don’t Touch as they had new surround mixes from multitracks as those for the others were missing and pseudo-surrounds were made. So do these stand-alone discs reflect the same content as the box or have they included h-res stereo for Voyage and Defector?

  4. Oops just noticed Voyage is not included in the release schedule.

  5. JediJoker says:

    USA link for “Spectral Mornings” points to UK.

  6. jay says:

    frustrating the way they have handled some of the previous bonus tracks. the alternate narnias were missing from premonitions but now show up here. also many bonus tracks from spectral mornings were missing on premonitions, this set gets a few back on but is still not complete. why?

    even if there was not enough room in the main section cramming the 6 albums onto 4 cds both those albums got single disc treatment for their remasters so there was plenty of room for the tracks on the boxset.

    annoying that it seems there will likely be tracks that are exclusive to the box and tracks exclusive to the old remasters/seperate album releases forcing completists to buy twice.

  7. Tim McDonnell says:

    The Premonitions box set is a thing of beauty in terms of packaging, the sequencing of across discs not as good as it might have been. But I have all the separate albums anyways. That is curious about the handling of the bonus tracks…

    As for the DVDs, I didn’t even notice the lack of hi-res stereo for Voyage and Defector as that’s not my primary interest. These discs should have provided lossless 24/96 DVD-Audio surround tracks, given Steven Wilson’s involvement; the label calls the shots and we get only DTS 24/96 as second best and Dolby Digital as third prize. There was plenty of room for both and the initial artwork indicated DVD-Audio.

    I hold out hope that many of the surround releases the labels consent to give us in lesser that possible formats will be redeemed down the road as Blu Ray Audio in some form. The usual complaint (objection) to releasing surround product is the cost of remixing; since that’s already been done all they need to do is re-release them at full resolution. This business is all about re-purchasing our favorites!

  8. Zongadude says:

    The idea is to provide the material that was exclusive to Premonitions to the people who already have all of Steve Hackett’s discography (like me). So that we don’t have to buy the big box just for the exclusive content. So it’s a welcome thing that the 5.1 mixes are available separately from the box (along with exclusives such as Seven Of Cups).
    Now I hope that the live shows from the box also get the stand alone treatment, because some of them were also exclusive to Premonitions.

  9. Tom M says:

    These three titles along with Voyage of the Acolyte, Cured and Highly Strung are being issued on Japanese SHM-CD around the same time. They appear to include bonus tracks but are not surround mixes. I’m also unsure if they are the Steven Wilson remixes or if this is just a clever marketing ploy by Universal.

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