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Dalek

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My main speaker system is flat to 16 Hz (in other words it goes down very low) and bass on this album is stunning.  It'd make a great demo disc at an audiophile show.

Overall, I really this album.  It is a bit different from what I usually expect from Brian, but I reckon the album works well.

The only major weak point of the entire album (I have the standard issue - not the extended cut) is when I want the album to keep playing past track 12 - there's no more music!

Darn...
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kds

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I'd highly recommend upgrading to at least the 16 track copy.  

I couldn't imagine the album without Don't Worry, Somewhere Quiet, or I'm Feeling Sad.  

For one thing, all three feature Brian lead vocals.  Take those away, and it would almost sound like Brian is a guest on his own album.   

Also, Don't Worry is super catchy and fun in a Mid 80s Phil Collins kinda way.

Somewhere Quiet beautifully adds lyrics to Summer Means New Love, and featured a bit of (uncredited) Al in the chorus.  

I'm Feeling Sad is vintage slice of life Brian.  
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thorgil

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I'd recommend even more to get the 18 track version, if at all possible. The two bonus tracks are "In the Back of My Mind", featuring a 1975 vintage Brian alone on piano and vocal, and the acoustic version of "Love and Mercy" from 2005, imho the best rendition of the song. At a whopping 58 minutes, the "no more music" problem is much alleviated! [smile]
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Bert Allington

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IMHO the best tracks on the whole album are those featuring Al.
L&M is a good rendition though.
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John B

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Personal preference, but we already have better versions of "In the Back of My Mind"  (Brian chucks out some of the best lyrics here) and "Love and Mercy".   Plus, everytime you play the CD around, these 'extra' songs are going to be included, pretending they are involved and match, when they don't.  I say the 18 songs are two too many... 
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thorgil

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Agree 100% with Bert. Al's voice is a treasure.
About the 18 tracks: as much as I like "The Last Song", I prefer "Love and Mercy" as the album closer.
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kds

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John,

As a collector, I got the 18 track version from Target.  

It's nice to have in the collection, but I much prefer the Beach Boys Today version of In the Back of My Mind.  

The version of Love and Mercy is nice though.  But the versions on IJWMFTT and Live at the Roxy are comparable IMO.  

I do agree that the Target bonus tracks don't really fit with the album, which is why I tend to stop the CD after The Last Song ends.  

So, I'm gonna side with John and say the 18 track super deluxe version is for completists only.

I also agree with Bert that Al's voice is a great asset to NPP.  
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thorgil

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I'm no particular completist, but like much of what Brian did in the 1970s (for example, "Still I Dream of It"), and would like to hear more. I am not saying that the 1975 recording of "In the Back of My Mind" is better than the original one, but it's like a different song for me.
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John B

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I guess I'm so much of a completist, the fact that Brian dives over verse one, to change verse two not for the better, is noticed to his disfavor.
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thorgil

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I'll do the unthinkable and quote a comment about ITBOMM that I found on Youtube:

"Proof positive, once again, that sometimes the most moving performances and recordings are just songwriter-and-piano, songwriter-and-guitar, even if they're not always the most polished or technically perfect. Lovely."
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kds

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I'm glad I got that version for the collection.  But Brian's voice isn't exactly in fine form.  Its especially jarring when sandwiched between his 2014 voice on The Last Song and the 2005 version of L&M.  

I'm a completist myself (which is why SIP is in my collection), so that's why I did something I rarely do - pay over $10 for a single disc CD to get the Target exclusive for $15.99.  


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John B

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Besides skipping the best written verse, ("I'm blessed with everything...so happy at times that I break out in tears, In the Back of my Mind, I still have my fears") Brian's (revised) bridge isn't as good either: ("I try to rationalize...").
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guitarfool2002

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I'm happy to read another listener mentioning the audiophile qualities of this album. To me it's one of the key elements that really stands out when I listen, especially on better-quality "flat" type of monitors or headphones. The detail and separation is superb on these tracks. It's a part of appreciating the album which I feel is being overlooked too often, sometimes almost blatantly in the case of some reviewers who spend more time waxing philosophic about various lyrics and themes than they do telling their readers about how the music sounds. Almost to the point of being criminally overlooked, lol. But I digress. [smile]
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thorgil

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Agreed, and I'm impressed by the sheer number of different "things" going on in almost every song. It's orchestral without using a traditional orchestra, as confirmed by the list of musicians playing on the album. Imho that's one reason NPP seems to be a "grower": you notice something new at each listen.
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Dalek

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My favorite track is 'What Ever Happened'.  Brian sounds like he did in the 1960's - I can't believe he can still sing like that.

'Speaking' of No Pier Pressure's sound quality - I played the disc for my two audiophile next door neighbors.  They're both anti any music with falsetto led harmonies.  Anyhow, after listening to a couple of tracks, they both took turns borrowing it to play on their own hi fi systems.  One of them has ended up buying his own copy.  If you knew these guys, that's saying something about the quality of the new album.

Edit:  I agree with quitarfool2002 regarding certain reviewers and their vitriolic comments.   I have serious doubts as to whether any of them actually listened properly and gave the album a chance - as they should do if they were to give their readers any credit and respect.


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