Be-Bop Deluxe in surround! (“Drastic Plastic” out in 2021!)

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When I lived in BC, I never really minded paying the $1 or 2 of tax if I bought a cd...it was the $5 "processing" fee that the post office charged that really got my back up.
Exactly
With RR Donnelley shipments from Deep Discount/ImportCDs that “handling” charge is $7.25.
No doubt in my mind Canada Customs could care less about their $2.53
It’s all about RRD getting their charge.
But I’m begrudgingly willing to risk it because even with the potential $10+ extra the grand total is still cheaper than the alternatives.
 

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When I lived in BC, I never really minded paying the $1 or 2 of tax if I bought a cd...it was the $5 "processing" fee that the post office charged that really got my back up.

Yeah , that used to really P me off ...bloody fn customs and excise tax!
On pretty much every album to!
 
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I preorder directly from Cherry Red Records, when the package arrived last week I had to pay 18 EUR import tax charges otherwise they wouldn't deliver --- first time ever thanks to the Brexit. I knew that sooner or later it would happen anyway, but 18 EUR !!! Still it was cheaper at that time since in Germany it was over 100 EUR when I ordered. Now it went town to 85.99 EUR and of course my impatience cost me almost 10 EUR... 🤬🤬🤬
Anyway, a first listen was very rewarding. All of the BBD 5.1 mixes are in my opinion very well done. Consistently in all of them you get in the center channel voice, bass and drums, and in the rear channels overdubs and extra arrangements. I like this kind of mixes, which you get also in some Rush releases. If done well the instruments don't get in the way of the voice.
My favorite track is Surreal Estate, the mix here manages to bring to life some exquisite details such as a mandolin which is there in the original mix but somewhat lost in the busy arrangements. This track has a Talking Heads feel to it. Another track I like is Love in Flames, meant to be heard LOUD. Yet, the excellent mix manages to bring to surface many details like a guitar lick up front and keyboards in the back. I miss the bass in the center channel here, which is blended in the front channel. I think fittingly so due to the very prominent guitar. This track and New Mysteries remind me of Snakefinger. Proof of how much Bill Nelson was in the cutting edge of the sound of the times, as when Drastic Plastic was recorded (June 1977) neither Talking Heads nor Snakefinger had released anything yet !
 

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hmm, the TrackList and Credits for this seems to be missing some important info, if I'm reading it right :unsure:

Discogs, while having a lot of information, is not completely official, and it is frequently inaccurate and incomplete.
 
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And of course, there's actually one other Be Bop album - Live in the Air Age. Probably asking too much - but believe me, you can take my money if they ever become a reality.
Bill has responded personally to a query on one of the Be Bop FaceBook groups:

'There WILL be a 'Live In The Air Age' re-issue later this year and fans of the band are in for a real treat. I'm given to understand that this album will be released in a limited, numbered edition version with more extra tracks than any other Be Bop box set issued so far. I won't go into details as I don't want to spoil the surprise but I think it will absolutely blow your mind!'
 

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Yay, my copy, of Drastic, should finally be arriving this weekend.
After a third party seller, on Amazon, refunded my original purchase, as it got lost in the post!!
So ordered it directly from Amazon themselves.

Looking forward to hearing this iconic album ....in surround...🙂
 

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Bill has responded personally to a query on one of the Be Bop FaceBook groups:

'There WILL be a 'Live In The Air Age' re-issue later this year and fans of the band are in for a real treat. I'm given to understand that this album will be released in a limited, numbered edition version with more extra tracks than any other Be Bop box set issued so far. I won't go into details as I don't want to spoil the surprise but I think it will absolutely blow your mind!'
Fantastic news....thanks for sharing, SWT...👍
 

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Bill has responded personally to a query on one of the Be Bop FaceBook groups:

'There WILL be a 'Live In The Air Age' re-issue later this year and fans of the band are in for a real treat. I'm given to understand that this album will be released in a limited, numbered edition version with more extra tracks than any other Be Bop box set issued so far. I won't go into details as I don't want to spoil the surprise but I think it will absolutely blow your mind!'
:SG:LB
 
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