18 gennaio 2010


Escono in questi giorni una versione estesa e rimasterizzata di Marjory Razor Blade, album di esordio di Kevin Coyne nel 1973 (allora era un doppio vinile), e I Want My Crown - The Anthology 1973-1980, ricco box antologico con rarità, inediti e brani ufficiali tratti dai dischi pubblicati per la Virgin (Sanity Stomp e Babble compresi). Alla compilazione di entrambi hanno lavorato tra gli altri i figli del cantante scomparso cinque anni fa, soddisfatti dei risultati qui ottenuti ma delusi dalla decisione dell'etichetta - la Emi - di riservare al solo 'digital downloading' gli altri album del 'periodo Virgin', senza rinnovarne la qualità sonora né troppo curare la qualità dei materiali aggiuntivi. Scrive Eugene Coyne nel sito di famiglia: "Over two years ago, when we first heard that EMI were planning to reissue my father’s Virgin catalogue, we contacted them and asked to be involved. We offered them unreleased songs, unseen photos and advice because we didn’t want the re-releases to be as shoddy or as ill thought-out as the Virgin 1991 CDs. We wanted the CDs to be the best they possibly could be, and they welcomed our involvement. At times it was difficult but I’m satisfied that for the most part we achieved what we set out to do. New listeners will hear the best of my father’s music. Hopefully they’ll want to learn more. And existing fans will see, hear and learn things that they never knew before. We did our best, and I am so pleased and proud of what we achieved [...]: for us it was important that dad’s wonderful music was backed up with the best possible presentation. This would not have been possible if the anthology and the remastered ‘Marjory Razor Blade’ were only available as digital downloads". Lasciando intendere che in futuro sarà forse Esoteric - etichetta assai ferrata in operazioni di restauro - a dar nuovamente vita a ‘Blame It On The Night’, ‘Matching Head And Feet’ e ‘Dynamite Daze’.