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Ferment (6 Bonus Tracks)

Catherine Wheel Audio CD

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1. TEXTURE
2. I WANNA TO TOUCH YOU
3. BLACK METALLIC
4. INDIGO IS BLUE
5. SHE'S MY FRIEND
6. SHALLOW
7. FERMENT
8. FLOWER TO HIDE
9. TUMBLE DOWN
10. BILL AND BEN
11. SALT
12. 30 CENTURY MAN (30 CENTURY MAN LTD EP)
13. FREE OF MIND (30 CENTURY MAN LTD EP)
14. THAT'S WHEN I REACH FOR MY REVOLVER (30 CENTURY MAN LTD EP)
15. DON'T WANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE LONELY (30 CENTURY MAN LTD EP)
16. BALLOON (NON-ALBUM SINGLE)
17. INTRAVENOUS (B-SIDE TO `BALLOON' SINGLE)

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the British Shoegazer's 1992 debut album including six bonus tracks. Hailing from Great Yarmouth, Catherine Wheel were one of the original 'Shoegazer' bands and certainly the most popular, even scoring a U.S. hit with 'Black Metallic'. Produced by Talk Talk collaborator Tim Friese-Greene, Ferment features 'Shallow', 'I Want to Touch You', 'She's My Friend & 'Salt' as well as the aforementioned 'Black Metallic'. This edition comes expanded with six bonus recordings including the four 30 CenturyMan E.P. tracks, the non-album single 'Balloon' and live fan favorite 'Intravenous'. Cherry Red. 2010.

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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album, so-so reissue April 15 2010
By Personal Robot - Published on Amazon.com
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Catherine Wheel's debut is an incredible, sadly overlooked statement of noise and beauty. Time has not been fair to this band, who at one time seemed destined for very big things. Where other staples of the shoegaze scene turned off harder-rock listeners by being too inwardly focused, Catherine Wheel always reached for something a little more intense. The vocals were still breathy and ethereal and the guitars gauzy but cathartically loud, but there was something a little more "rock" about them (and this would come to the fore in later albums.) Somehow, however, that combination of sounds was a compromise rather than a blessing, and they've faded from memory of many today.

It's unfortunate that this is the "deluxe edition" we're getting to try and revive those memories. It seems nice on paper - a remastered album with a healthy "six" bonus tracks*, four of which make up the long-lost 30 Century Man EP - but what we get is something that isn't noticeably remastered in any way, and may even seem a bit weaker in sound than the original (it is very, very hard to tell, however - most may not hear it at all,) and what's worse, the bonus tracks may be sourced from vinyl! At least one is, that's for sure, "That's When I Reach For My Revolver," and this track alone is a serious issue because not only can popping and clicking of vinyl be heard in the intro, the track has digital errors at approximately 2'53". It's inexcusable - there was obviously no quality control whatsoever. I've fired off an email to Cherry Red Records asking about corrections to this pressing, but who knows if I'll get an answer. Fix this, and maybe source it from a CD at least (surely a die-hard fan would make a copy for the label, right?) if not the original master(!) and this would be a pretty great re-release.

*I say "six" because Balloon isn't a bonus track on my copy of the original Ferment, and so isn't a bonus to me. Five tracks, however, is still a pretty good number of bonus tracks.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective track, poor mastering, makes this reissue a let down. Sept. 13 2010
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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Note the low rating I gave, has nothing to do with the actual music, which is easily 5 stars.
But like others have stated, I too have the digital glitch in "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" on my copy.
The only reason I got this is because of the bonus tracks, which makes this reissue pointless, because
quality control dropped the ball. The sound is also lame, as like most mastering these days, it's mastered
too loud and sounds too harsh compared to the original issued CD which I thankfully still have.
When will record companies realize that music fans have volume control knobs, which can be turned up?

Catherine Wheel, one of the greatest bands of the 90's deserves so much better.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another CHERRY RED rip-off June 14 2010
By Sir Grand Citizen - Published on Amazon.com
There is no excuse for sourcing the "30th Century Man" tracks from vinyl.
NONE.
They were released digitally on the Canadian "Waydown" 5-track EP.
Cherry Red have a history of this sort of rip-off nonsense, as such I would strongly suggest that you do NOT support them!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Shoe Gazing... April 6 2010
By Candyflip69 - Published on Amazon.com
The moment I heard Black Metallic for the first time in Japan in 1992, I fell in love. This album had holes worn through it by the time I finished - and 'Black Metallic' played at 11 nearly got me kicked out of my apartment building a few times! I had the limited EP single with 30th Century Man, and the Husker Du cover (another fave band - both tracks on this re-issue) back in the day - and it is well worth the price of admission alone.

I still listen to this album every week, and never tire of its construction and simple, brutal, melodic, sonic assault. If you are a first timer, or curious passer-by, and you have perhaps been interested by My Bloody Valentine's 90's work and recent reformation, you can't go wrong here - take this one on trust. They are a different overall sound, but on the same path. All the bonus tracks are well loved favourites by the way, not obscure tacky add-ons.

Saw CW live in Boston 2000, one of their last ever gigs. Thank god. I can die happy now. ;)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome idea/almost executed/defective data July 31 2010
By Tom Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
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Great album, too bad the bonus track with all the swagger has the issue. "That's When I Reach For My Revolver". Track 14 errors at approximately 2:54-2:55. With 1:13 left in the track, two errors break the experience. I paid $21 for a defective product. I have requested another copy, but don't hold out much hope it will be any better. The whole pressing is likely defective. I will update this review upon receiving the next copy. How will this be resolved?

"Don't Want to Know if You Are Lonely" Hey, that sounds familiar. I am a Husker DU fan so I figured it out.

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