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Kawabata Makoto
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        2007-06-07       ....in "Jane From Occupied Europe" / Swell Maps

in 1980, i discovered Swell Maps from radio, when one radio program played 2 tracks from this album... i remember i was impressed with their strange sound especially some noise of the middle range what i love!!! this is their 2nd album also last album, they finished just after this recording. i don't know about them so much, i know just Nikki Sudden and Epic Soundtracks already died... in late 70's, what is called "New Wave" groups recorded such strange timbre, of course this album too... i'm really interested how they made this kind of timbre... when i played with Charles Haywards, i asked him one question how he recorded This Heat 1st album. but he said me with smile "secret!"...
i bought the dbl LP reissue of this album (including many bonus tracks!) on last US tour... but when i listened to it, i was so surprised and disapointed... because all tracks were digital remastered, so the sound is totally different from the original vinyl. this remastering killed my favorite noise of the middle range!!! mamma mia...!!! their music lost magic by remastering... so i listen to only original vinyl of this album now! who did remaster it!? i'm sure he doesn't understand anything what Swell Maps' musical magic was!!



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