Label: Delta Music - CD 47109 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock
Delta Blue's double-disc collection Early Sessions theoretically is a godsend for Billy Joel collectors, since it contains two items that have never been released on CD: the second album from the Hassles's Hour of the Wolfand the original version of his solo debut, Cold Spring Harborwhich boasted a different mix and a few longer takes including a nearly six-minute "You Unknown Artist - Atari Yars Revenge Make Me Free".
This is all well and good, but the problem is the presentation. First of all, the packaging is careless, containing no indication of what these tracks are, a career-spanning biography as liner notes, and -- bizarrely -- a photo of Joel circa The Bridge on the cover. Then, Hour of the Wolf is presented out of order, with the second side first. This would all be acceptable if the music itself sounded good, but it does not.
Both albums sound as if they were transferred from vinyl and then run through a noise-reduction process, resulting in a horrific, muddy mix on both discs; the music sounds submerged under gallons of water. Collectors may still want the disc just to get the two albums, but it's a guarantee that if they do succumb to temptation, they won't respect themselves in You Can Make Me Free - The Hassles Featuring Billy Joel - Early Demos morning.
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