10-17-12 You Own Two Of Those on CD?
Ziggy Marley born 1968, Wyclef Jean born 1972.
CAN – Landed (Mute US SA-CD 9291.2 stereo; P-Vine Japan PCD-22207 kami sleeve, stereo)
When all of the Can albums got re-mastered in 2005 as SA-CD’s, I bought them immediately, replacing a Swiss-made Spoon Records CD of this title. I did not have an SA-CD player at that time. The SA-CD sounded good; the mastering had been attended by Irmin Schmidt and Holger Czukay.
Probably within a year or two, a Japanese-manufactured paper sleeve CD appeared for a very good price. As regular readers of this blog know, I greatly appreciate the attention to detail that is commonly found in the Japanese manufacturing process of paper sleeve CD’s – usually a good master, glorious attention to detail in the reproduction of the LP’s original artwork.
2009 rolls around, and I bought an SA-CD player (to replace a failing CD player) – yes, this disc remains stereo-only, but the DSD mastering really sounds amazing – what true audiophiles would call “master tape sound”. Wow, so glad I popped for all of those Can “re-masters”, they’re all SA-CD’s!
So, I return to the P-Vine paper sleeve CD edition – the LP cover is perfectly reproduced (unlike in the CD booklet of the SA-CD); the Japanese have added a booklet to the package, along with the exact booklet that is found in the SA-CD version.
This is one of the better Can albums, IMHO. I once read that it is the “alternate universe Sgt. Peppers”, for some. I can justify keeping a) an audiophile SA-CD copy of this title and b) an aesthetically perfect Japanese paper sleeve CD copy.
Distant thoughts: Will my SA-CD player continue to function normally for the next 10 years? Will I be 64 years of age and need to hear “Landed” again? Will I ever move into “Collection – Phase II” and only want to keep Japanese paper sleeve CD’s? Will Spoon ever go and re-master and re-release the rest of the Can catalogue as SA-CD’s?
Answer: Enjoy your SA-CD’s now, while you can. I will likely become 64 years of age and want to hear “Landed” by Can. If I ever had a ‘space crunch’, it might be a good idea to jettison the vinyl and only keep Japanese paper sleeve CD’s. No indication, thus far, that Spoon will do any further SA-CD titles.
Enjoy “Landed” by Can, while you can!