Remixes And Rarities is a new collection that brings together rare tracks, (including early B-sides and live versions) and all of Paul’s hit singles from the golden era of the 1980s in their original full-length extended versions. Eight songs appear on CD for the very first time, including cassette-only long versions, the epic nine-minute live cut of No Parlez album track “Oh Women,” and “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down,” remixed for the U.S. by John “Tokes” Potoker. The superb extended remix of U.S. #1 “Every Time You Go Away” also gets its CD debut outside of Japan.
Going through this two CD collection brings a real smile to my face, remembering the great songs and the memories that they bring back to me from when I was in high school. You get great songs such as “Every Time You Go Away,” the song that Daryl Hall said was “the one that got away,” “Come Back And Stay (Scratch Mix),” “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (both Remixed U.S. Dance Floor Smash and Special Extended Mix),” “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) (Extended Club Mix),” “Love Of The Common People (Extended Club Mix,” and the song that pisses off the purists, his cover of JOY DIVISION’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart (Full Length Version),” which I love. These and many more songs are spread over the two discs giving the listener a chance to hear Young’s incredible voice and the studio tricks to lengthen the songs into longer pieces that at times mesmerize your ears with the inventiveness that was used in creating the remixes. The remastering sounds fantastic, clear and crisp, but not harsh, giving the listener a chance to hear the songs in all of their glory. This selection of tracks has been drawn from the multiple singles accompanying Young’s first four Columbia albums: No Parlez (1983), The Secret of Association (1984), Between Two Fires (1986) and Other Voices (1990). The two discs include over two and a half hours of music that will make his fans ecstatic.
From the great liner notes to the Japanese-style OBI strip affixed by sticker to the jewel case, this is a collection that is the perfect gift for the fan in your life. I really wish that more re-releases of older music would be given the same treatment that this has been given.