Wednesday, August 23, 2006

My '80s Remastered - Ju Ju

As you can see from the latest round of posts here @ SIART, it's been all about reissues. I blogged Siouxsie & The Banshees' Kaleidoscope last week, so this week it's 1981's Ju Ju. Considered by many to be "the (best) one" , it is a mighty fine album. All of the trademark darkness is here, perfectly matched with the tribal rhythms and the atmospheric music. This is the sound of a band at it's peak, crafting memorable tunes - Spellbound, Arabian Nights - that were successes on both the critical and chart level. This reissue is expanded and contains three bonus tracks, two of which are today's offerings. Spellbound (12" mix) is a slicked up but still mighty powerful take. Non album track (and also a single) Fireworks (Nigel Gray Version) is also a bit more produced than the original version, but it's such a great tune that it doesn't matter to me.

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