Virgin DVDAV 2364
DVD9 L0 81301692/1 V01
Picture DVD with colour 8 page booklet in DVD-Audio jewel case.
Michael MacNeil piano and synthesisers
Charles Burchill guitars
Mel Gaynor drums and vocals
John Giblin bass guitars
Jim Kerr lead vocals
additional lead singer Robin Clark
backing vocals Michael Been of The Call, The Simms Brothers, Carlos Alomar
extra percussion on All The Things She Said Sue Hadjopoulos
produced by Jimmy Iovine and Bob Clearmountain
engineered by Moria Marquis and Mark McKenna
assisted by Martin White
technical assistance Bob Schwall Judy Reeves and Bob Tis
studio crew Dougie Cowan and Paul Kerr
coordination Gemma Corfield and Debbi Caponetta
recorded at Townhouse Studios, London
mixed at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York and Right Track Studios, New York City Summer '85
mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, New York City
nourishment Dora Carllyn, Randy Michaels and Albert Grossman
art by Mick Haggerty
photography by Anton Corbijn
thanks to Simon Draper, Jordan Harris, Ian Flooks Ian Copleland,
Dave Hill and The Pretenders, Alfred Bos,
Keith Forsey, Anton Corbijn, Barwell Court Rehearsal Studios and all
at Virgin Records Britain, Europe, Canada, New Zealand
and Australia and to Everyone at A&M Records USA
special thanks to Gemma Corfield, Mark Harvey and Steve Bramberg
very special thanks to Big Dan Yer Man and to
Robert White and
Jane Alison and all at Schoolhouse Management.
Mixed and produced by Ronald Prent at Galaxy Studios, Belgium using
an API-Vision Discrete Analog Surround Music Production Console.
Original 24-track analog tapes reproduced with a Studer A820.
Recorded to a Pyramix Workstation in 96/24 using dCs AD/DA converters.
Mastered by Simon Heyworth at Galaxy Reference Mastering using
the SPL MMC1 mastering console, Pyramix and ProTools workstations.
With thanks to Super Audio Mastering for mix and mastering
co-ordination on behalf of Virgin Records.
This DVD-Audio can be played in DVD players equipped with DVD-A 5:1 Surround Sound or DTS Surround Sound systems. Playback is also
possible in PCM systems, but only in stereo.
The packaging is based on the mini-vinyl artwork of the
limited edition remaster. The credit and album information on the sleeve is
in many cases too difficult to read.
In order to assemble these 5:1 mixes, Virgin returned to the original multi-tracks. And rather than
give it to an engineer or producer, who would’ve done an excellent job in recreating the original mix in surround sound,
it was Charlie who stepped in and oversaw the project along with Ronald Prent.
And he took the opportunity to change the arrangements, mixes and edits, presenting albums which were significantly different
from their originals.
New Gold Dream went through the most surprising transformation.
Pete Walsh originally prepared every track as an extended mix, editing and cutting
the songs down for their insertion onto the album. Some of these longer mixes saw the light of day on 12" singles,
but the rest were lost in the vault. That’s until Charlie discovered them and
used them as the guide for the DVD-Audio release; and I similarly figured it out ten years later when preparing
the track listing for
the Super Deluxe.
Therefore New Gold Dream was presented in an extended, remixed form, which
eclipsed the Once Upon A Time release. Only
the title track and
Come A Long Way appeared in extended versions, and the rest, given an
uncritical hearing, was considered to be the same as the album. But whilst preparing the
Super Deluxe edition, and listening to it again, it became apparent
that Charlie had worked his magic and the original mix wasn’t used as the guide. All of
the songs were different in subtle ways.
Both Iovine and
Clearmountain were meticulous with their tape logging. The library is full of tapes
which chart the gradual piecing together of the album; Alive And Kicking went
through around 33 mixes until the final was decided. So Charlie had ample scope and
sources to create something different for Once Upon A Time as well.
This was picked up by Xavier, who recently e-mailed me: "I have to say that all the songs have been
re-worked with some surprises. We can find things such as alternate vocals, alternate backings, new sounds and new guitar
tracks. For example, in Alive And Kicking, most of the parts sung by
Robin Clark are different takes and the choir part at the end is better as it starts
sooner. The outro of Ghostdancing includes new parts sung by
Jim, and maybe one or two extra guitar tracks. The result is a more powerful ending.”