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Information about the many CD releases of the original 12 albums over the years.

This information is automatically retrieved from the individual album pages. Updates should be made on the album pages.

Acquiring the Taste

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
Germany LINE Records, LICD 9.00726
Germany Vertigo/Polygram, 842 917-2
USA Vertigo/Polygram, 842 917-2
UK Vertigo/Polygram, 842 917-2
Japan Nippon Phonogram Co., Ltd., PHCR-4202
Repertoire Records Germany

Defects

On the LINE, Vertigo, and Nippon discs, the first two notes of track 4, "Acquiring the Taste" are out of tune. In fact, the first note slides upward and sounds strangely "filtered" as well. Some people believe this is not a defect because their vinyl versions of the song also begin this way. But some vinyl versions do not. A correct answer has finally been obtained from the composer, Kerry Minnear. Yes, it is a defect. In fact, Kerry has never even heard the "bending" version of the piece! He guesses that maybe someone damaged a master tape and then tried to repair it. [Big thanks to Geir Hasnes for tracking down the answer!]

The compilation album Edge of Twilight does not have the "bent first note" defect.

The LINE disc misspells the album title as "Aquiring the Taste" on the spine of the case.

Three Friends

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
Germany LINE Records, LICD 9.00730
USA Columbia, CK 31649
Japan
Germany Repertoire Records

Defects

On the Columbia disc, the track marker for track 6, "Three Friends", is mistakenly placed in the middle of the previous track, "Mr. Class and Quality." Columbia claims that their placement is correct; in fact, their vinyl release of Three Friends has the same incorrect track location.

Octopus

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
Germany LINE Records, LICD 9.00736
USA Columbia, CK 32022
UK Vertigo, 842 694-2
Japan Nippon Phonogram Co., Ltd., PHCR-4203
Japan Nippon Phonogram Co., Ltd., PPD-3094
Korea Si-Wan, SRMC 0044
Germany Repertoire Records IMS-7032
Japan Universal Japan (British Rock Legend series)

Defects

The Columbia disc is missing 2 seconds of piano -- really, a quiet little piano riff -- played just before "A Cry For Everyone." Greg Hajic reports that his Columbia LP is also missing this riff, but his Vertigo UK LP has it.

Mats Westin reports that the LINE CD has a "ghost image" in the right channel: "The vocals on 'The Advent of Panurge' start off to the right but when more instruments kick in, they appear centre." I suspect you have to listen very closely with headphones to detect this.

Espen Beranek Holm reports that the Vertigo disc has a minor dropout in the track "The Boys In The Band" at 2:43 (out of a drum-fill). It is detectable with headphones.

Noda Hiroshi reports that the Nippon disc has none of the above defects. monkey@gold.interlog.com says that the Repertoire disc does not have the defects either. I know nothing more about the Si-Wan release.

Basil Francis reports that the Repertoire version has a defect in Raconteur Troubadour around 3:08, where they seem to have cut out a fraction of a second, making the verse not flow.

Jimmy Patto reports that the Repertoire version has the dynamics compressed. He verified this by comparing the tracks to those on the Vertigo CD using Audacity.

The Power and the Glory

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
USA Capitol, CDP 7 91849 2
UK Terrapin Trucking/Road Goes On Forever, RFG CD 1002
(Later relabeled as TRUCKCD 002)
USA One Way Records, S21-18468
USA DRT Entertainment

Defects

The bonus track on the Terrapin disc is mixed slightly louder than the rest of the album.

Several people have reported that the Capitol disc has a track index error: the first two notes of "So Sincere" are part of track 1 instead of track 2. My Capitol CD does not have this defect, so I suspect that there was a bad production run that was eventually corrected.

Free Hand

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
USA One Way Records, CDL-57338. "AM6/CDL-57338" is printed on the inner rim of the disc. (Out of print and recalled due to poor quality)
USA One Way Records, CDL-57338. "ESK<010>CDL57338" is printed on the inner rim of the disc. Fans report that some discs are labeled 57388, 01<block> 94, and either 1 1-1-2 EMI JAX, 1-1-3 EMI JAX, 1-1-4 EMI JAX, or 1-1-5 EMI JAX."
UK Terrapin Trucking/Road Goes On Forever, RGF CD 1004
(Remastered as TRUCKCD 004) (Out of print)
UK BGO (Free Hand & In'terview)
USA DRT Entertainment

Alternate master tape

The second One Way release has much better sound than the first, but it was created from a very unusual master tape. Rich Goodhart reports the tape "is a quickly made rough mix tape of the finished multi-tracks, never intended to be a master tape and shouldn't even be thought of as one. How One Way got ahold of it is a mystery to me, though I am glad they did for the alternate view." Some of the instrumental and vocal parts are different from those of the original album!

  • Some of the lines in "Time To Kill" are sung by Derek Shulman instead of Kerry Minnear; for example, "And with no questions then, he finds his way."
  • The drums in "On Reflection" enter half a verse earlier than in the original.
  • And worst of all, at the climax of "On Reflection," when the full band comes CRASHING in, the drums are barely audible!

In addition, there are a few extra measures on the guitar/drum break of "Just the Same." Finally, if you have a good stereo system, you can hear some background noise like lip smacks and breathing. Details on this master tape can be found in issue 3 of Proclamation magazine.

Defects

The first One Way release has terrible sound quality. It is very muddy and lacks treble. Supposedly, it was not mastered from an original master tape. After complaints from listeners, One Way recalled the disc from stores, remastered the disc, and rereleased it.

Both One Way discs used incorrect or poorly chosen master tapes. Both One Way discs incorrectly say that the album was made in 1972.

The second One Way disc is missing the drum roll at the very end of the album.

In'terview

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
UK Terrapin Trucking/Road Goes On Forever, RGF CD 1005
(Remastered as TRUCKCD 005)
USA One Way Records, S21-18467
UK BGO (Free Hand & In'terview)
USA DRT Entertainment

Defects

The BGO is missing the last interview after "I Lost My Head."

The first DRT Entertainment release of In'terview was accidentally missing one stereo channel. This defective version was recalled from stores and a corrected disc was released. The original bar code (defective) is 28730 03532. The newer (fixed) bar code is 28730 03572.

Playing the Fool - The Official Live

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
France Castle Communications, ESSCD006 (Out of print)
UK Terrapin Trucking/Road Goes On Forever, TRUCKCD 009 (Out of print)
USA One Way Records, S21-18466
UK BGO (Playing the Fool & Civilian)
USA DRT Entertainment

Defects

The Castle CD is missing the 1:15 track "Breakdown in Brussels," also known as "Sweet Georgia Brown," due to time constraints. The Terrapin disc is complete.

The Castle CD has incorrect track names. For example, "Proclamation on Reflection" should be "On Reflection," and "In A Glass House" should be "The Runaway/Experience."

The Castle CD credits some of the songwriting to "B. Shulman." This should be "D. Shulman" for Derek.

The Terrapin disc has an incorrect track listing. According to the booklet, the eight sections of the "Octopus" medley appear on separate tracks (6-13). On the disc, however, they appear as a single track (6). There is also a typographical error -- Raconteur Troubadeur -- on both the rear tray card and within the booklet.

The Missing Piece

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
UK Terrapin Trucking/Road Goes On Forever, RGF CD 1006
(Remastered as TRUCKCD 006) (Out of print)
USA One Way Records, S21-18469
UK BGO (The Missing Piece & Giant for a Day)
USA DRT Entertainment

Defects

A fan reported that the 2010 24-bit remaster has the right and left channels switched for all tracks except I'm Turning Around. However, it might be that this remaster is correct and all previous releases had the channels reversed. More news as we receive it....

Giant for a Day

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
UK Terrapin Trucking/Road Goes On Forever, RGF CD 1007
(Remastered as TRUCKCD 007) (Out of print)
USA One Way Records, S21-18470
UK BGO (The Missing Piece & Giant for a Day)
USA DRT Entertainment

In a Glass House

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
UK Terrapin Trucking/Road Goes On Forever, RGF CD 1001
(Later relabeled as TRUCKCD 001)
UK Alucard Music
USA DRT Entertainment

Defects

The Terrapin CD has several pops and crackles. For example, listen to track 1, "The Runaway," at 6:32 (pop) and 6:35 (crackle). These do not appear on my vinyl copy. Greg Hajic reports that his CD doesn't have these defects.

On the original LP, the breaking glass introduction starts in the left channel and then moves to the center. On the Terrapin CD, it starts in the center. (Thanks to Rainer Boettchers.)

The Terrapin track marker for "Inmates Lullaby" is 9 seconds too early; the last 9 seconds of "The Runaway" are part of track 2 when they should be the end of track 1.

Gentle Giant (album)

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
Germany LINE Records, LICD 9.00722
Germany Vertigo/Polygram, 842 624-2
USA Vertigo/Polygram, 842 624-2
UK Vertigo/Repertoire Records, IMS 7031
Japan Nippon Phonogram Co., Ltd., PHCR-4201
Japan Nippon Phonogram Co., Ltd., PPD-3093
Japan Universal Japan (British Rock Legend series)

Defects

On the LINE disc, the first note of "Why Not?" is located at the end of track 5 ("Nothing At All") and followed by a 3-second gap of silence. Track 6 begins with the second note of "Why Not?"

The LINE disc and the Vertigo Repertoire disc are missing the little synthesizer riffs that occur before "Alucard" and "Isn't It Quiet And Cold?" and after "The Queen."

The Vertigo CD has all the synthesizer riffs but incorrectly places the second one at the beginning of track 4 ("Isn't It Quiet and Cold?"), whereas the original LP had the riff at the end of track 3 ("Alucard"). This is a very minor track misplacement that isn't noticeable unless you start playing the disc at track 4.

The Nippon disc has all the synthesizer riffs, correctly placed. Their sound quality, however, lead some to believe that these riffs were transferred from from vinyl, not from a master tape.

Civilian

This list is not necessarily complete, and various releases are out of print.

Country Label Information
UK Terrapin Trucking/Road Goes On Forever, RGF CD 1008
(Later relabeled as TRUCKCD 008) (Out of print)
USA One Way Records
UK BGO (Playing the Fool & Civilian)

Details

The bonus track "Heroes" on the Terrapin disc was taken from a cassette tape and is of low quality. The One Way and DRT releases used the real master tape.

Defects

Terrapin disc:

  • The final words sung on the album, "That's all there is," are missing.
  • There is a "click" at 3:36 in track 7, "Inside Out." Also, at 3:08, there is a barely audible dropout.
  • In all track listings, the title of track 5 is incorrectly given as "All Through The Night" (duplicating the title of track 2). The correct title is "Underground." (This was fixed in a later pressing.)
  • In the lyrics section, the title "Shadows on the Street" is incorrectly written as "Shadows in the Street." This error also appears on the original LP sleeve.

One Way disc:

  • Same "click" and dropout as the Terrapin disc. The other Terrapin problems are NOT present.