After calming down following the original Birth of the Cool review I took a deep breath and listened again. What’s more i realized I had two more versions of the record: a Dutch Odeon pressing (lime green Capitol label) from 1972 (5C052 80 798) with a different cover that you can pick up on Discogs for a few bucks, and a mysterious one from I believe a German label called Good Buy (Good Buy 2 F 671045) released around the same time as Classic’s, which remains the best sounding available and so costs well over $100 on Discogs.
Domino has just re-issued two of The Buzzcocks’ four albums with the sticker on the masterful classic a different kind of tension reading “Sourcing the original ¼” tapes for the first time since the original 1979 release.”
a different kind of tension
Domino REWIGLP128 180g LP
Tim Debney at Fluid Mastering, London