Just Another Band from LA
No differences between vinyl and CD versions, apparently. The 1995 Ryko CD adds some extra cover/booklet artwork.
What We Need: How do the current CDs compare to the older issues?
ESSENTIAL VERSIONS FOR COMPLETISTS: Any version. [completist's guide]
Steve Cobham has a UK issue with fun etchings in the run-out groove:
This tape had a funky colour scheme: army green with murky yellow labels. From Ben H:
The original CD was missing some artwork that had been on the vinyl; this was restored on the 1995 re-issue.
From Neil in the UK:
From Juha Sarkkinen:
The 1995 CD re-issue includes a little new artwork: a behind-the-tray inlay of "Billy the Mountain hisself - fabricated storyboard [pencil] drawing (slightly visible over my head in interior photo)", as Cal Schenkel put it. Official Ryko statement: "New master. New timing sheet. Restored artwork." [full statement]
1995 CD versus the Old CD
Starting in 2001, Video Arts Music released a limited-edition series (2000 copies each) of Zappa CDs in paper sleeves - miniature LP sleeves. There was nothing special about this series other than the covers, which were very well done - inserts and "bonuses" were reproduced, the albums that originally had gatefold covers got little miniature gatefolds, and cover track lists were exactly as on the corresponding LPs, even in cases where the CD has bonus tracks or a different track order. Included in this series were some entries that never had "proper" LP issues, i.e. Läther. Additionally, some rarities--like the "green/gold" cover of Chunga's Revenge--were reproduced as special items in this run.
We need to stress that the sound quality of these discs matches the US Ryko issues, which they are clearly derived from. These are collectors items, not new remastered editions.
LATE-2005-UPDATE: Ryko USA has apparently been importing the overstock of these releases to sell as domestic "special editions," causing the speculators who paid top dollar for the entire collection to hari-kari themselves. This includes some of the discs that, as of August 2005, were pretty hard to find ("Money" and others).
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