Back in August, ZTT/Salvo announced the release of a 2xCD of Frankie Goes To Hollywood mixes, largely from cassette called “Sex Mix.” Reader opinion was sharply divided on the merits of this release due to the fact that ZTT admitted up front that the wrong master was sourced for the first five tracks on the disc, resulting in a mirrored single channel in mono for the “Welcome To The Pleasuredome [How To Remake The World, Completely]” portion of disc one. Some were aghast at the temerity of ZTT daring to still ship the defective fruits of their labor.
Personally, I was sanguine about it. Have you ever remastered audio files from disparate sources, compiled and sequenced the work, resulting in a flawless and coherent piece of luscious product? Well I have, and let me be the first to say that it is no walk in the park. People, it’s work. If you are dealing with a group with many, disparate variations/mixes/versions [FGTH, Japan] the mental overload in sourcing/mastering/compiling and producing a product such as “Sex Mix” can get downright arduous. Personally, it’s a wonder all CDs don’t have at least one such “f*** up” as ZTT so honestly put it.
Fortunately, the best brains at ZTT realize that they have a rep at stake and have done the right thing and located the stereo masters for the offending tracks and are issuing corrected versions of “Sex Mix” that are 100% stereo. Did you purchase “Sex Mix?” Then you may send the affected disc one back to Salvo with your return address, and they will replace the offending disc, postage paid. Send that disc to:
Union Square Music Ltd., Unit 1.1
Shepherds Studios, Rockley Road
London W14 0DA
Digital download purchases are also covered under this warranty replacement and the individual stores are honoring the replacement downloads for any purchased copies. I will assume that all physical copies from here on out [ZTT announced the replacement during the Thanksgiving break here in the US] will be the correct stereo version of disc one. Until we live in a world where children can snuggle safely in their beds at night with a copy of “Sex Mix” playing on their music player of choice, it will be helpful to know that the code on the defective disc is : *053731. The code on the replacement disc is: *056837. These codes can be found on the playback side of the disc near the spindle hole. There. Are we all happy now? Thank you, ZTT.
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