Well, as life proves time and again, the secret to true satisfaction is low expectations. The lower the better, really. I approach these tapes with so much trepidation and pre-emptive cringing that the reality tends to be a pleasant surprise because, how could it not? For a lot of this material I am basically listening to it for the first time since it was recorded (and even then I didn't always listen very closely.) And in some cases it's almost like it's stuff done by a different guy entirely, that's how distant I am from some of it. Case in point, Making Things with Light: "I Don't Get It". I don't know this song at all, really, other than the vague impression that it was a total misfire. Now, I'm not gonna say it's a great song or anything. It's obviously not. It's got lots of flaws. But, I get what that over-earnest, pretty confused guy is getting at, and I didn't expect to. Sonically MTwL on 96k 24bit transfer from tape is really surprising as well. The record and especially the CD sound tiny in comparison. It's actually really not all that bad (though I'd still like to remix it, especially "Parasite" which sounds a bit "strangled" here as well. #minds #music #songs #memorylane

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