True Colours (Limited Edition Blue) by Split Enz (Vinyl)

40th Anniversary Edition

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$41.00

True Colours, the most commercially successful album of New Zealand groupSplit Enz’s career, will be reissued in numerous formats to celebrate its40th anniversary in 2020.

Four coloured vinyl editions of True Colours will be released in sleevesmatching the striking original colour combinations issued in January 1980.

Working with freshly digitised audio taken from the original album tapes,Split Enz’s Eddie Rayner has produced a stunning new mix of True Colours forthe acclaimed album’s 40th birthday. Rather than just another remaster fromthe existing final tracks Rayner took all the original recordings from each songof the record to mix them together from the ground up in these state of artremixes.

But why does the album need to be remixed? Eddie Rayner is taking back theoriginal sound of the album which has been muddled over time as he explains,“I have both the original stereo masters from the 1979 mixing sessions, andthe versions currently held in repositories such as Spotify….and they areradically different, sonically. The original masters are mixed, but unmastered,and the Spotify versions have been brutally, and probably repeatedlyremastered… by whom, when, where and why, nobody will ever know. So for me,remixing to both restore and improve the currently-available mix AND the overallsound, for this 40th anniversary release, was a good idea.”

Fans worrying about any meddling with the cult classic album needn't worry,with the sound they know and love being respectfully restored over an arduousprocess. “I certainly didn't undertake the remix lightly. This was our‘iconic’ album – it’s always had a unique sound – and to departfrom that too much, or to do radically new mixes, would surely incur the wrathof fans and band members alike. So I approached the project with caution andsome trepidation, with the maxim 'the same, but better’. So, after convincingWarner it was a good idea, I did the remix, and then told the band. Thus far,I’m uninjured.”

True Colours was recorded in Melbourne's Ar­mstrong Studio in late1979 and featured the band line-up of Tim Finn (vocals), Neil Finn (guitar andvocals), Eddie Rayner (keyboards), Noel Crombie (percussion), Nigel Griggs(bass) and Malcolm Green (drums). Produced by 20-year-old British producer DavidTickle (Blondie, The Knack, Divinyls), True Colours features timeless Split Enzsongs including “Poor Boy”, “I Hope I Never” and“I Got You”.

The album recording sessions at AAV Studios in Melbourne were recorded'pretty much live’, with Dave Tickle being the first producer who had insistedon being in the studio with them while recording the tracks. “He became ouraudience, and we responded by giving him the best performances we had. Hence theband feel and spirit in the tracks”, the new remixes have bought out thespirit of the studio sound Dave witnessed while recording them as Eddie says,“Tim’s daughter remarked when she heard these new mixes that 'it soundedjust like a band playing in a room’. As a critique, that makes mehappy.”

True Colours, the most commercially successful album of New Zealand groupSplit Enz’s career, will be reissued in numerous formats to celebrate its40th anniversary in 2020.

Four coloured vinyl editions of True Colours will be released in sleevesmatching the striking original colour combinations issued in January 1980.

Working with freshly digitised audio taken from the original album tapes,Split Enz’s Eddie Rayner has produced a stunning new mix of True Colours forthe acclaimed album’s 40th birthday. Rather than just another remaster fromthe existing final tracks Rayner took all the original recordings from each songof the record to mix them together from the ground up in these state of artremixes.

But why does the album need to be remixed? Eddie Rayner is taking back theoriginal sound of the album which has been muddled over time as he explains,“I have both the original stereo masters from the 1979 mixing sessions, andthe versions currently held in repositories such as Spotify….and they areradically different, sonically. The original masters are mixed, but unmastered,and the Spotify versions have been brutally, and probably repeatedlyremastered… by whom, when, where and why, nobody will ever know. So for me,remixing to both restore and improve the currently-available mix AND the overallsound, for this 40th anniversary release, was a good idea.”

Fans worrying about any meddling with the cult classic album needn't worry,with the sound they know and love being respectfully restored over an arduousprocess. “I certainly didn't undertake the remix lightly. This was our‘iconic’ album – it’s always had a unique sound – and to departfrom that too much, or to do radically new mixes, would surely incur the wrathof fans and band members alike. So I approached the project with caution andsome trepidation, with the maxim 'the same, but better’. So, after convincingWarner it was a good idea, I did the remix, and then told the band. Thus far,I’m uninjured.”

True Colours was recorded in Melbourne's Ar­mstrong Studio in late1979 and featured the band line-up of Tim Finn (vocals), Neil Finn (guitar andvocals), Eddie Rayner (keyboards), Noel Crombie (percussion), Nigel Griggs(bass) and Malcolm Green (drums). Produced by 20-year-old British producer DavidTickle (Blondie, The Knack, Divinyls), True Colours features timeless Split Enzsongs including “Poor Boy”, “I Hope I Never” and“I Got You”.

The album recording sessions at AAV Studios in Melbourne were recorded'pretty much live’, with Dave Tickle being the first producer who had insistedon being in the studio with them while recording the tracks. “He became ouraudience, and we responded by giving him the best performances we had. Hence theband feel and spirit in the tracks”, the new remixes have bought out thespirit of the studio sound Dave witnessed while recording them as Eddie says,“Tim’s daughter remarked when she heard these new mixes that 'it soundedjust like a band playing in a room’. As a critique, that makes mehappy.”

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