And I still say Be Here Now is one of my fave albums, but it’s always the same narrative from these stories - at first everyone was “mad for it” and people queued round the block. Reviewers all gave it 5 stars. Then, it was disappointing. Then it was crap and people resold it for pittance. As if it was so awful they couldn’t bear to even have it in their collection. Then, the reviewers all recalled their earlier reviews and said it was total rubbish and no-one listened to it ever again.
History has not been kind to BHN, but I am nevertheless eagerly anticipating the release of the remaster, just to see if there is anything special on there. What I’ve heard so far from the rethinks, demos, etc has been promising, much more so than the usual crap that gets spat out on “remastered” records.
I have a feeling that this might be because, compared to the original tapes, anything would technically be an improvement. And I mean technically. Artistically, the tracks are actually pretty good, it’s just they were a bit too overworked or overcooked, whatever you want to call it. If the remasters can strip them back to the recordings, it will definitely be worth buying in my opinion.