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Gandalf's Fist - A Day in the Life of a Universal Wanderer (Special Edition) CD (album) cover


Gandalf's Fist



4.03 | 46 ratings

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5 stars Well well well... a reissue from Gandalf's Fist - not uncommon in these days, but usually it's done to celebrate a 30 or 40 year anniversary - you wouldn't expect a reissue or remix/remaster of a 2013 album, now would you? I was thinking the same - I do own the original 2013 version, and didn't bother at first. But, after listening to the first soundbits revealed (and it's fully streamable on Bandcamp since its release), I just had to get it. Since the original 2013 album wasn't available on CD anymore, the guys chose to re-visit the album and give it a lift-up to stand in line with "A Forest Of Fey" and the exceptionally amazing "The Clockwork Fable". What has been changed? Well, at first they did concentrate on the concept a little bit more - there's new tracks between the songs which sort of tell (Mark Benton again doing a brilliant job) the story. But - if the narration tracks did drive you away from their last album, think again: it's not like that at all. Second, they remixed and even re-recorded several bits every song on the reissue. The synth violins have been replaced by real violins (and the melodies they play have been greatly expanded and rewritten), all drums have been re-recorded by their current drummer, and several bits and instruments (which were omitted in the original release) have been revealed and resurrected. Plus, a song that didn't make it on the original album (I really wonder why, it's such an epic and awesome track) was added, replacing one of the weaker songs on the original album (Maze of Corridors). So, the overall flow of the album is better than on the original. While the original release felt like a bunch of songs with sort of a mutual theme were thrown into a bucket, the reissue really comes as one flow, seamless. My advice would be - get the original as a download (Bandcamp), and order the CD of the reissue (if you're into physical CDs - a download might as well float your boat), and compare both versions. You will definitely not regret it!
MrHaddington | 5/5 |


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