Disc 01 Side A 01. I Am Not Afraid 02. In Conflict 03. On A Path Side B 04. Song for Five & Six 05. The Secret Seven 06. Chorale Disc 02 Side C 07. The Passions 08. The Sky Behind The Flag 09. ---> (1) 10. The Riverbed Side D 11. Infernal Fantasy 12. Soldiers Rock 13. ---> (2) 14. Bridle & Bit
Looks like the standard LP doesn't have "Soldiers Rock," "---> (2)," or "Bridle & Bit," whereas the CD version has the first two of those, but not "Bridle & Bit."
Post by Owen from Final Fantasy on Feb 8, 2014 8:22:49 GMT -5
I wanted this record to be a compact, 1xLP, less-than-45 minute record. Five songs a side. The best sequence for that is the one we've got on the 1xLP.
However, many people said I was stupid and/or crazy to cut "Soldiers Rock" so I put it on the CD/digital version (also included with the 1xLP version). I also included a second "--->" to round it out.
"Bridle & Bit" is definitively and exclusively a double-vinyl bonus track. There are also two other non-"Bridle" bonus tracks on the Japanese CD version (a standard feature for Japanese CD issues).
Which is the definitive version? None of them. I'd argue that the 13-track version is the most complete (the CD, digital version) but that vinyl is the best way to listen. So none of them. This album is thematically about "being loved in spite of because of great faults", about feeling natural in a liminal state, so "fuck definitive versions", am I right?
The Secret City's version is the same as the Domino Records version, which is the one that vestenet has written about three posts ago. As far as I know, Secret City does include digital downloads of that album. They do with the standard 1xLP edition, why wouldn't they with the 2xLP version, know what I mean?
On another note, I just preordered my copy of the album from Secret City. The 2xLP Special edition, too. I am very excited.
I didn't think much of it at first but I think Sky Behind the Flag is my favourite from what we've heard live. I really like how it starts off very bitter, but instead of ending violently there's a great anaesthetic woe. I don't usually read that much into songs so it's a pretty good sign.