Matthew Sweet Altered Beast 180g 2LP
Introducing Matthew Sweet 1991-1995!
Artist-Approved Expanded Edition LPs!
180g Ultra-Quiet Vinyl Pressed at RTI!
Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound!
100% Analog Mastering from The Original Master Tapes!
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Intervention Records and Matthew Sweet are proud to introduce an amazing
Artist-Approved reissue series, Matthew Sweet 1991-1995!
In 2018 Intervention releases Double-LP Artist-Approved Expanded Editions of
Sweet’s Trilogy of 90's Power-Pop classics, Girlfriend, Altered Beast and 100%
Fun, plus the Son of Altered Beast 7-song EP, which appears on vinyl for the
very first time!
Each Expanded Edition Double-LP set of the three classic studio albums is loaded
with extra tracks not included on the original LPs- 3 extra tracks on Girlfriend, 6 on Altered Beast, and 7 on 100% Fun. So many of these songs are
either appearing on vinyl for the very first time or seeing official release for
the very first time. And for Sweet completists, these LPs are the most extensive
collection of extra tracks compiled and packaged with the studio albums the
songs were recorded for!
All four LPs are 100% analog mastered from the ORIGINAL ANALOG MASTER TAPES by
Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound. The original 15-song repertoires for Girlfriend
and Altered Beast are for the first time spread across three LPs sides for
maximum sound quality and the ability to PLAY LOUD!
The ultra-quiet 180-gram LPs are pressed at boutique press, RTI in Camarillo,
The jacket art for Matthew Sweet 1991-1995 has been faithfully restored by IR’s
art director Tom Vadakan. The three Expanded Editions feature beautiful "Old
Style" gatefolds printed onto heavy blanks and film laminated by the wizards at
Stoughton Printing. Son of Altered Beast features a single-pocket "Old Style"
gatefold by Stoughton as well.
The middle entry in Matthew Sweet's holy 90's Power-Pop Trilogy, Altered Beast
is a sprawling, multi-dimensional power-pop trip finally presented at its
artistic fullest. Sweet was a songwriting machine in this period, and in doing
source research a third analog master reel with 6 extra tracks was discovered.
Intervention's 2X 180-Gram LP Expanded Edition is a 21-track Beast that shows a
master songwriter at his prolific best.
While many of these extra tracks were used as B-sides on CD singles and saw
release on other compilations, Intervention's Expanded Edition places these
songs in the context they belong, with the album for which they were recorded.
Hearing the quality of tracks like "Superdeformed" one wonders how Altered Beast
wasn't originally a double LP!
The original 1990's LP crammed all 56 minutes of the original repertoire onto
two LP sides, forcing dramatically lower levels, much softer dynamics and less
expressive bass. Intervention's cut expands the original repertoire over three
vinyl sides, opening up the sound stage and for the very first time presenting
this amazing recording will FULL bass extension and dynamic power! The result is
the best-sounding Altered Beast that's ever been or ever will be! This is simply
a fabulous-sounding rock recording that's big, bold and super fun to listen to.
Altered Beast's album art was lovingly restored by Intervention's Art Director
Tom Vadakan, and printed as a gorgeous "Old Style" gatefold by Stoughton
printing in LA. It's printed on heavy stock and film-laminated for superior
color depth, beauty and durability. The center labels are printed by Dorado.
"Altered Beast is a brilliant, ambitious creation ..." -Rarebird's
"With the wind in his sails stirred up by the success of his previous
album Girlfriend, Matthew Sweet did what any young musician in his position
would have with the follow up: he went for broke. He wrote more daring
arrangements that brought in a country element to his power pop attack, dove
deeper lyrically and, most importantly, roped in a bunch of his musical idols to
join in the fun. The liner notes for Altered Beast read like a who's who of the
pop and post-punk universe with regular collaborators Ivan Julian and Richard
Lloyd joined by Big Star's Jody Stephens, Mick Fleetwood, pianist Nicky Hopkins
and Elvis Costello's drummer Pete Thomas. Their collective work has never
sounded better than it does on this remastered vinyl pressing from the
ever-reliable Intervention Records. The album is wisely stretched out to a
double LP, with the fourth side taken up by a batch of studio outtakes, some
previously unavailable here in the States. They flesh out the story nicely, with
even more of Sweet's '70s rock acumen and '80s punk playfulness coming to the
fore. It all sounds more remarkable than ever thanks to the work of mastering
engineer Ryan K. Smith. Every song sounds like it is bursting out of its seams
and ready to flatten a major metropolis." - Paste Magazine
• 25th Anniversary Edition
• Artist Approved
• Expanded to 2LP
• 100% Analog Mastering From The Original Master Tapes
• Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound
• Dead Quiet 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at RTI
• Exquisitely Restored Cover Art printed by Stoughton
• 6 Bonus tracks not included on original vinyl release
1. Dinosaur Act
2. Devil With The Green Eyes
3. The Ugly Truth
4. Time Capsule
5. Someone To Pull The Trigger
1. Knowing People
2. Life Without You
4. Ugly Truth Rock
5. Do It Again
6. In Too Deep
1. Reaching Out
3. What Do You Know?
1. Born In Sin
4. Speed Of Light
6. Bovine Connection