The Downward Spiral [Deluxe Edition] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Universal's Chronicles reissues division has stuck with memorable albums of at least 20, and more often 30 years' vintage for its "Deluxe Edition" series of two-disc expansions, with titles like Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Bob Marley's Legend the rule. So, looking back a mere ten years to Nine Inch Nails' multi-platinum industrial landmark The Downward Spiral is a surprise. For added attraction, the original album has been remastered to SACD and remixed for 5.1 Surround Sound. Given that this is a relatively recent work, the sound improvement is not as drastic as it has been for older albums, but the effect of the reworkings is, as usual, to open up the sound, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Universal's Chronicles reissues division has stuck with memorable albums of at least 20, and more often 30 years' vintage for its "Deluxe Edition" series of two-disc expansions, with titles like Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Bob Marley's Legend the rule. So, looking back a mere ten years to Nine Inch Nails' multi-platinum industrial landmark The Downward Spiral is a surprise. For added attraction, the original album has been remastered to SACD and remixed for 5.1 Surround Sound. Given that this is a relatively recent work, the sound improvement is not as drastic as it has been for older albums, but the effect of the reworkings is, as usual, to open up the sound, providing greater clarity and separation. This might not necessarily be a good thing in the industrial metal style, which depends for its effect on a dense, sometimes distorted sound, but it works well for The Downward Spiral because of all those sudden edits that take the music from a loud, noisy sound picture down to a solo vocal or acoustic guitar; those juxtapositions are emphasized even more here and are, if possible, even more startling than they were originally. A part of the deluxe treatment usually involves a lengthy CD booklet with extensive liner notes, but this reissue disappoints in that regard, providing song lyrics and not much else. In fact, little information is provided about the disc of extras, so it is left to the reviewer to reveal that "Burn" comes from the soundtrack to Natural Born Killers; "Closer Precursor," "Closer to God," and "Memorabilia" from the Closer to God maxi-single; "Piggy Nothing Can Stop Me Now," "Hurt Quiet," and "The Downward Spiral The Bottom" from the Further Down the Spiral remix EP; the cover of Soft Cell's "Memorabilia" from the March of the Pigs maxi-single; and the cover of Joy Division's "Dead Souls" from the soundtrack to The Crow. The final three tracks are previously unreleased demos of the album tracks "Ruiner," "Reptile," and "Heresy." The alternate versions often provide insight into the development of the material, and may even be preferable to the final versions for some listeners. In particular, "Hurt Quiet" anticipates Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" and is at least as effective as the master take.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Nothing
  • UPC: 602498647288
  • Catalog Number: 000373936
  • Sales rank: 19,009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mr. Self Destruct (4:30)
  2. 2 Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now) (4:24)
  3. 3 Heresy (3:54)
  4. 4 March of the Pigs (2:58)
  5. 5 Closer (6:13)
  6. 6 Ruiner (4:58)
  7. 7 The Becoming (5:31)
  8. 8 I Do Not Want This (5:41)
  9. 9 Big Man With a Gun (1:36)
  10. 10 A Warm Place (3:22)
  11. 11 Eraser (4:54)
  12. 12 Reptile (6:51)
  13. 13 The Downward Spiral (3:57)
  14. 14 Hurt (6:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Burn (5:00)
  2. 2 Closer (Precursor) (7:16)
  3. 3 Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now) (4:03)
  4. 4 A Violet Fluid (1:04)
  5. 5 Dead Souls (4:53)
  6. 6 Hurt (Quiet) (5:08)
  7. 7 Closer to God (5:06)
  8. 8 All the Pigs, All Lined Up (7:26)
  9. 9 Memorabilia (7:22)
  10. 10 The Downward Spiral (The Bottom) (7:33)
  11. 11 Ruiner (4:51)
  12. 12 Liar (6:57)
  13. 13 Heresy (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nine Inch Nails Primary Artist
Adrian Belew Guitar
Charles Clouser Group Member
Flood Arp 2600
Andy Kubiszewski Drums
Dave Navarro Guitar
Stephen Perkins Drums
Trent Reznor Guitar, Vocals, electronics
James Woolley Group Member
Danny Lohner Guitar, Group Member
Chris Vrenna Drums, Sampling, Group Member
Robin Finck Group Member
Technical Credits
Marc Almond Composer
Coil Contributor
Dave Ball Composer
John Aguto Engineer
John Balance Contributor
Kim Bullard beats
Peter Christopherson Contributor
Charles Clouser Continuity
Ian Curtis Composer
Flood Producer, Audio Production, Drum Technician
Peter Hook Composer
Danny Hyde Contributor
Bill Kennedy Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Alan Moulder Engineer
Trent Reznor Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Remixing, Audio Production, Continuity, Drum Technician
Rick Rubin Producer, Audio Production
Dave Sardy Engineer
David Schiffman Engineer
Tommy Lee Contributor
Stephen Morris Composer
Bernard Sumner Composer
Sean Beavan Engineer
Russell Mills Paintings
Brian Pollack Engineer
Chris Vrenna Engineer, Sound Design, Continuity
Rob Sheridan Reissue Package
Drew Mcdowall Contributor
Courtney Holt Executive Producer
Paul Bishow Executive Producer
Dennis Dennehy Publicity
Rebel Waltz Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Nine Inch Nails record Remastered

    Besides Broken and pretty hate machine and the fragle the downward spiral is one of the coolest albums of the 90s and if you like dance music and also rock youl love this album so get it nine inch nail fans. i am. and also get the dvd version of this record also.

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