Downward Spiral [Deluxe Edition]

Downward Spiral [Deluxe Edition]

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by Nine Inch Nails
     
 

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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 tenSee more details below

Overview

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:
0602498647288
catalogNumber:
000373936
Rank:
16772

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Mr. Self Destruct  -  Nine Inch Nails
  2. Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)  -  Nine Inch Nails
  3. Heresy  -  Nine Inch Nails
  4. March of the Pigs  -  Nine Inch Nails
  5. Closer  -  Nine Inch Nails
  6. Ruiner  -  Nine Inch Nails
  7. The Becoming  -  Nine Inch Nails
  8. I Do Not Want This  -  Nine Inch Nails
  9. Big Man With a Gun  -  Nine Inch Nails
  10. A Warm Place  -  Nine Inch Nails
  11. Eraser  -  Nine Inch Nails
  12. Reptile  -  Nine Inch Nails
  13. The Downward Spiral  -  Nine Inch Nails
  14. Hurt  -  Nine Inch Nails

Disc 2

  1. Burn  -  Nine Inch Nails
  2. Closer (Precursor)  -  Nine Inch Nails
  3. Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)  -  Nine Inch Nails
  4. A Violet Fluid  -  Nine Inch Nails
  5. Dead Souls  -  Nine Inch Nails
  6. Hurt (Quiet)  -  Nine Inch Nails
  7. Closer to God  -  Nine Inch Nails
  8. All the Pigs, All Lined Up  -  Nine Inch Nails
  9. Memorabilia  -  Nine Inch Nails
  10. The Downward Spiral (The Bottom)  -  Nine Inch Nails
  11. Ruiner  -  Nine Inch Nails
  12. Liar  -  Nine Inch Nails
  13. Heresy  -  Nine Inch Nails

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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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