Saturday October 23, 2010

Pretty Hate Machine gets a Reznor-overseen re-release

Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate MachineWhen I heard the news that Bicycle Music had purchased the TVT Catalog, I was excited to hear that the early Nine Inch Nails releases was no longer the property of a bank, and was now in the possession of a company that has a history of working with the artists who produced the music they've collected rights to. I had sent a couple of inquisitive emails to them, and although I didn't receive anything back, last weektwo weeks ago some NIN fans had noticed that HMV in the UK was taking pre-orders for a November 22 release of PHMUK radio station Totalrock announced a November 22nd UK re-release of Pretty Hate Machine. Without any confirmation or denial, it wasn't really worth posting here...

Today, however, Nine Inch Nails announced that Pretty Hate Machine is getting a world-wide re-release on November 22nd - and unlike the last rerelease we saw, this one is going to be significantly different, aurally speaking, because Trent Reznor and Tom Baker were able to remaster the album "for a grealy improved sonic experience," to quote Trent's post on nin.com.

The album will be available on CD, vinyl, and in digital format on Monday, November 22nd. You can already pre-order the CD from Amazon. As you can see from the image on the left, the artwork has been reinterpreted for this 2010 release, with Rob Sheridan handling that duty, well, handily.

I'm looking forward to hearing a remastered PHM. If I have the time, I'll try and do a comparison like the one I did for the Downward Spiral remaster - although I'm betting the difference between the 1989 master of PHM and the 2010 remaster will be much more dramatic, given the way the dynamics sat on the original pressing.