LP: 1979 Brain
CD: 2010 Tempus Fugit / SPV
The Tempus Fugit CD is splendid. This CD, which restores the original cover art, features not only two lengthy extended progressive rock cuts that total close to 20 minutes ('The Taker', 'The Warship'), but also a cool video of the album opener. It also features a full-sized poster (from a cover they would later use for an album called Last Tracks), and a booklet with a full band history and unique photos. The second scan was the cover used for the first round of reissues.
LP: 1993 Si-Wan (Korea)
CD: 2005 BMG (Japan)
The album was originally released with a die-cut textured chalice cover. The chalice itself is a pretty thick cardboard piece (I have a friend who owns a nice original copy).
Missing from some online discographies is the next issue, which was both a CD and LP on the Crime label (each 1988 Japan). It is this 1988 issue that you'll commonly see two extra tracks for Side 2. These two tracks are both taken from a rare 45 and NOT on the original LP. I once owned this Japan CD, and can confirm. Also - the original LP does not list the final track 'Sfogo' on the back cover even though it's listed clearly on the label. The Japan LP from 1988 came with a perforated chalice, that you could detach yourself and paste into the gatefold. Obviously not the best option and doesn't truly replicate the original, but an interesting idea all the same.
The 1993 LP from Si-Wan (Korea) features the original gimmix cover, but the cover is smooth and the chalice is a thin sliver not reminiscent of the original (I currently own this version on LP). It isn't until 2005 that the original LP is finally duplicated exactly with the thick chalice insert - in the mini-LP CD format from BMG (Strange Days), which I own as well.
In 2010, AMS (BTF) replicated the original LP exactly in vinyl format. Worth noting that the BMG Japan CD does not contain the bonus tracks. I would love to own the original, but it's extremely expensive and is rarely found in decent condition. Perhaps one day I'll spring for a copy.
LP: 1978 Mehum Music
CD: 1999 Syn-Phonic
The original LP was pressed twice, first with a white cover, and the second with the silver one (the top cover shown). I own the silver one on LP, but they're both relatively scarce. The CD is a nice reissue with plenty of unique photos of the band. There's scant bio info though, which is a bit of a disappointment. Note the CD cover (second scan) has been doctored a bit to look more like an alien.
CD: 2012 Supraphon
I've had earlier reissues on both LP and CD, but the 2012 CD trumps them all. What a magnificent package. It comes in a tri-fold digipak (with original album cover art) that fits comfortably into a cardboard sleeve. This version features 3 bonus tracks and all the Czech lyrics. The sound of the album itself is even better than the 1990 disc. I cannot stress enough how great the original production was for this album. It is truly up to Western European standards.
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