Now the Scottish band Abel Ganz - having put out a great new release called "Shooting Albatross" (see that entry on this site) - have turned their attention to their back catalog. All of their fine albums have been out-of-print for many years except for the compilation "Back From the Zone". So, the reissues will be most welcome! They begin with remixing and remastering the great "Dangers of Strangers" album from 1987. Having owned the original version since it was released I can tell you that this new edition does sound better, especially in the bottom end. It includes a bonus track, a re-recording of the title track from 1988 with their new drummer at the time and removing the second vocal section ("At Times Like These") completely, condensing the track from 12 to 7 minutes. I only had two minor complaints with this reissue. First the original artwork was not included anywhere. While I love the new package and artwork, and even think it better represents the music, it would have been nice to have had at least a panel in the booklet with the original cover art. Secondly, you have to be very careful when removing the plastic wrap from the package. I damaged my copy along the spine by using my fingernail (admittedly a habit from the jewel case days) to open the CD.
But while these two things are worth mentioning they don't detract from the enjoyment of this wonderful 80s prog album. Abel Ganz were at least as good as their contemporaries like Marillion, Pallas, IQ & Pendragon and were better songwriters than most! It is a shame that they didn't get the recognition they deserved when they were around the first time. Maybe, as their albums become available again, the prog community will give the band their due! And don't miss their wonderful new release "Shooting Albatross"!