Today, November 22nd, is the release date of the CD version of Trent Reznor's remastered version of his group Nine Inch Nail's groundbreaking 1989 debut Pretty Hate Machine (the double vinyl version of this remastered version follows in two weeks on December 7th). This remastered version of the 21 year old industrial rock album, fittingly retitled Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster, should not be confused with another reissue of the same album from five years ago by his old label (now out of print).
That 2005 version was not overseen by the ever meticulous Reznor, who completely wrote, arranged, programmed and performed the original album and who oversaw the new digital remastering from the newly unearthed original tapes with NIN engineer Tom Baker. The new remastered version (now an eleven song album) includes a bonus track, NIN's version of Queen's "Get Down Make Love." This song, as any true NIN fan will tell you, was originally the B-side to the single version of the album track "Sin" and was produced by Al Jourgensen under the alias Hypo Luxa. This brand new NIN remastered re-release follows Reznor's recent success at scoring, in collaboration with Atticus Ross, the soundtrack for David Fincher's popular movie The Social Network. But what makes this remastered version of Pretty Hate Machine worth getting, especially if you own(ed) the original, is that Reznor has totally cleaned up and revamped the sound. It's now louder and sparklier, with the vocals and instrumental mix sounding more clean and cohesive than ever. I say go to Amoeba and get it, or wait two weeks for the vinyl version to be released. Meantime, here is NIN doing a supercharged version of the album track "Sin" live at Woodstock 1994.