Tusk: Deluxe Edition (Warner Bros./Rhino)
Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Dec. 18, 2015
Sticky Fingers priming Exile on Main Street, London Calling encored by Sandinista!, Zoot Allures waiting decades for quadruple-LP follow-up Läther: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame acts redlining peak fecundity. Rumours – itself a super-deluxe reissue in 2013 – rained Southern California romantic debauchery, but double-album aftermath Tusk went tribal: New Wave ("What Makes You Think You're the One"), pagan ("Sisters of the Moon"), and USC Marching Band (the titular rumble). Tusk: Deluxe, 5-CD/2-LP/1-DVD, remasters the jittery, witchy disc digitally and on wax, while an alternate patchwork of the album tweaks the ear with different takes that even turn up the original UK quintet's first guitar hero, Peter Green. Additional mixes and multiple takes fail to nullify Tusk's previous 2-CD remaster, since "Farmer's Daughter," an actual outtake, didn't make the cut here. Six versions of "I Know I'm Not Wrong" followed by five of the title track overdose, but nearly all the material works, whether accenting unique guitar parts ("Storms") or new lyrics ("Brown Eyes"). A 2-CD live compendium from the ensuing tour sizzles definitive with both a summit set list and screaming performance. Only video's missing. Tusk: Deluxe gores, positively blood in the sand.