Remasters of the universe

By MATT ASHARE  |  June 9, 2008

“We’ve pretty much emptied the vault,” says Prescott. There’s nothing else in there. And that’s good. This should really be done only once. And it’s nice to have everything available on Matador now. They put so much care and effort into them — really, a lot more than we did. It’s flattering.”

Miller concurs: “Honestly, it’s really more Rick Harte and Matador’s doing than ours. We just were like, ‘Wow, people really want to hear this stuff again. Well, in that case we should get involved a little bit.’ But it was completely Matador’s idea to do those expensive booklets. And Rick went and remastered them. When I first got mine — I picked up the vinyl because it’s bigger — my first impression was that Matador is just going to lose their shirts on this. But some people love to the point of sacrifice.”

As for the future, nobody in Burma’s quite sure what’s next. “We’re one of the least-planning bands on Earth,” admits Miller, “but we do have five or six new songs. Usually when the weight of new material has been enough that we have material for an album, we’ve made a new one. And everybody has new material. So it’s not inconceivable that we’d make a new record.”

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