Richard Wright : Wet Dream : Steven Wilson Remix : Review

Richard Wright’s “Wet Dream” (1978): A Remix Revelation by Steven Wilson

The Original “Wet Dream”
Released in 1978, Richard Wright’s “Wet Dream” is an album I’ve cherished, even owning a vinyl copy tucked away probably in my garage. It’s a beautiful blend of instrumentals and vocals, showcasing Wright’s jazz inclinations. While I’ve always had a soft spot for “Broken China” among Wright’s solo works, “Wet Dream” is undeniably pleasant, a testament to his musical prowess.

Steven Wilson’s 2023 Remix
Fast forward to 2023, and we have a remix by the renowned Steven Wilson. Now, we’ve all seen remastered versions of albums, but a remix is a different beast altogether. Wilson’s expertise in extracting nuances from old recordings and highlighting elements we might have missed is unparalleled. His ability to enhance without altering our cherished memories of the original tracks is nothing short of genius.

This remix is a revelation. From the very first play, tracks like “Mediterranean Sea,” “Against the Odds,” and “White Waves” felt rejuvenated. The clarity with which each instrument stands out, be it Snowy White’s guitar or Mel Collins’s saxophone, is astounding. It’s as if the musicians are right there in the room with you.

A Dive into the Details
There’s a slight discrepancy in the songwriting credits between the original and the remix. The original credits all songs to Richard Wright, except “Against the Odds” to Julie Wright. The remix, however, attributes the words for “Pink Song” to Juliet Wright. It’s a minor detail, but worth noting for the purists.

The remix also comes with a booklet featuring photographs taken by Richard Wright, capturing personal moments from his holidays. Fans of the original will appreciate the reproduced gatefold sleeve, a nostalgic nod to the 1978 release.

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The Verdict
If you’re a Pink Floyd aficionado, this remix is a must-have. Even if you own the original, the Steven Wilson remix offers a fresh, immersive experience that’s hard to resist. It’s not just about the enhanced sound quality; it’s about the emotions it evokes. Listening to it in a dimly lit room, letting the music wash over you, is an experience I can’t recommend enough.

In conclusion, the 2023 remix of “Wet Dream” is a testament to both Richard Wright’s timeless artistry and Steven Wilson’s remixing prowess. It’s available now on Polarphone Records, and I urge you to give it a listen.

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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