To mark the occasion I’ve had the album remastered by the man who originally recorded and mixed the album, Andy Magoffin and is now available on Bandcamp. This release also includes a completely remixed version of the album by Justin Nace, who also mixed my last record, Takes Time.
You can read all about the release on my site HERE
I also asked longtime friend and journalist, Michael Barclay to mark the occasion. He had this to share:
Now More Than Ever. The time was then, but the time is now. It’s been 10 years. Now, more than ever, Now More Than Ever deserves another listen. Why? Because in the decade since, Jim Guthrie offered us mere glimpses of his brilliance: a Human Highway here, some Sword and Sworcery there. Then in 2013 he dropped Takes Time, the rare record that could actually top Now More Than Ever. So it’s not like the guy is sitting around living off past glories. He’s older, wiser—maybe. But Jim Guthrie was always that old, always that wise.
Now More Than Ever doesn’t sound like Jim Guthrie had just turned 30 when he made it. In fact, who knows who the hell made that record; it sounds like something that’s always been with us, soundtracking every stage of our lives: our first steps, our first snowball fight, that first smooch, that prom afterparty, that crippling heartbreak, the first time we packed up and moved to a different town and wondered what we left behind.
So here it is: Now More Than Ever. The 10th anniversary remaster. It lands in the middle of January when you’re still wondering what happened last year and where all the money went and why do those New Year’s resolutions always seem so unattainable and no good new music ever comes out in January anyway. It lands the day after Jim’s pal and key collaborator here, Owen Pallett, got his first of what will surely be many Oscar nominations for Best Original Score (for Spike Jonze’s movie Her). It lands the same week Arcade Fire’s name appears bigger than Bruce Springsteen’s on the new issue of Rolling Stone (and only slightly smaller than The Beatles, whose image graces the cover). You know that Arcade Fire are all huge fans of Jim and hired Owen because of his fantastic arrangements on Now More Than Ever, right? Of course you do.
Now More Than Ever has been given a fresh remastering job by original engineer Andy Magoffin, who recorded the album but didn’t master it way back when. Also included with the release is a bonus version of the album as remixed by Justin Nace, who helped polish Takes Time to perfection. No major overhaul, no dance remix, just tiny tweaks and shading that illuminate minute details from the original recordings.
Now More Than Ever, it’s time to reacquaint with this old chum of a record. And if for some strange reason you’ve spent the last 10 years playing video games and have never heard this record—well, then, now more than ever you need to strap on some headphones and spend some time with your new BFF. - MB