since the technical differences of the reissue came about primarily by necessity.. at least the editing of the songs themselves... it wasn't intended to be *perceived* any differently, on any deeper level. i see it as the same album... one (the re-issue) just has a lot more sonic detail to me.. i definitely think they SOUND different, but the perception is probably quite similar... though that may be a matter of personal opinion.
interesting takes on Shoals above... i agree it's a much more "difficult" record than Northern. i knew that as soon as i started writing it. maybe to A_Solarist... if possible, try listening to it without trying to analyze it so much... it's funny, though, because technologically, it's such a simpler record than Northern. it's just microphones, gamelan instruments and loopers. not much in the way of fancy DSP tricks, granulators, or the things that made a lot of Northern. despite being more inaccessible, it's a much simpler record...
how do they differ? had the re-mixing and re-mastering process much influence on "how the music is perceived" or rather: does it sound that much different?
i just have the reissue and cannot compare.