Bullseye Records released the first album, 3:47 EST (also known simply as "Klaatu"), in December of 2001 with completely remastered sound (done with the input of the band themselves) as well as restored artwork. This is the best sounding release of this album, INCLUDING the original vinyl release. Absolutely stunning quality! There were two different versions of this release. The first included a mastering error that caused California Jam to be collapsed into mono. The second had that error fixed. You can tell the two apart by looking at the back cover of the CD. If it has the word "stereo" in the lower right corner, it's the 2nd version. If it doesn't, it's the first version with the mastering error.
Bullseye has also released the second album, Hope, in September of 2002 with completely remastered sound (again done with the input of the band themselves) as well as restored artwork. This is an absolutely fantastic sounding release of this album and once again outshines all previous releases of this recording. Once again, Bullseye has put out a stunning product!
In April of 2003, Bullseye released a remastered version of the "Peaks" collection. If you have wanted to sample some of the tracks from the band's later albums before buying them, this is the disc for you. This disc contains tracks from all 5 of Klaatu's studio albums and was originally released by Attic Records in January of 1993. Bullseye's reissue comes in the middle of their Klaatu album remastering campaign and is sure to be a great listen. Don't miss this great disc!
In August of 2003, Bullseye released both "Sir Army Suit" and "Endangered Species" as stand alone remastered CDs with restored artwork and phenomenal sound. Sir Army Suit has had the original LP version of Tokeymor Field restored, and the early fades that Attic had on most of the songs have been removed to restore the songs to their original glory. Endangered Species has had it's warmth restored and enhanced. This now sounds like the LP did originally, but with even more warmth. These albums had substantially more hiss (especially Sir Army Suit) than the earlier albums, and that has been brought under control by the masterful hand of an expert at remastering. Overall outstanding remastered CDs with incredible sound as we've come to expect from this series of Klaatu remasters from Bullseye Records of Canada!
In March of 2005, Klaatu and Bullseye proudly debuted something that has taken almost a decade of work to compile and release. "SunSet" is a 2 disc set of rare versions, alternate mixes, unreleased tracks and live recordings from the band. There's even an alternate mix of the entire Hope album that was almost released before the band went back into the studio and redid a lot of the orchestral parts with synthesizers for it's final release version. This set is amazing!
While not a "CD" release, in March of 2005 Klaatu and Bullseye also released a vinyl LP called "Raarities" which included some things left off of SunSet due to space limitations. The intent was to cater to the niche vinyl market while also providing something that wasn't simply a "re-purchase" of already available on CD recordings. A possible future CD release hasn't been ruled out, but it isn't in the works at this time. (Addendum, this became the core of "Solology" and is indeed available on CD.)
In March of 2007, the band and Bullseye Records completed their remastering campaign with the stunningly remastered CD of Magentalane. This disc has usually sounded excellent on CD in all of it's previous 3 incarnations, but the Bullseye release peels back a layer of haze and gives tremendous clarity to this recording that the other CDs just weren't able to do. Truly amazing considering how wonderful the previous CD releases sounded.
In the spring of 2008 the band was looking at two new releases on Bullseye. One is a DVD overview of the Klaatu Kon in May of 2005 where the band reunited and performed live in Toronto. It was intended to include an overview of all of the weekend's activities along with the full concert performance. This has currently been delayed while some additional work is being done on the project. At this time there is no new date announced for this release. The second release on Bullseye's radar in 2009 was to be a CD called Solology. This was planned to include the complete Raarities album and the complete reunion concert from the above DVD. This CD, Solology, finally came out in 2009 and does in fact include the entire Raarities LP as well as the complete live set from 2005.
The out of print releases in Canada of the first two Klaatu albums on JEM Records were full of loud hiss and sounded very weak.
The out of print releases in Canada of the first two Klaatu albums on Attic Records had better sound than the JEM releases, but had almost no high end. Hope had also been edited to remove the mouse squeak and a small moment between Hope and the reprise of We're Off You Know.
The out of print release in Canada of Sir Army Suit and Endangered Species on Attic Records had almost no high end, early fades on many of the songs, the wrong mix of Tokeymor Field and phase issues on the tracks from Endangered Species. (Look for this rare mix to possibly show up on the Bullseye Solology CD. - addendum, it did not make it to the final Solology track listing.)
The out of print release in Canada of Peaks on Attic Records had decent sound, but was taken from the masters of their other CD releases and suffered the same problems as those CDs.
The out of print releases in the U.S. (Permanent Press), Canada (EMI) and Korea (Si-Wan) of the Magentalane album all sounded beautiful. The Canadian pressing even included the lyrics. However, the Bullseye Remaster from 2007 blows all three of them out of the water with vastly improved sound.
There are also a couple of CDs available without the band's authorization. These are releases that are authorized by Capitol Records US and based on tapes obtained from Capitol Records. The problem is that Capitol Records doesn't have the "ORIGINAL" masters for the albums. (There are also issues with the revenues from royalties on these releases never making it to the band members while the Bullseye releases in Canada are by arrangement directly with the band and which pay royalties to the band.)
BGO Records in the UK has a 2-for-1 of the first two albums. It's not a very good reissue with horribly muddy sound and they've managed to royally screw up the placement of the track beginnings for the second half of hope, placing one of them in the middle of a song and completely eliminating another one.
BGO Records in the UK also has a 2-for-1 of the third and fourth albums. Sir Army Suit / Endangered Species is a much better sounding release than their Klaatu / Hope release was. It's truly beautiful sounding, but not as good as the Bullseye Release.
Both of the above BGO compilations are marred by some of the absolute worst liner notes ever attached to Klaatu recordings. Many things are completely factually wrong. The first two albums have packaging with horribly jagged edges to the graphics too. Their liner notes writer chose to focus on the Beatles rumors instead of on anything truly about the band and instead of setting the facts straight about the rumor, furthers the rumor by repeating some of the incorrect information as fact. Packaging is not high on the quality end for either of these two CDs, and while the sound on the second one is good, but not great, the sound on the first one with 3:47 EST and Hope is horrible.
Collector's Choice Music in the US has a 2-for-1 of the first two albums. It's attrocious sounding. Absolutely horrid.
The out of print releases in the U.S. of the first two Klaatu albums by Capitol Records (first Klaatu by itself, then Klaatu / Hope as a 2-for-1) had almost no high end.
Bullseye Records also has the only authorized solo releases from former Klaatu members Terry Draper and Dee Long.
-updated December, 2009 - Dave Bradley