I think maybe it's not incredibly drastic, the way that he's altered it; adding echo to Andy's initial vocals is the most immediate way that the 1990 song has changed, but most of the bare bones of the track are still in tact. And why tinker with perfection? If it works perfectly perfect, it doesn't need fixing.
But where Smith's ambiton in the production comes in is probably everyone's favourite part of the song; he's worked wonders on the elongated outro which characterises the track. Smith here seems to have changed the mixing on the guitars and brought the luscious strings into the mix a bit sooner. The result is thus; the completely euphoric outro sounds different, but equally beautiful here, and it's just something that is amazing to let wash over you.
Robert Smith might not have improved what is basically our blog theme song, but he's given us 5 minutes of beautiful audio that slots almost seamlessly into Ride's back catalogue, and something that is definitely refreshing to hear as someone that has heard Vapour Trail a thousand times before. I think it's so good that, even though IMHO he had a perfect song to begin with, people would be so justified in saying that it's an improvement. Kinda.
Ride are reissuing their debut this month - here's a bit of a review I wrote last week
You can stream the perfect 5 minute remix below. Get on it
(written by calum cashin)