I was going to say that the only version with this mix is the original cassette release - but the version I know well is the MP3 version that was bundled with the original cassette, as I only listened to the cassette once when I first got it and then got to know the MP3 version well later. So I wondered if the cassette version was actually a version without the delay like in later versions, and went to check.
Turns out that unlike the post-2015 versions it does have a delay on it - but it’s set at different speeds to the digital version I’m familiar with! It seems to be set faster? But I haven’t done a close comparison so it might be set differently for every track. So it looks like it’s a different version again.
I was going to say that the vinyl reissue and all subsequent tape issues and digital versions are the reworked version without the delay I believe. But actually I have no idea about the later physical versions! All I really know is the digital version you can get now seems to have no delay on it at all.
This is one of the reasons I wanted to post it up - there doesn’t seem to be any discussion I can find about the fact that the mixes are all different, or why that is. It’s intriguing. Maybe it’s making a point that releases used to be viewed as static objects, and that is now being eroded / superseded (I’ve heard Kanye West puts out updated mixes of some of his albums, like a “patch” for a videogame or something). Maybe there’s no deeper reason and it’s just artistic whim.
I’ve seen things like this before from Micachu - I have a version of I’m Not Dancing by Tirzah that was released, then pulled, then a slightly different mix released. (I’ve seen it put online but it was pulled down for copyright). But this scale is quite different - it’s a mixtape rather than a song, and the differences are more significant. I’ve never heard of a release where an MP3 version was different from the physical release it was bundled with before.