Inferior ? The reason I did these re-records is because the ORIGINAL versions
are inferior...the re-records are better. Why ?...1.I was never able to get the engineers
in the old days, with Fleetwood Mac, and as a Capitol records solo artist, to record my
voice the way I wanted it to sound. 2. The "original" recordings lack "dynamic range", i.e.
the "highs and deep lows" that you're able to record with todays digital equipment because
the "originals", "French Kiss", "Mystery To Me" etc were mixes made for MONO AM RADIO. In other
words, the record companies needed the records to jump out on the crummy radios people
had in their cars in '78....Therefore, the music was highly compressed,and filtered with
shelving eq at the mastering stage, cutting off highs above 7600kz and lows below about
250 kz so the needle wouldn't jump out of the viynl grooves as the record neared it's end,
where the sound quality was the worst.
These re-recordings have full bandwith dynamic range...they will easily drive a modern subwoofer,
and the highs go all the way to 20000 kz. The songs were also recorded very meticulously
so as to be letter perfect as to the original arrangements, tempos etc.And my voice finally sounds
the way I always wanted it to.
If you are nostalgic for old plastic records, that's your right,but, in in my opinion, as Bob Welch,
the artist who recorded (and wrote, except for "Oh Well") the "orignals", these new versions sound MUCH better...and were a
labor of love btw...I don't need the money.(Read the liner notes)
ex-Fleetwood Mac, Capitol Records solo artist