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Shock Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (14 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Culture Factory
  • ASIN: B00872S5LE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

The Motels released Shock, their fifth studio album, in 1985. The album's best-known songs are the title track, "Cries and Whispers" and "Shame," a poignant chronicle of a breakup featuring an irresistible piano hook and lush vocal harmonies. Deluxe Vinyl Replicas by Culture Factory constitute high quality reissued compact-discs which reproduce all the components of the original LPs and are their exact replicas in compact-disc size (5.3 x 5.3 inches), with authentic single or gatefold cardboard jackets and paper sleeves. In addition to the above, each compact-disc Deluxe Vinyl Replica includes a black finish CD complete with the original label to give it the look and feel of the original record album. Culture Factory strives to achieve an authentic sound with the highest possible fidelity to the original studio masters. Our remastering process brings out the music's true dynamics and original clarity with low levels of noise. In the remastering studio the audio tracks are handled in the form of high-definition, 96Kz / 24-bit digital files for greatest preservation of fidelity. Signal compression is sometimes used to bring out frequencies that were absent or barely heard in the original recordings, and we use the least amount of compression possible. While sound perception varies greatly among individuals our vinyl replica CDs are designed to provide the optimal listening experience when using flat EQ settings. Brand new, original, factory-shrinkwrapped, limited edition CD release.

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By Hans-olof Jonsson on 6 Mar. 2013
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Had it on vinyl (bought it -85). Still an amazing album by this odd band from the "dark" ages. Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Paper Sleeve - A touchstone to the past 30 Jan. 2013
By Paul Quinn - Published on
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I only ever had this album on tape, as CD's were still $40 in most cities. I really like the album replica paper sleeve packaging. The remaster is very good (keep in mind I only had the cassette tape).
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Finally after a long wait, Shock arrives in a spectacular remastering!! 6 Nov. 2012
By Monty Britton - Published on
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Have been anxiously awaiting the release of The Motels Shock on a decent sounding CD (minus all the tape hiss) and Culture Factory came through, FINALLY!! This (to me) is Martha Davis and The Motels at their greatest rockin' best. After this great recording, I would love to hear what they would give us next. What a swan song recording and Culture Factory once again has given The Motels the respect they have long deserved in the music industry (especially for us hungry fans!) with another great sounding remastering effort. This classic has NEVER sounded better to the public before. All the highs, treble, bass and NO HISS!! This recording puts a big smile on my face when I get lost in the sound of this CD. This was worth the long wait. I now have all The Motels that Culture Factory released and this sounds the best (maybe because it is the latest recording from the band). I must finish my review so I can order another copy (one for home and one for my car) because these limited editions won't be around forever...
If you are a fan of The Motels and don't want to plop down nearly a hundred bucks for the first CD issue of this album, grab this one instead. It sounds amazing compared to the flat original. I am definately not disappointed!!
Martha Davis has never sounded better!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Virtually unlistenable 16 Oct. 2013
By Gloomrider - Published on
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Anyone who heard this recording back in the day will be extremely disappointed by the horrid mastering job done here. Anyone tempted to buy this should wait until a better quality master appears in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fair to great 6 Jan. 2014
By chuck deccio - Published on
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I bought this for a playlist I have been making for the last ten years, there are some great song on here, though I am not sure they did the greatest job on the remaster--could have been better.
15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The other reviewer is right. This is "shameful"! 14 Nov. 2012
By Marc Lahn - Published on
I was really so happy to see that The Motels SHOCK album, finally re-issued after way too long. even though I do like their earlier efforts better, Shock is a decent 1985 ready album with good catchy material, albeit dressed up in the typical mid 80s fake drums and super gloss. The important thing with albums of this particular era is that the artist in question can rise above the cheesy production style and still write and perform good songs. The Motels are a good example of that. Title track is especially catchy and engaging

But the main reason i was compelled to write a review is because the other reviewer here--cool first name btw--is apparently the only one with "ears" or maybe just not dumbed down by loud MP3 downloads and harsh overly loud mastering of the past 5-7 years. the review does come off annoyed but i don't blame him. he's dead on with this. I mean, you can listen to this CD on possibly a car stereo and be okay with it, but on most players and stereos, it only causes nervousness and fatigue. Moreover, it's too loud to turn up and enjoy. When they do albums like this, it's like they're already too loud when you're listening at low levels. And right, it's like they've just maimed the original recording. And for me, it's rendered this release annoying at best.

Really like the packaging. Shame. Good packaging is important to me and they've done a nice job here. But please, for the sake of honest music oriented people, stop the over compressing and red level EQs on these good albums. Simply start with the original master and let the damn thing breathe a little. There IS something called "Dynamic Range" Good numbers for this important quality in music (which allows music to surprise and wash over the senses nicely) are normally around 10-14. CDs like this have a dynamic range around 5 or 6. And there lies the main issue with why it comes off so loud, off putting and after a few minutes , grating to the human ear. When you look at a wave file for a "mastering" job like this, there are no's just a giant square block of loudness. is that what music is supposed to be?

I read that this label screwed up the Little Robbers album and possibly All Four One. I'll tell you this, if this one here is considered "good" and THOSE are "screwed up"?? I hate to hear them.

Again, you can listen to this CD, but that doesn't make it enjoyable. I think the reviewers calling this spectacular remastering are just conditioned to these recent brutally loud albums.

To each ear his own, I fully appreciate that. But mastering like this is just wrong and insulting to the original music. Like the -one- reviewer said, i also like the remasters from the 90s because even though they were louder they still allowed the music to be music. They incorporated "useful" compression which simply bumped up the overall to give a more full impressive feel. But the stuff that's going on these days isn't like that. It's just harmful and ignorant to the original vibe and tonality of the music.

But go ahead, buy it and enjoy it if you can. but trust me, if someone could give these compression conditioned people an example of quality mastering and dynamic range, there;'s no way they would come out saying something like this really sounds good. But that's how it goes; people's ears get used to things...even if it's a near distorted wall of harsh sound like this.

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