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1.0 out of 5 stars
Awful vinyl-rips of wonderful music and a new chapter of Loudness-war... unbelievable, disappointing, 31 July 2013
I'm so sorry, but I have to say, that I'm absolutely disappointed. In an audiophile-forum (stevehoffman.tv), the cognisant mastering-engineer, Mister Eroc (the man behind the famous instrumental hit "Wolkenreise" from 1979), wrote some months ago about his work on this compilation. Anyway, he must be a very self-confident person, as he talked large about his own work and flouted about the work of other sound-engineers, especially of those who were responsible for the latest Icehouse album remasters. Mister Eroc even played on words by translating "Icehouse" into German language. And from the German "Eishaus" he came to the German word "Scheisshaus", which is a very rough word for "toilet". Now I have to quote him concerning his job for the Icehouse 12 Inches. What a "Scheisshaus" sound on these CDs! I was looking forward very impatiently and for a very long time to these compilations and had been very excited to finally get all the wonderful Extended Versions, Remixes and other specials of one of the world's best 80s bands on CD. And the tracklisting is really amazing. But what shall I do with awful vinyl-rips, with cracking and all these unwelcome noises which are typical for vinyl records? Two-thirds of the tracks on "Icehouse Twelve-Inches" sound as if they were mastered by a deaf. On these CDs you find even vinyl-rips of tracks which do exist on former Icehouse CDs in crystal-clear master-tape quality, for instance "No Promises" (US Club Mix 8:50) and "Electric Blue" (Extended Mix 7:34). What an asininity! And just those versions the Icehouse fans had desired most have their source in bad stated vinyl records, too, for instance "Cross The Border" (Dance Mix), "Electric Blue" (12 Inch Version 6:42). Not to talk too much about the excessive loudness of the CDs which don't have any dynamic. The record company writes on their website: "Expertly remastered. Superb sound - the best in the business!" It's utter mockery! Mister Eroc, with due respect, but you should not exaggerate by praising your own work and bash other people's work at the same time. After listening to these boastfully announced CDs I only can say: Shame on you!