R. Stauber

Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (228 of 277)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 35,606 - Total Helpful Votes: 228 of 277
The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 ~ ZZ Top
14 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great to finally have the original mixes available in a relatively cheap package. Still, I have some quibbles with this set:

a) The complete first CD has incorrect channel orientation (swapped channels), and so does the first half of "Tejas". Not sure how that slipped through quality control.

b) Some of the CD's have a somewhat reduced dynamic range, and I would have preferred a slightly more dynamic mastering.

While b) is maybe a matter of personal taste, and some people might even prefer the louder, less dynamic mastering, a) is clearly a mistake that should have not happebed.

I really think that Warner/Rhino should correct this issue and… Read more
Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Deluxe Editio&hellip ~ Derek & The Dominos
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The music on this 2-CD set is certainly of 5-star quality. Most people already know the main album (disc 1 of this set), but disc 2 offers some previously unreleased recordings from this era which are very good and worth to own.

I am really disappointed in the mastering of this release. Dynamic range of the original recording unfortunately has not been preserved on this release but was heavily compromised. The remaining dynamic range is quite low. The tool Dynamic Range Meter shows a value of DR7 compared to the original recording which has at least DR11 or DR12. Some tracks on this remastered version have values as low as DR5.

I know that some people are not… Read more
The Naz Box ~ Nazareth
The Naz Box ~ Nazareth
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Musically, this is a great set, no doubt about it. Any Nazareth fan needs to own this set.

I have to say though that I was disappointed a little bit about the sound quality. EQ wise, it is fine and nicely done, not too harsh and no boosted treble (like it is often the case on remasters). But the dynamic range has been heavily reduced, there is only about 7...8 dB dynamic range left (measured with TT Dynamic Range Meter), and it should be more in the 11...13 dB range. In other words, this box set sounds quite loud and the music doesn't have enough room to breathe. If you ever heard of the term "The Loudness War", this release is surely a victim of it.

Still, I… Read more