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1998 Remixed & Remastered Edition - not so good; 2011 Original Mix Remastered - much better!
on 25 November 2015
An interesting and often entertaining collection of 'lost' recordings, but the sound quality is not good - I'd expect something remixed & remastered to sound way better than this. I know some of the recordings are from damaged or very old tapes, but in comparison to the remixed & remastered editions of The Who Sell Out, Tommy, Live At Leeds, Who's Next and Quadrophenia, all released in the mid to late nineties, and all of which sound excellent, this is really not much fun to listen to. Which is odd, as the same team, headed by Pete Townshend's ex-brother-in-law Jon Astley, is responsible for all of them. The mastering sounds thin and trebly, rather like that for the Who numbers on the Quadrophenia Soundtrack remix/remaster, also done by Astley. I guess there's limited time and money, and we all have off days... shame though.
Postscript: I've since acquired a copy of the 2011 Japan-only release of the original 1974 mixes, remastered (again by Jon Astley) and... much more fun! Pacier - it almost feels.. faster? I dunno, mixing and mastering are dark arts, but anyway, this version I really like. Shame it's so expensive...