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CD consists mainly of compressed MP3 files. Boo...
on 16 March 2010
Having had both of the previous Japanese CD releases, I was prepared to purchase this album yet again for the bonus material. As has happened far too many times, especially in recent years, I have to hold on to two issues of this CD. This is because regardless of the following false claim; "Beautifully remastered from original master tapes for pristine sound quality", the CD has not been remastered from the original tapes. Track 1-12 were provided in compressed MP3 form from that last Japanese issued CD to the person doing the "remastering". This is also confirmed by the fact that track 10-12 are vinyl rips, as they were on the Japanese CD. The compression is visible in any basic audio program that displays a spectral view of the waveform. There are only a few tracks on this CD actually from master tapes, and uncompressed. If you read the CD credits, you will see that only two songs are mentioned as being pulled from tapes. Being that there have been way too many poor quality CD masters being produced lately, I'm going to post 1 star reviews for each one until these lousy companies, both indie and major, learn to stop releasing CD's that are vinyl rips, compressed MP3 sources, or blown so darn loud that they are unlistenable due to having most of the sonics squashed out in favor of volume. I'm obviously a fan of this album, but not a fan of how poorly it's been "remastered". I'm sure it sounds fine to most of you, but that mindset has done nothing but encourage these labels to continue substandard reissues. As an audiophile, I'm dead tired of it.