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Remastered YET again. Something weird about 2011 remaster.
on 19 January 2013
The record companies love making fans double dip. The classic Queen Greatest Hits first surfaced on vinyl in 1981. It first appeared on CD in the late 80s and then was digitally remastered in the mid 90s. I bought all of those. And now the 2011 remaster because it was on special. When I popped into the computer just so I could check sound levels, I noticed the electronic label said "Greatest Hits (2004)". This should say 2011, unless they did a remaster in 2004 that I am unaware of, and forgot to relabel it properly. Makes me suspicious though, if they actually did a remaster in 2011. Hmmm. Anyone care to enlighten me.
The remastering itself is acceptable but I am generally wary of remastering. I have experienced some of the most shocking remasters of all time ('Thriller' is the worst). The loudness war has resulted in some shockers over time. This Queen remaster (2004 or 2011, whatever the real year is) has a level of compression removing the wonderful full dynamic range given to the original CD. If you own the original CD, hang onto it. Remastering DOES affect the full dynamic range, and once people realise that, they will tread carefully with them. Of course, there are some benefits to remastering. Previous errors such as drop-outs can be rectified.
I don't honestly believe fans need to upgrade to this remaster. Save your money, and remaster it yourself if you feel the need. There is software out there.