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A great package, but the remastering isn't an improvement
on 11 July 2012
The package is great - beautifully presented, great DVD with docs and music videos - all of that is great.
So why remaster the album?... Again. Its not an improvement on the previous CD release. In fact it doesn't sound as good - just louder and harsher. As a recording artist myself, I am aware of the benefits of "cleaning" up older recordings and making use of newer technology to achieve a more transparent sound. This isn't the case here, though. My CD of Graceland from a few years back sounds much better - there is more depth to the production - more detail. The new version sounds very "tense" and too lou, - I guess to satisfy audiences listening on equipment with no bass and top end where older recordings can sound a bit dull and under energized. Its a shame.
However, the package is worth the money for the DVD and the unreleased tracks. I'll just stick with my previous CD for listening to the album.