With the release of Original Album Series byThe Replacements
you get 5 Cds by the group themselves for the low low price of just one.
Like all the similar collections in this series all the CDs have tiny card replicas of the original LP covers and all 5 are held in a neat card box ideal for storage.
But what counts is the music.
A heck of a lot of these CD box sets have been remastered/
I've contacted Rhino to get more info but they seem to relish in answering my polite e mail requests with one sentence terse answers that don't answer the question.
So I did a little research and looked to our America reviewers for help and advice.
One of the best was by P Couture.
He recons that some of the CDs are 'remastered and some aren't' in fact he has compared the waver forms with the original issues.
I quote his findings from his review simply because it is an excellent summation of the sound which I cannot begin to emulate.
Here's what he wrote
"1 - Sorry Ma - remastered, louder, muddy sound (!)
2 - Hootenanny - remastered, louder
3 - Let It Be - remastered, MUCH louder, see complaints in other reviews
4 - Tim - same as 1985 CD
5 - Pleased To Meet Me - same as 1987 CD"
He goes on to say
"Sorry Ma and Let It Be are the worst of the bunch. Old fans will notice that the music sounds "different" in a bad way - compression pushes everything into the foreground, crowding the sonic space."
So the irony* with the group's name is that it may be worth buying as REPLACEMENTS for the vinyl or even to buy if you have a couple already.
(*irony is like goldy or silvery only not so valuable acc to Baldrick (Tony Robinson) from) Blackadder.
A BIG thank you to P Couture.