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A great package despite some minor glitches
on 11 June 2013
Ok, first of all these albums represent one of the greatest series of albums in popular music. If you don't own any or just one or two then this set at a good price is a great investment. I bought both the vinyl and CD box.
There are some snags to big fans of Scott like me. The packaging itself suffers from typos in the booklet and from a misprint of the labels which produces The Plague twice instead of 'Cincinnati. They're little things which take nothing away from the music but it's annoying to fans that whoever oversaw the project didn't get a fan to give it the once over.
The most important part is of course the music which is 5 stars. I own the original Philips LPs along with the 4 Men with Beards re-releases and two lots of the CD releases so I can compare the sound. 'Till the Band Comes in' sounds the best it ever has on CD and Scott 3 and 4 are definitely improvements on the previous masters. Scott and Scott 2 don't sound as 'big' as the previous CD releases but this can be attributed to them being stripped back to the original masters. Overall the CDs sound great and of you're a new fan or someone that want to discover something new then this is what you need. Audiophiles may want to pick and choose separately.
The Vinyl LP box is beautiful. The packaging suffers from the same faults as the CD box but they are a vast improvement on the 4 men with beards packaging. The sound is better than the previous pressing also, quite noticeably in some parts. Are they as good as the original? Probably not, but if you can get this set for under £100 its as close as you're going to get without forking out mega-bucks for near mint originals.
All in all 5 stars for the music and 3 stars for the packaging.