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NONSUCH CD +DVD-A DEFINATELY "THE DISAPPOINTED"
on 29 January 2014
Firstly this review is for the CD +DVD-A version and NOT the Blue Ray version.It's important to be aware just exactly what a DVD-A is.It does not contain any videos or moving images whatsoever.It is purely a music only medium capable of a higher than CD quality and has a longer playing time.CD 1 has the original album and the DVD-A has 3 versions of the same album in various levels of stereo.In reality you are buying this album 4 times over.If like me this purchase is to replace your old vinyl version then also know that there are some subtle differences here, not all for the better.OK any digital recording has advantages over vinyl which is good,but,this album has been de-constructed,put through a sound engineers mixer,then put back together so as to be supposedly superior sounding.Maybe if you own a top notch stereo system costing £1000's you may appreciate this but on your average hi-fi the difference is negligible or worse not as good as the version you already have.An example being the track "Then She Appeared",where Dave Mattacks sounds like he's drumming on biscuit tins! The end result on many a track is one of should have left alone.To be fair though on the whole this makes for interesting listening and indeed many tracks are truly enhanced,so it's not all negative.My overall opinion though is one of disappointment.Very much a mixed bag.Of couse if you've never heard this album before then ignore all this and go for it anyway.Not XTC's finest album in my opinion but still a must have.No critisism of the actual records intended,just the new production hampering what was already a finished product,i mean you wouldn't take a paint brush to the Mona Lisa would you?