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I really don't know ...,
This review is from: Director's Cut (Audio CD)
I understand there's been a motivation to strip these songs bare of their 80's details, usually rather annoying noises for me, a synthetic intrusion upon otherwise good music - however!! - listening back through the originals, they're not exactly troubled by an overabundance of this 80's nuisance. So, I am disappointed, but what's disappointing for me comes more from the quality of the sound. In listening to the originals, alongside these, one thing that stands out immediately is how these new recordings, of older songs, appear to be a bit dull, especially in comparison. The BBC describes them (above) as having more of a `golden glow,' or something to that affect. But no, for me, this is by no means an enhancement, taking out a rich brightness that the originals so generously ensconced us with. There's something missing in this aptly titled `director's cut,' as there has been in so many other similarly named efforts before it.
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2012 12:37:43 GMT
The "brightness" that you're listening to, is what others would refer to as "harshness". An unfortunate by-product of CD quality. If you have experienced the music on CD, and that is your only reference, a disadvantageous perspective has been set up. Such was the mindset of a cynical music industry in the 80s when they promoted the idea that digital quality was the future.
We know better now, of course. To hear Kate Bush as she intended, consider reverting to vinyl - which is the aural parameter that her ears are attuned to - or, if you prefer the convenience of digital, then a Studio Master FLAC will do the trick. Rgds,
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