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Great LP ruined by a revisionist remix,
This review is from: The Doors [Expanded] [40th Anniversary Mixes] (Audio CD)
The first Doors LP is great, of course, but the remix proposed in this new edition is bad, wacky and non-sense: why remaster a CD which did not need improvement? (Well, we all know that the answer begins with an M and finishes O-N-E-Y, but let us not be so suspicious).
If the official cause for this new publication is that voilà! they have magically found a new quicker master of "Light My Fire", well, they could easily have replaced the "old" version with this one and leave the rest as it was. But, no, the did not. They inflicted us with sound atrocities. Listen to the very opening of the album, for example: "Break On Through" sounded amazing in the previous 1999 edition, the guitar and the bass frequencies were fully balanced and the organ was prominent, and justly so. Now, in this new version everything is dull, flat and muddier and the bass is the prominent instrument. No way!
I was silly enough to let them cheat me and convince me that this new edition needed be bought. The warning in the booklet goes: "This isn't the same album you've been listening to for the past 40 years or so" and then explains the reasons why what you have in your hands is a gem, as to say that now, finally, you have it right. Ok, very philological and bla bla bla, but you could have at least place a big stick on the album cover warning us that this is a totally different thing.
We need BETTERMENT of the sound qualities, who cares about IMPROVEMENT? Who cares that now the sound is lush and clean? The Doors have nothing to do with cleanness or luxury. So, anyone reading this and wanting to buy "The Doors" CD, please, believe me: stick with the 1999 edition at all costs, even if it means spending more money because now that edition is not as readily available. THIS is philology, my dear producers and engineers: yours is plain revisionism!
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2012 17:46:29 GMT
Dr Lapelle says:
The 1988 edition still sounds most authentic to me, and closest to the original vinyl mix, especially on "The End".
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 23:33:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2012 23:46:19 GMT
Tognato MARCO says:
I don't know the 1988 edition, I got interested in the band in 2000 with the 1999 editions of their CDs, and I must confess I've never listened to the vinyl either...but I'll take your suggestions. Thanx
Posted on 9 May 2013 11:49:22 BDT
K. Bandalo says:
My thoughts exactly! The sound is completly ruined on this new 40 anniversary edition. It sucks big time. Avoid.
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