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Sorry, folks...too many repeats and not enough vintage stereo,
This review is from: Picture Book (6CD) (Audio CD)
I was VERY excited to order this boxset, since The Kinks are one of my all-time favorite bands. With each label change (from Pye to RCA to Arista to, etc.) I liked the band a bit less.
In specifically dealing with the 1st three CDs, I have to say that there's little new or exciting. No new stereo (ridiculous.....I've got two ears, not just one), and some really important tracks not included.
Many of the demos are pretty rough sounding, and there's some important key albums track ("Two Sisters", "Misty Water", "David Watts") that the mono mixes are substantially weaker compared to the stereo mixes.
What we should have gotten is a Pye-era boxset with lots of new first-time stereo and lost more key albums tracks.
I already own many of the Velvel CDs, so the RCA and Arista era is already in my hands.
Finally, the price is stiff, so the utter lack of new stereo is major disappoint.
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2009 08:46:49 GMT
You are perfectly right. What's the reason for this "Monomania"? Whenever stereo mixes are available, they should be offered. Do you remember "The Rolling Stones Singles Collection"? Just because the singles were Mono, tracks like the Aftermath ones were in Mono on this box set. And later on I found out that even "Satisfaction" and "It's all over now" were available in Stereo. I have lost a lot of money in buying the same CD's all over again
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