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2.0 out of 5 stars Great music, terrible sound., 7 Jun 2010
This review is from: Wake Up The Nation [VINYL] (Vinyl)
First, let me say that I have been a big fan of Paul Weller's since his days in The Jam. Second, I typically buy the LPs of albums I like, because they sound better than the CD or digital download equivalent. That is, of course, if the LP is sourced from the analog master tapes, or from high resolution digital (i.e., 24-bit 96kHz minimum). Unfortunately, some labels skimp and just use the CD (Redbook 16-bit 44.1kHz) digital files as the master for the LPs. That appears to be the case with this LP, as it exhibits all the characteristics of bad CDs: thin, flat sound, that is abrasive and has been significantly compressed and therefore has no dynamics. This was a difficult LP to listen to: I just wanted to take it off the turntable. What a waste, as the music on this LP is fine. The record labels should stop cutting corners and NEVER use CD masters as the source material for LPs. Good job Mr. Weller, very bad job, record label.
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Initial post: 28 Jul 2010 22:22:19 BDT
Steebo says:
It`s a great album!...sure the sound isn`t the best, but better that than weak music `sounding`brilliant...I think you should base your review on the music not the sound quality...just my opinion.

Posted on 21 Dec 2010 13:00:02 GMT
K. Whitworth says:
Unfortunately we seem to accept far to readily inferior sounding recordings and although I understand the point Steebo makes, the music is the most important thing, however, it is absolutely correct that the sound quality of the music is also appraised. If we don't do this standards will drop and artists also need to take more care, just listen to Springsteens recent CD output, the sound is compressed so much its obviously designed to be heard only via IPOD earphones. No depth or warmth and if you play on the Hi Fi and try turning up the volume you will crack all the windows. Digital is obviously the culprit and the reason LP's are making what will prove to be a limited comeback as I am sure cost will win out. I agree with Preston but perhaps his score is a tad on the low side.

Posted on 13 Jan 2011 15:20:01 GMT
L J Thomson says:
Makes no difference, the CD sounds crap too. The music is badly produced, distorted as hell and unlistenable. Give me 22 Dreams and the entire Jam output any day compared to this travesty.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2011 14:07:48 BDT
Okay, Steebo your comment is 'just your opinion' and Preston's comment is just his opinion. But you make a strange argument when you say a reviewer should not consider the quality of the recording. A bit like saying, 'forget that my t-shirt fell apart first time I washed it, it had a great design and that's all that counts'.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2011 10:35:55 BDT
I agree. The sound is positively AWFUL on this CD and, as others have pointed out, this seems to be a depressingly contemporary trend.
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