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Good live album if not their best.,
This review is from: Octane Twisted [Jewel Case With Slipcase] (Audio CD)
First let me say that I too have the 'Burning Shed' version with DVD and while I can understand some people's disappointment with the sound quality I don't actually agree with them. Let me explain: I have a very revealing, dynamic hifi with a top class cd transport feeding a high quality DAC into a good valve amp and studio quality mini monitors. This album isn't so much badly produced but a victim of the venue's rather 'dead' acoustic and the positioning of the microphones (too far back - making the band sound too distant). When people say that Steven Wilson produces 'lifeless' records I have to laugh because generally I feel he is one of the few producers to not to fall into the modern trap (caused by the proliferation of MP3 IMO) of making the music way too loud causing masses of horrible digital distortion (which we with good systems can easily hear - unlike the ipod crowd). Of course, this does mean that to many people listening on such things as mobile phones (why???) a Steven Wilson produced album will sound rather quiet and not as 'in your face'. All that said I do prefer Coma Divine's fantastically open clear sound or even Warsawa, by comparison this album sounds too much like you're near the back of the auditorium which for me is never a good place to listen to a rock band. On the plus side I actually prefer the live performances of 'The Incident' to the original cd, while the second cd is good mainly for Steven Wilson's excellent guitar.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2012 12:49:24 GMT
Music to live by says:
I thought that also that it´s more dynamic than the studio version!
Posted on 14 Feb 2013 12:53:35 GMT
Good review. I thought it was a decent cd, but still prefer the original, but maybe because I have played the original so much. I'll give this a whirl a few more times and see if I change my opinion.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2013 18:49:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2013 18:52:59 GMT
Mark Haynes says:
I agree with you, but not everyone (listening over i-pods perhaps) maybe would. The main thing is that while I like the original it sounds a little 'stiff and stilted' by comparison to this IMO. All that said, the live 'Get All You Deserve' by Steven Wilson IS sensational sound quality and is overall probably a better live disc (both visually and soundwise) than this.
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