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Animals killer 2011 remaster,
This review is from: Animals [Discovery Edition] (Audio CD)To date I have got Dark Side, the 2 cd version, Meddle, Atom Heart Mother and Animals from the Pink Floyd remasters. Of the 4 albums that I have heard so far this has got to be the most impressive in terms of remastering. It has benefitted most from the work carried out at Das Boot Studios, not what I would have expected considering the age of the recording, in having the music presented better than ever before.
For a start the acoustic guitar work on the opener Pigs On The Wing just sound so much better, more realistic, natural, better filled out in the lower mid range eq and more obviously wooden in nature. Rogers singing is cleaner clearer and yet less harsh than the Shine On Boxset version I have.
Dogs is just an amazing tour de force. David Gilmour wrote the music for this and his guitar work is at a peak, better and more varied than anything he did before or since. This track has great shifts in dynamics moving through a series of movements like an orchestral piece. Again the use of acoustic and electric guitars sound so much better, being separated into individual instruments playing together rather than an amalgamated sound that approximates both together. Lyrically, care of Rog, this track is a damning of the business approach to life in a clear and unambiuous way.
Pigs, again vitriolic and direct, gains a lot from the remastering. The harmonies in Rogers overdubbed vocals really 'sing' and are distinctly clearer than the 1994 version. The sound of the pigs themselves is more resonant and natural. For me this track is the highlight of the album thanks to the jaw dropping range and quality of guitar work on show. There are acoustic guitars in the mix, along with various electric guitars processed differently and then the killer solo featuring the guitar being fed through a Dunlop Voice Box to allow DG to emulate the pigs and to give the solo greater emotive range.
Sheep, again the recorded animals sounds are so much more natural than before, and the ping ponging sound of Rick Wrights keyboards is so much more apparent and enjoyable. Rick Wrights contribution to this album is of the highest order. I reckon it is the best example of his skills as a musician, using various synth, organ and piano sounds to lift the songs to a new level.
I also thing that the pitch on the previous issue was wrong. I am fairly sure everything here is presented a third or a half tone down on the last one, without affecting the tempo. I think there must have been a software problem or a careless techie behind this fault. The new album has a better defined mid to lower end and is much more musically tight, for lack of a better term. The animals and birds all sound right this time, not processed or tweaked.
So, for fans of Floyd, do not hesitate, get this and enjoy an album, that I have literally avoided on cd for years due to its harsh presentation, sounding better than I would have imagined it could.
edit - this album features some of the finest keyboard playing that Rick Wright did with Floyd. He, to use a football term, plays a blinder, getting the keyboard to morph into Rogers voice, Daves guitar and so on.......taking what is a rough run through of Dogs and Sheep on the Wish You Were Here bonus cd and turn them into the superb polished monoliths that are here. His playing and ability to conjure up powerful moods is overlooked too often in favour of David Gilmours guitar work and Roger Waters Lyrics.
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Initial post: 8 Dec 2011 00:17:02 GMT
R. Pievaitis says:
thanks for this- i have an american import remastered from 98 i think which i paid $80 for and that one does sound very nice but i must buy this again -as you do - to compare-it sounds a good'un !
funny i always have a soft spot for animals- we all had the vinyl version when it 1st came out at our grammar school-in fact i still have that 1st pressing- think i'll give it a spin and see how much i mistreated my albums back then- too many parties i think ?
p.s. i have also bought the new version of "more" and that sounds really good,again very clear esp on the nile song ,which used to be a pre grunge sludgefest before-now you can hear at least 2 (slightly distorted)guitars_to quote viv stanshall.
Posted on 20 Mar 2012 10:29:27 GMT
Problem is that every couple of years they keep bringing re-masters out. I have the original full pink floyd collection. I know the sound is better quality on these new discs. But lets be honest. Would any one in their right mind keep updating the same music collection every two or three years ?. And I love pink floyd more than any other band on the planet.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2012 23:46:22 GMT
Clem Feeney says:
I agree with Alex - I already have vinyl and CD's of Dark Side... and Wish You... I don't want to buy them again. However I don't own Animals and may well buy this. I'm disappointed about the packaging though - the reviews suggest the digipacks are poorly done. I would expect better form Pink Floyd, who I thought always took great care with their presentation in the past.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2012 23:51:21 GMT
Thank you Clem. You see the problem is that in a couple of years time the same thing will happen again, this is why I shall not keep updating my collection, otherwise it could get very expensive.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2012 16:12:02 BDT
I agree with you and Clem with regards to it all becoming expensive just to keep up with myriad versions. However, this set of releases are noticeably cleaner and clearer, esp on better gear, than previous outings.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 16:10:26 GMT
Mr. Mm Jones says:
Your response to the original post is much the same as my own. I was in a pub today and Pigs and Sheep were playing on the juke box and it was a loud and so impressive, thus i am looking to buy Animals. (I am going to buy it!) Re the digipack: i have Meddle in one of those and it is fine. You just have to be a bit careful handling it. Once the CD has been removed a few times it becomes easier. Personally i prefer the digipacks 'cos they take up less room on my shelves. But i bet you've bought it already...mick Jones
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 18:20:53 GMT
Clem Feeney says:
Indeed I did buy this edition of Animals. It's a great album, but I don't like the packaging. The booklet seems quite thin compared to the 2004 reissues that I own. Also pulling the disc out of the sleeve is not as satisfying as getting it out of a tray, but maybe that's just me.
I did buy the downloads of Wish... And Dark Side... as I wanted the bonus tracks, but got them from a site that offers better quaity downloads. I just didn't want another physical copy (and autorip wasn't available at the time).
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