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5.0 out of 5 stars Queen. Finally the sound does it justice., 14 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Queen [2011 Remaster Deluxe 2CD Edition] (Audio CD)
Queen (or Queen I) has always always been dogged by a weaker sound than the albums that followed. That is no longer an issue.

Finally this raw, hard-edged Queen album has the wings it needs to soar and submerge the listener into a comforting realm of hard rock. The album now stands up by today's high standard of sound and big credit must be given to the mixer, Bob Ludwig for getting so much out of the original tapes while maintaining the core sound. (The bass hasn't been blown up out of all recognition and the drums don't crack the speakers on the top notes like most modern recordings do. The whole package is professional and the clarity is hugely improved.)

The De Lane Lea bonus material is a fascinating incite for those Queen fans who are in the know about the band's history. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to a very early Queen attempting to produce themselves in a brand new studio, but that's another long story.

The 2011 remasters are, in my opinion, well worth the money for long time Queen fans and the perfect opportunity for new listeners to get started on their Queen collections.
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Initial post: 14 Mar 2011 19:16:16 GMT
R. Brown says:
100% agree, listening to these 2011 remasters sends a shiver down my spine. Played against the 93/94 remasters, the difference is huge! Queen heaven!

Posted on 22 Mar 2011 16:34:53 GMT
They may well sound the best they have but I must correct your comment about the mixing. Bob Ludwig is the mastering engineer. As far as I know these are remastered and not remixed. mastering is far different than mixing. mixing is where individual instrument levels can be altered. Mastering is where the original mix master is remastered using todays technology. It brings out the nuances of the mix that were always there. So it is not a remix where the levels of the instruments are changed, but a new mastering of the original mix. Things like EQ'ing and bass treble adjustments can be made which imrpove the sound.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2011 14:39:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2011 14:41:06 GMT
Bif says:
I stand corrected (I used a different account to write this review.). Merely a slip of phrase, I meant remastered of course! But thanks for the correction. The album sleeve notes even describe the music as being 're-created'! Now there's a notion!

Re-mastered, not re-mixed.

Posted on 25 Mar 2011 10:04:50 GMT
I live in the US and I cannot wait for the 2011 remasters! I am so glad to hear the sound has been improved. Thanks for the concise review.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2011 10:08:54 GMT
Bif says:
When do they get released across the pond? 17th May I think.

Yeah I got Queen 1 first 'cos I always thought that album lacked a certain punch. Now it has it! I turned it up loud in the car on the way home.

Best band of all time.

Posted on 14 Apr 2011 03:55:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Apr 2011 03:56:21 BDT
Agree on the fantastic sound. The first batch of 2011 Island / Universal Bob Ludwig album remasters are among the best remasters I've ever heard. The EMI Singles Collection box sets sounded awful (box 4 contained the worst case of 'remastering' I've ever heard). The 2011 edition of their first album now contains the excellent 'Headlong' b-side 'Mad The Swine' (which was controversially missing from singles box 4) on the bonus disc.

Lovely sound. Rich clean bass without muddiness and crisp top end without sounding over-toppy / harsh. I'm very critical of the heavy compression applied to new CD releases. It kills the dynamics and just makes everything sound loud and distorted (as was the case with the 'remastered' EMI Singles Box sets). Not so here. Can't recommend these 2011 Island / Universal remasters enough. They all sound absolutely brilliant. They all have a wider stereo image which reveals a lot more detail previously hidden in the mixes. The loud / soft dynamics of the music remains intact. Powerful sound without distortion. These 2011 remasters sound superior to all previous worldwide CD editions (I've compared them).

The only (minor) gripe with the De Lane Lea 1971 demo material (taken from Brian May's vinyl acetate disc) is the unnessesary needle drop at the start of 'Keep Yourself Alive' and constant surface noise throughout. Also, more of the 1973-1976 BBC radio sessions would have been nice to officially have as additional bonus material. Each album has the lyrics within their informative booklets.

Three cheers for the wonderful Bob Ludwig. He knows his stuff. He's been responsible for mastering albums since the 70s. He's treated these recordings with love, care and respect ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2011 17:08:54 BDT
Bif says:
Yes, I totally agree! I bought the first EMI Singles Collection Box but decided against the rest. £30 - £55 is simply too much for a badly remastered, poorly researched, inconsistent and lets be honest, badly designed set. They could have been something so much more; something special.

And I suppose the same could be said for these new Island/Universal 2011 remasters, the music quality is superb for the very reasons you've described in you comment (which I failed to do as well in the review by the way). But maybe a super jewel case isn't as special as it could have been, and these bonus discs, however interesting and appriciated they may be, seem to miss the mark. This could have been the definitive nail in the coffin of all these bootlegged outtakes and rarities that have been around for years, but sadly they are not.
But it's well worth the money. That's for sure.

Just bought A Day At The Races now, it also sounds truly exceptional, even more so than this considering the more advanced studio technique they'd reached at this point.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2013 18:40:16 BDT
A good comment. I held off buying these for a very long time because I didn't believe they would be any different from my Japanese '25th Anniversary' CD's I'd owned for ages and I considered the bonus material to be a rip-off. That was until I checked out "The Miracle" which is a amazing job. And some of the bonus material is worth having. So I'll be getting all these in due time.
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