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3.0 out of 5 stars Surely they can do better than this?, 9 April 2009
This review is from: Ten (Audio CD)
Firstly let me say that I'm a massive fan of Pearl Jam and I think the original Ten is a masterpiece.

However, this edition has major problems. Firstly the first disc, the remastered disc, sounds worse than the original pressing. This is due to the disc being mastered about 4 dBa louder than the original, and to do this the dynamic range had to be compressed. This results in the complex layering being merged together, sounding flat and indistinct. If this is remastering then so is turning up the volume on my hi-fi and putting a pillow in front of the speakers!

The second disc the "remixed" disc is more interesting and features a clearer, simpler and less layered sound when compared to the original versions. Are the tracks better? No. Are they worse? No, just different.

Unfortunately this second disc is mastered just as loud (or 'hot') as the first disc, though admittedly it gets away with it more than the first disc does (due to it's relative simplicity).

However this second disc is not what 'The Freedom Sessions' is to 'Fumbling Towards Ecstasy', the remixed disc is just a remixed disc rather than alternate versions.

So if you don't have the original, then I'd recommend you buy that instead of this edition. If you have the original then I'd recommend that you go for the next edition up that adds a DVD-Video of their MTV Unplugged session, but keep hold of your original!
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Initial post: 18 Feb 2010 21:32:55 GMT
D. Robins says:
Thank you for writing that review, I was wondering if it had actually be remastered or just mixed "hot", that's stopped me from ordering it, I really don't see why they need to master everything loud and loose all the dynamic range, that might be fine for radio use, but it's no good for anyone that listens to music on decent equipment, i'll stick with my original pressing of this album, I don't think the mastering is bad at all on that.
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