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Quality Control Sony / REVISED
, 9 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Complete Album Collection Vol. One (Audio CD)
This box has some of the greatest albums ever made, and lots of others that are still incredibly influential. It's a fascinating journey through Bob Dylan's official albums, although personally I prefer the sense of exploration and discovery found in searching out albums yourself. This is convenient though, and cheap plus most of the albums are remastered. However, there are some reasons to be cautious:
1: At least one disc - Hard Rain - has skips on one track. This is the second deluxe box this year from Sony that comes with this fault. Will they replace the faulty disc (s) for you?
UPDATE: the answer is yes, Sony / Legacy in New York will replace Hard Rain if your copy is faulty, and they'll do it incredibly quickly too. This review has gone up 1 star because of this. I still find some of the artwork disappointing, but the quality of customer service from Sony / Legacy in NY is outstanding.
2: Some of these CDs may not be the best editions of certain albums. You may prefer the first 2 albums and John Wesley Harding - and possibly other pre 1968 albums - in mono (I do). As already mentioned, Hard Rain has a pressing fault. Street Legal is a new mix; you may prefer the 2003 remix (I do). Also, some albums that could have benefitted from a remaster or remix do not appear to have had one. John Wesley Harding is the same 2003 edition that was widely criticised as unnecessarily harsh, and Time Out Of Mind is the same 1997 CD that arguably would really benefit from the kind of remix given Love Sick in 2004.
3: The non album collection Side Tracks is a nice collection, but given it's purpose is to collect non album tracks from 'best of' collections, it omits key tracks from the Masterpieces album. It could also have included non album b sides - there's over 30 mins of free space on the 2 discs. There's also some inconsistency in the decision to make some double albums 2 discs and others 1.
4: The product description states the CDs contain all the original artwork; they don't. They are basic front and rear outer sleeve reproductions - some are quite poor quality and resemble photocopies - with some missing pictures and sleeve notes compiled in the book, but not all. There are no inner sleeves, and the discs slide in quite tightly with a risk of damage to discs and sleeves after a few times. The gatefold sleeves need to be folded back on themselves to pull the discs out, which can be quite tricky. There's certainly no attempt to produce high quality sleeves, as with the Mono Albums box.
Overall, it's a nice idea but could have been so much better with a little more care and consideration, and the repeated faulty pressings in these sets displays pretty shocking quality control I'm afraid.
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