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Just to add my support to the other reviews. Nice to know i'm not alone in thinking this is a screw up too far. Isn't the whole point of remastering to IMPROVE the sound? Well, that's what I thought anyway. I also thought the world famous shAbbey Road studios was technically advanced and staffed by experienced engineers with the ability to add something to a fine catalogue of music. Looks like I was wrong there too. There is surely something wrong when a 2010 version of an album can sound WORSE than a 2003 version (or even the earlier versions). If you dare to listen to this on a quality stereo system (which, believe it or not, some of us still own) then the very least you will get is a ringing in your ears. Try to get through more than a couple of songs and you'll feel like putting your head in a vice just to get some relief. Yes, it IS that bad. A fire alarm is more pleasant to listen to. The shrillness of the sound is akin to the dynamics being squeezed within a fraction of the brickwall. Low frequencies are destroyed and the musicality of the recording is lost. There is no pleasure in listening to this. I suppose the record labels are now catering for people who listen on computers and I-pods. Well, why bother going to the expense and effort of remastering. Anyone who thinks an I-pod is a quality sound reproducing device is obviously devoid of clue when it comes to sound quality. So why bother. This type of reissue is not aimed at the mainstream, it's aimed at enthusiasts so why alienate your audience by treating them with this kind of contempt.
If the band approved these remasters then they are as much to blame as others in the music industry for destroying recordings. It's gone far enough now. As if it's not bad enough that new releases are smashed to oblivion we now have to endure it on catalogue reissues too.
Steve Rooke did a wonderful job on Rio (he also did a sterling job on the Ultravox remasters). I'm sure if he had done these they would've been spared the abomination that they turned out to be. I hope EMI read these reviews. But I doubt that they care.