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2.0 out of 5 stars Go Back To The Mixing Desk, 8 Aug 2009
This review is from: Selling England By The Pound (Audio CD)
Listening to this re-mastered version is weird experience as it a very radical remix of the original released album. I'm becoming convinced that a different member of Genesis sat in on the re-mixing. In this case, Tony Banks, the keyboard player must have kept nudging the sliders up when the engineer went off for a coffee as the keyboards are way up in the mix and LOUD. This produces a strangely disconcerting experience for anyone who knows this album really well. As well as hearing little flourishes that got lost in the original mix I also began to get irritated that, as well as nudging up the keyboards, the remixer has also turned the vocals way down. They are so far down in the mix that on some songs its hard to make out what Peter Gabriel is singing. There also seems to be some sort of effect added to them in some songs. Its a shame this has been done as this, of all the Genesis albums, has the very best of Peter Gabriels lyrics. The emotion and meaning in the original songs has been buried behind this new take. I think that this was a mistake. There have been some really successful remasters done. The Kinks albums for example have been vastly improved by a revisit but I'd hate to think that this version of Selling England By The Pound will be the version to sail off into the future. Go back to that mixing desk.
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Initial post: 8 Sep 2011 10:35:06 BDT
Have just bought this and listened to it last night. I'll not be investing in any more of these 2008 remasters - you're right, it was a most disconcerting experience ! I can only liken it to the aural equivelant of UPVC windows being put into an old victorian house - bright and clean and shiny but stripped of any warmth or character.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2011 00:08:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Oct 2011 00:12:35 BDT
This is plain wrong.

If anyone follows this up and is interested I'll explain why, but at this point suffice to say that I have been living with this piece of music in all formats for 40 years and this brings a real smile to my face. Reviews like this have put me off buying these remasters. As they are now available on a "twofwer" for £10 in HMV I had to try. I'm glad I did.

If you are a dedicated Genesis fan, don't hesitate.

Posted on 31 Dec 2011 11:42:22 GMT
70'srule says:
Sounds good to me compared to my original LP......worth a lot more than five stars........One of the best albums in the history of mankind.

Posted on 31 Dec 2012 17:33:06 GMT
The overall sound and 'sparkle' of the album is fine, but for me the biggest crime is how low Steve Hackett's lead guitar is in the new mix. Or should that be Cryme? Never mind...... I love Tony Banks and his playing, but I think he is up to mischief here and on the other remasters. The keyboard parts are all about three miles in front! Perhaps he is a little jealous of Steve's musicianship?

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 21:47:41 GMT
Sch Green says:
This has been one of my favourite albums since it came out, back in 1973 when I was studying for my "A" levels. I have just finished listening to this SACD/DVD release on my new system (Cambridge Audio/Anthem MRX/Monitor Audio Silver RX), and it sounded fantastic. I have absolutely no idea what the negative reviewers are talking about - I may be pushing 60 but my ears are fine. No regrets at all having to pay the current high price for a copy.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2014 02:15:06 GMT
D. Angus says:
This page isn't for reviewing the 2008 remaster! This is for the 1994 remaster, which is still the best remaster!
I do agree with you on the 2008 remasters though!
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