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3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, poor sound, 18 Jan 2007
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This review is from: Graceland (Remastered And Expanded) (Audio CD)
When this album was originally released it very quickly became a classic. The fusion of African tribal and Western soft rock music works, and works well.

Unfortunately - and these comments apply solely to this remaster - the sound quality has suffered as a result of the current arms race between record labels to make their CDs as loud as possible. Whereas on the original CD release the opening track "The Boy In The Bubble" began with a soft accordian solo followed by a series of drum hits that sounded like firecrackers (and scared the life out of anyone that wasn't expecting it), here all the dynamics of this are lost in a muddy compressed version of what was once a great album.

Many other classic albums have been destroyed like this by record labels. Do yourself a favour and track down the original 1986 CD of this album on Marketplace.

For the record the original 1986 version of this is unquestionably a 5-star album.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2007 00:07:02 GMT
Glenn Richards is 'Spot On' about the opening bars of 'Boy in the Bubble'. This is still a great album but it's such a shame that record companies are re-engineering some of the most effective bits out. Shame on them.

Posted on 25 Mar 2008 01:39:05 GMT
Ca Marsh says:
Thanks for mentioning this. The 'compressors' should have their fingers cut off.

Posted on 29 Apr 2008 17:20:43 BDT
Friendlycard says:
Thanks, this a VERY helpful review. I'll stick to my original version!

Posted on 13 Jan 2009 05:27:01 GMT
muxamed says:
Are you sure about this?

Posted on 1 Sep 2009 23:49:17 BDT
Ca Marsh says:
This compression vandalism (and I use the word advisedly) reminds me of concert videos from the 70s. Just as something interesting was about to happen, some jerk would start applying effects or pratting about with the colours and completely ruining the footage. These fools are doing the same to music. LEAVE IT ALONE. Compression and high levels are fine for the idiot 'phump phump' of much of today's music but music with a touch of subtlty needs dynamics. I repeat LEAVE IT ALONE.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2010 13:37:44 BDT
BD says:
Its the loudness war, its a nightmare...

Posted on 17 Dec 2010 02:29:19 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2012 18:03:14 GMT
S. Baxendale says:
I'm actually going to stick up for the remaster. Are you guys actually sound engineers or something? The 2004 remaster of 'graceland' sounds crisp, clear and sharp. Yes I'm part of the CD and iPod generation but if you want an anlogue sound, go buy the vinyl ;-)

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 22:43:04 GMT
Very helpful, i'll stick with my old 1986 version and hope they do an uncompressed SACD (prob in vain)
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