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3.0 out of 5 stars Parade...The Not So Special Edition., 10 Aug. 2010
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I'm not sure what's been going on at EMI and who's in charge. As other reviewers have noted, it sounds like the work experience interns are supervising the current batch of remasters. Many of these re-releases had already been cleaned up just a few years ago, the first three Duran Duran albums are a case in point. They sounded fantastic when re-released in 2003 "Duran Duran / Rio / Seven & The Ragged Tiger (Mini Sleeve Box Set)", so why they needed remastering again has me baffled. When they were recently reissued in deluxe format somebody was asleep at the quality control desk. "Rio" sounds fantastic. The other two albums sound like they've used a very low bit rate mp3 file as the master source. The phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes to mind. Whilst it's great to have all of the bonus content and the bonus dvd's included in the one box, if they can't get the album right, why bother with the added extras?

So now I turn my attention, with much trepidation to Spandau Ballet, that other legendary UK 80's band. Their back catalogue has been crying out for the deluxe treatment for years. After reading the reviews for the "Journeys To Glory" re-release I skipped on that one and ordered "Diamond", "True" and "Parade" hoping for the best. Well two out of three ain't bad. Diamond and True sound excellent, Parade is truly appalling. Overly compressed, dull and lifeless it has unfortunately been given the same lack of care that the many other EMI remasters have of late. Luckily, most of the contents on disc one are available on other recent releases such as "Singles Rarities & Remixes", "Gold : The Best of Spandau Ballet" and "Reformation". Just one listen to the Parade era tracks from these CDs and it's like someone cleaned the needle of the record player. The live BBC Radio One in concert tracks on disc two are ok. They sound overly compressed as well but having not heard these recordings before, this could be in the source material. It is nice to have a Parade era live performance but that does not make up for the poor quality of the album itself on disc one. I am so disappointed with the mastering of this album. Not good enough EMI.

Product update...since writing this review Warner Music have taken over the releasing of Spandau Ballet's catalogue and are continuing to use these inferior masters. Someday these classic albums from the 80s will get a decent re-issue.
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Initial post: 12 Aug 2010 21:12:54 BDT
bobby morrow says:
The reason 'True' sounds good is they used the 2003 master! It tells you in very small print at the bottom of one of the pages. You're right about 'Parade', sadly. That poor album has never sounded any good on CD. What about the packaging as well? That nasty fold-out sheet totaly devoid of any kind of info! Disgraceful!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2010 01:00:06 BDT
DJ Control says:
Thanks for the info bobby.I have "True" on SACD and in my opinion until technology betters this format "True" will never sound better than it does on that release.

Posted on 7 Dec 2010 05:10:04 GMT
Are these remasters coming out in Japan in the near future might be something to look into..... might be of better quality

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2010 16:03:39 GMT
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Posted on 15 Feb 2011 12:43:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Mar 2011 12:00:13 GMT
DJ Control says:
If anyone is keeping tabs on comments here is some info.I've just heard one of the Japanese reissues from 2008 of "Journeys To Glory" and it sounds awesome.Looks like these are the versions to get.They are paper sleeve editions.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2011 04:52:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Mar 2011 04:54:35 BDT
pmppk says:
I just got the 2008 Japanese mini lp paper sleeve edition of "Journey to Glory" and listening to it right now. The overall sound quality is good. I've never heard the 2003 remastered edition so I can't compare them.
However, I and hear a small glitch at 0.20 on track 2: Reformation. I wonder if it appear on other edition?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2011 13:26:16 BDT
DJ Control says:
Good ears pmppk,my copy has the glitch you speak of on trk 2.This track,Reformation,is on the Singles Rarities & Remixes compilation and it is fine there.No glitch.As I don't have the 2010 remaster yet can't comment if it is on that version.Will post more info when it arrives tho from what I read the sound quality is not good.
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