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This review is from: The Electric Light Orchestra: 40th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)The Birth of one of the 70's super-groups here, When Jeff Llynne joined What was left of the Move it was based on the promise of something new. Once Roy Wood had started to overdub cellos onto a Move song the concept was born that song became the opening track on this album '10538 Overture' and the rest is history.
Harvest still one of the coolest looking labels have done us proud with this 40th anniversary edition, two discs a CD which contains the whole album plus 6 bonus tracks all of which have been released before on the 30th anniversary First light edition and a later compilation. Two versions of the '10538 overture' (Move version and a version for Top of the Pops Post Roy Wood with some slightly different instrumentation) Two versions of 'Mr Radio' and alternate takes of 'Nellie takes her Bow' and 'Whisper in the night'.
What makes this release worth the money is the second disc a DVD, which has a DTS 96/24 and Dolby digital transfer of the original Quad Mix very discrete and and giving at times a radical remix of the album, not afraid to spread the instrumentation around the sound field, 'Mr radio' and 'Queen of the hours' almost sound like a different takes. Even 'The Battle of Marston Moor' sounds great and seems to make more sense. I am a succour of Vintage Quad mixes and this one does not disappoint.
Also for fans of the stereo mix you get a flat 96/24 LPCM transfer of the original Stereo master. This has never sounded better.
Finally some visual content in the form of the promo video of '10538 Overture'.
Fans of wondering why buy this album again don't think just buy it if you have a surround sound system then this really is a no brainer.
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Initial post: 20 Mar 2012 21:51:40 GMT
Nice review - and good info too.
I'm wondering if there's a 2-disc version of 'ELO 2' in the future?
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2012 08:51:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Mar 2012 08:57:47 GMT
Perhaps someone will revisit the original 'ELO 2' multi-track tapes and produce a surround sound edition for us :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2012 09:32:20 GMT
That would be my dream too, i beleive that a QUAD mix was made for II but never released.
Posted on 31 Mar 2012 21:18:35 BDT
Mr. R. G. Prizeman says:
thanks mate i have put my purchase in today
Posted on 18 Apr 2012 15:18:12 BDT
J. Busher says:
The hi-rez stereo is horrible. It has been heavily compressed for no apparent reason. And the standard stereo remaster is still the same noise reduced crap from 10 years ago. Garbage.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2012 17:25:03 BDT
I will reply but your comments seem at odds with the generally accepted opion on this check out forums such as Steve Hoffmans and you will see that amongst audiophiles the DVD Hi rez Stereo is highly regarded, even more so given peter Mews record of compression.
i agree the CD is nothing new but the DVD more than makes up for it
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2012 18:10:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2012 18:12:38 BDT
J. Busher says:
I was just reading the Steve Hoffman Forums and according to the latest posts, the hi-res stereo is heavily compressed with a DR of 6, and is not a flat transfer at all. Maybe you should go there and check it out. I listened to it myself in headphones and it's an assault on the ears.
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