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1.0 out of 5 stars The remastered version is worse than the original!, 6 Jan 2012
This review is from: Nevermind (20th Anniversary Remastered Edition) (Audio CD)
Let me get one thing straight: Nevermind is a fantastic and incredibly influential album. However with this version, there's one major problem.

The simple fact is that the mastering on the original version of Nevermind was excellent. Howie Weinberg was tasked with making the original sound as good as he possibly could. And the result was a clear, lively, dynamic and very punchy record indeed!

Then this came along. Unfortunately, the music industry no longer cares in any way about quality - really, they don't! So for this supposedly "Remastered" version, they simply asked the mastering engineer to forget all about sound quality and just make the album sound artificially loud. And he's done that! All of the dynamics are gone, clear passages are replaced with digital distortion, the drums sound flatter and the whole sound has a flat, lifeless and fatiguing sound to it.

And there we have it. A "Remastered" version of this album which sounds 10 times worse than the original.

So, my advice is to keep hold of your superior "original" copy - A good memorial for those times when the music industry used to care about the quality of the stuff they release. Don't touch this shoddy re-release with a barge pole, the quality of it is rubbish!
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Initial post: 1 Mar 2012 10:21:54 GMT
B. Tan says:
Oh dear, I am reading this a little late but than again I don't have a copy of the original release. Darn!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2012 10:45:24 GMT
D. Knight says:
I'd advise buying one. It's a fantastic album, and also a wonderful throw-back to the time when music was made to sound good. Instead of now, where quality is completely irrelevant and only volume and distortion matter.

Posted on 25 Nov 2013 03:07:48 GMT
Thanks for pointing this out, in theory a CD has a huge dynamic range and low distortion compared with vinyl, pity the engineers don't make proper use of it.

Posted on 31 Dec 2013 11:04:48 GMT
Dear all this is the Blu Ray Audio version and has nothing to do with what is being reviewed, Amazon do this a lot

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2014 07:46:56 GMT
The Blu-Ray version is also the 20th Anniversary edition just re-released on CD.
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