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Great Album, but hold on...,
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This review is from: Into The Gap (Audio CD)
This is a superb double CD collection of the Thompson Twins 'Into The Gap' album featuring all of the excellent remixes and B-sides that were released at the same time... However, there does appear to be a noise problem on CD2, Track 3 'You Take Me Up (Machines Take Over)' - There is some severe distortion, pops and clicking during the first minute or so on the right channel, particularly with the drums (and to a lesser degree throughout the song) - Has anyone else noticed this?
I have the original 12" vinyl single and there is no problem with that - So, I assumed that I either had a bad pressing of the CD or it is a problem with the Master CD (I checked the CD on several players and speakers to eliminate the possibility of equipment failure). I mailed Demon-Edsel to ask for their comments and I returned the CD to Amazon for a replacement copy (which was all handled well and without problems) to see if that was the issue, it wasn't - The replacement CD has exactly the same problem so it seems unlikely it is a 'bad batch' issue.
I got a reply from Demon-Edsel saying they had not heard of any issues with this release and to contact them again if the replacement was also wrong - I did this and have now received a reply stating "We have identified a problem with this disc and will get back to you". Good to hear that they are doing their best to sort this issue. I will update this review when I hear from Demon-Edsel again.
Suffice to say as it stands, one bad track does not spoil an otherwise excellent collection but it does seem odd that this track slipped through quality control to such a degree when the rest of the album and the 'Quick Step & Side Kick' CDs are uniformly excellent quality releases.
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2008 17:54:50 GMT
Eric Generic says:
I'd be very interested to know what Edsel have to say...my copy is the same, and it sounds suspiciously like a very shoddy rip from the 12" vinyl itself. There are all kinds of pops and jumps going on. If companies are going to do this sort of thing (and it seems from other recent 80s reissues such as Spear Of Destiny, they are) then at least they could make sure the source vinyl is of acceptable quality!
Posted on 24 Mar 2008 02:39:54 GMT
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Posted on 25 Mar 2008 06:21:01 GMT
Chips Bigbowl says:
My copy is also the same. Reading the sleeve notes.. "Getting hold of (this) was no easy task".
It does sound like vinyl. I'm assuming they've cleaned it up so it must have been in a right state. There should be something in the track listing mentioning why it's so distorted.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2008 13:22:12 GMT
Eric Generic says:
There definitely should. It's a shame because it slightly takes the shine off what is a really great remaster of the main original album. If decent vinyl copies of the rarer tracks couldn't be found, they would have been better off just not including them. Any CD which features music sourced from vinyl and has resulting sound issues should say so somewhere on the rear sleeve, not just an ambiguous comment in the sleevenotes.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2008 15:01:03 BDT
Coincidence Vs Fate says:
Surely, there's more to life to than worry whether a CD that has cost under a fiver has "distortion in the right channel particularly with the drums for the first minute..."?
I've got this CD, doesn't make any difference to me.
Posted on 14 Jun 2008 09:50:25 BDT
M. B. Wilson says:
My copy too, and does sound like ripped from dodgy vinyl source. Compared with the quality of US Remix/Instrumental (and Sister Of Mercy 12" that follows it on the disc - spotless) this is a real shame. They are really loud pops in one place, and although it's a cheap item to start with the liner implies mastering. Also the overall quality on the closing Megamix (essentially mono) doesn't stand up to headphone listening, but that's due to the original megamixer I suspect, and nothing Edsel could do about it! Still a great re-issue though so not changing my review just yet, but it'll be interesting to see what Edsel do....
Posted on 18 Dec 2008 15:15:06 GMT
D. M. Monid says:
I too have heard the distortion of sound on the track you mentioned, though I'm glad that the record company is trying to sort out this issue.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2009 13:10:52 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2011 16:57:01 GMT
bobby morrow says:
Companies like Edsel and Cherry Red often source tracks from vinyl if the original master can't be obtained. I don't agree with it and think, at least, they should make mention of it on the packaging.
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