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A great collection messed up by an engineer,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook (Audio CD)
This was one of the great recordings of all time showing off the range, depth and expression of Ella's astonishing voice. Unfortunately this re-master has lost all the warmth and subtlety that could be found on the original CD. (Yes, I do know it was originally on record.) It has brought Ella's voice forward and thinned it out. The whole balance has been tilted upwards with the brass sounding sharp and the violins almost without timbre. Most tragically of all, the unequalled expressive qualities of her voice, that knowingness, have been largely stripped away leaving only a singer with an astonishing ability to hit the right note.
Such a failing draws one towards the conclusion that the engineer was either not a fan of Ella or simply didn't understand her qualities. In short, the collection has been ruined. Because this is an album that should be in every record collection, my advice is to scour the secondhand record shops for the individual CDs. That suggestion becomes an imperative if you have spent money on your hi-fi system and are expecting more rather than less from this re-master.
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Initial post: 9 Feb 2012 12:30:42 GMT
R. Hudson says:
Have to agree. I can't listen to this for long at any one stretch as it's too fatiguing. Along with many other 'remasters' I wonder who it's being remastered for? I for one, will continue trying to hunt down a decent vinyl copy.
PS. The Rudy Van Gelder Bluenote reissues are, however, excellent.
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