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Geared towards the average rather than the exceptional,
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This review is from: Thick As a Brick [40th Anniversary Special Edition] (Audio CD)
I saw the band perform this masterpiece live around the time of release in the early seventies and have always been fascinated by IA's fine acoustic guitar work and BB's imaginative drumming, etc (BTW I recommend the live version on the AVO Session Basel DVD).
While this is a very worthwhile release, with an informative booklet and lots of options for enjoying the music, in my opinion the remixed formats are let down by the inconsistant drum/cymbal sound quality.
For example, at around 3 minutes into 'side one' when Mr Barlow comes in, the hihats sound so muffled it's as though he's not playing in the same studio as the rest of the band, yet at other times later on they're crystal clear. Perhaps there were problems with the original multi-track tape.
The stereo and 5.1 remixes are an interesting alternative but I have to say that on this occasion, taking everything into account, I prefer the sound of the original vinyl release. It's a pity as I was really looking forward to hearing this.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2012 19:44:59 GMT
I agree, it's seems the sound of all the instruments has been improved except drums and cymbals; unfortunately Steve Wilson didn't report the conditions of the multitracks he used to make the remix;
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 14:50:34 GMT
It's not Steven's fault. The mastering procedure has gone wrong, not the mix for 5.1. If there was a problem with the multitrack tapes, it would also emerge in the new stereo mix.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 15:21:13 GMT
The stereo remix also suffers from inconsistant drum and cymbal sound quality.
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