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1.0 out of 5 stars This version is a rip-off, 23 May 2010
This review is from: Exile on Main Street (Super Deluxe CD/DVD/Vinyl) (Audio CD)
although the music is great, this version is absurd. The remaster is compressed therefore the dynamics in the sound are gone. If you want it on cd, get the one issued by Virgin. 7 of the 10 bonus tracks have recently been overdubbed, thus making them sound like the present day Stones.

I bought the vinyl version of this album and the vinyl sounds great. The real bummer is the dvd however. Just 30 minutes long. With extracts from Stones in Exile. That 151 minute film will be released on dvd in June while it should have been included with this box set.

De yourself a favour, get the vinyl version if you want this remaster and be smart and but the dvd next month (should you want it) and get more value for your money!
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Initial post: 24 May 2010 06:15:34 BDT
D. R. Byers says:
How stupid! You say the vinyl in the set sounds "great" and then bag the whole set giving it one star.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2010 19:57:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2010 19:58:14 BDT
F. Bunnik says:
Read the review please: I wrote that the music is great and that the vinyl version sounds great (I meant the 180 gram vinyl only version). The vinyl in this super deluxe version will probably also be of good quality. I would give the vinyl only version 5 stars for the excellent quality of both the music and the vinyl. However, my review is of this super deluxe rip-off version probably made up by some businessmen thinking how to make the most money out of a double album. The remastering of the cd is bad but so are the recent remasters of the other 1970's Stones albums. The dvd is ridiculous because next month a full length version will be sold (seperately of course). Because of the awful remastering (that was not necessary at all since the version on Virgin sounds better) and the stupid dvd I gave only one star.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2010 16:31:47 BDT
Many thanks for this review, and unlike the previous commentator I understood exactly which vinyl version you were referring to. £100.00 is a lot of money for a set like this and the fact that it has been compromised by messing around with the unreleased tracks (big mistake imo), compressing the sound plus the DVD which is merely a sampler for the Exile DVD rather than something particular to this set, does make this project less of an event than I had originally hoped for.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2010 01:11:01 BDT
D. R. Byers says:
OK, I take your point and having gotten the super deluxe version I think I know what you are getting at. Your point regarding the DVD is correct - I will write my own review soon.

Posted on 3 Jun 2010 10:35:39 BDT
Thomas Wood says:
Unfortunately the reviewer is correct about the poor sound on cd but it's almost as bad on the vinyl. I pre ordered the vinyl only 180gm perfectly pressed , no surface noise...but the sound is hopeless compared to the original LP and not even as good as Virgin's 1997 cd. I sent my copy of the new vinyl back to amazon. Thinking for a moment i could be wrong i checked out musicangle who had already posted a review, of both vinyl and cd, 10 stars music 5 stars for sound. They call it "compacted, spatially flattened, deliberately dynamically compressed and shockingly bass-shy."Exactly

Posted on 23 Oct 2011 12:09:23 BDT
They screwed up the sound, there is no doubt !

Posted on 10 Aug 2013 10:21:15 BDT
bearcat says:
i don't want to know why you write this,but to my ears it sounds like it should,.

Posted on 26 Jul 2014 22:32:59 BDT
Was just listening to my old CD (pre 2010 digitally remastered version) and can't believe how they've extracted here all the 'umph' and wonderful earthy rawness of the orginal (I also had the original vinyl). Have Mick and Keith heard this?? You're so right - this version is absurd. A pale imitation. Just buy an earlier CD.
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