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Atom Heart Mother 2011 version,
This review is from: Atom Heart Mother [Discovery Edition, digipak] (Audio CD)
OK, so another version of a cd that has been released 3-4 times before, one of which I have, and what is new?
Well this is a hard one to put my finger on, so let me attempt to help clear up a few things. First the gatefold sleeve is an improvement over the jewel case, although I can see why it annoys a lot of folk. It is a bit fiddly getting the cd out, some of these gatefold sleeves can be tighter than others. Same outer image, new inner one-an outtake from the same photo session used for the Meddle album though. The artwork is a halfway house, neither truly inventive nor a faithful tribute to the original, so there is a sense of being cheated. The artwork that came with the last cd version had a menu card and was a solid stapled booklet, all reduced somewhat for this. This is why I have docked it one star.
The sound quality, well this is the tricky part. It definitely sounds better, not sharper, not louder, but more musical overall, more vinyl. In an A/B test it was difficult to actually nail down the difference, I simply preferred the new version. I thought about how to describe it for a while and try and think of an analogy to compare it to. Here goes-the new version has more inner detail, the sounds are no sharper than previously, it is just that the instruments sound more realistic, the acoustic guitars more obviously hollow wooden boxes with vibrating metal strings over them, the cymbals sound more genuinely metallic and rich decaying realistically, the sound of the drum heads is cleaner, Rogers bass has a deeper plummy tone and all the instruments are better separated. I was really impressed with the separation of the voices in the choir and the sound of the brass section, which really zings in this version.
If it was a tv the new one is HD the old is not, the shapes are the same , the colours are the same, but the textures are better, especially the brass, in the new one. It sounds mercifully free of any compression nasties.
Overall not a day night difference, but if you are a fan of hifi and love Floyd this is an improvement.
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Initial post: 20 Jun 2014 00:47:24 BDT
cowboy hoe says:
This really is the worse sort of hippie rubbish for immature middle class hippies who like to write reviews on Amazon. A totally dated and pointless pile of rubbish. That's this album and this guy's reviews. Floyd were paid for their navel gazing hippie tripe, what's your pathetic excuse.
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