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1.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Mr. Ludwig for keeping the loudness war alive., 3 Oct 2011
This review is from: Nevermind (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
in a 2009 article Bob Ludwig stated "People talk about downloads hurting record sales, I and some other people would submit that another thing that is hurting record sales these days is the fact that they are so compressed that the ear just gets tired of it. When you're through listening to a whole album of this highly compressed music, your ear is fatigued. You may have enjoyed the music but you don't really feel like going back and listening to it again. It's been really rough, folks, But it can get better and I think it will get better. I'm glad it's going to be over."

This is the same guy who's remastered this version of 'Nevermind' 2 years later to the very same loudness war standard he has criticised and seemed to suggest was reversing.

All the dynamic range on this classic album is gone. Which means there's no punch to the music, every song stays the same volume throughout so when a chorus kicks in it doesn't get louder than the verse and lift the song.

From what i've read over the years, Kurt loved using the quiet verse LOUD chorus technique, so for a band that was obviously about dynamics it's baffling that this remaster even made it onto a commercially available CD/download. A whole new generation of Nirvana fans are going to be robbed of the way this album should really sound as mastered dynamically in 1991 by Howie Weinberg.

UMG don't care, they just want your money, but that's ok, you don't have to give it to them, no matter how big a Nirvana fan you are, you can download the extra content for free 'illegally' after all they're offering you an inferior 'new' product when your original copy of Nevermind sounds perfect -- you just have to use that thing known as a volume knob or volume buttons.

"All the kids will eat it up, if it's packaged properly".
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Initial post: 4 Oct 2011 16:42:53 BDT
steve_be says:
This is sad and true. I don't know what their aim is in screwing up a classic recording like in this case. just sucks. Good to see I am not the only one who loathes this senselessly loud garbage!

Posted on 26 Oct 2011 20:28:33 BDT
I like many others bought nevermind when it was issued originally. I don't need to know what the album sounds like as I know, I have owned it for 20 years. What I want to know has the quality improved or not. This review answers what I want to know instead of wittering on about the greatness of the album that probably everyone own and may think about replacing. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2011 14:10:45 BDT
D. Knight says:
The quality has been noticeably decreased. The drums sound much flatter and the music has a harsher and unpleasant edge to it. The sound quality of the original is far superior to this shoddy re-release.

Posted on 31 Oct 2011 17:16:18 GMT
J. Milner says:
How bizarre that we've now reached the stage where a remaster is worse than the original. The people who are responsible should find a new career. Bob Ludwig is a hypocrite and should be more careful about the opinions he makes public. But then I suppose his opinion changes to suit amount of money being wafted his way. He's an experienced engineer but, like the majority of big names in the mastering business, he's obviously quite happy to pander to the wide boys at the record labels who can't bear the thought that their CD isn't as loud as another. Until these people stand up and refuse to butcher music in this way then no progress will be made and we will continue to regress in terms of quality. What a sad time it is for music.
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