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This review is from: Wherever I Lay My Hat: the Best of Paul Young (Audio CD)
I have nothing to add to the other reviews here on the music of Paul Young, however, I will say that the music on this compilation is either out of phase or the original Albums are! Either way this is an amazing oversight on the part of the engineers and producers.
All the Tracks from the 'No Parlez' album for example, are in reverse phase on this compilation i.e. the music that was recorded to the left side is now to be heard on the right and vice versa!
So can the producer/arranger (Laurie Latham) or Tim Young (who did the mastering), on the No Parlez album or the mastering engineers on this compilation, tell us which is right and which engineer needs to go and have his ears tested?
The recording quality itself is of a higher quality than the original albums and the comment by another reviewer on the backing vocals being 'too high in the mix', is incorrect, as the balance is the same. The levels are higher and so the perceived 'loudness' could be mistaken for vocals being louder. I personally hate this approach, as it's aimed at fooling you into thinking the quality is higher. That doesn't apply here, as the resolution is higher and overall this is a better recording, it's just that having listened to an album for so long and knowing where all the fabulous arrangements 'sit', to then have to change the phase of my speakers is annoying. Easy enough on the headphones (just turn them around!), I know most of you couldn't care less about this, but many people do.
So, Music 5/5 Engineering TBC.