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Lack Of Interest,
This review is from: Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus (Audio CD)
And so we come to the final three re-issues in what has been a beautifully compiled, mastered assembled and packaged set of albums. Every release up to these was sounding great in 5.1, which begs the question : WHAT HAPPENED HERE?
I don't know when or in what order the 5.1 mixes were completed. The evidence here would suggest that these three were left to last and suffer from a lack of care. As a previous reviewer noted, the soundstage is disjointed and lacking in bottom-end. It is the 5.1 equivalent of 'fake stereo'. To my ears (and I have loved every previous 5.1 mix in this series) the rear chamnnels simply reproduce the front, with more top-end and a slight delay.
The shame is that although Nocturama is probably Nick's least interesting album, Orpheus/Abattoir & Lazarus are among his finest. It has been a long time between the third and fourth set of releases in this series : Did the producers simply lose interest or was the budget too tight for a high-cost product?