6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
the 5.1 surround mixes are mindblowing.,
This review is from: A Broken Frame (Audio CD)
I wont go into the details of individual tracks and the merits/ demerits of the songs as only fans/ diehards will shell out for these editions. But what i will say is...it is ABSOLUTELY worth it.
The nice packaging aside, it was daniel miller himself who supervised the 5.1 mix for this, and although I get the felling some of the tracks were replicated using softsynths for some reason (either that, or the original mastering wasnt very good and too smothered in reverb), the 5.1. mixes are unbelievable and breathe new life into songs that even Ive heard hundreds of times, it really is incredible how much of a difference they make to every song; it's silly things like slight timbral variations to synth horns and such like, or even some of the backing vocals beign slightly out of tune and dava gahan's vocals sounding crisper, drier, as do all the musical parts.
the enclosed documentary is also excellent and a brilliant insight into what was a slightly tough transition phase for them. But coming back to the package as a whole, it really is worth getting if you're a fan, simply because of the 5.1 mixes alone.
Incredible nostalgia, yet new and crisp at the same time. This strange paradox works because of the strength of the songs- yes, even on this, their supposedly difficult second album- and daniel miller's original production work. An analog delight.