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Meddle (2011 Remastered Version)

Meddle (2011 Remastered Version)

26 Sep 2011
4.7 out of 5 stars 191 customer reviews

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Format: Audio CD
First I bought this album on 8-track (that would have been about 1972 or 73), then LP, then cassette, now CD. I must like it. First time I heard it my friend Kathy grabbed me by the elbow as I walked past her room and said stand there, in the fireplace, between the speakers and listen to this. It was "One of These Days". It was loud enough to cause brain damage. I'm still a bit deaf and never came out of the altered state. It was just (excuse the expression) mind-blowing. We were too primitive back then to own a set of head phones so the experience of the jet of sound squirting right through the middle of my head, from one ear to the other then back again, was like a new revelation - the sort of thing that hippies were guzzling all sorts of expensive substances in order to achieve. Then some creep said he was going to cut me into little pieces. Unusual lyrics too and a far from sensual singing voice, as befits a psycho. Never heard the like before!
"One of These Days" was enough on its own to sell the album to me. But every number was a shiny gem (varying degrees of brightness). It's been a star in my music collection for 3 decades. It's music like this that slows the onset of old age (or at least maturity in my case). Even my dogs like it. One of them likes to howl along with Seamus.
This is special. If you haven't heard it, you should seek it out and discover that it's something you wouldn't have wanted to miss.
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this "discovery edition" malarky is the floyd's way of saying they've given everything a 21st century big sound, as if this had been recorded just yesterday on today's sophisticated equipment, verb units and compressors, tailored for today's audience. All those delicate passages from Pillow of Winds and San Tropez have disappeared as the entire sound ambience has been brought as far forweard as it can come without it all spilling out of the loudspeakers, and Gilmour's voice is often upstaged by structural instrumentation. They've really jumped the piano right to the front in San Tropez, rather killing it's hot lazy summerday rag-time feel, and there's some unnecessary extra reverb on the psychedlic football hordes on Fearless - the original was quite enough to get their art across. You can hear every minute detail now in Echoes, even an occasional studio sound, a tap or a hum from something or other - and the percussion on this track is what has been ramped up and hardened.

Well, they have their new toys, the latest sound processing modules, and they're as determined as Genesis were 3 yeasrs ago to fiddle and tinker with stuff that honestly ought not to be fiddled and tinkered with, it was absolutely perfect the first time around. I'm sure some people - today's Coldplay generation perhaps - will like the Big Sound. Not sure I do. But you can't fault the music here, this is the floyd doing exactly what they want to do without any interference from record label micro-executives. Hunt down the original AAD release of this title, that for me is where it's at.
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*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2011 VERSION ***

Released 30 October 1971 on Harvest Records SMAS-832 in the USA and 13 November 1971 in the UK on Harvest Records SHVL 795 - original UK vinyl copies of PINK FLOYD'S "Meddle" came in an untitled textured gatefold sleeve. American issues were titled and featured reversed artwork on a hard-card sleeve - the back of the UK cover put on the front. This 26 September 2011 version (27 Sep 2011 in the USA) on EMI 50999 028942 2 5 is a straightforward 6-track remaster of that studio album and comes in a gatefold card sleeve (using UK artwork) with a 12-page colour inlay inside (total playing time 48:51 minutes). It's called the `Discovery Edition".

1. One Of These Days [Side 1]
2. A Pillow Of Winds
3. Fearless
4. San Tropez
5. Seamus
6. Echoes [Side 2]

JAMES GUTHRIE and JOEL PLANTE have carried out the remaster on this and all 14 albums in their catalogue at the Das Boot Recording Studios in Tahoe in California (Guthrie is a Sound Engineer associated with the band since 1978). The original 1st generation master tapes have obviously been given a thorough going over because it truly feels like each song has had a staggering amount of time spent on them worrying out every single nuance possible. The audio result is truly impressive.

On the 1995 remaster the six-minute opener "One Of These Days" took ages to arrive and even when it did it was somehow dull and lackluster. How things have changed - when the huge synth riff kicks in about 2:50 on this 2011 version - the sound is incredibly clear - allowing you to hear crashes and bangs going on in the background that I've never heard before. Then the sort of Piltdown Man voice says "One Of These Days I'm Gonna Cut You Into Little Pieces...
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This review for 2011 remastered version.

Hopefully this review may be of use to people contemplating the 2011 reissue versus earlier manifestations. The music itself is 5 stars and remains one of my most favourite recordings of all time, my notes therefore refer to the quality of the actual CD itself.

Firstly, I compared the new CD to my first purchase (1986, 1st UK release, CDP7460342, states Made in Japan). The difference between these two CDs, about 25 years apart, is very marked indeed. The difference in musicality, clarity and definition is audibly clear and immediate. Essentially it sounds as if a heavy blanket had been removed from the speakers. If you have an old CD and love this music it will, in my opinion, be well worth the upgrade - which seems like nine quid well spent.

I then moved onto to a comparison with the CD contained in the "Oh, by the way" box set. I must admit I am not quite sure when, or where, this was actually mastered. However, in direct comparisons with the 2011 version I detect very small changes between the two. For my own opinion, whilst the new 2011 version does seem to represent a small improvement, it really is in minor details rather than the whole album. Playing the two through I am really ambivalent as to which one I would listen to. This is not negative, just my view that these versions are close in musicality and quality. The 2011 version is better but, unless (like me) you have an inquisitive (obsessive?) nature and really want to have the "best" version available, I would be happy to stick with the "Oh, by the way" version at least.

Finally, to add my twopence on the subject of the cover, I really do prefer the "Oh, by the way" version. Apart from the fact it is a bit larger, and protects the CD better, it retains the original inner sleeve picture...... no idea why it was deemed necessary to change that in the 2011 version but, they did.
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