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Excellent Collection Marred by Squashed Dynamic Range
on 13 June 2014
Typical of many modern remastering, this Deluxe Edition suffers from a limited dynamic range. A letdown, considering the clear, crisp audio can be made even more appealing if only Tom Parker (the mastering engineer) chose to combine the superiority of modern transfer & mastering equipment while retaining the wide dynamic range that's prevalent in late 1980s recording.
The limited dynamic range is also evident in the other Tom Parker mastered PWL reissues, including the Japan-market Kylie Minogue's debut CD, and also Enjoy Yourself, released in 2012.
The original 1980s Enjoy Yourself CD may sound softer when played at the same volume, but when listened at a higher volume, the wider & more natural dynamic range makes listening more enjoyable. Bass sounds punchier, deeper & more natural, despite the overall audio quality lacks the crispness & clarity of modern remasters.
I hope that Tom Parker & other current mastering engineers would consider remastering future titles while retaining the dynamic range of the original master tapes.
It's a pity that many excellent modern reissues such as this comprehensive Deluxe Edition is marred by the loudness war.
Comparatively, the Rick Astley's Deluxe Edition of Whenever You Need Somebody, and Hold Me In Your Arms has a better dynamic range, mastered by a different engineer, Phil Kinrade.