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It sounds no different!
on 6 July 2008
It has long been my suspicion that when record companies re-sell us what we already have under the guise of 'remastered' or improved sound, there is actually very little difference, if any at all.
As I still had the older version of this cd I was able to test my theory. I'm no audiophile but to my ears at least there was no difference between the two. If I had to choose I'd say the earlier version is actually slightly better!
I must have now re-bought dozens of albums with 'updated' sound, and the only ones that I can tell have significantly improved are the King Crimson re-issues; the album Islands for example was originally badly recorded.
As far as this Van Morrison release is concerned however I can hear no difference. I have also purchased Veedon Fleece, but not having the earlier version can't compare. I also can't see how a much more recent album like Back On Top can have a significant improvement in the sound anyway. There is a similar recent album, Down The Road to come. This is ironic when Van's first three albums Astral Weeks, Moondance and His Band and the Street Choir aren't included in the reissues.
As far as I'm concerned the only difference between this and the earlier release are the two bonus tracks, one just an alternative version of an already included track, and the lyrics are included. If you feel these additions are worthwhile then buy it - it's a fine album anyway - but if you already have the older version, there isn't really a compelling reason to upgrade, unless you're desperate for a couple of bonus tracks and the lyrics.