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Remaster not really satisfying, Bonus makes it worth
on 14 January 2012
To make a long story short:
CD1 is not remastered in a way that makes it remarkably better than the orginal first CD release from the 80s. The bass a bit too squashy, the trebles increased but a bit too harsh and digital, in spite of that "trebles enhancement" a lot of details are not worked out in this "pudding". It seems that compression led to a quit hearable distortion. I do not see a big advantage in this remaster. At least my hopes to master the really bad first CD issue in a fine way were not fulfilled, unfortunately. Maybe the material was the only available and did avoid better results.
What it makes a bit unbelievable and not understandable is what happens on CD2. Here, where the booklet text says that the material was remastered to best possible result but may not be in today's standard sound quality, we hear.........the complete opposite. Very well balanced between natural trebles and bass, not distorted at all and clear and crispy in the details. Although they had various sources (studio and live). And "That certain smile (Extended)" is one of three tracks NOT remastered on CD2 and nevertheless OK in sound and quality. And better than CD1!
Ergo: hard to understand.
It is a real pity.
The Bonus material on CD2 is absolutely worth to buy this 2CD set anyway. No fillers, good versions and songs. Really.
Finally, I must admit that I put the first CD as a backup in my garage cause in the end CD1 contains anyhow the better mastering.