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2011 Re-master - This is so good!
on 27 January 2018
Audio CD - 2011 Re-master
In my view this is one of the under rated Floyd albums, yet one of their best. Floyd fans will know the music well, so there is little point in me saying how wonderful it is. Therefore, my comments refer to the audio quality alone.
I have owned this album on both the original vinyl and CD versions and I've always been disappointed at the 'muddy' quality of the sound. The initial track 'One of These Days' always sounded like a booming blur of noise with no real definition, although the later tracks did sound better in comparison, but not overwhelming by any means. Other albums, particularly Animals suffered from the same failings.
I've just bought the discovery versions of this work and also Animals and Obscured by clouds, both of which are great classic Floyd works. I've only listened to Meddle so far and have to say it's an impressive improvement. The highlights for me are that Roger Waters bass has new depth and detail and Nick Mason's drumming has far greater detail, particularly in the cymbals. Richard Wright's piano is much improved in San Tropez. Of course, Echos is the classic track and I suspect that some will have done as I have and fast forwarded the singing whale bit in the middle, having heard it countless times. You won't with this one because there are sounds in there unheard before and the magic takes you under water and into another world.
To summarise, you can hear so much more in the 2011 version, which really takes you into the music. Played on good audio equipment, this is absolutely wonderful and makes you want to listen to the music over again, rather than leave the CD in the cabinet, just to make up the collection. I'm hoping the other two will make the same grade.
If you have the original CD, then buy this one as a replacement. You won't be disappointed - highly recommended.