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Remastering job not fantastic... Don't expect to be blown away.
on 2 September 2017
Ride The Lighting is - for me - Metallica's best album and a true classic. Why 4 stars?
For me, this remastering job isn't great. First of all, it's a remaster from what I would guess is the original mix-down. This is not a re-mix, then remastering exercise, which means it really only involves applying some more modern audio processes to make the final master from the stereo mix down.
For the purest (and for the guy who mixed the album), I suppose this is important because it means the mix is the same - no instrument is louder or quieter than before nor EQ'd differently - which is too bad really because it would be nice to hear a bit more bass guitar. Having said that, at least it's audible on this record (except on Trapped Under Ice where it's basically inaudible) unlike on Master of Puppets (barely audible) and ...And Justice For All (completely inaudible - anybody who tells you they can hear a bass guitar on that record is imagining it).
The end result of all of this is a cleaner, more polished sound and the record is louder than before. However, I think this loudness is achieved at the expense of dynamic range because of compression, which is disappointing. Since I have a very good hi-fi, I'd rather have a quieter record with wider dynamics.
Comparing this back to back with my original (vinyl) copy, I much prefer the original.
In summary, I've added a tiny bit more to Metallica's vast riches but only they will enjoy the benefit. Just as well I didn't buy any of their albums after Justice, which makes me feel slightly better.