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Review of Late For The Sky, 40th Anniversary Edition 2014 – poor remastering
on 12 July 2014
This new release from Inside Recordings/Rhino/Warner Music Group of Jackson Browne’s 1974 album leaves a lot to be desired. While there can be no doubt about Browne’s songwriting skills and the quality of the songs and music on this particular album, the same can unfortunately not be said of the remastering. It is mediocre at best bordering on a regular disaster. The music and singing comes out flat, lifeless and unfocused at times. I wonder what kind of source material was used in the remastering process. One of the mastering engineers is Doug Sax (The Mastering Lab) who is highly revered within the music business, but boy, has he made a mess of this one!
Hang on to your old copy of this CD, or get a Japanese edition (2005 or later). Sonically a much better result, though I think there’s still room for improvement.