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A Potential Classic Hackett Album Ruined..................
on 21 March 2005
Oh how I looked forward to receiving this album. CDs one, two and four live up to expectation but I was totally appalled when I played the third CD in the series. A previous reviewer was dismissive of the abysmal sound quality from this Rome concert but I don't understand how anyone could be anything less than gutted when they hear it. It sounds like a pirate recording with over prominent crowd noise and a general lack of clarity.....as if someone in the audience recorded it from their coat pocket with a cheap tape recorder.
Given the exemplary production quality of his studio albums, I can't believe Mr Hackett himself would have been happy with this as the final edit and there must be a better live recording from the 80's era that is more representative of this superb band's work.
I'm as big a Hackett fan as anyone but not to the extent I can forgive a lazy and inept production attempt. A golden opportunity missed.........real shame.