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on 13 June 2006
If you're interested in getting into Sabbath, get this. If you already have the 96 Castle masters (or the even earlier first issue CD's), you still need to get this.
For some, increased volume is a dirty word, as is compression. And lets be honest, the very best experience will be had with original Vinyl copies - this is obvious.
Taking an analog master and slapping it onto a CD just doesn't work well enough. When you're trying to capture a true analog recording on a format like CD (which does have much lower dynamic range), clever control of this EQing and compressing process is essential. And that is exactly what has happened here.
The guitars sound familiar - almost exactly as they do on the Castle masters - but the rest is a LOT nicer. The drums are much more clearly defined and have better tone, as does the bass guitar, which creates a noticably tighter sound (the Castle masters make the first 3 records sounds pretty muddy, with intricate drum parts getting lost - not here!) And the vocals are a great improvement - smoother and less grating when they're nasal, and generally clearer. Whether the better sound quality is due to better mastering or better source tapes is hard to say, but I care not a jot.
If the mastering bothers you (and you're sure its not just about 96 Castle Master elitism), enjoy looking at your spectrometer; if you need me for anything, I'll be in the corner rocking out to a newly-revitalised Children Of The Grave... Awesome!