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on 17 February 2012
The CDs proudly proclaim that their technical reconstruction is uniquely identifiable and is designed for a comfortable and enjoyable listening experience. And this is the problem. Whilst the sound is comfortable the remastering has totally taken the life out of the recording. Its like an old radiogram with the treble turned down and the bass turned up to maximum. The sound booms. To get any reasonable sound the volume has to be turned up to an unacceptable level. Which is a pity as these performances are viery good, in many cases superior to the stereo remakes by the D'oyly Carte made in the late fifties and early sixties. Martyn Green is unequalled in many of the roles.
Maybe Universal will remaster the original tales in their possession and provide a first class listening experience.
Incidentally I followed my listening of HMS Pinafore with a side from my old ACE of Clubs set. And, despite the crackle and distortion this was a far happier listen. It may not have been comfortable but it had life!
Good value at £13.49 but it could have been so much better