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2016 Parlophone CD Remaster Sounds Way Too Processed Compared to the Previous 2010 CD Master.
on 29 October 2017
Sounds like it could have sounded as good as Young Americans, but compared to better, less processed versions it sounds congested and too boosted up to me, during busiest parts of the album. They should have reused the previous mastering, the 2010 EMI transfer found in the two Station to Station box sets released that year, which was a superb CD and received universal acclaim from many long term Bowie-loving nerds like me.
Ironically regarding the above, Parlophone have reissued the 2010 version of the live Nassau 1976 album from those same 2010 boxes, which is horrific: teeth-grindingly bright EQ and brickwalled sound. It’s also edited: check out Bowie’s vocal in wild abandon during the final minutes of the electrifying Stay from Nassau as first released on the Ryko / EMI 1991 CD. On this later version you can hear the fader on the vocal track go down before the abandon starts... and it’s gone. The legendary Nassau recording deserves better, and EMI’s useless 2010 job on it should have been consigned to the trash, not re-released by Parlophone.