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5-star album, overloud remastering
on 6 March 2013
This is not a review of the actual music, which is one of the greatest ever hard rock albums.
However, I have to disagree with a previous review which claimed there was no loudness war issue in the remastered 'Rock Candy' version. Totally the opposite in my opinion - I find it brash and it just hurts my ears after a while. I've gone back to listening to my original CD version and just turned the volume up a bit!
Try opening the remastered tracks in Audacity and you'll see the lack of dynamic range. I find it the same for the RC remastered Ram Jam 'Young Ram' album too. Contrast that with the latest Black Sabbath or Queen remasters which have retained a certain warmth, almost vinyl-like quality.