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Great music, horrible encoding
on 25 June 2012
I adored Babbacombe Lee when it first came out - though I foolishly stuck the "Don't hang John Lee" sticker to the flywheel of my moped, so that's long gone - and I loved this performance when I heard it live at Cropredy 2011.
Based on the true story of a man who was convicted of murder in 1884, then survived 3 attempts to hang him, the album traces his story with range, colour and verve. It's a classic, beautifully written and performed by superb musicians at the top of their game.
But the sound quality on this MP3 is in places dire, especially on the first couple of tracks. This must be at least partly down to the encoding. The bitrates of individual tracks vary between 194 and 273 kbs. Other suppliers offer it at 320 kbs constant, so I assumed this would be the same. I'm now regretting the assumption.
***** for the performance, ** for the encoding.
Why don't Amazon disclose bitrate as part of the product description?