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5.0 out of 5 stars Release the original mix too... They Just have!!!!!, 3 Aug. 2006
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This review is from: Tales Of Mystery And Imagination (Audio CD)
The problem with many '70's pop/rock recordings is that they were often mixed very "close up" and, sometimes, almost in mono, with little bass and treble energy, so the LP medium could best cope with it. Such is almost certainly the case with this wonderful collection of tracks. I love the flow of the original version, especially the thunder claps/knocking sequence on The Fall Of The House Of Usher, which I still have (the gatefold sleeve's artwork is great too...).

There is a real danger that if this original version had been released on CD as-is, "we'd" all be complaining about the sound [...]. It would appear that Mr Parsons decided to redo the mix [...] for CD...

There's no doubt at all of the superior "layering" of the sounds in this version. The drums have been mixed back in perspective to give everything else room to breathe. A couple of parts have been re recorded to remove the "analogue" hiss and distortion. The orchestration on "side 2" now has a better perspective to my ears - one can hear the musicians well spread out in front of you, rather than all clumped together in a sometimes muddy puddle.... The shame for me was the timing relationship between the thunder and door pounding on 'Usher has been changed. Still, I've lived with this mix now for twenty years or so...

The thing is, the mastering techniques for "vintage" seventies multi track recordings have improved so much in recent times that a good overall job could probably now be done with the original...

The album as it currently stands MORE than deserves 5 stars.

I'd love a small label to be able to do a run again of the original mix though, but having read comments from Mr Parsons from his site regarding the Project's other early albums being digitised from analogue tapes it's unlikely to ever happen...

Wonderful music and a MUST for any good collection!

P.S. April 2007 - I eagerly await the remastered "Project" discs later this month, as Alan Parsons has redone them himself and added some extra tracks. This album now gets BOTH versions................
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