Yeah, of course, this is a Purple classic, at least for us fans. And, yes, the overall sound of this digital remastering is far better than the analog tapes published 20 years ago, buuuuut the remastered drum sound is a mess, or even worse compared to the rest. Well, let me put it like this: I'm a drummer, and I'm into hard and heavy rock for more than 30 years, and I tell you: the remastering of the thin, point-and punchless drum sound of the original tapes was - surprisingly - hardly improved! This is a real nuisance, particularly because it's about a heavy rock album. I don't get it ! Completely incomprehensible ! There are lots of heavy rock productions of the 1970s - even un-remastered ones - which sound extremely better than this, as it is for the percussion. What's but more irritating is the fact that Ian Paice had been crucially involved into mixing and producing the original tapes !! Back then already, the outcome was ridiculous ! Hey, this is not for/about a juvenile garage rock attempt, but for a former heavy metal force ! The drum sound is - and always will be - the backbone and the base of each and every acceptable rock music, so we should force those guys to return to the studio in order to deliver an overall drum sound worth listening to it !!!
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