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on 26 April 2014
...Another re-issue...

Comments are on the 2 disc CD/CVD-A 2014 release, concentrating on the stereo mixes, as I don't do 5.1 (other people can tell you about that).

I assume anyone buying this re-issue is well familiar with the material, so I will just stick to why this rather than any other issue.

Points of comparison are a waffer thin, oil-crisis era '70s vinyl, a standard CD issue and the 2003 Rhino re-issue, with the latter being easily the best sounding of those.

The CD with the new Steve Wilson mixes is good, appearing subjectively "quieter" than the Rhino CD, suggesting that the latter was "boosted" a bit in the mastering rather than being a completely flat transfer. Any other differences in the mix are relatively subtle, seeming to emphasise a few strands of instrumentation which were previously deeper in the mix, but not to the point that they become over-powering or too dominant.

The DVD-A is the main reason for me getting this, and the 24/96 versions are well worth it (fed from the blu ray/DVD player into a 24/96 capable DAC), highlighting the greater resolution, clarity and impact of this medium over 16/44.1.

The "alternative" album is OK, with the live stuff more interesting than the fairly pointless single edit of the opening section of Starship Trooper.

To summarise, if you have a disc player that reads DVD-A and something that takes a 24/96 signal this is worth it; the CD alone, less so, as it isn't offering a huge difference/improvement over something like the Rhino 2003 release, but is OK as part of this package.
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