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This review is from: The Doors [Expanded] [40th Anniversary Mixes] (Audio CD)
This latest series of Doors remasters represent the second upgrading of the band's legacy....by common consent, the very first Doors CDs were streets ahead of the needle-drop, unremastered, tinny products that customers were ripped off by in the early CD age....my 1990 CD of 'L.A. Woman' still sounds great and I've no plans to change it.
The quality may have something to do with the fact that the Doors original albums were so well engineered in the first place....they always did sound ahead of the game, with gleaming, up-front production, beautifully recorded guitars and keyboards and resonant percussion.
There was a previous upgrade in 1999, which improved the bass frequencies; and now we have this latest, and most controversial, Doors edition.
The booklet warns you that you won't be hearing the original 1967 album; that's because the master tapes have been remixed to give new emphasis to certain instruments; plus some new Morrison vocal tracks are used, most notably on 'The End'.
Naturally, some people have objected to this...why not leave it as it was? And whilst I sympathise with that viewpoint, having heard this CD, I have to say I'm not about to make the same objection. Firstly, the sound is magnifiscent: the debut was always the cheapest-sounding Doors album, being done on 2-track equipment. Now, whilst it still sounds cheap compared to say, Morrison Hotel or The Soft Parade, the sound is glossier and fuller...and the remixes do have a 'new light through old windows' effect on the listener, which is not at all off-putting.
The bonus tracks are also very welcome (it was where the last set of remasters fell down, as the Doors' albums tended to be a bit on the short side)and, at budget price, there is no reason not to pick this one up.
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Initial post: 25 Mar 2012 16:45:00 BDT
J. Kinory says:
In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 11:12:35 BDT
Wakefield, 2011 says:
Well, if I don't know how music is produced, why don't you care to enlighten me/the rest of the world?
Sorry about your charity shop disappointment. Boredom is in the ear of the listener, to coin a phrase; but, as to it being 'full of ripoff tracks', isn't that just a generic criticism of ALL rock and roll - which derives from the blues?
I'm afraid I'm not convinced that you know what you're talking about, either.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2016 13:13:17 BDT
Hi ! Does this SACD-CD play on any device, as in, does my laptop play it? Thanks in advance !
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