The sound quality of these tracks is much more powerful than found on previous John Miles compilation albums. T Cherry may have sourced the tracks from vinyl, but so what? I remember listening to Music , Highfly and Slow down on the the original 7 inch 45 records on the dark blue Decca record label, and always remembered how good the quality sounded back n 1975 / 1976 / 1977.
Then along came CDS and for a long time, record companies just could remaster the tracks up to the same level as the original 45 RPM Records. The John Miles Millenuim Collection made in 2000 was a typical example of watery tracks with no substence to them.
However this CD has been well produced and for the first time in 41 years it is nice to listen to the tracks and remember them how the originally sounded back in the 1970's
Nice to see any new releases under the John Miles moniker, even if it is another compilation. This is a little special (especially the booklet) as it is a summary of the singles issued under the Decca label. My only gripe is the fact that Cherry Red, Lemon or 7ts (or whatever subsidiary/brand they use) continue to transfer from vinyl and currently available CD's rather than paying the extra to get the original master tapes and sonically bring them up to date. Some of the tracks on this album I detect are from vinyl, hence the reduced rating. The music itself is world class song writing and performance, heard them all before but I never get tired of them. Most people know the song "Music" but there are songs equally as good or better in this collection. John is without doubt an underrated talent mainly as a result of poor record company vision and interest. It would be nice to have some new material but in the meantime Cherry Red, how about getting the EMI Miles albums off the dusty shelves in the Abbey Road vaults? Got to be a money spinner for you (please don't transfer from vinyl though) I'd rather pay another £3.00 on the retail price and have an up to date sonic product! I agree with one of the other reveiwers comments regarding improvements but I think the biggest and ultimate improvement would have been to source from the original master tapes. Can't understand why a reissue label wants to use multiple and sub standard sources to produce an album. Their concept is good and their packaging excellent but WHAT is the big mystery surrounding the original source tapes for John Miles material. Have they been lost? Is the management or Record Company sitting on them? or is it a tight wallet at the reissue label? Maybe somebody can provide the answer? The Zaragon album would sound wonderfull mastered 24 bit from the original master tapes. It is really sad and annoying that well into the 21st century that the only available CD version of the Zaragon album is a vinyl transfer (and not a good one at that I'm afraid to say).
"Music" has always attracted me as a well composed, and performed, epic track. And so it was that I bought this. On the basis of this track. Starts with Highfly, which took me back. You know what though? Pretty much every track is good, in my humble opinion. Ain't got bored with it yet, anyway!
I bought this mainly for 'Highfly' which I've always loved. That classic and the epic 'Music' are the songs John Miles will always be remembered for but this collection was a bit of a revelation for me. There isn't a bad track on it and it was great value for money. If you buy this you won't be disappointed.
first "band" i saw live. excellent music, good compilation of the singles he released, the decca albums are worth listening to, wonder if the emi albums will get a reissue sometime as they have good tracks on