9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
Run out and get the previous remasters..., Oct. 12 2010
This review is meant for those who are completists and/or looking for an upgrade from the previously issued Lennon remasters from the early 2000's.
The new sound simply is not close to the quality of the previous remasters... be they the original Lennon mixes or not. I've got the previous remasters of Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Mind Games and a quick comparison shows a clear difference. For example, listen to Imagine (the song) on the new remaster and you can hear audible white noise playing alongside the piano intro whereas on the previous remaster you get just a clear and crisp sounding piano intro. This is just a single example but in general the sound of the new remasters is blunt and therefore otherwise great sounding instruments/vocals are blurred into the background in many cases where they stand out in the previous remasters.
Regarding the package its nice enough but excessively large for what is contained inside. Yoko Ono should have considered the new shelfspace conscious fans that are trying to squeeze this in next to the Beatles box sets (where it looks gluttonous by comparison). The digi pack booklets are cool and the "yes" book is as well but the whole thing could have been in a box the size of the Beatles Mono remasters.
It has been said by many others that this should have been a more complete collection of Lennon's solo work and I couldn't agree more. For the price tag, there should be more bonus tracks/albums that we all know exist.
In a nutshell, my biggest gripe is the sound but the packaging and comprehensiveness of the set aren't up to par either. I've spent $150 and the end result is that I've realized will now have to run out and spend more on the remaining previous remasters of the albums that I don't have because I now see how great they sound by comparison. I suggest you save your $150 and do the same as these superior editions will likely be disappearing from shelves soon enough...
Now of course if you are a Lennon/Beatles completist and must have this set anyway, don't say you weren't forewarned....