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Digital Remastering Is Poor!
on February 10, 2004
So I decided to give in and finally pick up this collection of hits because I actually haven't heard most of the tracks on here from their first album - and I heard good things about "Mad World." Great song. I mainly bought this for a remastered version of "Head Over Heels" - the single version without "Broken (Live)" tagged on the end. The version which is glued together with "Broken (Live)" on their remastered "Songs From The Big Chair" album sounds fantastic - much better than what is supposed to be a remastered version on their "Millennium Collection" release. So I was thinking that I was finally going to get the "Head Over Heels" track remastered in the same way as "Songs From The Big Chair." I was wrong. It sounds dull and poor, an exact duplicate of the version on the "Millennium Collection." I even made comparisons of the sound wave files in an editing program and noticed a big difference visually as well.
I highly doubt these songs were even remastered. The liner notes state "96k/24-Bit Mastered by Suha Gur at Universal Mastering Studios - East." I discovered that the version of "Heels" on "Songs From The Big Chair" had actually been remastered by other people! In the liner notes to "Songs," the tracks have been "remastered by Jon Astley and Chris Huges at Close To The Edge, Twickenham." These guys have done a MUCH BETTER job with that album! It sounds crisp and bright - like it's supposed to sound! It's a shame that someone at Universal didn't notice this major flaw! Perhaps it's a manufacturing error. In any case, I'm disappointed in the sound quality of this collection and hope to contact Univeral about this! So beware!