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Signature Box Box set, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 5 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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Deluxe 11 CD box set from the Rock icon. Features digitally remastered editions of all his solo studio albums spanning the years 1971-84 plus a two CD collection of rarities entitled Lennon Home Demos. Includes 65 page book and commemorative John Lennon print all in special presentation box. Includes three new and very personal essays to John by Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and Julian Lennon.

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Format: Audio CD
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.
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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Jan. 4 2013
Format: Audio CD
Remastered CD's don't stand a chance these days. You either get people complaining about the loudness wars or you get the other side going on about the CD's being too quite. I held of picking up this Box set because of the mediocre reviews. This year I received it as a birthday gift. It's excellent. The sound is great. The music is given room to breath. Nice range and mastering between the clarity of CD and the warmth of Vynil. The sound is nothing short of excellent. If you like your CD volume levels right at their peek then get the last remaster. Noy compressed like so many today but reordered level is very high.
On the downside the set is weak on bonus material. You don't get all the bonus tracks that were with the last set of reissues but you do get a two CD set of the missing singles such as Cold Turkey and some outtakes. The box is very nice looking but a little short on text. Over all I am very happy with the set but once again a good box set that could have been great!
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By GtheK TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 6 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The book in the set says "yes" (a nice book at that, as is the box). I have to say the opposite. The cds are nicely packaged but do not contain any of the bonus tracks on the previous issues. The version of "Double Fantasy" is only the single disc. Essentially, you are paying $150+ for 13 bonus tracks and a nice box.

These bonus ("unreleased" material) tracks are very similar to those previously available on other packages (such as "Anthology"). The content of the disc "singles" is available in all the new compilation packages, with the exception of "Move over Ms. L" (available on the old "Collection" cd). Strangely enough, "Do the Oz" (previously a bonus track) is now missing from all the packages.

If you already have a copy of the 1991 LENNON box set, it contains all the original (non remastered) mixes. It also has John Lennon's final performances with Elton John and all of his "Double Fantasy"/"Milk and Honey" songs collected on one disc.

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I have had time now to listen to three versions of the "Plastic Ono Band" album.
The original British cd (1990), the remastered cd with bonus tracks (2000) and the 2010 remaster. On the original cd and and the new cd, John's voice is further in the background with the new cds being louder and "brighter" (more high end) than the 1990 issue. The remaster from 2000 has a much more even balance of music and vocals with his voice slightly more forward in the mix. In both the 1990 and 2010 versions, the vocals almost seem to take second place to the music. This is not the case with the 2000 issue. As to the bonus tracks intruding on the 2000 version, there is a fairly large gap between the end of the album and the extra songs. This easily allows you listen to them or to turn off the cd, as you wish.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a very nice collection of the core of Lennon's canon, but is disappointingly incomplete. The size of the box is unwieldly. There is frankly no reason for it to be the size it is. You open it and find nine teensy digipacks in the centre of the thing. The decision to leave out the "Double Fantasy Stripped" CD is ludicrous- anyone who wants this box is going to want that disc. We're completists, for God's sake! The transfer of Lennon's original mixes is done as lovingly as last year's new Beatles masters, and finally sound the way they should've all along. But it would have been nice to have all of the "Yoko approved" mixes from the last set of reissues included as well. They could have done each album as a two-fer, with the original mixes and Yoko's mixes on seperate discs. The bonus tracks from the last campaign could have fit on a single disc. There are also a few non-LP singles that are missing from the singles CD. Leaving "Menlove Avenue" off is also perplexing to me. In fact, I think this should also have included the early John and Yoko avantgarde titles ("Two Virgins" "Life With the Lions" "The Wedding Album") and Live Peace In Toronto. It seems like a missed opportunity to me. Why not make it a definitive collection of Lennon's post-Beatle work?
To sum up:
What's here sounds great and is presented in the best quality I've heard, but I don't really understand the logic in the decisions made as to what to include. The music is wonderful, but it's missing too much material. You could buy the all individual remasters and get the "DF Stripped" CD for about forty dollars less than the box set. You wouldn't get any of the "rarities" but they aren't all that great, and you'll have a lot more room on your shelf.
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