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posted a comment on Sandra - In The Heat Of The Night. about 1 month ago
No there are several differences, not just an early fade-out. The track is about 30 seconds shorter, not 15. The UK / french version is more raw sounding than the german one. It has been mixed differently (please listen carefully and switch from one ... See full review
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - 哀しみの天使 / I Like It Here, Wherever It Is.. about 1 month ago
Both CDV and Laservision logos appear on this release.
DiscoVision, Laservision, Laserdisc (LD), CD Video (CDV) are basically variants of the same format (not to be confused with CED and Video-CD for instance) that came with three different sizes (5", 8" ... See full review
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Psychological (Ewan Pearson Remix). about 1 month ago
Low quality off center pressing with a lot of sibilance. I recently found out that I had purchased a counterfeit copy. Now I understand a lot more why this sounds so bad.
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posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Liberation. 3 months ago
This mix isn't labelled 12", the name is just "E-Smoove mix". Many PSB remixes have never been released on 12". What is hilarious about the situation of this one ?
posted a comment on Simple Minds - Street Fighting Years. 5 months ago
The 2020 digital version released on Qobuz states that this is the 2002 remaster of the album. And Simon Heyworth gets credited as master technician for both the 2002 (2003) reissue and the 2020 reissue. Did he really remaster the same album twice ? Or ... See full review
posted a comment on Frankie Knuckles - House Masters. 5 months ago
A technical comment only:
81:47 for CD1 and 84:01 for CD2 !! Far beyond red book specifications.
I was wondering why ripping those CDs in my computer didn't go well. Now I know: exceeding CD limitations along with poor pressing and a CD that gets ... See full review
posted a comment on The Chemical Brothers - Surrender. 6 months ago
Wasn't "Hey Boy Hey Girl (Soulwax Remix)" supposed to have "superstar DJs" replaced by "2 many DJs" in vocals? On this 2019 release, the original full vocal samples are used.
posted a comment on Janet Jackson - Black Cat. 6 months ago
The LP version is supposed to be longer at the end with a reprise after the false ending. But it clocks at 4:30 here which is the same length as the 7" version. So I don't know what the difference is. Maybe it's incorrect and that both tracks have the ... See full review
posted a comment on The Chemical Brothers - Out Of Control (21 Minutes Of Madness Mix). 8 months ago
21 minutes of boredom mix.
What's the point in releasing this 20 years after? Should have stayed in the vault really. I secured a copy because I like "Out Of Control" and I thought the idea of a super extended mix of it was awesome. But after listening ... See full review
posted a comment on Underworld - Drift Series 1. 8 months ago
What is this ? Hi-res files for the additional audio but not for the actual tracks of the box set ? Not even on the blu-ray ? All in CD quality. I really don't get it.
That's no big deal as I imagine, being mastered by Miles Showell, it already sounds ... See full review
posted a comment on Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Souvenir. 9 months ago
I don't think the mastering is that awful. But it's not up to today's standards, that's for sure. The oldest songs here sound as if they were not remastered. I think the idea was to modify the balance of the original masters the less possible. All tracks ... See full review
posted a comment on Mel & Kim - That's The Way It Is. 9 months ago
The "U.S. Remix" for "I'm The One Who Really Loves You" as track 2 on this Maxi CD is also known as the "Kickin' Live Mix" by Clivillés & Cole. It is also available on the second UK 12" Single for "That's The Way It Is" (the one with the "House Remix" on ... See full review
posted a comment on Mel & Kim - That's The Way It Is (Remix). 9 months ago
According to Mel&Kim official website, the "U.S. Remix" for "I'm The One Who Really Loves You" on side B of the second UK 12" single is also known as the "Kickin' Live Mix" by Clivillés & Cole. So it's not the same remix as the one pressed on side B of ... See full review
posted a comment on Mel & Kim - That's The Way It Is. 9 months ago
According to Mel&Kim official website, the "U.S. Remix" for "I'm The One Who Really Loves You" on side B of the first UK 12" single is the "Stardom Groove Club Mix" by Clivillés & Cole. So it's not the same remix as the one pressed on side B of the ... See full review
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys Featuring Years & Years - Dreamland. 9 months ago
The b-sides are really good. But the mastering of this CD sounds dull. Like I'm listening to a low quality mp3. It's all about bass. High frequencies are tame and sound undefined. It's the first time Tim Young delivers such a sound. Funny that Dreamland ... See full review
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posted a comment on The Beatles - Abbey Road. 10 months ago
There is no blu-ray only release for this. Stereo hi-res files are available to purchase online. If you want to listen to the surround mix, you will have no other option than buying this super deluxe set. You can still proceed as I did: buy the box set, ... See full review
posted a comment that has since been deleted. about 1 year ago
submitted Depeche Mode - Music For The Masses | The 12" Singles. about 1 year ago
posted a comment on Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl. about 1 year ago
Along with Cold Hearted (Extended Version), Paula Abdul's best 12" version on this FYG CD single. This can even be considered as one of the best 12" version of the 80's. A flawless production that gives to each of the song arrangements and song parts an ... See full review
posted a comment on Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. about 1 year ago
Only LP colour consistent with the artwork of the album: Glow in the dark version. Too bad I can only purchase the orange version in France as it doesn't suit the album mood at all. How come there isn't a regular black vinyl available ?
There isn't a ... See full review
posted a comment on OMD* - Dazzle Ships. about 1 year ago
Cool packaging indeed but my copy, although sounding very good at the beginning, sounds awful towards the end of side A. A lot of sibilance affecting the Hi-Hats on "International", one of my most favourite OMD songs ever. Quality tends to drop when you ... See full review
posted a comment on Paula Abdul - (It's Just) The Way That You Love Me. about 1 year ago
Funny that the only Paula Abdul vocals of "The Way That You Love Me" you'll find on this release are featured in the megamix on side B. Disappointing remixes that sound too much alike.
posted a comment on Dubstar (2) - One. about 1 year ago
A fine album, yes it is. Their finest ? Not so sure. The absence of Steve Hillier is quite noticeable here. His composition skills are missed. This is not an album on which you'll find a song that you can sing along to, nor will you find yourself ... See full review
posted a comment on Simple Minds - Walk Between Worlds. about 1 year ago
"Barrowland Star" is based on "Celtic Strings", b-side to the 1995 single "She's A River".
posted a comment on Simple Minds - Once Upon A Time. about 1 year ago
Tracks CD3-5 to CD3-8 (all the tracks from the "All The Things She Said" 7" & 12" singles) have a mastering issue. They all sound muffled like there is a high cut filter that has been used. Tracks that play before and after on the same CD (from 1 to 5 ... See full review
posted a comment on Janet*, Daddy Yankee - Made For Now (Dirty Werk Remix). about 1 year ago
As brickwalled as one can get. Painful to listen to. No air! What's the purpose of the Hi-res format here?
submitted Mylene Farmer* - Désobéissance. about 1 year ago
posted a comment on Mylene Farmer* - Tristana (DJ Remix). about 1 year ago
Track B1 segues into track B2 abruptly. There is no pause between them.
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour.. about 1 year ago
A bad sibilance I wouldn't say that much but a sibilance indeed, and this both on last tracks of side A "Only The Wind" and side B "Jealousy". And a few crackles already when I played the record for the first time. A great sounding LP nonetheless.
posted a comment on Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame | The 12" Singles. about 1 year ago
"I do appropriate fade outs, repair edits, remove hum, or any other fixes".
Well this looks like a fair amount of work engineers usually carry out for remastering...
posted a review of Pet Shop Boys - Did You See Me Coming?. about 1 year ago
A missed opportunity, that's what this release is about.
Both of these songs deserved decent remixes, the kind of remixes that were made for "Love Etc." the previous single. But there is nothing here that deserves attention.
PSB tend to consider their ... See full review
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Please / Further Listening 1984–1986. over 2 years ago
Yeah the mix is different. It's not just a different edit compared to the dance mix, there are various segments that are quite altered.
To this day the original 7" mix of Opportunities and the original dance mix remain unreleased on CD.
posted a comment on Underworld - World Of Underworld In Electronic Sound. over 2 years ago
You'd be surprised to see what they can squeeze on a 7" single: Phil Collins - If Leaving Me Is Easy
posted a comment on Mylene Farmer* - A Quoi Je Sers... (Club Remix). over 2 years ago
Track B2 is the single version with a slightly different mix. There is an acoustic guitar that plays during the chorus with an extra chord played at the very end of the song. And additional percussions also appear in the chorus.
posted a comment on Simple Minds - Walk Between Worlds. over 2 years ago
Cheap pressing with poor mastering. Not much definition in the treble range. Sound is quite indistinct most of the time. Vocals sound distorted. And the soundscape is narrow.
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posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Introspective / Further Listening 1988-1989. over 2 years ago
2001 and 2018 editions have the exact same content in every way. Only the catalog number and the presentation of the back of the slipcase and CD case have changed a bit in order to match the recent Further Listening releases. The remastered audio comes ... See full review
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing (The DJ Pierre Remixes). over 3 years ago
27 minutes of the same pattern over 4 mixes and only 1'10" of vocals from the original song structure at the beginning of the club mix. Too damn long !
Wild Pitch mixes can be skipped. Just listen to A2 or B1. That's all you need.
submitted Mylène Farmer - Plus Grandir. over 3 years ago
posted a comment on R.E.M. - Automatic For The People. over 3 years ago
Yes the price is way too high. But don't forget that you're also paying for the 60 page book which is very well done with amazing phothographs.
posted a comment on R.E.M. - Automatic For The People. over 3 years ago
If you wonder what the videos look like on blu-ray format, let me tell you that I am somewhat disappointed here. I kinda knew that those videos were originally shot, edited and mastered on standard definition equipement. But I thought the 2017 HD ... See full review
posted a comment on Björk - The Gate. over 3 years ago
Crystal clear sound. Bass range is not as deep one would expect, at least not as deep as on the vinyl pressing of Vulnicura (I don't have the digital version of The Gate, so I don't know if it's a deliberate mix choice).
One thing that is very impressive ... See full review
submitted Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Punishment Of Luxury (Remixes). over 3 years ago
posted a comment on Liza Minnelli - Results. over 3 years ago
It all depends on what we expect from a release like this. To me we deal with low standards of quality here. The outer case is poorly done with a front cover replicated with too much contrast and it manages to be more out of focus than the original cover ... See full review
posted a comment on Liza Minnelli - Results. over 3 years ago
Having read your comments, I didn't think those problems you mention would be that much of a problem... But they are!
I compared the sound of CD1 to the original 1989 LP I own, and the sound is far more enjoyable on the latter. "Twist In My Sobriety" is ... See full review
submitted Pet Shop Boys - Fundamental / Further Listening 2005–2007. over 3 years ago
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Please / Further Listening 1984–1986. over 3 years ago
"A Man Could Get Arrested" track 2-1 on this release is not the regular twelve-inch B-side also referred to as the 'alternative version'. The whole intro (16 seconds) has been removed replaced by an extended cut of the rhythmic tracks (drums, bass, ... See full review