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Some Good Remastering..
February 11, 2011
When it comes to re-issuing Digitally Remastered cd's, most companies (like Sire & Quest) do a poor job by simply increasing the input level to make the album sound louder, instead of taking the original master and clean up the high's and improve the over-all clairty; so that the highs may sound a little more crisper and the bass has more "depth". This album was actually re-mastered pretty well but I just can't say the same for "Music for the Masses"; the most expensive re-issue with no sonic improvement overall. On Violator and Music of the Masses, I've found that the PCM audio files found on their dvd, actually sound better than the audio files on the album; I don't know, maybe it's just me?
So, I'm only giving this album 3 out of 5 stars because of the poor way it was put together. First off, if the record companies want to include all their B-sides or any rare remixes onto an album, you don't put them on the dvd! How's someone supposed to hear the B-sides off a dvd disc if you want to listen to them in your car's cd player? But don't get me wrong as I find "Some Great Reward" and "Violator" to be their best 5-star efforts, yet. But unlike any of the New Order re-issues, which have no cover-art printed on any of the booklets; (not even on the front cover of the booklet)at least the artwork and write-up of making the album are all contained in the cd booklet, which was done pretty well. But if they just included all their B-sides and some additional rare remixes on the album (since they have plenty of space left on the cd), then I'd give this 5 stars, otherwise.. it's 3 stars for this 2007 re-issue.