Originally Posted by shinksma
Weird. Amazon has the three CD+DVD studio-album box sets on for ridiculously low prices. Clearing out old stock or just a pricing error (done three times)?
I held out on these boxes as long as I could, but for $13.99 I had to pick up the first two. Chronologically, that is; the Gabriel era and the "middle" era.
Amazon did not
correct the pricing error before shipment! I ordered last Friday, and got them yesterday for $13.99 each.
So far, I've only listened to the Duke
CD, but already I've noticed a number of instances where the compression removed much of the dynamics and subtlety. That beautiful harpsichord lick in "Heathaze" which is so quiet, almost a ghostly line, is now up front. The many instances where Tony plays the same thing on more than one keyboard but has one louder than the other, well now you get to hear them both at the same volume. The countermelodies that are supposed
to be low in the mix are now up front. And so on.
On the one hand, it's great hearing a number of things I did not hear before. But the whole concept of some instruments being louder than others as an artistic decision seems lost here. Everything is pushed to ten.
I'm looking forward to checking out the 5.1 mixes, and especially the video extras, but I was primarily interested in the regular 2.0 CDs because that's what I listen to most of the time. If I'd paid $120 each for these boxes, I'd be disappointed, maybe even angry, but for $14 each, what the heck. A good deal for the extras, at least.