Originally Posted by ti-triodes
Actually, some the best parts of the box is the live stuff. The band is smoking for both shows and neither disc sounds terrible. For me the absolute highlight of the box is the unfinished material for the never released 4th album. There were some fantastic ideas they were noodling with. I've never heard anything like a lot of it. They were experimenting with a bit of electronica mixed with jazz that's unique. Too bad it was never released, but some of the ideas were used with King Crimson.
The AQ is a subjective thing. If you don't mind the compressed sound, go for it. However, the box is aimed for completists and audiophiles who usually want the best sound. This is a missed opportunity in that regard. Especially for such a great band.
"If you don't mind the compressed sound......." Oh my!
Got my box delivered last nite and few quick impressions: Listened to a few tracks (Hells bells, FiveG and the Sahara's) as wife wanted to sleep. Sometimes I go into the oppo and make sure everything is ok, twist some knobs, etc and make sure Im fully compliant. This time I just put the disc on and gave a quick listen and "Wow"!!! Is it compressed? I suppose so, its 40 year old music and it needed help! Am I "into it"? Im drawn into the music and hearing things I never heard before in the recording and it pulled me in.
I can go on about the mix and where Jakko was off, or where he hit....>But lets just say if you don't get "that feeling" after the Sahara's of Snow with the last bass note I suppose like many "Audiophiles" your listening to the "Sonic reproduction" and not the MUSIC! I have not gotten to the 2017 2.0 remix yet but the 5.1 is warmer than the original and the details are very interesting.
The box, like Bruford himself is an elegant package. The photos won't be framed nor will the audographed numbers certificate. I suppose the Discs and sleeves will be in my 5.1 disc draw and the box will be stored in the basement to be eventually lost.
Is it worth the money? Box is about $120. Its rare that I will sit down and listen to a 5.1disc. I will do so with this box so its a treat for me. The stereo remixes will replace the CD's that replaced LP's all so many years ago. They will exist on my server and on my phone/iPad. Since I still listen to this music it is a very good bargain for me. This music has aged well.