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The Complete Albums Collection [Box set]

Alan Parson Project Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B00H7EV49S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 Albums in One Killer Collection April 2, 2014
By Ross L.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A box set like this is something I'd been wanting for some time, as I'd never owned all of the Project's work, so it was quite exciting when this was announced some months back. The Alan Parsons Project is one of those bands that charted - and charted numerous times - back in the late 70s and the 80s, but here in the States their music today seems all but forgotten except by those in the know. This is an absorbing, fascinating progression of albums, and I spent much of yesterday and last night sifting through it. If I had to pick the high points I'd choose "I Robot," "Ammonia Avenue," and "Vulture Culture." Of course, there isn't really a bad album in the bunch.

The sound is just plain killer - smooth, strong, transcendent even. There will always be some compression issues on CDs when compared to vinyl, but you must have incredibly sensitive ears to be able to hear any on this collection. I also understand how some folks may be miffed that all the bonus tracks from the previous reissues weren't included, but I really do believe that if you're honest with yourself, you'll admit that the bulk of that material was little more than works in progress and did not really add a whole lot to the overall listening experience. The fact that material wasn't included likely makes the audio quality here all the stronger, as there's less than 45 minutes worth of information on each CD.

The outer cardboard box is nice and sturdy, as are the "album" covers included inside. Squeeze them slightly and the CDs slide right out. No struggle whatsoever, or worry of scratching. Sweet reproductions they are, too, and both "I Robot" and "Eve" replicate the gatefold aspect. (The "Stereotomy" gimmick with the plastic outer sleeve is not replicated.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost fantastic April 5, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I bought this box set mainly to flesh out my collection. I owned some of the remasters from the mid-2000s, but I didn't have all of them, and this box set seemed like a good deal at $63 to get what I was missing.

And overall, I love it. But it's not perfect.

First of all, let's start with the first album: Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Fantastic album. A god send. However, what some people don't know is that there were actually two versions of this album released. One in 1976, and a second version released in 1987. The 1987 version is a remix, and in my opinion is different enough to be considered a separate album.

The version included in this box set is the remixed one from 1987. That's a real shame. Not only because I like the 1976 version more, but also because this collection is called "complete", and actually isn't. Both versions of this album should have been included.

For this album only, I recommend instead picking up the 2 CD Deluxe Edition released in 2007. It includes both versions of the album, and the remastering on it is excellent.

For the rest of the albums, they all sound great. I think the versions in this box set do sound better than the last batch of remasters, however I can't really tell if these are newly remastered, or simply have been transferred better. But they do sound superior, whatever the case. [UPDATE: I was reading through the booklet and at the end, they mention that the remastering for the box set was done in 2013 - so it looks like these CDs are new remasters, and not based on the ones from the mid to late-2000s]

One thing that's surprisingly missing are the bonus tracks from all of the old remasters! I wasn't expecting that at all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Significant upgrde in quality over 'vintage' CDs April 3, 2014
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I am an APP fan from their heyday and owned the first 6 or 7 albums on vinyl. I re-purchased those early albums on CD as soon as they were released in the early-mid 1980s. Great albums, but I've never been impressed with the sound quality, especially on the core classics (the first five albums).

I can say with confidence that the re-masters in the "Collection" are a significant quality upgrade over my "first edition" CDs. I cannot speak to the later released special editions ... but if you purchased your APP CDs as they were released in the early days (of CDs) and you are not happy with the sound, consider the "Collection" as a one-purchase upgrade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect April 11, 2014
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Having collected the 10 APP Studio albums/original CDs from around 1986 to 1989, I remember being less than impressed at the sound quality on a few of the titles. 'Pyramid' and 'Eve' in particular were thin with no real bottom end, and had low volume compared to later releases like 'Eye' and 'Gaudi'. 'Stereotomy suffered from very tinny/sharp/clipped drums. Alan did a great job with the 'Tales' remaster, and I just never got around to buying the single disc remasters late last decade. So, when this box set became available I was ready to pounce. And I'm glad I pre-ordered and got it for around $67 before it skyrocketed to over $100. The improved sound quality alone vs. the 80s issues alone gets 5 stars.

The packaging, while well done in appearance, doesn't stand up to scrutiny. I've only taken each disc out once, and can tell that the glued seams (especailly at the top glued edge) are going to separate with very little use. And while I appreciate the faithful album sleeve reproductions, the printed lyrics on some of the jackets are a joke (I'm looking at you, 'Eve', 'Turn of a Friendly Card' and 'Stereotomy). Would have been nice to use the booklet to reprint all of the lyrics at a reasonable font size, since, with the faithful jacket reproductions, we don't get ANY lyric sheet on albums that originally had them printed on the inner sleeves. Packaging gets 4 stars.

The new kid on the block, ' The Sicilian Defense,' was an interesting listen. A lot of it sounded like the soundtrack for the original TRON movie. A couple of the piano pieces were nice, and I could see floating a couple of those into some eclectic playlist, but overall, I don't think I'll revisit the whole album in its entirety again. It's a nice-to-have as an oddity, but not groundbreaking.
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Are these the remastered versions?
Looks like they will be remasters without the bonus tracks from the individual releases.
Mar 12, 2014 by Louis R. Vincze Jr. |  See all 6 posts
Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Remix? If so...not interestedd
It will include the deluxe edition with both the 1976 and 1987 versions.
29 days ago by FromABuick6 |  See all 3 posts
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