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P.S. The vinyl is just the original album with a digital download of the bonus material.
If that sounds good to you, then by all means run don't walk to buy Illmatic XX. But if you care at all about audio quality, then just run away period, as fast as you can, and buy a copy of the original CD. To be fair, this wrong-headed compression of dynamic range to crank up the overall volume of an album is not unique to the Illmatic XX remaster--this is what "remastered" has mostly come to mean in recent years, and it's why most newer remasters are a waste of money if you're buying them for better audio quality. The earlier versions will generally sound better.
My comments about what they've done with compression on Illmatic XX are not just my "opinion" -- there are a few databases online now that are tracking dynamic range data for the various versions of a particular album in an effort to stop what's being called "the loudness wars." And the dynamic range for Illmatic XX is awful, and significantly worse than the original CD.
For those of you who may not know what's going on with the loudness wars, here's a brief guide: the dynamic range (DR) of an album is the range of difference between the loudest and softest parts of the music, measured in decibels. The DR, of course, constantly changes as you listen, through the peaks and valleys of loudness. These changes and variability in loudness are an important part of what gives music its "life.Read more ›
Now, twenty years later, Illmatic is being reissued as a remastered version of the main disc, plus a second disc containing b-sides, remixes and radio edits from now all the way back in ’93. If you’ve never heard it before, here’s what you need to know: take the feel and flow of golden age hip hop albums, add it to an astonishingly-gifted, original, young lyricist, then fuse those two elements together with the best hip hop producers at the time: you get history-altering record Illmatic.
The differences with the remaster vs. 10 year anniversary or the original: much, much more bass, whether you have expensive headphones or just have it in your car playing on a normal stereo. It hits you in 'The Genesis', and the kick doesn't let up until 'It Ain't Hard To Tell' ends. Another slight difference with this version: the volume is a little higher too. Both of these things are great, but what you're really getting with this deal is a second disc of remixes, b-sides and old tapes that is like the stocking at X-mas time: it's not the main present, but it perfectly complements the rest of the experience with songs you’ll end up adding to your favorite playlist (especially ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Stink Remix)’). Worth buying another version of the disk for remasters and remixes? Easily, easily worth its weight in gold.Read more ›
This reissue marks the second time this album has been remastered- the first time was in 2004 to commemorate its tenth anniversary and was released around the same time as his mature double album "Street's Disciple". On this reissue, there three remixes of the first single "It Ain't Hard To Tell", the Q-Tip remix of "The World Is Yours", among others. There's also a radio freestyle and the previously unreleased track "I'm A Villain" (However, none of these songs appear on the vinyl reissue). The original album has been digitially remastered with a much needed sonic improvement. His debut was produced mostly by Large Professor and DJ Premier with a little help from Q-Tip and Pete Rock and future Trackmasters member L.E.S..Read more ›
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First off, this is an amazing album. However, you couldn't tell by this vinyl pressing of it because of how bad it skips (and it isn't my record player bebecauseit plays other... Read morePublished 7 days ago by A. Smith
You should know this album. If you don't, and you like Hip-Hop, just buy/listen to it now. It's a classic that still sounds amazing today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by dave
Simply put, this is the greatest rap album of all time. A complete game-changer that every hip-hop fan should possess.Published 9 months ago by Cody
This project took me back in time and showed me things that i missed the first time or was too young to grasp. This is a album not a random mixtape or random playlist of songs.Published 9 months ago by robert
This is my first Nas ever,, I wanted to sample his music and thought this was a great way to begin.. loved the price also.. good music all around..Published 9 months ago by Scottie Ray Harris
Classic 1st disc. 2nd disc has too many remixes of It Aint Hard To Tell for my liking and should have included tracks like Deja Vu (though I'm aware Deja Vu was recorded after... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kalon