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Telephantasm: [2 CD/1 DVD] Deluxe Edition
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Vinyl, Explicit Lyrics, Limited Edition, March 22, 2011
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Now I wasn't too concerned about how the CD's were going to turn out, I got this first and foremost for the vinyl and secondly for the DVD of the videos. Due to low sales numbers and the methodology in which vinyl records are created, vinyl editions of recent albums have seen better mastering than their CD counterparts. Don't get all defensive and launch into a CD vs. vinyl debate, because this isn't about that. What I'm saying is, the vinyl releases of new albums from Alice in Chains, Dave Matthews Band and others have received less dynamic range compression and less tools that result in dimished dynamics of the master that is to be used to create the vinyl, resulting in a more dynamic performance, one closer to what the producer was hearing in the studio one would hope.
This isn't the case with Telephantasm, the vinyl is as poorly mastered as the CD is, perhaps even worse. The sibilance does not hold up well in Cornell's high notes and Cameron's cymbals and hi-hat, it sizzles into obscurity. There is little in the way of dynamics, everything sounds like your typical 2010 CD. This is very disappointing given that there are supposed to only be 5,000 copies of this.Read more ›
SUPER COOL FAN ALERT - not noted in the packaging, the band tossed in a colored 7" of BLACK RAIN and a previously unreleased live version of BEYOND THE WHEEL from the show box show!
They look really dated, yes, probably because of the 4:3 aspect ratio, and the grainy quality of some of them might be irritating to some. Not to mention three distinct versions of Pretty Noose.... but as a fan of their music, I think it only adds to the immersive experience of reliving the glory days of the band...and my own.
Not having owned their A-Sides retrospective, for instance, I'm not qualified to judge that compilation's particular merits. Furthermore, I'm sure there will be much quibbling over the individual tracks themselves (why the "video" version of Fell On Black Days instead of the album version, for instance). Still, I think this is overall a great buy for both longtime fans and for people new to Soundgarden's music too.
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All the songs on here sound great and give you a good overview of the songs that really made Soundgarden famous. However, I think it is just simply too short. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Connor Burnett
Ordered for my son as a collector's item (along with the LP version) because he is a huge Soundgarden fan and wants all of their releases for his collection.Published on January 8, 2014 by Karen M Freyermuth
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|Telephantasm Deluxe Edition price way too high?||
With $5.95 shipping on the bands site, $23.99 on Amazon is a wash if you order something else and pick Free Shipping.
Aug 25, 2010 by Timothy A. Redman | See all 14 posts
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Yeah, i pretty much feel the same way, but still undecided whether to buy or not. The single disc version seems like a waste, so I'll be skipping that version.
Does anyone have confirmation whether or not these have been remastered???
Sep 4, 2010 by RH | See all 3 posts