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Mind Games
Mind Games
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed remastering., November 5, 2002
This review is from: Mind Games (Audio CD)
Grossly underated album with some of Lennon's best work for years.
Largely retreating from the politcal messages of "New York City", this collection returns to the far more contented sound of "Imagine". The use of laid-back instrumentation, pleasant melodies and highly crafted lyrics, gives the whole album a country-rock feel, the sort of thing you might have expected from Mike Nesmith or The Byrds at the time.
Like all Lennons albums from the mid '70's it has always suffered from appalling sound quality, probably a combination of Lennon's production technique and the use of tapes several generations from the masters. So improving on the sound quality was never going to be difficult.
The original CD release from over 10 years ago is a muddy and completely uninspiring presentation, sounding almost AM radio quality.
The immediate impression of this new version is that the sound is opened up and feels much warmer. You can actully identify many individual instruments for the first time, particularly the bass guitar, and the impression of a wall of sound has been completely eliminated.
Pity then, that the track Meat City has been spoiled by the use of an un-edited vocal take with a littering of ad-libs, exorcised from the original record. The track also fades to early, cutting short the spoken message at the end.
It's a pity that people familiar with the it do not get hear the material and highlight these sort of mistakes before it's release.
Bonus tracks are always going to be a matter of personal opinion. The three selected for this release whilst pleasant enough, add little to the presentation.
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