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4.0 out of 5 stars Average Effort, June 23, 2007
This review is from: Principle of Moments (Audio CD)
It's unlikely that an album such as this is going to win over new fans - I'd guess most people buying it are fans from the past. So I'll address the three things those who are considering upgrading will care about:

1. Does it sound better?
2. Are the bonus tracks worthy?
3. Is the booklet any good?

Is the sound better? The quick answer is YES. However, it's a MARGINAL improvement only. It's much louder, so if you play your music with the stereo turned up to 5, then you might only need this disc on 3 (if that makes any sense). There is EVER SO SLIGHTLY more clarity, and the bass is tighter. However, probably only audiophiles will care. It is NOT a "night and day" difference. When you adjust volume levels so the old disc sounds the same loudness wise, the differences are very minor.

Are the bonus tracks worth it? Well there are four here. The first "In the Mood Live" is actually quite bad. Plant's vocal is out of tune on the harmonies, and the mix loses instruments every now and again, pushing the guitar to the back. The second "Thru with the Two Step Live" is pretty good though. It clocks in at 10 minutes, with an extended intro of more than 3 minutes. The mix has settled, and it's a good listen. The third is "Lively Up Yourself Live", a Bob Marley tune. This is a good song, and while Plant simply covers it (not major changes really) it's a fun tune, and it's done by musicians clearly having a good time. Finally, there's "Turnaround", an outtake from the original sessions. This is by far the best bonus track here. I wish they had put it FIRST among the bonus songs, so we could have enjoyed the sessions rather than have to wade through the live stuff first.

All in all, the bonus material is okay. The studio track is great, the live stuff is nice, but not essential.

Finally the booklet. They have taken the notes straight from the booklet of the box set from wence this came - they're not exhaustive, sadly. Still, tey beat the original release.

All in all then, this is a minor upgrade to a classic record. Those expecting something revilutionary sound wise will be disapointed if they do a close examination. The bonus tracks are't terrible though, and Plant is always great.
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Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Feb 13, 2009 11:14:16 PM PST
Prog Nerd says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2010 7:40:26 AM PST
Rich Latta says:
Dude, a prog nerd like you probably enjoys programming his album tracks all day. Sometimes I do too, but sometimes I just want to throw something in and kick back. The reviewer made a legitimate point.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 7:11:14 PM PDT
Lou Silva says:
Agreed, very valid point about putting Turnaround before the live stuff. Shame about the quality of the live sound. I think I'll stick to my original cd copy.
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