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1.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album Ruined by Loudness War, March 25, 2008
This review is from: Highway to Hell (Audio CD)
"The Sound on this cd is SO much louder than the original" "This has got to be the best this album has ever sounded" Yeah, right. Highway to hell is one of the latest victims of the loudness war, and this cd is compressed to death. Clipping is evident and the sound is consistently grating. Too bad increases in technology mean worse sounding cds. Pick up the orginal Atlantic cd - its much more dynamic - and consequently better sounding. And to those who say older cds are mastered not as loudly as todays - yeah, that's the point - more dynamic range. If it's not loud enough, guess what? All you have to do is turn up the volume. Best AC/DC album ruined by HORRIBLE mastering
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Initial post: Aug 14, 2008 8:56:07 PM PDT
Hey,AC/DC is supposed to be LOUD,sir.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2008 6:21:35 PM PST
I think you're kind of missing the point. The way they make these new discs louder is by adding a ton of compression to the audio. What this does is decrease the dynamic range and make every sound roughly the same volume. It totally changes the sound of the song, and I'm with the OP in thinking that it isn't a good change. I have a pretty decent stereo system, and for my money, the original mix sounds much much better because there is more dynamic to the sound. I just turn it up really freakin' loud to get the intended effect.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 8:05:31 PM PST
Tyler Rose says:
Finally somebody who understands that these Remasters suck eggs. I take solace in the fact that it's the Record Companies faults and not the bands that it happens too. I ordered all of AC/DC's albums the first time last year before I discovered what damage was being done to classic music like this by the Loudness War. Now that was close to 200 dollars for all those. But I borrowed an original CD release of Back In Black from a friend, compared it to my 2003 remaster, and right then I decided to re-order every album in the form of the original Un-Remastered CD editions, and what a difference it made. Out of all their albums, Powerage suffered the most damage because of the awful remastering. I'm still waiting on my CD of that one to get here, but when it does, I'm sure Rock N' Roll Damnation will sound 100% better.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 5:37:27 AM PDT
THEHEIGHTS says:
Buy vinyl, with the proper sound system there is no better sound. And with an analog recording you don't have the loss of the ambiance that is in an analog song. The so called sound that are above and below the human hearing abilities. Those sounds create the unheard features that the ear picks up on. It might not be able to hear the sound by itself, but without it, music just isn't the same. Digital music made portable music small and easy to create so we can carry it around to enjoy.

But digital music destroyed the real sound that we all hear. Proof is there. Take a look at a sound wave, follow the line on a scope as it curves up and down. Then look at a digital sound block and notice that is exactly what it is. Digital music is a square block, overlay a digital scope over an analog wave file, then you will be aware of all the music that is lost in a digital music file.

So all I can say is, buy wax and rock on. AC/DC rules.
Rock n Roll will never die.

THEHEIGHTS <---- lifted to the heights by my music.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 1:31:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2012 7:19:02 AM PDT
Stuart Tacey says:
The best you can hear this album is the UK Vinyl but for CD, this 2003 remaster sucks! Way too much treble, lacking any slam in the bass and drums. The 1994 Ted Jensen remaster is good though, very similar to the UK Vinyl, rich and warm sounding.
I find the original Barry Diament CD a bit muffled, the 1994 is clearer and nice sounding but still analogue/warm sounding.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 7:12:40 AM PDT
Bonsai says:
Hey Stuart, thanks for the tip. I have the original vinyl which sounds great, but I will try your suggestion.
Thanks,
TheHeights

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 7:16:54 AM PDT
Stuart Tacey says:
Just make sure its not the latest 2003 George marino remaster. I find it unlistenable, hurts your ears after a while!

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 7:59:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2013 8:01:13 AM PDT
r. f. says:
Total B.S. The whole review... lol... The sound police strike again. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013 11:25:43 AM PDT
Stuart Tacey says:
Why don't you try listening to the original Vinyl or the 1994 remaster? Its not B.S. at all when you hear it for yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2014 5:20:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 15, 2014 5:24:22 AM PDT
r. f. says:
I have and it is total B.S. This version sounds excellent no matter what the brain washed MFSL sound police say.
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