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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 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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Initial post: Jan 25, 2010 2:18:14 AM PST
The message at the end of Meat City, is who is that, who is that, and what are they doing that - something like that, which is on the MFSL version of the album.
In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2011 7:02:11 PM PDT
Any idea if the newest remaster in 2010 fades out early, too?
I kinda want to buy the older one for the 3 bonus tracks - I usually love demos - but it bothers me anytime people remaster stuff and actually cut out things from the original album, even if it is just Lennon joking around.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2011 10:50:02 AM PDT
John Porcellino says:
I just downloaded the 2010 Remaster of "Meat City," and it included the complete fadeout. If my memory is correct, the earlier remastered CD (with the demos) is missing this.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2011 10:51:54 PM PDT
Gareth Davies-Morris says:
The exact message ends with Lennon asking, And why are they doing those strange things? Specifically, after the second brief drum roll, he says Strange Things. Could you confirm that the MFSL version ends the same way? I want to get that version but only if it matches the LP.
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