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The Complete Studio Recordings Box set, Original recording remastered
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Although fans may argue over the merit of various releases (was the band better with or without Eno? Did Eddie Jobson's musical sophistication as a keyboard and violin player expand the band's musical sound), these are all worthwhile picking up for fans in this new remastering which goes back to the original analog sources. Reportedly these are "flat" transfers that represent the sound of the mastertapes more accurately than any other release and while I can't attest to how these compare to the master tapes, these are probably the BEST representation of how the band sounded.
These releases sound exceptionally good--they are not brick walled, not peak limited, compressed nor has there been any attempt to fatten up the bass sound or the introduction of any strange EQ choices. The albums are presented as intended (and, in the case of "Manifesto" features the original album line up--the original CD release included the single version of "Angel Eyes" and a different take of "Dance Away" that were substituted for the original tracks) IMHO these best the UK original E.G.Read more ›
If you have all of these, and various combinations of such, I'd probably just keep my money and listen to what I have.
What I want to speak to is the sound quality of these disks. Virgin really did a great thing here. Roxy Music always had a dense, complex sound, and the detail and expanded sound stage rendered here with the 'flat' remastering is stellar. I'm hearing detail I never could find in previous releases. It raises my appreciation of the music even higher, like 'really' fully hearing it for the first time. I can't imagine this being done again, better, unless it is reissued as SACD (doubtful).
Unlike some reviewers, I don't find any high end brittleness or thinness to the sound - but then I'm listening on a very high end rig. Some folks seem to like the thick, overdriven, clipped sound that's been pretty common in the industry for the last ten years. Maybe the industry is catering to the mobile device and MP3 market. I suppose that's good sound for earbuds? These disks sound great to me on electrostatic speakers. If the 'loudness' or volume isn't there (and the levels here are several Db less than the Ludwig remasters), the dynamic range and detail is superior. That's a trade off that's inevitable, one sacrifices detail and dynamics when the recording levels are goosed.Read more ›
As for packaging, the CDs are enclosed in replica LP gatefold covers, even those that were never issued as gatefolds. The print quality does not match the LPs, but it's good enough, and they are sturdily manufactured. The extras are fun, although multiple mixes and versions of the same song are probably only going to get one or two plays. It is good to have the b sides. I was pleased (although it's not really an issue given you can easily program whatever songs you want to hear on a CD player or computer) to see the "Roxy Music" CD reverted to the original British LP song listing, omitting "Virginia Plain", the inclusion of which on later versions of the LP and CD I never liked as it disrupted the flow of the record. That song has been bumped to the 'extras' CD.
I don't miss extra liner notes or a booklet at all. Very happy with this reissue.
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I have been a Roxy Music fan since the 70's; and figured it would be nice to have a boxed collection of their studio albums. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zeno
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