The original 1990 CD still sounds smooth and dynamic to my ears. It is a tad old, and the other 90s CDs have an even better sound for the most part, but this one is still a well produced DR11 CD. The record itself is 4 stars. They had better records that followed. But this still has a lot of classic stuff from the period.
The remaster was pushed all the way to DR5 for not much gain and a lot of extra treble. Two very different sounds. I honestly think this could have been pushed to about DR8-9 with a slightly better EQ and we would have had a definitive version. Instead, they crushed it too much and did nothing about the high-end.
Now, I know bands can remix and have lower DRs yet still sound good. Death's remasters and remixes have pretty low dynamic range but sound fantastic. I don't think much was done to these Pantera records for the remaster process but scanning them and compressing the sound. And for this early 90s/late 80s sound you really can't quite get away with that at DR5 without the album sounding a little too shrill. Even the Vulgar Display of Power remaster sounds a bit better than this one.
There are a few deficiencies in bass and tone with the original, but that was mostly how it was recorded. The original or the HDtracks version are your best bets for sound. The three disc remaster does have a lot of extra stuff on it if you are into that, but I'd keep both at that point too.
- Original Release Date: September 14, 2010
- Release Date: September 14, 2010
- Number of Discs: 3
- Label: Rhino Atlantic
- Copyright: ℗© 2010 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.
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- Total Length: 2:59:11
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- ASIN: B0041TTQUQ
- Average Customer Review: 303 customer reviews
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