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This Is The Release To Buy.....
on April 20, 2005
First off 5 stars for the music, no arguments, no debates. You're reading this because you're a Dictator's fan and want to know if getting this remastered import version is worth it.
Okay, here's the deal..... I already have this album on vinyl and the original "domestic" cd version which was released by Sony back in the early 90's. I debated whether to drop the extra cash on yet another "re-released" Dictators album after being so disappointed with the sound quality of the "Manifest Destiny" reissues; but I did....D.F.F.D.!!!!!!
And thank you, thank you, thank you...someone finally "got it right". The improvement in sound over the domestic release is at times subtle and at times very obvious. The original album was co-produced by Sandy Pearlman (of Blue Oyster Cult fame); and, like Blue Oyster Cult's first album, "Go Girl Crazy" has always had a low-fi, dense, underproduced quality to it. The remastering job here has definitely enhanced the original recording, while still keeping the overall "sound" or "vibe" of the original. This import version strips away a few layers of "sonic-mud" present on the domestic cd release making the sound much more vibrant & bright. The most noticable improvements to me are the separation between the guitars and the vocals harmonies. The individual voices are much more recognizable as are the guitar parts/overdubs. The boom of the drum and bass tones seem to have more air to them. The higher end frequencies (cymbals) seem more bright & crisp too.
Overall this is just a better sounding album than ever before.
"Go Girl Crazy" was never an overproduced, sonic masterpiece, and I'm sure that was intentional. The garage-like sound quality was always one of the albums strong points. The remastering job here gives us the best sounding version of "Go Girl Crazy" to date. You can finally crank this up in the car without distorting the speakers. I strongly recommend any Dictator's fan to jump on this release ASAP. I got mine on zShops for under 10 bucks.
Finally, for anyone reading this who has "zero" Dictators in their collection? Buy this, "Manifest Destiny", "Bloodbrothers", "New York New York (Live)" & "D.F.F.D." in one swift purchase. If you love rock n' roll, I guarantee you will not regret it!