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The original album is the way to go for me.....
on March 24, 2009
Now, I am sure I am gonna get pounded by everybody for what I am about to say but this is what I think of it. First off, I love the fact that we got the actual cues heard in the film. That I have no problem with. I recently did a side by side comparison of this and the original album and concluded that the original 34 minute album is the best listening experience. There are 2 reasons for this.
1. At 51 minutes, listening to the complete version is difficult because it is not the most melodically pleasant of John William's scores though he certainly deserved the oscar for it. It works better in the film overall than it does on a cd at 51 minutes. The original album wins out because at 34 minutes it is just the right length even though it is still not the most pleasant thing to listen to either.
2. This complete version sounds worse than the original album. Yes, worse. Why? The reason is because it was no-noised to death. Using noise reduction to this extent kills a recording. It literally sucks the life out of it. I would rather hear the cues with the background hiss than a recording that has been treated in this way. I know they used a no-noise program because it says so in the booklet. There are ways to do it right but it should be minimal. This was just too much for me.
Ok, so there ya have it. Based on those 2 criteria alone, the original album wins. Sonically, that original album was not no-noised to death. It sounds richer and warmer. This complete album is just so darned quiet that I even question the EQ choices made but that is for another review. Anyway I love having it for the film cues but based on production and the best overall pleasant listening experience, the award goes to the original 1975 album. John Williams is awesome!