Tales Of Mystery & Imagination
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Audio CD, December 2, 2016
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Weaving synths, glockenspiel and guitar with vocoder, boys choir and even Orson Welles narration, producer Parsons brilliantly interpreted the chilling works of Edgar Allan Poe on this 1976 LP. The Project's first release, it went Top 40 and notched hits with (The System of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether and The Raven; here's the 1976 album and 1987 remix plus demos, unreleased 'experiments' and more bonus material!
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Now 40 years later he researched all the old tapes, got them cleaned up, digitized and turned into a fantastic 5.1 mix that offers an incredible dynamic range and spaciousness that has not many equals (I've encountered none as of yet). The sound quality is immaculate, though on the voices you can tell they were recorded 40 years ago using microphones that were top notch then... - fortunately he resisted the urge to use digital wizardry to enhance their frequency response to make them sound as recorded today, which would have altered the voice profile from the one we know and love. The orchestra and rainfall on "the Fall of the House of Usher" though is as clear and enveloping as you could only hope for and you might find yourself reaching for an umbrella.
Audio choices are 96/24 LPCM (=uncompressed) or if your system can't handle that data throughput then there's also a DTS-HD MA version (=compressed audio, minimal loss)
As a bonus the BD also includes for the first time ever on digital media a restored and cleaned version of the 1976 vinyl recording in 96/24 LPCM. This sounds stunning as well, but really illustrates how much more is possible if an album gets fully remixed to 5.1 blu-ray audio (you might also check Queen's"A Night at the Opera")
It is a Tale of Mystery to my Imagination as to what this would sound like in DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio.
NOTE: Has anybody else had these issues with Blu-ray Audio releases?
I give a well deserved 5 STARS for the Blu-ray and Book only, the Vinyl sound quality I rate at 4 stars. The sound quality of the CD's, well they sucked. The CD's are loud but to me seemed totally devoid of the energy and impact that 2 channel Blu-ray and old MFSL CD possesses. These new CD's have a very low ceiling, lack of sound stage and presence. Makes me think a professional did the Blu-ray mastering and a 1st week intern mastered the CD's using cheap software, I give the CD 0 [Zero] STARS for sound quality.
Those who want a great sounding CD version should seek out the MFSL.
Those who want only the best Digital sound of this album should get the standalone Blu-ray.
Those who want a Blu-ray containing probably the best digital sound of this album + a 5.1 remix, some good vinyl and an excellent book then this deluxe is for you.