Songs From The Big Chair (Remastered) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
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I wasn't too fond of most of the bonus tracks on the reissue ... They sounded more like a hodgepodge of sound effects to me, rather than music. It's too bad that, in the space of those recordings, the extended mixes from the gold CD weren't used instead. I did enjoy the mixes of "Shout" and "Mothers Talk," though ... The slowed-down vocal in the middle of both remixes of "Shout" is hilarious, but I have no idea what he is saying! :) I could take or leave "Broken Revisited" ... The slowed-down, backwards vocal in the beginning freaked me out!
"EWTRTW" and "HOH/Broken (Live)" were two of my favorites, because they sounded the most upbeat to me. The beautiful yet eerie "Listen" was the true highlight for me, because it sounded like the most experimental and surreal track on the album. I love how the synthesisers emerge from the crowd cheering, from the previous track, plus there are loads of amusing sound effects throughout the recording. The song also overflows with beautiful keyboard sounds and the guitars really rock, too! "Listen" is a creative explosion, and reminds me of something from "The Moody Blues" ... My brother thought it sounded like "Enya," too! :)
In my book, the factor of brilliant sound quality outweighs the factor of bonus tracks that I'm not crazy about, when it comes to this re-release.Read more ›
The three tracks I bought this for, "Shout", "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", and "Head Over Heels" all sparkle in 5.1. Universal's "Pure Audio" Blu-ray Audio releases are excellent, but they really have to pay more attention to those of us clamoring for more music in surround, especially where the masters exist in that format. I'm definitely in favor of disc-based, high resolution music. I'm not a fan of downloads. So, powers that be at Universal, please give us more Pure Audio with 5.1. I'll grovel if I need to.
Don't even bother with the original stereo mix or the basic 24/96 mix. Meh.
Instead: The default mix is (wisely) the DTS Master 5.1 mix.
FIRST AUDITION ON HEADPHONES:
The DTS Master 5.1 mix is stunning. It's luscious, superb and many other superlatives. It has everything you might dream of (technically) as far as sound quality: Clarity, Punch, excellent Bass, Air, Soundstage and that ever elusive and hard to find: Warmth Without Muddiness.
And yes, I'm hearing many things - instruments, sounds, that I've never heard before till now.
Did I mention that I get this kind of sound quality using my cheapo $30.00 Sony headphones and a consumer grade home theater (Pioneer VSX-1021 which I admit does have DTS decoding) and $200 Sony Blu-Ray player? I can only imagine what this would sound like on a high end system.
OVER MODEST 5.1 SPEAKERS: For speakers I just have Panasonic towers and surround from an older $650 bundle HTIB kit of which I replaced the center speaker with a Definitive Technologies Mythos and the receiver with the Pioneer. This album sounds wonderful and immersive over my present speakers, you are in a whole "world". The only 5.1 mix I can liken it to as an equal for technical competence and clarity is a Jurassic Park 5.1 Blu-Ray that I own - a particular older version before they messed with the screen color rendering.
"Listen"ing ; ) to some of the songs on this Blu-Ray is an out of body experience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Umpressive sound for the 2014 mix ,wow!!!
Bit The original mix 1985 has been changed,
Unfortunately the 1985 orginal 5. Read more
Bought this back in May. Just opened it up to listen to it today and found that the edge of the record is warped!!!!
Talk about poor quality control on Amazon's part... Read more
A classic just got better. A pleasure to your ears. Wish there where some interesting extras though.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
These guys were so good back in the eightees, and they are even better now with all of the crap that is on the radio these days. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew T. Falconer
Always loved the redbook CD. This 5.1 mix is spectacular! If you've got a 5.1 setup, get this.Published 1 month ago by M. Ward