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Sports [Expanded Edition] Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, June 29, 1999
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My favorite track would have to be "The Heart of Rock and Roll," followed closely by "I Want a New Drug" and "If This is It," which, coincidentally, were the three biggest singles.
However, this "re-mastered" edition, which was released in 1999, is very, very poor. I purchased this edition in the summer of 2003, at which time I was taking an internship in audio engineering. This "24-bit re-master" is an engineer's worst nightmare. The engineer who re-mastered this disc has taken some pretty tasteless liberties with the bass and treble.
On most of the tracks, there is too much low end bass, which makes them sound muddy and overbearing. There is also a lack of treble (high-end), making this an extremely poorly-balanced re-master. The best example of this is track #4, "I Want a New Drug." The bass drum pounds and pounds away, ready to break my car stereo speakers at any given moment. The high-end is not as airy or clear as it sounds on the old CD edition. And the following track, "Walking On a Thin Line," opens with a synthesizer bass line that is excessively overbearing.
At first, I thought that this was intentional, but after downloading mp3s of each track, presumably ripped from the original CD release, I can safely say that this release was severely botched up. The mp3s, particularly "I Want a New Drug," sound much more balanced out and tighter.
Again, a great album, but a very poor re-master. To think that this edition was intended to replace the original CD release is unthinkable.Read more ›
I just put my original vinyl copy of Sports on the turntable, and it sounds fantastic! If you need this on CD, look for the earlier edition.
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Well,at least you can hear Mario's bass a little more. Still too 'squished'. I laugh at the people who complain that this remastered version has too much low end. Read morePublished 5 months ago by the Iconoclast
Love this album -- works great for second hand. Very satisfied with the purchase.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer