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Great mastering...a tad shrill, but necessary
, November 18, 2007
This review is from: Never No Lament the Blanton-Webster Band (Audio CD)
I find some of the negative reviews a bit unfair. If you don't like the mastering job, that's one thing. You are absolutely entitled to not enjoying the way it sounds. But many reviewers are writing things they have no knowledge about. I've read several reviews where they insist that the mastering engineers "screwed up" or "could have done a better job." How do you know? Unless you're an audio engineer, sitting with the original masters in your high-tech studio (good luck on getting those originals), then you really have no way to know if they could have done better.
Also, i'm so sick of this balderdash about "greedy music companies" putting out so-called "shoddy" products. Remember, it's not one guy with an office full of cash that's making these things. It's a team. People that make the horrible box designs are more into...box designs. And yes, most box designs on old jazz music is atrocious. There are dozens of different designs, and most are very poorly done (Billie Holiday's Complete Columbia box might be the worst.) The people that set the price are the numbers crunchers. But the people who actually select and master the music are people who love the music themselves. These engineers genuinely put out what they feel is quality material, because they love the music, and want it to sound as good as they feel they can make it. They have no say in box design or price. They don't get paid by how many they sell. They get paid for the job they performed. So, blast the art designers if you think the boxes suck (and they do), and the execs if you think the price is too high. But remember, the music itself is mastered with much care.
Ok, that all having been said, i can totally understand how someone might find some of the music on here a bit too shrill for their ears. It does take some getting used to. But as one reviewer indicated, you do get used to it, and then you start to hear more of the music. With all other releases, including newer imports, they do sound less shrill, and more pleasing and warm, but so much of the bang, zap, and energy of the music is also removed, and consequently sounds lifeless and dull. To some people, that might be better. It's really all a judgment call. What's important to you? If you're willing to sacrifice the life and power of the music, because you don't like the distortion at the high end, then don't get this set. BUT, if you want to hear as much of the music as possible, as close to it sounded in the studio when it was recorded (and yes, with some unfortunate distortion, too), then this is the set you need.
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