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This review is from: Queen 40, Volume 1 (Audio CD)
I recieved my Box Set Yesterday and spent most of the night listening to everything. Today, I listened to all 3 versions of Queen II that I have. The '91 Hollywood Records release, the Crown Jewels release, and the 2011 Remastered release. There is a slight increase in volume, but not overly done. I felt that the '91 version was slightly flat compared to the 2011 release. I can only compare the versions that have been officially released here by Hollywood Records. With that being said, I found that the changes made by Bob Ludwig to be very subtle and unobtrusive.
After reading one review, I was a little concerned about the audio compression. So, I compared several songs throughout this box set with their '91 counterparts through audacity. The "Loudness" of the 2011 releases have been raised, but not as much as I would have expected. There appears to be plenty of dynamic range left with these releases. The sound quality is impeccable and have never sounded any better on a U.S. release.
Unfortunately, I feel that the bonus E.P.'s are lacking. There is so much unreleased material that could have been used to fill out the rest of these discs. For this reason, and the fact that the albums were not released in surround sound, I did not give this set 5 stars.
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Initial post: Jul 5, 2011 6:49:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2011 6:50:55 PM PDT
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 7:04:53 AM PST
Rahul G. Patwari says:
Boingoinsane, thanks for the thoughtful comparison. Did you happen to compare the audio quality of these 256k MP3's to the CD's. Obviously, the CD's will be better, but the thought of having to rip 15 CD's worth of albums isn't fun. Thanks.
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