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Thread: Tubular Bells remaster (2009) sounds terrible

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    Default Tubular Bells remaster (2009) sounds terrible

    I have the original vinyl album though I usually now listen to it on YouTube, but today I listened off of Spotify and promptly gave up. Clearly the sound has been heavily compressed (in order to make it louder presumably) so when the (once) loud organ stabs come in near the beginning they fall flat - they just don't have the impact they do on the original. Then the build to the first climax...but there is no build...

    Some music, especially acoustic music like this, shouldn't be messed with surely? Or is it just me?

    The original version is still available on YouTube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janxharris View Post
    I have the original vinyl album though I usually now listen to it on YouTube, but today I listened off of Spotify and promptly gave up. Clearly the sound has been heavily compressed (in order to make it louder presumably) so when the (once) loud organ stabs come in near the beginning they fall flat - they just don't have the impact they do on the original. Then the build to the first climax...but there is no build...

    Some music, especially acoustic music like this, shouldn't be messed with surely? Or is it just me?

    The original version is still available on YouTube.
    Listening to the two side by side on my rips (not Spotify) I can hear what you mean about the organ stabs. On the other hand, the bass sounds fuller now it's further forward in the mix. On the other hand, it now seems to dominate all the other instruments. On the other hand, when the twin guitars come in at around 3.40ish, they sound better...

    Some gains, some losses - not a lossless remastering!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    Listening to the two side by side on my rips (not Spotify) I can hear what you mean about the organ stabs. On the other hand, the bass sounds fuller now it's further forward in the mix. On the other hand, it now seems to dominate all the other instruments. On the other hand, when the twin guitars come in at around 3.40ish, they sound better...

    Some gains, some losses - not a lossless remastering!
    Interesting ta. Glad you at least found some positives.

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    I'm glad we've got eBay and Discogs so I can buy old CD editions which sound a lot better than so many of the remastered debacles.
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