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Deep Purple - Rapture of the Deep (2006) Retail CD
Why is it that so many great albums are being released on such poor quality CDs?
Before I comment further on this I should say this is a very good album. Mostly strong material, lyrically Ian Gillan is as usual all over the place (this is NOT an album of 11 stupid love songs) and the band have struck a good compromise between sounding like Deep Purple, but throwing new elements in. This includes a retro sounding synthesiser on one track!
Bits I didn't like were the track "Girls Like That" which sound like a cliche I've heard too many times, and Clearly Quite Absurd, which is lyrically interestingmore…, but left me yawning. Another slow ballad, sigh. I suspect many will disagree with the above.
Tracks I really liked were.... well, pretty well all the rest.
Now back to the mastering. You can buy this album two ways. A reasonably mastered import (German) double LP, or one of several garbage CD variants. I know it is not a Deep Purple problem, almost every new rock CD has this problem, but it breaks my heart to buy a new Purple CD and hear a digitally clipped peice of [expletive deleted] mastered for loudness. And this one comes with a mix that barely rises above mono. What were they thinking. But the LP doesn't come with the bonus content of the tour edition - aarrrgh.
The bonus disc is a laugh and wretched at the same time. It contains material we all want - but Well Dressed Guitar was mastered for the Bananas CD, The Things I Never Said and Quite Absurd alternate take for ROTD, and the live tracks separately - three different awful masterings come together on one disc. If you look at it on a waveform editor you wonder what the **** is going on! The live material is a little better than the studio stuff, but the studio stuff is musically the essential bit.
And anyone who doesn't know why this and all other new rock CD's are so bad should type Loudness War into Google and check out the Wikipedia entry.
|2||Girls Like That|
|4||Rapture Of The Deep|
|5||Clearly Quite Absurd|
|6||Don't Let Go|
|7||Back To Back|
|8||Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye|
|9||MTV (Bonus Track)|
|11||Before Time Began|
- Deep Purple - Rapture of the Deep (2006) Retail CD
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- 28/01/07 by roy
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