lunedì, ottobre 03, 2011

Complex - Complex (1970 uk psych prog)

Complex - Complex
The first reissue of this horrendously rare LP was this American, Swank label bootleg from 1991. Originally pressed in only 99 copies, to avoid the arcane British taxes on 100 or more, the original album has sold years ago for $6000! Unfortunately, that original pressing was terribly flawed, with sound fidelity that sounds like what you might expect if you buried your speakers under a mountain of dirty laundry. This boot takes that original sound, and, like most bootlegs, amplifies that poor fidelity many fold, to the point where the sound is quite literally almost undefinable. I used to be able to tweak it into partially listenable zones by cranking the treble frequencies on my equalizer way up. But this is no longer necessary due to the release of the Tenth Planet reissue, which doesn't even attempt to clean up the original sound, but goes back to the original tapes and remasters them. See my review of that issue for further details. This issue is worth keeping only because it features a replica of the original back cover, not duplicated on the TP issue. The front cover artwork is closer on the TP one than this, though. Grades - 1 A-, 2 B+'s, 3 B's, 1 C, and a C-. Notice my grades for the other reissue to compare how much the poor fidelity of this one affected them. From RYM (tymeshifter)

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