- Jul 2, 2003
- in your face
I'm also unsure how I rate this album. I got a first press Japanese CD of this title when it was rare and very desirable. But it sounded dull to me like 3rd gen tapes used, and I could never be satisfied with it. I never found a good used clean vinyl copy without ring wear and that was priced right (but they are out there). So I really looked forward to the 5.1 and I sprang for the big $80+ box just to hear it.
The original mix mastering in the box sounds lower-gen than the old Japanese CD.
I was not blown away musically. I wanted parts of it it to reach the level of CTTE or Relayer, or even get close to that in certain passages, and I have not heard any that do. I was also disappointed that the vinyl LP included in the big box was not the newer remixed 2-chan version. They could have had the more rare (and exclusive) mix on vinyl and created a really special package there. I'll revisit the 5.1 again soon., see if I change my mind some.
Jakko got a more satisfying Bruford sound in his 5.1 mix of this than Steven Wilson got on any of his Bruford-era Yes 5.1 mixes. The organ and keys and orchestra also sound spectacular. Curiously Where JJ seems to have fluffed it a bit tone-wise is his treatment of Squire -- the bass , which sounds 'wetter' in JJs mixes than the original mix, and the lead vocals, which sound slightly less present. (In addition to the complete and unadvertised absence of the 'lead bass' line near the end of the album)
I suggest those who aren't familiar with the original mix, become so first before trying to evaluate the remixes.