I sampled the first five minutes of both. The original 1972 stereo (flat transferred) sounds to my ears exactly the same as the 25th anniversary remaster. The 2012 Steven Wilson stereo remix 'opens up' the sound. The acoustic guitars sound crisper, the vocals clearer. The part of the mix I listened to sounded equivalent to the original as far as the individual elements are concerned, but with an overall brighter presentation. Does this make sense?Did you try the stereo LPCM mixes?
not more EMI digital glitches..?!?Just had a complete listen to the DTS96/24 5.1 mix without the family present, so it was at a decent volume. First up, the sound is great but it's not as big a jump in quality as Aqualung was because TAAB sounded pretty decent in the first place. The 5.1 mix is typical Steven Wilson and is very true in overall sound balance to the stereo so it all sounds familiar. The sound quality is pretty darn good given that it's not lossless and it can be cranked to great effect. Like the original, I didn't experience a lot of bass and therein lies my only disappointment.
The acoustic guitars come through very cleanly, as do the drums. The mix is inventive in its use of the surrounds with several of the more obvious musical cues bouncing around the four corners of the soundfield. Some things really do shine, for example the short orchestral passage near the end of side two. One other thing, I think I heard several small dropouts during side one. I didn't replay them to see if they were just glitches, so I'll be interested to see if anybody else hears them.
Overall, I'll give it an 8.
The final "Yeah" was missing from the 25th anniversary edition too. You can hear the "Yeah" on the MFSL CD.By Ozzy:
I did notice that at the very end of the album, the "Yeah" that Ian Anderson quietly says, after the final "to be thick as a brick" is sung, IS MISSING! I mean c'mon. With such a big deal re-mix 40th Anniversary Deluxe Package of this classic, done I would assume, for the rabid fan (who would notice these things), and not the casual listener, you'd think all possible homework would have been done. It makes me wonder what else is missing or drastically changed.
yeah? oh no!http://www.amazon.ca/Thick-As-Brick-40th-Anniversary/dp/B008S6B480/ref=sr_1_43?ie=UTF8&qid=1348072308&sr=8-43
The final "Yeah" was missing from the 25th anniversary edition too. You can hear the "Yeah" on the MFSL CD.
well i guess we can safely say its not a transfer of the original album's stereo mix (flat or otherwise).Yeah, I guess it's OK if it's missing from a remix. However, that "yeah" should not be missing from the original stereo flat transfer. That's wrong!
http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=267638&page=8http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=8222502&postcount=108 Possible Glitch?
Has anyone else noticed a few vocal glitches near the beginning of part 1? Right around the "spin me back down the years and the days of my youth" lyric some of the vocals seem clipped.
Might be a defective copy, but it does show up on the Dolby and DTS mixes on my DVD. Have tried it on several players, same results.
Hopefully it is just my copy, but wanted to check with others before returning it.
These were fairly easy to fix by patching in the audio from the SW stereo mix to the 5.1 center channel. Luckily, it is just Ian's vocal and acoustic guitar at that point; so the stereo matched the audio in 5.1 mix center channel.http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=267638&page=8
"spin me back down the years and the days of my youth"
The word down is messed (slight drop) up on the dts mix.
The next "down" (2:49) seems weird too.
two glitches so far
I greatly admire your skills and expertise in this area! you're a real whizz! ..but (as you know ) I'm totally incapable of such sonic surgery..!!These were fairly easy to fix by patching in the audio from the SW stereo mix to the 5.1 center channel. Luckily, it is just Ian's vocal and acoustic guitar at that point; so the stereo matched the audio in 5.1 mix center channel.
I completely agree. But if I paid my thirty... I'm going to find a way to fix it! And not feel bad about ripping the wavs in the least!there's also a wider issue.. the principle of it all.. in as much as I don't feel you should have to fork out $30 on something and then fix it yourself because the people involved didn't/couldn't get it right in the first place..!!