Joined: Aug. 2000
||Posted: Aug. 06 2003, 15:11
So here it goes:
I like this album much better than the original. For whatever reason, i had it in my head before i heard this album, that it was going to be quite different. The notes would be different, different melodies, and anything else that would make Mike want to change from the original.
But its not that different at all. Which is awesome. i love what notes he plays, i love the melodies, and i love the instruments. Much like the original, it's an awesome piece of music.
The changes that i noticed in any notes or melodies were subtle (although noticable to any MO fan). but they seem to enhance it and make it better, than taking away from it.
One thing i really enjoyed was that there seems to be more piano (or at least, its more up front that the original). The "Finale" section has a lot more piano in it (especially starting with Double Speed Guitars and Distortion guitar). And when Tubular Bells is announced, you can hear these 4 notes on piano getting repeated back and forth and then BAM! the bells. i love it.
The finale has waaaaaaaaaay better sound quality that the original. My speakers don't sound like they're going to explode, there's not scratchyness or distortion, and each instrument seems to stick out during its "solo" whereas in the original some instruments were barely audible because of so much background noise.
I like the seperation of tracks.
Although at first listen, i thought it was played faster than the original...but it's not. It still takes him 47 seconds in the beginning to bring in the bass, it still takes him apprx 2:30 during the finale section to announce the first instrument. And the entire part one, like the original, is just over 25 minutes.
The speeded up sailer's hornpipe is pretty cool.
No matter where i have played this CD, i have had no problems at all. My Computer's DVD drive, CD-ROM drive, my family's CD player, my family's DVD player, my normal stereo, my car. NO PROBLEMS at all with the copy protection. NONE. the tracks don't skip, don't stop. they play smoothly and evenly like they should. I have turned up the volumn in all these sources very loud, and i don't hear any static from anything. The copy protection has not affected the sound quality at all.
I am not returning this album for 2 reasons:
1) i bought it in Germany when i was on vacation, so it would be way to much of a pain in the ass.
2) it's a great album, and i am not disappointed.
Hopefully there are more people out there who actually have good things to say about this album, like myself.
Terrible, Wonderful, Crazy, Perfect.