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REMASTERING

morebt
Casual Listener

Am I the only person who finds the remastered version of songs that I know well an irritation to the point where they are just not worth listening to?

 

Who decides that the original version needs improvement - is it the record company or who? If its and additional version that the record company puts out why does Spotify seemingly always choose the remastered version over the well-known original. With George Martin just dying  I decided to listen to some old Beatles tracks only to find that they were all remastered to the point where they sounded like a tribute band. Some of the tracks were actually flat. 

 

The whole point of putting something like Sgt Peppers on Spotify is that people want to be reminded of what it sounded like at the time. Does the remasterer think they can do a better job than Geo Martin?

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dspinder
Newbie

As a new Spotify listener the "remaster" tag has piqued my interest.  I am all for offering official remasters; that is, albums that have been released formally by the artist, record company or others (MFSL, etc.).  These are great to listen to on analog equipment.  I am curious; however, how a Dramarama release (VINYL) could have a "remastered LP version" tag when it was never released as an LP, and has not had a remaster release on any format.  Who did the remastering?  Original analog tape, digital file, what?  Not sure what Spotify is implying here.

 

Dave

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vaniusmarques
Newbie

I hate the remasters of Spotify. They are made in automatic processes and does not keep the dynamics of the original disks. Listen pink floyd on Spotify is horrible.
Why everything has to have more volume ??

 

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Ludadave
Newbie

I can't stand remasters and it seems every single rock classic on spotify is a remasterd version and they are HORRIBLE. There must be some legal reason they do this and not offer the original versions. It's so bad I am considering canceling my subscription.

 

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dttcc
Roadie

Hey, I'm basically on your side, not a huge fan of remastered versions myself.
The thing is: Music industry is getting to the direction "the louder, the better" (since a few decades now).
If you listen to a song and then you switch to a song a bit higher in volume, your ear is more stimulated and the background impression is that the tune sounds better.
In music industry that started what is called "Loudness War", which brought to the infamous case of Death Magnetic by Metallica. That's why many albums from the past had a remastered version, to have a louder sound and don't be left behind by an audience used to high volumes.
it's a sad world if you think about music production nowadays - to stand out of the crowd you need to scream :(
Besides, to achieve this louder sound you need to compress and boost an audio file (sometimes even several times). This eventually lower the quality of the audio you're listening to.
It's not a choice of somebody in particular, it's a combination of Marketing and general taste.

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otishubby
Newbie

I totally agree that the "Remastering" is out of hand. It has ruined my excitement of finding favorite songs. Not ready to leave Spotify over it but what a bummer!

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Martinwen
Newbie
I do not listen to remastered normally, it is hardly the same songs, and I am actually considering leaving spotify because of this. Is there something you can do
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Brinkie
Newbie

I also deeply heat this remastered. Especially with artist that have died. They turn over in there grave when there numbers are raped. Respect-less

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Jaggercat11
Casual Listener

NO! You're not the only one!  I hate, detest, and loathe the versions of Billy Preston's "Outta Space" that Spotify has. They don't even have the original! 

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bimbobo1
Music Fan

 

Remastered=**bleep**

 

I ahve songs in playlists, and everyday a new version replaces the old ones and they are terrible... I am so tired of it, that I consider get rid of Spotify and try something else.

 

The original songs are much much better, and in any case, I should be able to decide which one I want to keep.

 

I am almost fed up with this "dictatorship"

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