I have been wanting to get the SACD versions of Genesis albums, but I was hesitant because of all the bad reviews it got online (although some people didn't mind the new remixes).
Got to have a listen with a friend who has a few of the Genesis' SACDs and a decent system.
Started with Nursery Cryme, and as soon as the first note of The Musical Box hit, I cringed....
I looked at the list of people who worked on this:
Produced by: John Anthony
Tape Jockey: Mike Stone
Recorded at: Trident Studios, London
5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo mixes: Nick Davis
Remastered by Tony Cousins
I don't know who on that list dropped the ball, but these tracks sound like a 12-year-old kid on sugar rush went to town with compression and EQ... there's clipping and ringing all over.
These tracks must have a DR rating of -3 !!!!
Katy Perry's albums almost seem dynamic compared to this!
Peter Gabriel's voice sounds like it's coming out of its nose, instead of its mouth.
I could go on and on... I even tried with a pair of headphones... it was just as bad. I asked to put the original CD on, to make sure I wasn't hearing his system... nope, the CD sounded fine.
Overall, it was probably the most atrocious experience I've heard. Probably didn't help that I'm a hardcore Genesis fan.
It's so sad that a beautiful progressive rock band with all of its intricacies, has been made to sound like an overdubbed rap band.
At the price they are asking for these things, I'll be saving my money for other toys... but I'll sure never buy those horrible SACD remixes.