Elf wrote:Is it remastered in the usual Vangelis way? Make it sound like the original album is played inside a bathroom, then record that with an open air mike and release it and call it a remaster?
I wouldn't consider that the usual way. Direct was pretty much perfect and same goes for Page of Life which were from the same remastered release batch. And let's not forget the Chariots of Fire remaster from 2006 that was also pretty much perfect. But in regards to the boxset:
Perfect: Chariots of Fire, Mask, Invisible Connections, Opera Sauvage, The Friends of Mr. Cairo
Near perfect: Earth (three clicks in one track, these are technically present on the original master but seemed to have already been filtered out), China, Antartica (three audio drops in total), Soil Festivities (just under a minute of rain is edited out), Short Stories, Private Collection (some are perfect, some have some reverb)
Mixed: L'Apocalypse des Animaux, See You Later, (a lot of added reverb for both)
However, these are still artistic changes and if Vangelis enjoys them and thinks that the tracks sound better like this I respect that. The original CD's are still easily available. However they are also still the thirty year old CD masters unlike these that had a brand new transfer from the original magnetic tapes. The new reverb on some tracks are pretty consistent with the actual quality of the songs. However, unfortunately two albums didn't manage to escape it. See You Later sounds really 'meh'. Though Neighbours Above, My Love and Domestic Logic 1 are great to have! Also, the actual remaster in enough itself is actually pretty good
Finaero wrote:IIRC the Direct remaster changed some of the track starting points, and now the starting points as used in the previous CD versions have a clicking sound in them. How do you even manage to do that?
Some moments were slightly changed, but no clicks anywhere where the previous original tracks starters were.