QueenVault wrote:Based on vinyl speed comparisons, findings seem to indicate that of the two existing remasters of Fun In Space, the 1996 CD is the more faithful reproduction of the original vinyl. The 2013 remaster varies in speed from track to track and overall does not stay true to the 1981 release. Both remasters experience minor fluctuations to varying degrees within each track, the cause of which may be damage/stretching to the master tape. The speed fluctuations/drift in and of themselves are not serious drawbacks to the listening experience and are so slight as to be unnoticeable outside direct comparison with the original 1981 vinyl, the exception being the 2013 remaster of "My Country I & II", whose fluctuations are very pronounced. In terms of overall speed, the 1996 remaster is virtually identical to the original vinyl and would be my suggestion as the choice for listeners.
cmsdrums wrote:As an additional thought/comment, outside the technical ways in which the music is reproduced onto various media and even outside the quality of the song writing, but it frustrates me that Queen are often excluded from most 'serious' debates about pioneers in recorded music.
The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and ABBA are often cited, but purely for musical and technical innovation and the SOUND of their 70s records, Queen pretty much beat the lot (whilst accepting that The Beatles 'started it all'). Listen to any Queen album from Sheer Heart Attack onwards and it could pretty much have been recorded yesterday, with open drums, crisp tight bass etc...whereas their contemporaries (whether that be The Eagles, ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Billy Joel etc,etc) mostly all sonically sound dated, stale and clearly of their time (cardboard box drums, dated ideas and arrangements). (again, I reiterate I am taking about the sound and the thinking behind it, not the songwriting).
The band, along with Mike Stone and Roy Thomas Baker, should be lauded far more than they are for their studio prowess.
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