Review by beardawgs December 17, 2003 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
|I won’t waste any words about the music here, as I still believe that this is probably the best single album under the ZTT label. There are slight differences from the redbook, notably the last 3 tracks (as explained below).
Sonically, it sounds better overall. Especially the opening track “Dream within a dream”, trumpet being more smudged (but still focused) and Brucken’s narration slightly more distant, which I found more appropriate for the Poe’s poem. Also, the marimba rotates clockwise all the time, which puts the listener in a whirlpool of sound. For the rest, the surround mix is just as good, but not outrageous as I might have expected, knowing how groundbreaking this album was when it appeared for the first time. But then, this music is not so full of strange effects as on FGTH’s disc, which really blossomed in MC. Each track starts with some kind of sound effects, and that is particularly well done. My (sonically in MC) favourite track in this new guise is “Dr Mabuse”.
I didn’t gain any new perspective about Propaganda’s music from this MC mix, but on the other hand I am again and again reassured what a great band they were, or should I said what a great job Trevor Horn did with them. This issue also benefits from a very informative essay about the group, if you are new to Propaganda you’ll learn all you need to know. This used to be my most played non-classical CD, and it still has a very special place now on our SACD shelf.
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