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  Queen: News of the World
  "News of the World"

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Review by Rickko June 22, 2014 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I like Queen and enjoy their music. But the quality of sound for News of the World is problematic.

I was always very disappointed with the MFSL Gold CD and the audio quality that is shrill and harsh. In particular, two songs "Get Down, Make Love" and "It's Late" are so bad as to render these recordings very unpleasant and detestable to my ears.

The liner notes of this SACD release state "this 2011 version has been meticulously re-created using the finest modern analogue and digital technology from the original first-generation master mixes". And yes, this SACD is a major improvement over the MFSL version. However, some sound problems continue to exist on the SACD. Overall, the audio tends to be over-bright (and I happen to like music on the bright side). And, a rumbling bass suggests a problem with the reproduction of low frequencies. The obvious reason for this persisting dilemma of sound issues has to be the original master tapes.

So this leads to the basic question: Is this SACD an audiophile quality release? Hardly. But this version may be the best you are likely to hear of these recordings. Personally, I enjoyed listening to the SACD with it's audio limitations.

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Review by Sergey July 9, 2013
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I must admit honestly group Queen never been a model of entry. Quality has always been a problem. And if a couple of decades I have been told that you can hear the album with such a resolution, underlined powerful bass and clean vocals Freddy, I would be very surprised. However, Universal did it.

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