Still Life Talking is probably my favorite album by the Pat Metheny Group! Until this day, Still Life flows evenly with its ongoing textural nuances and complexities from beginning to the end. ~ The Urban Flux
Pat Metheny Group | Still Life (Talking) – [Geffen Records | Nonesuch, 1987]
This is one of Pat Metheny’s best. I have the original CD release and have used it as a reference when auditioning audio equipment. The original recording really is great. So what could the studio possibly do to improve it when remastering?
Apparently the studio thought that it was important that this recording sound good when listening to it in the car, because they boosted the average sound level by compressing the loud parts. Sure, when comparing the two versions with the volume knob at the same setting, the quiet parts of the remastered version sound clearer and more distinct. But that’s because the quiet parts are louder. Unfortunately for the remastering engineer it’s not possible to make the louder parts louder, too. The result is the loss of dynamic range, and occasional clipping. 5 of the 7 tracks hit the maximum level on the remastered CD. Only 1 does on the original.
So what about those quiet parts where the remastered version seems to sound clearer? When the volume level is compensated for the difference in average levels, the original sounds almost identical to the remastered version in those quiet parts. Too bad — the original is just as clear as the remastered version and has greater dynamics. If you want compression, a lot of consumer playback equipment has a compression circuit, often called “loudness”. That will make the quiet parts louder so just about everything is the same volume, which should be great for listening in your car. —J. Stimson
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