A couple years back, I got on a pre-order list for a box set of Phil Collins albums that were in the process of being remastered. A couple of them were released at one time, others were released as they became available. One of them didn’t come until about 5 months later.
I only opened and played a few of the new albums this entire time, one of which being “Hello, I Must Be Going”.
Today I popped this remastered album on my table and gave it a spin. The first thing that stood out is that Phil’s voice has this kind of constant etched, gritty sound, sort of like inner groove distortion (IGD). It was like that throughout the entire album, on both sides. Other than that, it sounded pretty decent I thought.
Then curiosity got the best of me and I pulled out my original pressing of the album which was released back in Nov 1982. The first thing I noticed on this older album is that it was quite a bit louder, with me diving for the remote to turn it down to roughly the same level as the new 'remastered" album. I went from “38” on the volume down to “33”!
After this, I noticed that that etchy, gritty sound was no longer on Phil’s voice. Upon further listening, I also noticed that this old, original album has more meat, more punch in the bass, more dynamic range throughout, and sounds smoother and cleaner. In short, it’s a MUCH better sounding record than the new remastered one.
In other words, the compressed the life right out of the new album. It’s somewhat flat in comparison. And for further proof, you can actually see the compression on the vinyl itself as a result of a larger run-off groove.
I’m glad I have the box set, but kind of feel ripped off because of the lesser quality mastering.
Original on the left, new on the right…
Original Side 1
Remastered Side 1
Original Side 2
Remastered Side 2