Genius. Great track selection. Horrible, low audio.
3MTA3 | Brooklyn, NY | 06/04/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is not a review of Mr. Gil Scott-Heron's work or legacy. I am a believer and own many of his albums on either vinyl or (yes I'm serious) 8 Track. I specifically bought this compilation on CD to finally have a clean sounding, easy-to-play format.
The problem with this CD is that the audio is transferred to the CD at a very, very low volume. Much lower than any of my LPs or carts. At first I thought I received a bad CD and promptly exchanged it. The second one was as bad as the first.
For perspective, an average CD, LP or even 8 Track on my system is decently loud at -27 dB to -19 dB. Rarely do I turn my system up past -15 dB - and I like my music LOUD. This recording has to be turned up to -6 dB before it sounds reasonably listenable. To put it another way, should I take this one out and put in another CD without adjusting the volume, it would be so loud I would possibly ruin my speakers, my eardrums, set off nearby car alarms and drive the neighbors to call the cops.
And believe me, I promptly took the CD out, adjusted my tuner to - 26 dB, popped in the new Gnarls Barkley which sounded just fine.
It's too bad. Great music. Highly gifted artist. Could it be a bad batch? Two in a row? Anyone else experience this?"
LOW LEVEL RECORDING-BUT TRY BOSCOE
Syd | Chicago | 04/04/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, the recording level on this is way too low. Normally, I have my volume on like 16-20. You have to turn this up to 30, the lowest level of recording volume I have ever encountered. Remastered from the orignal tapes...hummm... You might want to re-record it on to tape or CD using an equalizer. It gets better that way. Also, ALL YOU OUT THERE-if you like this you have to check out BOSCOE. Hey anyone, is Pieces of a Man any better???? Doesn't sound so sampled here...This stuff deserves better..."