All Gods Children - Jon Anderson, Anderson, Jennifer
The Spell [*]
Jon Anderson is known as the vocalist with the legendary progressive rock band Yes since 1980. Live From La La Land captures Jon perfectly in a which features Jon performing his solo songs and selected items from both the... more » Yes catalogue and his work with« less
Jon Anderson is known as the vocalist with the legendary progressive rock band Yes since 1980. Live From La La Land captures Jon perfectly in a which features Jon performing his solo songs and selected items from both the Yes catalogue and his work with
Cool album but Incompetent Remastering...
Jamie | Franklin, Tunisia | 11/09/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Jon Anderson fans have been waiting quite a long time for this album to have its first CD release and when it was announced on Jon's website we were all excited the wait was finally over.
Unfortunately, instead of putting forth the proper effort and use the original analog master tapes like a normal CD remaster they decided to source this CD from a worn LP played on a turntable that was out of alignment. You can hear crackles and pops throughout and the sibilance of the vocals sound more like "shh" than "sss" due to tracking error of the phono cartridge. The pitch has also been noticeably lowered for some reason. It's not at true pitch which is a bit odd.
On top of that they incompetently compressed, limited and EQ'd it into a distorted mess. It sounds hollow and has the classic U-curve sound that many inexperienced engineers turn out, you know all bass and treble with a heavily recessed midrange. Also, the digital levels are run so hot they are in constant digital "over" which causes audible clipping and the whole album to sound even more distorted. It's a total mess that was approved by Opio Media!
It seems those who released this Animation CD have conceded their efforts were lackluster. I'm told they now know where the tapes are but I still can't believe the amount of people who argued this CD was acceptable and sounded fine. I'd wait for them to finish the re-worked CD they will be announcing soon. Even if you love this album this CD is certainly NOT worth your money. Save your money for now and wait for a new version.
Why would they ruin such an opportunity like this? Hopefully they decide to start caring about Jon's music, spend some money, use the correct master tapes and do a quality mastering job this time! Just give us a proper CD release. I would think they would instate an exchange policy for those of us they conned into buying this first abortion. This is what starts class action suits.
Jon Anderson deserves better than to have these people be in charge of his catalog."
A decent album but a disastrous CD
Christopher Hosford | Atlanta, GA USA | 11/10/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Unfortunately the rumors are true. The official, Jon Anderson sanctioned CD release of Animation is transfered from vinyl. If they couldn't get any better tapes and they let the public know then it wouldn't be so bad. However, there is no indication of the source of the CD in any of the copy that I have seen promoting it.
This might not be so bad except for the fact that the CD was mastered far too loudly which not only magnifies the problems all ready present, but creates entirely new problems. Distortion and clipping might be desireable if you're listening to Steve Howe torture his Telecaster on "Soundchaser" from Relayer, but certainly not on Jon Anderson's vocals. The overall effect is not entirely unlike listening to Animation through a battered transistor radio with a perforated speaker instead of from a shiny new CD. Because of this I find the CD to be very tough going, even though I mostly enjoy the actual album.
I strongly urge people not to shell out for this product until those responsible can be bothered to fix it or redo it with the actual tapes.
Typical of the mismanagement which plagues YES
Gimme A_Break | USA | 11/17/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"THERE IS SIMPLY NO EXCUSE FOR THIS LEVEL OF UNPROFESSIONALISM!
I am no longer surprised by anything that comes out of the YES camp as a COMPLETE DISASTER.
Think back through the long years, every release either delayed, or defective or.... you name it.
The Animation CD is the one CD the LOYAL fans have waited so long for. To release this hodge-podge travesty is just another kick in the wallet.
What were they thinking by remastering this from an old, scratchy, Vinyl Record LP!?!?! WTF?
I half wonder if they did it on purpose. That would force all of us who rushed to buy it, to now get the supposedly fixed RE-RE-mastered CD they will be releasing soon.(think: "all the Yes Catalog")
Of course, I know it sounds far-fetched and paranoid, but we are talking about a band who has re-mastered and re-re-re-re-released the same albums more times than I can count. Tell me that is not "in it for the money."
My cassette tape of this album Animation sounds far superior in sound quality than this $20.00 wallet and ear assault.
Am I bitter? I guess so. I mean, we shell out and shell out and they continue to rip us off:
-I have 3 house of blues dvd's, ALL defective and do not play.
-I have the Steve Howe Guitar CD-ROM Defective and unusable.
-I paid $300 for a "gold level" meet and greet the band backstage ticket to the last Yes concert I went to and THEY NEVER SHOWED UP!
-My supposedly "remastered" CD's of Yesshows and Yessongs sound like they were re-recorded over a payphone.
-I have countless box sets with the SAME songs, only with some little rarity dribbled out to make us buy another $70.00 one.
Man, I could go on for an hour. The bottom line is that I have written and called the companies to get these defective pressings replaced or refunded, but Yes management (which is Yes,) have no time to waste on me. They say: "thanks for your money, don't let the door hit you on your way out."
Sorry, but after the first several times the Yes camp pulled this kind of garbage, I became a lot less forgiving. Sure, mistakes happen. But Yes is so plagued with this type of mis-management and malfunction, that it has become their modus operandi.
What is that old saying...? Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice, shame on me..
THERE IS SIMPLY NO EXCUSE FOR THIS LEVEL OF UNPROFESSIONALISM.
Shame On Jon
J. Schmidt | Reno/Tahoe, USA | 11/25/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with most of these reviewers. I am appalled at the shameless, unfounded promotion on Jon's site, and the lack of respect he has demonstrated to the lovers of his music, by releasing this fine "wine before it's time."
Even if Maestro Anderson is running short of cash, the necessary pre-production still needs to be put forth to yield a respectable product, not empty hype. Using a vinyl copy as the source material, as they have, is inexcusable. Researching to procure the master tapes wouldn't have cost him much more than time. Then securing a cutting-edge leader in the remastering industry, instead of the bargain basement unknown that botched this job, would have been an artistic and reasonable investment to preserve and enhance the quality of the original recording, along with Jon's integrity. Duh. As a result, I can't tell you how annoying the compression and limiting is, among the many other flaws on this new disk. I long for the ghost of Rhino to appear and magically transform this financial liability. But alas...
Years ago I made a CD from my vinyl copy of Animation, including `Spider' as a bonus, that I added from the single. I cleaned up the recording a little using over-the-counter Nero software, and it is superior to the quality on this "remastered" disk.
I urge you not to support this non-effort."
Amazon needs to pull this off the shelf immediately
Skydog | South of the Mason-Dixon | 05/11/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Originally this was a great sounding LP and I loved the Sancious-influenced Jon Anderson music. The fact is, there is tremendous musical talent on this album and they were recorded in the studio with high production values. This SHOULD sound incredible! It doesn't, just as everybody has said. Releasing a digitized vinyl version can do in a pinch (and unbelieveably the Russians do better work than this), so I didn't mind getting the iTunes download recently just for simplicity's sake. However, they have now found the original analog master tapes and every effort to put THAT out should be made and the record company should be replacing the poor quality, first issue CD. I'll say it again, they have found the original analog master tapes and every effort to put THAT out should be made and the record company should be replacing the poor quality, first issue CD. Where's the address? They won't answer my emails. It's a money grab. Do the right thing, Voiceprint. Release the real version. And pull this off the shelves immediately.
Again, they have now found the original analog master tapes and every effort to put THAT out should be made.