A few of these arrived today. Quick thoughts so far:
Chinese Eyes doesn't sound as bad as I'd feared (it still breathes somewhat), but the bass/treble boost seems excessive. Haven't looked at waveforms, though, so it might be worse or better than I think.
The 5.1 mix on Rough Mix is simply excellent, however. Clear, dynamic and open like a surround mix should be. There's a little extra studio babble included as well (the album is a whopping 25 seconds longer). The whole thing's a treat. The booklet also includes lyrics, which I think is a first (?). Haven't listened to either stereo version.
The packaging looks nice but was hilariously rushed in places. Chinese Eyes still carries the Ted Jensen (spelled Ted Jenson) remastering credit from the last remaster in addition to the 2006 Astley credits. They advertise "complete artwork" but still have only the first paragraph of the White City liner notes. Best of all, it looks like Empty Glass still has the same little "about the album" WEA paragraph/blurb that all the old target-era discs had, except "ten songs" has been changed to "fourteen songs." (Well, technically, it's still just ten songs with alternate version of four of them, isn't it?) I'm guessing they gave a DTP intern copies of the old CDs and printed it all up.
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