I am writing this review in two parts. The 1st is the audio quality. It is pristine. You can easily tell that this was the remastering (and remixing is apparent as well) work of Elliot Scheiner. The 1st four albums in particular now have the same bass clarity that he brought to Tambu in 1995. The sound gave me a whole new appreciation for Hydra. An album that I had never previously warmed up to. I'm sure audiophiles will pick this apart but to the untrained ear they sound fantastic.
Now my criticisms. The packaging. The CDs are in cardboard recreations of the original albums. However, the original internal artwork is frequently missing. The beautiful original packaging of Tambu and Mindfields has been greatly reduced. The booklet that comes with the box has the lyrics and original credits but that is it. No new photographs. No essays or new insight into the songs.
Finally what is sadly missing from the Sony era are the 4 Byron tracks. He may have been a bad choice from a personality perspective but I loved those songs. The Seventh One the song is a great track. It could have easily been tacked on to the Seventh One CD.
While I have a lot of criticisms I still couldn't give anything that contained almost the entire catalogue of my favorite band anything less than 5 stars.
- Audio CD (24 May 2019)
- Original Release Date: 24 May 2019
- Number of Discs: 13
- Format: Audiobook, Import
- Label: EUR Import
- ASIN: B07B12HM2M
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)