Fans Split on MP3 Quality of Vapor Trails Remixed
Amazon Germany has made available 30-second clips from the remastered Vapor Trails album, which goes on sale October 1, so you can get a taste of what the new mixes sound like—or maybe not. Rush fans are all over the map on whether the 30-second clips are of high enough quality to give a good indication of what the remastered album sounds like.
[UPDATE: The CD is now available on Amazon and also audio engineer Andy VanDette, who remastered the big Atlantic-era box set, The Studio Albums 1989-2007, shares his thoughts on the Vapor Trails remix in an interview.]
“Not sure why you would want to sell a re-mixed album with these audio clips as your selling point,” says Rob in a comment on RushIsABand. “Maybe I have an outdated player on my computer, but these clips sound horrible. Why would they post these low quality clips for a preview if they want to convince someone to buy an improved product?”
“I wouldn’t worry about it,” says Homey M Holmes. “The encoding is absolutely horrible. It’s pretty much impossible to judge with the audio in its current state.”
“Hmmm. Will have to reserve judgement until it’s properly released,” says e2.
Other comments on the MP3 clips:
“I know these clips are not the best. They actually sound a bit echo like in my view; almost like something is missing. I’m sure the CD version will be better.”–-drivenbyrush
“These samples are a joke. They are not to be taken as being indicative of the remixed album. The high end just warbles due to the low-quality MP3. Hold your judgments and be patient.”—chutch15
Of course, other commenters on RushIsABand think the samples sound fine. And then you still have the debate over Vapor Trails itself, whether its rawness is what makes it a good album or whether it is too dense and needs to be opened up a bit to let the individual instruments breathe.
Well, we know what Geddy thinks. “David Bottrill’s remixes have finally brought some justice and clarity to this . . . work,” he says. “Every song has been given a new life, from the fire of ‘One Little Victory,’ ‘Secret Touch,’ and ‘Ceiling Unlimited,’ to the melodic musicality of ‘Sweet Miracle’ and ‘How It Is’ . . . these songs have been redeemed. Thank you, David!”
Alex likes the new mix, too. “It’s much more pleasurable to listen to,” he said in a Sept. 18 Classic Rock magazine interview. “Now, everything’s open, you can hear everything, and everything has its place. It’s so well-balanced. There’s a sort of creaminess and a smoothness to the sound of it. It’s so much more dynamic. Before, everything was just balls to the wall. Now it breathes.
UPDATE: Rush Fan Film Project on Sept. 24 posted higher quality MP3 clips on YouTube:
Thanks to RushIsABand for the head’s up.