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Captured Tracks - Who Stole the Dynamics Off Lizardland?
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While I like the packaging and extra tracks on the new Complete Works on Captured Tracks, there is no doubt that they squashed the dynamics on the music. You can hear it. If you look at just the original twelve tracks, the DR or Dynamic Range, of the original CD is a robust 13. Sadly, Captured's DR on the same tracks is only 9 -- yet another victim of the Loudness Wars. They did the same thing to the three Cleaners box sets, i.e. the old cdr copies from Jarmusic had dynamic range but the Captured stuff does not. With that cassette-only material, the difference wasn't as jarring but the original Brotherhood stuff sounded great in 1989, so Captured Tracks' dynamics crunch is quite ponderous and unfortunate.

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