Thursday, 24 April 2014

THIEF CD comparison




Please note that everything is subjective, so I wouldn't take my scoring too seriously, it's purely a bit of fun - other opinions are available and are just as valid. All individual scores out of 100 - total scores out of 700. Artwork and credits compared against my original UK LP.

Original Virgin CD release CDV 2198:
Artwork accuracy: front cover cropped, text moved from original position, rear artwork cropped, green border added, original font removed: 75
Credits on the CD sleeve or insert: 100
Credits on the CD: 100
Sleeve/liner notes: none: 50
Running time: -10 for missing the track Confrontation, although this is correct when comparing it with the original UK LP release: 90
Sound quality: 90 (dynamic, but with some tape hiss)
Sound flaws or errors: minor flutter, mains-hum: 100

Virgin Records Definitive CD release TAND12:
Artwork: Front cover lightly cropped, rear artwork cropped, printing dark: 85
Credits on the sleeve: several mistakes: `Live' added on spine, Baumann credited instead of Schmoelling, Edgar's surname misspelt: 85
Credits on the CD: -5 for incorrect track sequencing: 95
Sleeve/liner notes: generic: 60
Running time: 90, -10 for missing Confrontation track, although this is correct when comparing it with the original UK LP release: 90: 85
Sound quality: dynamic, but with some tape hiss: 90
Sound flaws or errors: minor flutter, mains-hum: 100

Wounded Bird - corrected Orange label CD WOU 521:

Artwork: Tangerine Dream credit moved, rear cover cropped: 90
Credits on the sleeve: small hard to read: 95
Credits on the CD: none: 50
Sleeve/liner notes quality: none 50
Running time: 85 -10 for missing Beach Scene track, although this is correct when comparing it to the original USA Elektra release: 75
Sound quality: Solid - perhaps slightly less dynamic than the two Virgin releases: 85
Sound flaws or errors: minor flutter, mains-hum: 100

Perseverance label CD PRR 066:

Artwork: Front cover artwork cropped, rear cover artwork cropped, Tangerine Dream credit moved, movie title credit moved: 80
Credits on the sleeve: 100
Credits on the CD: None 50
Sleeve/liner notes quality: Solid & professionally written but perhaps lacks some insight into Tangerine Dream's recording process and bizarrely doesn't feature a photo of the band: 85
Running time: 95 (adds the track Confrontation)
Sound quality: 90
Sound flaws or errors: 3 tape dropouts: 85
NB: Initial copies were autographed by Craig Safan (composer of CONFRONTATION) & Johannes Schmoelling and are therefore slightly more collectible.

My rankings:

1. Original Virgin CD release CDV 2198 (605/700)
2. Virgin Records Definitive CD release TAND12 (600/700)
3. Perseverance label CD PRR 066 (585/700)
4. Wounded Bird - corrected Orange label CD WOU 521 (545/700)

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