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BillB
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strange days

Just got the "40th anniversary" reissue of Strange Days, by the Doors - to replace my old cassette of it which destroyed itself a few years ago.
Back in the day I played it obsessively. On a monoaural cassette recorder/player by Craig. Now I'm playing a nicely remastered CD on a decent stereo system. I dig it, but I can't say I'm getting signicantly more musical information and value than I did in '68 or '70 or whatever. I think I listened so much and so hard then that I got all the music out of it then, despite technical limitations. Huh, how bout that. Given my druthers I'll listen to it today's way but....

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Re: strange days

The fidelity of Doors recordings aren't spectacular, or even great. So there may well be no more NEW information to hear. That having been said the accuracy of the tonality should increase slightly.

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Re: strange days

Good point. I should say, though, that the sound quality of this reissue is very good. It's clear and clean and open and never harsh, and really shows off nicely the reverberant field used/created in the recording. So it is in objectively higher quality now, usefully so. The remastering was carefully overseen by the surviving Doors and the original producer and engineer.
There are 2 bonus tracks, one very good, one unnecessary.

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Re: strange days

Around 1966 my parents gave me a Norelco/Philips Carrycorder that played the new cassette format (with a S/N ratio of about 50db!). I commenced recording everything I could with very marginal results. The first 2 pre-recorded cassettes I found (at a Thrifty drugstore) were Portrait Of Genius by Ravi Shankar and The Doors. (Later High Tide And Green Grass by The Stones.) I was able to jack out to my "hi-fi" DuMont Hampton console B&W TV that had an 8 inch woofer and a 3 inch tweeter with a whizzer cone AND tone controls. It could really rock my little room. Listening to The End with incense burning. Must've freaked out my mom.

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