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Comments about the soundtrack for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Alan Silvestri)

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Mastered from MP3/lossy material
• Posted by: Gavin Salkeld   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, August 16, 2009, at 9:24 p.m.
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Reports are in that this CD is mastered from an MP3 (or similarly lossy) source. This can be verified by looking at the tracks in a spectral view, using a program such as Adobe Audition.

This is clearly an error, but Varese Sarabande seem to be refusing to acknowledge any error on their part. Silva Screen had the same issue with Lesbian Vampire Killers, but at least they were quick to address the issue. Varese responds:

"We also heard of some web site threads complaining about this disc and have since put effort into getting to the bottom of this. As I'm sure you know, there is a tendency in the message board world to light fires which are not based on facts. There is a great deal of misinformation spread about this way. We did actually receive a few emails about this as well, but the emails from different people were virtually identical ... word for word. We found that a little suspicious.

As a matter of procedure, viewing a spectral analysis of the audio files is never part of the approval process. A mastered album is always carefully listened to by Varèse Sarabande, the album producers and engineers and is approved before it is duplicated. This album went through the same approval process.

I can assure you that, after re-listening to the disc, everyone involved continues to stand behind the sound quality of the disc."

Anyone with any love for film music will want to hear the score uncompressed and in as pure sound quality as is possible. So write to Varese and tell them your feelings on the issue.

Gavin Salkeld: Composer

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