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Comments about the soundtrack for Return of the Jedi (John Williams)
Older Editions of the score have BETTER sound quality, not WORSE.

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Older Editions of the score have BETTER sound quality, not WORSE.   Tuesday, September 11, 2012 (4:37 p.m.) 

I have to say, these portions of the review: "Avoid it... on the 1985 to 1993 albums because of poorer, archival sound quality and incomplete presentations, as well as the 2004 and 2007 re-pressings that are identical to the 1997 albums in contents but without the superior packaging." "The aforementioned muted sound quality that prevailed on that LP is also a painful hindrance on the Polydor CD" "The sound quality issues linger as well, the strings often deemphasized to the point of ineffectiveness in the mix of certain cues." "A lingering note of dissatisfaction about Return of the Jedi has always involved its restricted sound quality, which, despite improvements industry wide by the 1980's, has always suffered from a dull soundscape that defied those technological advances (this flaw is especially noticeable in the cue "Into the Trap")."

are totally incorrect, for example compare:

"Fight With The Fighters" on the anthology with:
"Scout Walker Scramble" on the 97 SE

and "Approaching the Death Star" on the Polydor with the same cue on the Anthology and SE, there is a synthesizer which is almost unhearable on the other editions, there is a similar situation with The Emperor's Death.

However, the rest of the review was quite good.

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Re: Older Editions of the score have BETTER sound quality, not WORSE.   Wednesday, January 30, 2013 (3:18 a.m.) 

I absolutely agree.

The Polydor single-CD release may be very incomplete, it's sound quality exceeds that of the RCA two-CD release easily. Choir and synths sound much clearer on the Polydor release.

Also, the Anthology release had far more power in the bass frequencies.
Again, compared to this, the 1997 2-CD set sounds horribly flat, dry, and dusty.

Jedi needs to be released once again with a wet mix, and the appropriate amount of reverb a big orchestral soundtrack naturally has. I don't mind some hiss - I do mind sloppy digital remastering that thins the original power spectrum. Bad job, RCA!

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Agreed *NM*   Tuesday, July 7, 2015 (9:14 p.m.) 

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