|In the year of 2000, Virgin re-released all
its Mike's back catalogue, remastered in HDCD format by Simon Heyworth at Chop 'em Out
studios between March and April 2000.
The High Definition Compatible Digital, or HDCD, is a patented process for delivering on CD the full richness and detail of the original microphone feed. When listening to HDCD recordings, you hear more dynamic range, a focused 3-D soundstage, and extremely natural vocal and musical timbre. HDCD-encoded CDs sound better because they are encoded with 20 bits of real musical information as compared with 16 bits for all other CDs. HDCD overcomes the limitation of the 16-bit CD format by using a sophisticated system to encode the additional 4 bits onto the CD while remaining completely compatible with the CD format. To get the most out of a HDCD recording a HDCD player is needed, though on normal CD players some improvement is also noticeable.
All the HDCDs features a reworked artwork though some mistakes are made on it, even more all of them have a similar design then most of the original CDs artwork is lost. Dave Lang's notes on each CD are pretty inaccurate which becomes disgusting. With this remaster series Virgin lost a great opportunity to do a good work. If one take in consideration that the original CD editions were not as good as they could be, specially bad on Mike's first records, it is a shame what Virgin has done with the remasters.
Can you imagine a remaster serie with:
I do, probably you do, but Virgin doesn't. Isn't it a pity?