After the surprise of the really improved "Queen 2" I took "A Day at the Races", another album which for my ears always sounded a bit "weak" in parts.
Compared to the Hollywood remaster the result is not as impressive although it's quite interesting.
Basically the new versions are 3 dB louder with some EQ in the middle frequencies around 3 to 6 Khz. Which adds more transparency and detail to the songs.
When you do that on the Hollywood version you won't hear any big difference.
But unlike adding treble or bass it's not so easy for most listeners to turn up the middle range. Also it's notacable that in some cases single parts of certain songs have been treated differently. Like the coral intro of "Somebody to love". Here they boosted the deep voices a lot and it really sounds fuller. So if you really like that album it's worth considering to "upgrade" your collection, if not - then the old cds will still be fine.
The additional tracks are not that exciting - apart from the Hyde Park version of "You take my Breath away".
The TOTP "Lover Boy" sounds a bit "muddy". Most people will have the video.
And I do not understand why they added the HD remix of "Teo Toriatte". It's a real improvement but puts a question mark over this whole set, why they didn't give that treatment to the whole album.
I can understand when lesser popular acts cannot invest too much money in their remixes/remasters. But hey....this is "Queen" .....