Hi people, first of all I would like to say that I don't started this topic as an attempt of revolution or nothing like that, just curiosity. A few days ago I was revising the Jazz album to change some things on it's sound. When I was working on the instrumental version of Bicycle Race, I discovered some things and that took me to other thoughts.
To start, this pointless mix has something very strange: Freddie counts "One, two, three, four..." and the piano starts. The first thing is that the original song doesn't has that piano at the beginning, it's only acapella vocals. That means that the piano was taken from the ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES. Yes, they had them but didn't remastered the songs.
The second thing is that when Freddie says "Four...", if you listen carefully you can hear the piano starts very low when he says it, and then starts again for the song. AND! If you listen more carefully, immediately after the "Three" you can hear the piano very low too! My conclusion is that the beginning counting was took from another song or something strange(also you can notice it has a very loud hiss, and when the piano song starts the hiss changes).
And where the "SSS" of the three opening "Baaaaay-SSSicle" should be, you can hear the "SSS". Mmmh... very strange.
Nothing else. If they've done this mix, it means that they had the multitrack tapes and not only stereo master tapes. So why didn't they released every track truly re-mastered? I don't understand.
The best part of me makes me think they hadn't the original tapes from all Queen songs, and that's the reason they haven't done it.
The worst part of me makes me think they haven't done it because on the next remasters they'll have a new opportunity to make the songs sound much better mixing them from the original tapes with the corresponding technology, and people will buy again all the discography. This is a real remaster, very superior backing track than the album version.
By the way, I was thinking that the multitrack stems we all have from the Rock Band games are from the same songs from which they included the instrumental versions (SevenSoR, TieYMD, IiLwMCar, BohRhap, YMBF, BycicleR, DSMN...). These means that:
-They didn't made the instrumental versions with the aim of "Hear this, hear that...", they've done them because already had to use the multitrack tapes for the games, and they filled some bonus tracks slots.
-They don't give us the songs we request for the game, they give us the songs from which they found some multitrack tapes during the "Bonus Track Filling Operative".
-Is pure coincidence.
What's your thought about this?
Here I uploaded a cleaner version of Bicycle Race Instrumental. You can find the whole Jazz album revisited by the same way right here: http://www.queenzone.com/forums/1310581/c_matts-jazz-hd-revision.aspx