Saturday, February 12, 2022
by Brian VanPelt
I had to turn this way up to hear all of the instruments. The piano is the loudest and the drums seem quieter than I have ever heard before. When you turn up the volume, you can hear each instrument clearly, but even then, it seems like they have no sparkle. Everything is somewhat flat and dull.
Compare this with Soul Station, also a Japanese issue like this one, and you won't believe the difference. After listening to Speak Like a Child, I put Soul Station in the player. Immediately, I had to turn the volume down, and it seems like a veil had been lifted off of the instruments.
Somehow, this would be great if they could "sharpen the focus" somehow. I highly doubt that they used the analog tapes as their source.
My advice would be to wait for this to come out in SACD from Analogue Productions or go find the record.