It doesnt appear that way. The Reeling in theYears sampler presents the
latter part of the Whitney "Home" track minus the DVD's distortion.
While RITY dont present the full track of "Home", so we cant be sure of
the first quiet bars, they do provide the complete duet performance by
Whitney and her Mum Cissy Houston from later in the same TV show. Same
outfit, same date,1983-06-23. Again to my ageing ears, good mono TV sound.
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From: "Lou Judson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, December 11, 2017 6:20 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Universal Mexico Decca Remasterings
Just a thought: perhaps that was the best they could get from the TV
On Dec 10, 2017, at 2:01 PM, Tim Gillett <[log in to unmask]>
> Thanks for your comments Dennis,
> I did cite the Whitney live "Home" track's presentation as an exception
> and not as a general critique of "the industry". I was more saying
> "garbage in/garbage out" and that the Youtube sound quality isnt the issue
> It's easy to understand an inexpert person making a mistake with mastering
> this particular track. The performance starts out very quietly. An
> inexperienced person might "set their level" in the first 10 seconds, as
> if the volume will stay that way for the rest of the song, unaware of the
> musical climax that is to follow. The result: serious distortion as we
> hear. What is baffling is how such a track from a major artist and major
> label got through quality control.
> Perhaps it'a partly ignorance: "it's an old recording: what do you
> expect?" Perhaps it comes down to each person involved in the production
> assuming that the other has done their job, and no one takes the trouble
> to as you say, listen to the thing all the way through. The song is only
> 4mins 30secs long.
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