And yeah, I'm with you when it comes to remixes in general, especially 5.1 remixes. They just strike me as being fairly gimmicky. They may sound cool, but it's not how these albums were originally meant to be heard. It would be like re-releasing old movies in 3D.
As for the changes that were made to the recording. Towards the end of "Come Un Fou", right after the rocking out part, when they go back to the main melody of the song, there's a small break right before the vocals come back in, and instead of hearing the full band, there is just an acoustic guitar playing in the background, while the other instruments slowly fade back into the mix. I don't know if it was an alternate take that was recorded during the albums sessions, or if it was a part that was entirely re-recorded recently, but either way, I'm not a huge fan of this change as it seems to take away from the power of the climax to the song. And then there is part in the middle of "Le Corridor" where the melody and vocals are drastically changed, making it sound like the live version of the song that appeared on "En Tournee". Not really a fan of this change either, it worked well in a live setting, but for the studio version, the original take sounded more haunting and poetic. And Chanson Noire is missing that 4 beat count in to start the song, but I can live with that, since it wasn't really integral to the song. That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I'd probably have to listen to it again to see if I catch any other changes.
It was an interesting listen, and I will probably go back to it every now and again, but it won't replace the original version for me. Much like you, I tend to prefer the original mixes of classic albums.
Oh, and another thing I forgot the mention, is that it comes with a bonus DVD that contains live footage, but I haven't gotten around to watching that yet.
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