Listening too Little Mermaid now. The crispness and stereo separation sounds great. Individual instruments are clearly heard. I Like the flow of the additional music as well. (what I heard so far)
Now my one nitpick thus far. I really dislike the mix for "Fireworks". Its like they reversed the prominent instruments in that cue. What was once in the forefront is almost not heard at all. It's either a really bad remix, or there's something wrong with that cue.
Thus far I am up to "Flotsam and Jetsam" and "Fireworks" is the only track that really sticks out in a negative way.
Well, Fireworks on the Legacy set is actually missing the chorus from the OST.
Holy cow I didn't even catch that.
Edit: "Happy Ending" on the Legacy is weird too. Just when you expect to hear the chorus come in it's just orchestral, then it sort of repeats itself with the same notes, then the chorus finally comes in like on the OST.
Having listened to the samples, other tracks sound pretty wierd too. Since the second disc is all in mono I wouldn't be buying it anyway, but it's nice to know that the first disc also has enough wierdness that sticking to the original OST I'm not missing much....
With Bruce Botnick and our dear Neil S. Bulk having worked on this release, I can't believe such grave errors have slipped in. I 'd guess there must be a reason to all of this (film version, original recording, ...).
Hopefully Neil himself will chip in and clear up this matter!
The sonics/sound level for "Fireworks" and "Jig" from the OST are real close to those on the Legacy. So it was an easy fix as far as replacing "Fireworks" from Legacy and importing those other tracks from the OST. I may replace "Happy Ending" as well with the OST version. Besides that I'm very happy with the release.
Any thoughts on the Fantasia 4 Disc Legacy Collection? curious if the audio will be better on these discs then the older versions. I own the old 1990 era Fantasia Cds and the old Irwin Kostal set also.
Regarding Pinocchio Legacy release doesn't sound like there's any sonic improvement. They may have added some reverb. I guess in an attempt to add a little more oomph on an otherwise tinny mono score. Other than that I can't tell a difference.
I've loved all these releases, but am more excited about the modern era Disney scores (LITTLE MERMAID, THE LION KING, etc) than the vintage stuff.
Next up is TOY STORY on March 17th... Has there been any artwork / additional info released about it yet? I'm still hoping they decide to throw in the complete score to TOY STORY 2 as a bonus, but I know that's just wishful thinking...
I'm excited about Disneyland set that's due out in April too.