There is going to be a remixed version of The White Album by The Beatles that is going to be available for purchase on November 9 of this year. I bought the 2017 stereo remix of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band last year because I was interested to hear how it sounded. Initially, I really enjoyed the mix, but after a few listens I felt that the bass was way too loud and the master was too compressed.
I don’t think that I like the approach of remixing an older album in which the folks try to just recreate the mix of the original, a la the 5.1 mix of Moving Pictures by Rush, because in the attempt of recreation the differences of those mixes really stand out in a bad way to me. The only remix that I heard of that works for me in this regard is the stereo mix of Pet Sounds.
I like the concept of remixing that Steve Albini did for his 2013 mix of In Utero. Basically, Steve Albini and the two remaining members of Nirvana said, “Let’s do another mix of this album.” I like that approach to a remix because it seems more honest to me than trying to recreate some other mix. What do you think about remixing older albums?