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satsumauk's review was very comprehensive so the only observations I wish to add are concerning the sound quality of this new remaster.
This is the best *sounding* CD version yet. Certainly superior to the original disc and *far* superior to the 2000 master which just felt louder and slightly harsher but still lacked any proper low end weight.
The low end had been given some much needed weight and everything now sounds quite balanced. It's not an astonishing difference by any means but a worthwhile and welcome one. I tested all the CD's on an audiophile system vs an original vinyl pressing. Unsurprisingly the vinyl is the clear winner with more natural vocals but the new remaster was the closest to the vinyl in terms of sound quality over the previous CD issues.
Packaging for the set is excellent and the extra material and DVD are nice bonuses.
It's the best CD version we're ever likely to see....
Just about the best album recorded...i've tried finding a weak spot...there just isn't one! The fact that this album was the first rap album in top-selling 100 albums of all time, tells you of its magnitude (how it didn't make the top 10 is beyond me!). Why anyone has to describe this album is beyond...if you're on this page, you were going to buy it anyway (shame on you for having it in the first place). It's pride and positive anger rolled into one - its beyond race, creed, gender or nation...its perfect!
Absolutely thrilled with this repressing it sounds gorgeous. Bass, treble and depth perfectly balanced. Chuck and Flavour never sounded so good. I can't stop spinning it. The packaging is much nicer than I anticipated too. Plays perfectly as well.. zero jumps or scratches. A very high quality record for a legendary rap album.
Quite simply, THE quintessential Rap album. From the minute it explodes into life with "Bring the Noise" to the rabble rousing "Party for your right to fight" as it's fitting close, "NATION" never lets up for a second. Hard drum breaks dripping with funk, big basslines, Chuck D's flawlessly delivered rhetoric and Flava Flav's nonsensical interludes all combine to create this modern masterpiece that'll keep you coming back for more and more and more. If you think you know rap music and have never heard of Public Enemy then buy this album, I can guarantee all your Kanye/Puff/Eminem CDs will be gathering dust for the rest of time from the moment you first pop "NATION" into that CD player