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Road Food/Power in the Music

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  • The pairing of these albums has nothing to do with each other aside from the fact that they would fit on a single disc. Most of the tracks on Road Food lack bass, and all of them suffer from too much compression. Burton Cummings’ lead vocals are mixed too low on “Attila’s Blues” and “Don’t You Want Me.” “One Way Road to Hell” fades out early. “Pleasin’ for Reason” and the title track have too much bass, and the latter fades out slightly early.Power in the Music doesn’t fare any better. The entire album (especially the first half) is compressed. The high end is boosted a bit on “Down and Out Woman.” The end vocals on “Dreams” are buried in the mix, and Bill Wallace’s intricate bass work is now lost in the mix. Cummings’ spoken word parts in “Rich World, Poor World” are buried as well. One of the worst jobs on any of the tracks is on “Rosanne,” when the intro is actually faded in. The title track (which is incorrectly listed as “Shopping Bag Lady” in the lyrics) has dropouts at 6:12 and 6:21 into the song.

    Posted on January 9, 2010