The mastering on the new 2 disc Sheryl Crow compilation 'Sheryl: Music From The Feature Documentary' is a mess!
fine, like any of Crow's compilations, though the volume on the entire thing has been lowered several decibels, something typically done for vinyl releases yet one hasn't been announced.
The issue is that all but four tracks are previously released, and they seem to be taken directly from various albums and compilations without any effort to clean them up. This means tracks that segued into others now jarringly cut off or start with decay from the songs that preceded them on the original releases. Standalone versions for most of the included selections exist or are extremely easy to correct making this a frustrating listen.
For example, despite an unblended master appearing on original singles and every compilation released up to this point, "If It Makes You Happy" has instead been taken directly from the 1996 'Sheryl Crow' album where it bled into "Redemption Day". So, on the 'Sheryl' compilation, it cuts off early and 13 tracks later you hear the abrupt start of "Redemption Day" with decay from "If It Makes You Happy"'s final note.
Similarly, "Run, Baby, Run" and "I Shall Believe" - neither of which overlapped on the original 'Tuesday Night Music Club' album - have been taken from the 2007 'Hits & Rarities' compilation where there was newly applied overlap and a tracking error. On the 'Sheryl' CD, "Run, Baby, Run" now cuts off early, mid-fade and then 8 tracks later you hear the rest of the fade (the "Run, Baby, Run" chorus at low volume) then "I Shall Believe" begins.
I hate when they do stuff like this on compilations, it's so lazy. What should be a loving overview of her recording career is basically a sloppy Spotify playlist pressed to CD.