Please see below from Parlophone regarding the perceived issues with the new David Bowie box –
Please see below the statement that will be shared on Bowie's official channels. NB we will not be sending out replacement discs to anyone as this is NOT an audio fault.
DAVID BOWIE A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN - HEROES
Concerning ‘Heroes’ what fans are hearing is not a level drop. This is, through mastering, an attempt to resolve an issue that exists on the original master tape.
On the flat unmastered transfer, there was a temporary loss of energy on the track just before 2.50. During the album mastering some high-frequency automation (in the region of +- 6dB) has been added in order to compensate for this. So to clarify, there is not a drop in volume, there is a high frequency boost for a couple of seconds at the loss of energy which then returns to normal and the track continues to the end at a level consistent to the start.
As the co-producer of ‘Heroes' Tony Visconti, was both fully involved and approved the remastering of this and all original albums within the set.
DAVID BOWIE A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN - REMASTERING
The albums contained in A New Career In A New Town are how Tony Visconti, who was not involved in past remasterings, always wanted them to sound. He was previously hampered by the restrictions of vinyl regarding the bottom end.
Any tape hiss on the albums comes straight from the original analogue tapes. For A New Career In A New Town, there was no de-noising as had happened on the previous remastering of these records. The hiss is far more true to the sound of the original analogue tapes which Bowie and Visconti would have heard when making the record.
03 October 2017