The new version was not very good at all, and got me to looking at it. I decided to remaster the old version to or beyond the newer version loudness level and show that, once again, you do not have to destroy the song to change the level.
Their newer re-recorded version is only 1.5 dB louder and yet has a full 4.8 dB less dynamic range. (Explain that!)
So I of course had to show that you can make it sound better and still play their loudness game.
My version is almost a full db louder than their new version and yet still has a dynamic range of 7.2 dB, 2.2 dB more than theirs. I also added a richness in the bass and an added depth to the stereo field, as well as 2.3 dB to the loudness level.
In the video, the top track is the original and the lower track is my version. If you look at the upper left corner of the screen, the S button is the solo button, and is green when engaged.
A portion of the re-recorded version is included and all the versions are loudness matched, so you are not hearing the level difference, but only the EQ.
The original flavor of the song is intact in my version, and that was quite intentional.
The changes were very slight and slightly better in my humble opinion, but I could be wrong.
You are free to email me, if you agree, or not.
In the field of music recording, mixing, and mastering, there is more than one right way, and a whole lot of wrong ways. Our job is to pick a right way, and try not to pick a wrong way (picking a wrong way is extremely easy to do)
Next time we will find another song from the seventies, there are so many good ones!