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Weirdness with Simply Red's "A New Flame"

10 February 2018

I recently decided to convert all my CDs to FLAC so that I could have easy access to my entire music collection. Thanks to embedded CUE sheets and Media Player Classic HC, I can see convenient markers where all the tracks are. CUETools was also able to fix many minor read errors on my CDs.

But my copy of Simply Red's "A New Flame" had the weirdest quirk. Take a look at this AccurateRip log:

AccurateRip summary

Track 1 accurately ripped (confidence 200) [31C0D6FD] (AR v2)
Track 2 accurately ripped (confidence 200) [9A805432] (AR v2)
Track 3 accurately ripped (confidence 200) [00939B22] (AR v2)
Track 4 accurately ripped (confidence 200) [B92C1A6D] (AR v2)
Track 5 accurately ripped (confidence 200) [A8469247] (AR v2)
Track 6 accurately ripped (confidence 8) [E439A277] (AR v2)
Track 7 accurately ripped (confidence 7) [33C12FE9] (AR v2)
Track 8 accurately ripped (confidence 6) [D453D07B] (AR v2)
Track 9 accurately ripped (confidence 6) [82175B4B] (AR v2)
Track 10 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [8F7CDB5E] (AR v2)

All tracks accurately ripped

End of status report

The first five tracks have been verified with over 200 other people, but from track six onwards the number of verifications drops dramatically.

I wonder what's going on? Is the second half of the album that bad in the ears of so many others? Or perhaps my disc is a different pressing with slightly different tracks.

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