Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steven Henry, Jul 9, 2018.
I do. Because they got it right the first time. A wonderful album, too.
Fair point - I just find it so depressing/indulgent!
Stay far away from this old excellent sounding puppy then
Wow - the guy got around. Thanks!
I’m a big fan of New Sensations especially. I have an original vinyl pressing that sounds terrific. Didn’t sell much when released, so I’m surprised at how many nice used copies I come across. An easy-to-find, inexpensive classic.
New Order-Technique, 1989
This can still be had for dirt cheap on the used market, make sure to grab the US manufacture
Madonna-Like A Prayer, 1989
Oh Father is quite something
Men At Work-Cargo, beware some manufactures carry pre-emphasis
Of course we don't all prefer 80's CD's! Most I bought back in 1987 were in truth being hyped as an "absolute copy of the master tape" when in reality they were transferred from second or third generation dubs or LP cutting tapes. Add to that the A to D conversion tech wasn't anywhere near as good as today. I have owned many 80's CD's and not many in truth I regret selling. Even a stunning period remix / remaster from the original multi-tracks like Elvis' "The Memphis Record" sounds very veiled and thin today. It sounded incredible in 1987 though. Compare that to the 2009 Legacy CD - apart from the obvious mix differences, the sound in the later mastering is completely transparent, rich and deep.
What is smiley "car EQ" though? I really don't believe sample rates help much here otherwise there wouldn't be any 80's CD's worth listening to today. As this forum knows, the media and the sample rates / resolution come a lowly second to the quality of the mastering where sound quality is concerned. There are some good 80's CD's and some have been mentioned in this thread already but buying 80's CD's in general is absolutely no guarantee of quality. There have been as many great remasters as bad ones. It's a headache sorting the wheat from the chaff at times but this forum can offer some community wisdom.
PS - I agree about "180g vinyl". The weight makes absolutely zero difference. Most manufacturers cannot press anything flat over 130g anyway so what's the point? Also the whole Japanese Blu Spec / 2 and SHM is another lot of marketing nonsense. There is no scientific evidence to suggest superiority over the standard CD.
The Ryko remasters of Costello's first 3 LPs. This Year's Model is stunning.
Sammy Davis Jr. Sings Laurindo Almaida Plays (1991cd)
It's not pointless at all. It means they can flog the same album again to people. But it's best if the remaster is flawed in some way (too loud or missing some bonus tracks) as then they can release another version which corrects the mistakes of the remaster.
So no, it's not pointless. It's capitalism at its finest.
Here's the thread in relation to Steve's mastering for Alone Together on the MCA CD:
Dave Mason Alone Together best mastering and sound
Huey Lewis and the News--original Sports cd on Chrysalis.
I just listened to the Count Basie 'Compact Jazz' disc today, and it was stunningly beautiful sound.
The original "All Things Must Pass" (1987?) sounded great to me.
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