"Katy Lied" is one of my favorite albums of all time, if not the absolute favorite. Unfortunately, as almost every Steely Dan fan knows, there was a major screw up with the DBX noise reduction system during the original 1975 recording process which has negatively affected every release of the album (and the individual tracks from the album) to date. To my ears, "Katy Lied" has never sounded particularly good in ANY incarnation, regardless of format, where or when it was pressed/released, who mastered it, etc. No version that I've ever heard sounds "quite right." Yet, there is no shortage of opinions in these forums as to which version bests all the others. For example, see this related ongoing thread: Katy Lied - Kendun vs. MFSL With that in mind, I decided to post samples of two of my favorite "Katy Lied" tracks ("Bad Sneakers" and "Doctor Wu") and hear what YOU guys think sounds "best." I purposely left them unlabeled with regard to source so as not to influence the results, but as soon as I get enough responses I will reveal that information. For these comparisons I only used vinyl sources, but I can certainly add CD sources if anyone is interested. I did a very approximate volume match but by no means are the levels identical so please compensate accordingly. I employed absolutely no noise reduction or filtering. The sources were an ABC Kendun, a "Pressed in Japan" MFSL, an MCA "rainbow label" reissue and an MCA "Greatest Hits" (which might or might not have been cut by Bob Ludwig; there's no "RL" etching), also with a rainbow label. To some of you, it will be fairly obvious which sample comes from which source. Still, I'd really like to know what you're hearing here. The differences in mastering are quite striking in many cases, but as I said at the outset, none sound really good to me. Here's the download link: 'Katy Lied' Vinyl Test.zip Files are zipped and in FLAC format but I can create MP3's if that makes life easier for any of you. Thank you in advance for participating.