MCA Ultimate MasterDiscs

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by 4_everyman, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. 4_everyman

    4_everyman The Sexual Intellectual

    Location:
    Portland, Oregon
    I recently lucked into a cheap ($8 - still sealed!) copy of "Who's Next" from the MCA Ultimate MasterDisc series. My personal opinion is that it sounds about as good as the recently released 2-disc version.

    I didn't really pay attention to the MasterDisc series when the titles started being released and i see that they've become rather scarce. I'm looking for opinions on the following titles in that series:

    * Jimmy Buffet - Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
    * Patsy Cline - Greatest Hits
    * Poco - Legend
    * Buddy Holly - Greatest Hits
    * Steely Dan - A Decade of Steely Dan
    * Horner/V.A. - Apollo 13 movie soundtrack

    Thanks.
    --Pete
  2. Dean De Furia

    Dean De Furia Active Member

    Location:
    Northern NJ
    Most from this series I find to be too bright. The Jimmy Buffet is an exception that sounds nice and balanced.
  3. Mark

    Mark I Am Gort, Hear Me Roar Staff

    I have "Legend," but would say that it's much better than any other version on CD out there.
  4. MagicAlex

    MagicAlex Gort Emeritus

    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    I like Poco's Legend and the Patsi Cline best of the bunch. Supposedly Steve did Legend that's available in Canada but that is still yet to be confirmed. I haven't heard it but I do like the MCA Gold very much.
  5. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    Canada
    Well gentlemen, I've owned all of the MCA golds and I think they are all too bright. Ala Ted Jensens mastering style. There is no breath of life in these. The standard Canadian "Legend" blows the MCA gold CD out of the water and Steve's Buddy Holly is 1000% better. Also, Patsy Cline is better on the original MCA releases, which IIRC was confirmed by cbsolson (Bradley). For Steely Dan the MFSL's and the first pressing aluminums are the only way to go.

    All of course IMHO. :)
  6. MagicAlex

    MagicAlex Gort Emeritus

    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    I take it the key word in this statement is owned? :D
  7. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    Canada
    I only have Patsy Cline and Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors left because I grabbed all of the others on the regular aluminum CD's and they are far better. The regular CD version of Joe Walsh TSYDTPYG highly embarrasses the MCA gold CD. So, yes sir "owned" is the preoperative word here Magic. ;)
  8. 4_everyman

    4_everyman The Sexual Intellectual

    Location:
    Portland, Oregon
    Wow. "Highly embarrasses", you say? I had meant to ask about TSYDTPYG as well, but i accidentally omitted it from my original posting. Thanks for the insight!

    Rgds,
    --Pete
  9. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    Canada
    Yes sir that is the case. I find a lot of people get overly impressed by the "louder volume" of these remasters, and most remasters for that matter. I would prefer to be able to adjust my own eq. settings, not that I ever do as I don't run an eq., but all the same, don't do it for me without any recourse if I don't like it, which is exactly what is done in this case. It just removes too much valuable information on the recording IMHO.

    I believe that this is why I have a volume control on my pre-amp. :D
  10. Tim Casey

    Tim Casey New Member

    Location:
    Boston, MA USA
    I have Steely Dan's collection and Who's Next, and they don't sound much different than your average CD. Never saw the sense in that series.
  11. Evan

    Evan Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Petal, Mississippi
    So that's what that's for! :laugh:
  12. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

    Location:
    CT
    I think this came up before but which MCA Golds were identical to later aluminum remasterings of same the title?
    I know Jesus Christ Superstar was one. Are there any others?
  13. Blair G.

    Blair G. Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Delta, BC, Canada
    Neil Diamond's Greatest Hits (silver album cover) used the same mastering in a later aluminum re-issue. Very bright.
  14. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Get the Neil Diamond His 12 Greatest Hits CD with the same cover as the vinyl as they used an audiophile LP master instead of the standard GH master and the sound is excellent.
  15. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Yes, you have recalled correctly about Patsy Cline.
  16. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

  17. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Instead of the 12 Greatest Hits gold disc, go for "Patsy Cline Story," still in print, and "A Portrait of Patsy Cline" which can be readily found used on the Internet as it is not rare although it is out of print. 2 well mastered aluminum discs for less the original price of the gold disc.
  18. John Carsell

    John Carsell Forum Resident

    Location:
    Northwest Illinois
    But stay away from Buffett's Songs You Know By Heart Masterdisc, way too bright. Just get the regular MCA CD instead.
  19. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    The regular MCA CD of Songs You Know By Heart is still in print and is the CD of it I have. If one is that picky about the artwork (the MasterDisc uses the original LP artwork, unlike the aluminum disc) get the vinyl which can be found used for cheap at the usual sources.
  20. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Dave, sell your Patsy Cline MasterDisc and buy the 2 CDs I recommend for the material that's on the MasterDisc.
  21. nukevor

    nukevor Active Member

    Location:
    CA
    I have a sealed version of the "Somewhere In Time" Soundtrack
    http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=CASS80305190302&sql=Asgd3vwnva92k

    on MCA Gold masterdisk. Is this title any good?

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  22. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I have both Gold MCA Lynard Skynard Cee Dee's...I'm keeping them:)
    Only for the Gold:laugh: Not really that bad!;)
  23. Evan

    Evan Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Petal, Mississippi
    What does the cover look like? I have the original Neil Diamond His 12 Greatest Hits CD (MCAD-37252) pressed in Japan. Is that the one you are talking about?
  24. czeskleba

    czeskleba Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle
    The aluminum version of Buddy Holly's Greatest Hits is apparently the same mastering as the MCA gold masterdisc.
  25. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    Canada
    :laugh: As long as you don't go trying the regular pre-remastered versions against them. ;)

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