Nick Drake Japanese 2017 remasters (SHM-CD)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by karmaman, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. karmaman

    karmaman Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The three original Nick Drake albums will be reissued in August by Universal Japan with new 2017 remastering "using the UK original master tapes". Packaging will be cardboard replicas of the UK original pressings, with newly designed obi with faux Island design (these albums were not issued in Japan originally).
    Nick Drake: 3 First-to-Cardboard Sleeve Reissues (SHM-CD)
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  2. I think this makes Nick Drake SHM-SACDs all but inevitable down the road.
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  3. karmaman

    karmaman Forum Resident Thread Starter

    not sure the demand is there, at least not in Japan, but you never know.
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  4. wwright

    wwright Forum Resident

    San Francisco, CA.
    Thanks for the update - just preordered them from CD Japan!
  5. Where are you Simon

    Where are you Simon Well-Known Member

    Yet another cash cow release.:rolleyes:
  6. Vinyl Socks

    Vinyl Socks Forum Resident

    Niles, Ohio
    Used to be that the original tapes were not usable for the first two Nick Drake albums, only Pink Moon. I wonder how they fixed this problem?
  7. Where are you Simon

    Where are you Simon Well-Known Member

    Digital technology £££££££$$$$$$$:righton:
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  8. zappaien

    zappaien Forum Resident

    Paris France
    Just received the full set and listened. Fantastic sounding crankable like hell and very smooth and analogue. All 3, very vinyl sounding ( it seems that the master used comes from vinyl version ) . On libretto : mastered at Abbey Roads in july 2012 by Adam Nunn ( Mastering Engineer ) and John Wood ( Mastering Producer ) for the 3 albums
    My very best versions of those 3 albums, you can go for it !
  9. auralden

    auralden Forum Resident

    Just got my 3 mlps SHM-CDs. These 3 sound fine with warm bass and detailed acoustic instruments. Of the 3, Bryter Layter has audible hiss which could be because the master tapes were lost?

    Never having owned any other versions on CD, are these truly the best sound quality pressings?
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  10. Lucidae

    Lucidae Forum Resident

    According to the CDJapan product page, the remasters are from 2013 - if that's true they are just reissues. I'm happy with the original Hannibal CD's and never felt the need to upgrade.
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  11. TakiJones

    TakiJones Forum Resident

    Fort Lee, N.J.
    I think CD Japan is referring to the vinyl reissues in 2013 which were taken from the original tapes and were part of the Back to Black series.
    I don't remember any digital remasters in 2013.
  12. PeteH

    PeteH Forum Resident

    WI, USA
    The CD Japan page says, "Features 2013 remastering, using the UK original master tapes (available in CD format for the first time)."
  13. Dreams266

    Dreams266 Well-Known Member

    The master of Five Leaves Left was lost so their claim can't be true on that one unless someone recently found it
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  14. HenryFly

    HenryFly Forum Resident

    The Japanese Universal vinyl remasters from 2007 need a quick mention here. I like them a lot. Ok that was it. Back to the discussion.
  15. Lucidae

    Lucidae Forum Resident

    Yes the same thing occurred to me, I'd take their claim with a giant pinch of salt.
  16. Tim1954

    Tim1954 Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    I didn't try Nick Drake titles from that series after trying some other artists in that series and being disappointed. Quite sure that those 2007 200 Gram vinyl reissues Universal did were mastered from whatever CD was in print at the time.
  17. Musicisthebest

    Musicisthebest Forum Resident

    Manchester, UK
    Have many people been able to do detailed comparisons between these & the original Hannibal/Island CDs (my digital favourites to date)?
  18. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    15 years ago I'd have snapped them up.
    But "obi" doesn't have the same appeal for me these days.
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  19. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    If they carry + bonus or an interesting mastering I still bite.
    I'm curious on those Human Leagues
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2017
  20. Edmoney

    Edmoney Well-Known Member

    New Jersey
    Have you done comparisons with the original Hannibal/Rykodisc CDs?
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