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Best of Blondie CCD 1371 Chrysalis West German CD - opinions on the mastering

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by btomarra, Mar 24, 2008.

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  1. btomarra

    btomarra Classic Rock Audiophile Thread Starter

    Location:
    Little Rock, AR
    Need opinions of the following CD. Did a search and didn't find too much on this.

    Bought this on line. It is Made in West Germany. Has the US cover art. Back insert is white with black print and has 14 tracks.

    It is numbered CCD 1371. How is the mastering on this? And does it suffer from "wow" (speed fluctuations) as some of the tracks do on the domestic CD?
     
  2. Pug

    Pug Elitist Snob

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    What tracks on the domestic CD suffer from wow?
     
  3. btomarra

    btomarra Classic Rock Audiophile Thread Starter

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  4. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now

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  5. Jack_K.

    Jack_K. Forum Resident

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    I have a Dutch pressing of this release (CDP 32 1371 2), and pretty safisfied with the mastering.

    Is this really a 1983 CD?
     
  6. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now

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    The earliest pressings (Japan-for-U.S. or West German-for-Europe) would have been pressed between 1983 and 1985. I am not saying these pressings ran for three years. They are rare and were likely pressed for only a short period between 1983 and 1985.
     
  7. Jack_K.

    Jack_K. Forum Resident

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    Thanks Keith!
     
  8. btomarra

    btomarra Classic Rock Audiophile Thread Starter

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    Little Rock, AR
  9. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Location:
    Bayside, NY
    It's an absolute horror, one of the worst CDs in my collection. I only keep it for the remixes that only appear on this LP & did not make it to subsequent CD versions.
     
  10. Jack_K.

    Jack_K. Forum Resident

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    Hmm... Maybe, it's difference in tastes? :)
     
  11. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Location:
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    Well, listen to the tracks from Paralell Lines on the import GH, & then listen to them on Steve's DCC CD. Ridiculous difference.
     
  12. Jack_K.

    Jack_K. Forum Resident

    Location:
    Moscow, Russia
    What edition do you exactly mean? Original or remastered?

    No doubt that it sounds great, as well as all Steve's CD I've listened to.
    But it's almost imposible to find this edition here in Russia, so I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to compare. :(
     
  13. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

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    Either, but we're talking about the original here. I have no problem with the Blondie remasters. The problem is that only the original CD has the remixes that the UK LP had, or I would have upgraded it years ago.
     
  14. Jack_K.

    Jack_K. Forum Resident

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    By the way, could it be that German, Dutch and American original pressings have different masterings?

    My Dutch CD has no information about mastering.

    Is the Japanese mini-vinyl sleeve remaster worth buying?
     
  15. Jack_K.

    Jack_K. Forum Resident

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    >Is the Japanese mini-vinyl sleeve remaster worth buying?

    (I mean the subject compilation).
     
  16. serj

    serj Forum Resident

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    Japanese mini-vinyl is terrible. Compressed and hard for this ears.
     
  17. btomarra

    btomarra Classic Rock Audiophile Thread Starter

    Location:
    Little Rock, AR
    Well, as stated above. I'm referring to the original W German pressing which has a different tracklisting than the domestic and could have different mastering....
     
  18. Jack_K.

    Jack_K. Forum Resident

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    Who made the mastering?
     
  19. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Location:
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    So am I. It has much different, awful, mastering. One of the lowest level CDs that I own.
     
  20. brokenhat

    brokenhat Forum Resident

    I agree, very poor mastering.
     
  21. serj

    serj Forum Resident

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    I don't remember.. Sold this disc more than a year ago.. And i'm doubt if there are were any mastering credits..
     
  22. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

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    I have 2 of these Brian that I keep for the best sound. The Japanese Chrysalis/Toshiba/EMI CP32-5349 1st pressing and the Canadian 1st pressing Chrysalis/Capitol F2 21337. They have different bonus tracks is why I keep both, but both sound good.
     
  23. btomarra

    btomarra Classic Rock Audiophile Thread Starter

    Location:
    Little Rock, AR
    Dave,

    Would love to find either one. I went to Amazon and found a buyer with great feedback and a copy in nice shape. It turned out to be the WG Chrysalis pressing. Seller is from Australia. It has a solid gray label and all metal to spindle.

    No "WOW" anywhere. The Cd is slightly low in volume, but as I turn it up it sounds better. It comes across as slightly muddy (as if it needs a tad of upper eq added), but sounds not too bad. I'd rather have it muddy than overly bright.
     
  24. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

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    :agree: The lesser of two evils.
     
  25. What's the total timing of your CD?

    48:49 (UK EMI Swindon) - with tape fluctuations
    48:55 (1st Japanese pressing) - w/o tape fluctuations
    49:17 (CCD 1371 1st WG pressing) - w/o tape fluctuations
     
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