Cheap old 80's CDs that actually sound terrific

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steven Henry, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Amy Grant's Myrrh and A&M CDs of her catalog from 1977-1994.
    Gordon Lightfoot's CD catalog sounds great overall
    Neil Diamond - His 12 Greatest Hits (MCA)
    The Best of Jennifer Warnes (Arista)
    Melissa Manchester-Greatest Hits (Arista)
    The EMI Capitol Collectors Series/Legendary Masters Series/Legends of Rock and Roll Series compilations
    The Sony 16 Most Requested Songs comps of the Columbia/Epic MOR and big band artists
    Patti Page - Golden Hits (1994 CD) or The Mercury Years Vol. 1 & 2.
    Hank Williams - 40 Greatest Hits
  2. Rukiki

    Rukiki Forum Resident

    Madrid, Spain
    Any 1980s Elton John DJM cd is absolutely fantastic.
  3. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Yes indeed. This is an audiophile CD quality mastering in a regular CD line.
  4. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    The green cover on CD is the remaster, the 12 Greatest Hits CD with the cartoony cover is the older CD.
  5. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Question is Brad, can those Gord's be had for cheap? :winkgrin:
  6. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Yes, quite a bit of them can be had for cheap
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  7. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

  8. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    I should check again, including discogs, been awhile. I was able to grab 5 albums, two being 'Warner Archives' issues a few years ago. I don't remember them as being cheap :laugh:
  9. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Gord's Gold, Summertime Dream, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown are cheap discs.
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  10. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Of course those I have already! I think it may have been some of his earlier titles I had a tough time tracking down, thanks!
  11. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat

    Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session

    Buggles - The Age of Plastic
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  12. eelkiller

    eelkiller Not a "real football fan"

    For I Robot the Japan Arista disc is fine, the WG was not, there were glitches on it that made the disc worthy of return. It goes to show that there were complete duds with some original pressings. I assume you got the good version. :righton:
  13. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    The bog standard old US carries the Japan as well. Nice sounding disc :cheers:
  14. Steven Henry

    Steven Henry Active Member Thread Starter

    Seattle, WA
    I used to have the complete Soul and Super Hits Of The 70's sets, but traded them in when I went through a downsizing phase. Major music collection misstep!
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  15. Steven Henry

    Steven Henry Active Member Thread Starter

    Seattle, WA
    I agree that a narrower "budget CD" conversation might be a more unique topic on this forum, but I think I started things moving off course when I included the double CD Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions Anthology - haha. I don't think that was ever a mid-line.
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  16. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

    St. Catharines, ON
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    For my money, this stretch of albums is Lou's career peak. My CD copies all sound great.
  17. majorlance

    majorlance Open-minded skeptic

    Collingswood, NJ
    I had the green cover version on vinyl, before CDs even existed. I do know what I'm talking about.
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  18. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

    Demo discs, for sure!

    I’ve got many, many first-gen cd’s. Too many to mention, but here’s some that spring to mind:

    I recently got Thin Lizzy’s main discography from my lovely wife for Father’s Day. Not a dud in there, all sound fine to these ears.

    Pink Floyd
    David Bowie
    Sting (uhuh)
    Elton John

    Etc. etc. etc....
  19. ricks

    ricks Custom Title:

    North America
    Barry, Yep. Regardless of the era in which it was produced the slipshod WG Arista of I Robot is an example of what NOT to do in a transfer and mastering.

    The Japan and US Arista mastering is excellent, even if in my opinion it has since been surpassed by 2 MOFI's, an HDAD and a DSD [.dff files] download.

    As for 80's discs I've yet to hear an ECM from those years that was anything less than nice sounding. Example; the Pat Metheny's
  20. originalsnuffy

    originalsnuffy Forum Resident

    Upper Midwest, USA
    Yeah, now that I think about it many early CDs were primo.

    I particularly regret "upgrading" my Bowie CDs on RCA to Rykodisc. Generally a much thinner sound on the Rykodisc.

    The recent Bowie releases (well up through Lodger) are pretty good; but it sure took a while.

    It amazes me how good some early Zeppelins were (Barry D. at the helm) and how silly I was to "upgrade" those.

    With regard to the Dead, though the original releases were amazing for their time; the re-masters are terrific and are worth hearing.
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  21. Splungeworthy

    Splungeworthy Forum Rezidentura

  22. markp

    markp I am always thinking about Jazz.

    For jazz, I like the Verve label cd`s made in W. Germany. Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, etc.
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  23. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    Particularly the ones mastered by Dennis Drake.
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  24. Massproductions

    Massproductions Forum Resident

    Boston, MA, USA
    It's pointless to waste the time and cost to remaster a CD that already sounds great.

    Why do we need countless remasters of the same albums over and over again, yet there are so many albums that have not been on CD ONCE??

    Lets get the priorities straight before the master tapes fall apart!
  25. billnunan

    billnunan Forum Resident

    Cleveland, Ohio
    I like the original "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac. "Mirage" too.
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