Since I wrote this as a reply in the "Frank Zappa - The Man From Utopia" thread, I think there are some people that may not have seen it. It could, also, be hard to find in a search. As such, I am reposting it as a new thread. ------------------------------- The Ryko CD versions of Apostrophe(') and One Size Fits All are known to have some digital reverb added to them. It's not as bad as some titles (Zappa In New York), but just enough to be annoying. In addition, it was discovered that the CD of Apostrophe(') was derived from the quadrophonic mix rather than the original stereo mix. Among the differences are a longer intro to "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow", a shorter ending guitar solo for "Uncle Remus", and missing (or inaudible) violin in "Excentrifugal Forz". In 1996, the ZFT released both of these titles in Au20 limited edition Gold CDs. These CDs contained the original, dry stereo LP mixes and were very popular amongst the hardcore fans. Nowadays, these go for about $100 apiece on ebay. Somewhere between 1998 and 2000, the masters for the Au20 CDs were, inexpicably, being used for some runs of the standard Ryko CDs. Nobody knows exactly how or why this happened, but they were being released like this for about a year or two before Ryko reverted back to the "FZ Approved" masters. This anamoly has never been explained. Great efforts went into trying to identify these CD through matrix numbers and other means, but there were no truly identifying marks. The CDs that were manufactured from the Au20 masters looked exactly like those that were not. It was determined that the only way to tell the difference is to actually listen to the CDs. But, there is another method. There are some timing differences on some of the tracks between the two versions of each CD. For instance, on Apostrophe('), "Uncle Remus" is longer on the Au20 CD (standard stereo mix) than it is on the standard Ryko CD (quad mix). If you are on ebay, you can ask the seller of a used CD to place the CD into a player to see how long track 8 is. If it is 2:44, it is the regular CD. If it is 2:49, it is the coveted Au20 version. Now, the Au20 One Size Fits All contained the same stereo mix as the standard Ryko CD (sans the reverb), so this shouldn't work for that one, right? Wrong. Apparently, there is some extra silence between the "sides" of the program. So, "Po-jama People" (track 4) is 7:39 on the regular CD, but 7:43 on the Au20 version. (All of these timings are +/- one second, depending on the player.) Obviously, this method will not work for sealed CDs and, on the used ones, the seller will wonder why you are asking such a silly question, but it does work. By using this method, you can get the best sounding CDs of Apostrophe(') and One Size Fits All for a great price. I do apologize for the long-winded explanation. Please let me know if I need to clarify anything.