Iron Maiden Remasters

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by old school, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. I did some thorough A/B listening, comparing the original Number Of The Beast. with the remaster. And the original is better, but only by the slightest margin in my opinion. What struck me was that the quality of the production is very poor. The original sounds very thin - you'd think that a metal album would have a fat and heavy sound. The remaster tries to fatten the sound with compression and EQ but it seems that you can't polish a turd. Neither sound that great to me.
  2. steveharris

    steveharris Forum Resident

    I play some of their live stuff more than the studio versions.The Beast Over Hammersmith 2 cd(part of it also on the early days dvd) and also the Reading 1982 gig from the BBC Sessions were briefly in print on the 2002 Eddies Archive 6 cd set packaged in that goofy tin coffin.
  3. ChristianL

    ChristianL Forum Resident

    Berlin, Germany
    I can tolerate compression/limiting up to a certain degree, probably more than most of the other forum memebrs here, but the 1998 remasters go too far. That is a shame, because the orĂ­ginal mastering of Piece Of Mind sounds very weak to me. So I have to stuck with my German vinyl for that album.
  4. D Schnozzman

    D Schnozzman Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    Any new members might want to check out this exhaustive thread on Iron Maiden CD releases up to Fear of the Dark. A lot of good info in there.
  5. VERY frustrating. Every one of the Bruce+Adrian comeback albums could have benefitted, as particularly Brave New World, Dance of Death, and Final Frontier were totally nuked on CD. The pic discs of Brave New World and Final Frontier have MUCH more tasteful mastering, however, sadly, Brave New World pic LP is unlistenable; a piece of JUNK. Final Frontier is better but still noisy. :realmad:

    Oh and to address the topic at hand, the 1998 remasters are a travesty. Worthless crap. I listen to 1980-1988 Maiden on vinyl - the best presentation of those albums we will ever have. I would welcome a tastefully-done LP re-issue campaign, if done on an analog chain from the original tapes, as good-condition originals are hard to come by and expensive, but I highly suspect the originals would not be improved upon.
  6. In-Absentia

    In-Absentia Forum Resident

    Even on poor computer speakers and mp3 players I find the remasters to sound flat and harsh. They are truly bad in my opinion.
  7. donunus

    donunus Cheapskate Audiophile and Massive Music Lover

    There are other bands that were remastered worse. The Maiden stuff is bad but its not really suuuper bad. the original masters weren't that great to begin with which is probably why the overhyping of its sound tends to sound worse. Still, Motley Crue and poison remasters are far worse IMO LOL
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  8. chiguayork

    chiguayork New Member

    Friend, there is a possibility of repairing albums like Brave New World ?: Ayuda:
  9. Maidenpriest

    Maidenpriest Setting the controls for the heart of the sun :)

    How ??
  10. Ummm, what?!
  11. Davidmk5

    Davidmk5 Forum Resident

    Marlboro , ma. usa
    The Vinyl sounds really good for NOTB , even the Original Cassette if i remember correct sounded really good .
    The whole catalog as of now is just a mess ...... kinda sad .
  12. Todd W.

    Todd W. It's a Puggle

    Peace of Mind on the Capitol vinyl is one of the best albums I have ever heard. I don't have the CD. It is too bad they couldn't duplicate that sound.
  13. jeffrey walsh

    jeffrey walsh Forum Resident

    Scranton, Pa. USA
    Once I admitted to liking the remaster of The Who's Sell Out here. Afterwards I felt so ashamed :winkgrin:
  14. Davidmk5

    Davidmk5 Forum Resident

    Marlboro , ma. usa
    Yeh , that is an amazing sounding lp , I'm sure they could Easily make a cd that Rivaled the Vinyl if they had the Master tapes & someone who knew what they were doing did a nice transfer/Mastering .
    From what i have read , their Manager has a very TIGHT WALLET & he see's no reason to remaster anything as the catalog still sells .
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  15. motorcitydave

    motorcitydave Enlightened Rogue In Memoriam

    Las Vegas, NV, USA
    Go for the UK vinyl on that one. The US isn't bad either.
  16. I find that funny, considering all the hits and live packages they constantly put out...
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  17. murga

    murga Well-Known Member

    is anyone familiar with japanese edition of virtual XI.mine is EMI 7243 4 93915 2 9 and it is quite "brickwalled".
  18. Maidenpriest

    Maidenpriest Setting the controls for the heart of the sun :)

    :) But when he was a lad, he could lift up five
    navies on the end of t'shovel ;)

    Pride and Ego my Son, Pride and Ego makes the world go round :)
  19. ArpMoog

    ArpMoog Forum Resident

    just call it a day and buy the vinyl.Maiden don't want our money the used market will.
  20. motorcitydave

    motorcitydave Enlightened Rogue In Memoriam

    Las Vegas, NV, USA
    Exactly. :cool:
  21. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    Vinyl won't fit in my CD case. :D
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  22. In my experience finding 80s Maiden on vinyl in VG+ condition for a decent price is hard. Just a couple of years ago was easier, at least on Ebay. Now everybody wants $$kaching$$. I would welcome well-done reissue vinyl for that reason alone.
  23. Robobrewer

    Robobrewer Forum Resident

    Thornton, Co.
    Iron Maiden's catalog should be Audio Fidelity's flagship for heavy metal remastering. I suspect IM's legions of dedicated fans from around the world would gleefully snap up the CDs in a frenzy.

    I get chills just thinking about Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, and Powerslave with "Mastered by Steve Hoffman" on the label.

    I think if I ever see an announcement that Marshal at AF manages to license Iron Maiden my head will explode.:D
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  24. coffeetime

    coffeetime Forum Resident

    Lancs, UK
    Absolutely. Entire catalogue (inc Paul, Blaze and reunion eras) remastered to Beatles in Mono or equivalent standard. Potential for replica mini vinyl gatefold sleeves with all that iconic artwork (Powerslave! Somewhere In Time! Seventh Son!). Either as individual issues or a career spanning studio box set I'd pay and pay willingly.

    Toss in the live albums, the full LAD with side 4 of the vinyl especially, and I'd happy pay what I paid for the Beatles stereo & In Mono boxes again. (cf Pink Floyd Discovery, except with better packaging please).
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  25. nlgbbbblth

    nlgbbbblth Forum Resident

    The 1998 remasters are deeply unpleasant. I sold mine. I hate multimedia content as well.

    The 1995 Castle reissues sound quite good - and have extra CDs. I have Iron Maiden and Killers from this series.
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