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Pink Floyd Discovery Box is here...

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by TONEPUB, Sep 16, 2011.

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  1. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend

    Those look fine to me.. these are off the 2011 disc, right?
  2. Masza

    Masza Forum Resident

    Yes they are from 2011 remasters. But look at those louder parts on those songs, do you see how 'cut' they are?
  3. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

    Sorry, I don't see it. :confused:
  4. JBryan

    JBryan Forum Resident

    Baltimore/St Louis
    I was at Target yesterday (totally unaware of the sale). They had CDs ($10 single/$15 double) of Animals, DSOTM, The Wall, Division Bell and WYWH and T-shirts of DSOTM and The Wall. Buy any 2 items and get a $5 gift card.

    I bought The Wall and WYWH and had a chance to listen to the latter last night. Can't say I was terribly impressed - a tad muddy and thin compared to vinyl with a narrower soundstage than I am used to. Not horrible and maybe it just wasn't a good night for PF (rare!) but I wasn't drawn into the music and started looking for something else to listen to after a couple of tracks...again, quite rare for PF. I put on the CBS half-speed master on vinyl and heard better dynamics, deeper, tighter bass and was engulfed again by the soundstage. It could just be my setup but the vinyl had more energy and held my attention to the end.

    I'll give The Wall a listen tonight as I have more than a few CDs and LP issues to compare to - including a half-speed master, Japan and MOFI.

    Anyone else listening to these remasters yet?
  5. Masza

    Masza Forum Resident

  6. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend

    That could be compression from the mix. You'd really have to compare it to an older mastering to see if dynamics are truly compressed.
  7. Raf

    Raf Senior Member

    Toronto, Ontario
    The Final Cut

    Sounds loud to me too. They probably prepared a new album master in 2004 when they added "When the Tigers Broke Free", complete with compression, and this new edition is a remaster of that.
  8. Blu Falcon

    Blu Falcon New Member

    Near Washington DC
    I was tempted to grab this box yesterday, looking at it sitting there on the shelf. It's just cool seeing Pink Floyd titles so prominately displayed again. I'm quite happy with the OBTW set and I actually prefer the look and presentation of the mini LPs over the Discovery set, so I exercised constraint and my wallet is safe for the time being.
  9. Masza

    Masza Forum Resident

    I don't have any un-remastered pressings. The one I have is a remaster from 1997 or so (the one that was in the OBTW box) and it looks almost the same, besides it's louder
  10. Rfi

    Rfi New Member

    Northern KY Area
    Ah yes. 100 for tracks 1-4 and 99.9 for track 5.
  11. rontoon

    rontoon Floydian Archivist

    Highland Park, USA
    FYI, I heard that the Discovery box is on sale at Costco for $150.
  12. Myke

    Myke Listening


    Whatchya think of Animals Brother ?
  13. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now

    Beaver Stadium
    Has anyone else listened to the Wish You Were Here remaster? I'm curious what others are hearing.
  14. rontoon

    rontoon Floydian Archivist

    Highland Park, USA
    Sorry my friend... still sealed. Still savoring the Immersion box. And besides, my old Denon (which I still love to death) receiver has been disconnected while I wait for my new kick *** Yamaha to arrive tonight (I need the HDMI inputs). The wife is going out of town for a week starting this weekend and I intend to shake my house off it's foundation. I promise a review as soon as I play Animals... my 1st priority, and will be comparing it to the Sax remaster included in my Shine On box.
  15. Myke

    Myke Listening

    Thanks !


    32DP 360
    Shine On CD
    1st UK Vinyl
    Swedish Vinyl
  16. Masza

    Masza Forum Resident

    I watched this video and wondered why it was so easy for the maker of it to take the booklet and the cd out of their 'pockets' and put them back while I had to be very patient with them because they were so tight. Could it be that USA made Discovery editions are not so tight as the ones made in Europe? What kind of experiences do you have, are those Discovery gatefolds loose or tight?
  17. aoxomoxoa

    aoxomoxoa Play that fast thing one more time

    Dayton Ohio
    Mike. Stick with the Sax Animals or your 32dp. The new one isnt as good.
  18. pdenny

    pdenny 19-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

    Hawthorne CA
  19. BIG ED

    BIG ED Forum Resident

    BIG thanks for the review! :cheers:
  20. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby

    Does anyone think it's time to split the albums out into separate threads? There's a lot of going back and forth.
  21. Norm Apter

    Norm Apter Well-Known Member In Memoriam

    Worcester, MA
    First, yes Target is still running the deal as of today (9/28). I wish I had read your e-mail before I went to Target as indeed you are correct, no More or Saucerful there, or any surrounding Targets (I had them check inventory of nearby stores).

    So I purchased the following two from Target:

    The Wall $15 (didn't own it any format)
    Animals $10 for the $5 gift card (nothing to spend it on at the moment)

    then I went to Best Buy to pick pick up

    Saucerful of Secrets

    but I also couldn't resist Atom Heart Mother and Obscured by Clouds so I picked those up as well. Best Buy's sale of $10 per CD is still on as of today as well.

    I think I'll wait to open AHM and ObC as well as Animals until I hear some more feedback so that I can return them in needbe. But I'm confident that More and Saucerful of Secrets will sound better as I don't think the Sax remasters for those two titles are up to the other ones he remastered in 1992.
  22. Lyle_JP

    Lyle_JP Forum Curmudgeon

    Danville, CA, US
    Animals compared (and initial observations on Meddle)

    Okay, so I have given Animals an extensive listen on both the 2011 disc and the Shine On disc. Note that the Shine On Animals is slightly different than the Sax remaster available separately (the separate disc is hotter), and both differ greatly from the EMI master in the Oh By the Way box.

    Let me start by saying that the low end has been given a significant boost on the 2011 disc. There's a lot more bass happening here! Also, the vocals have a wonderful clarity. On the Shine On disc, the bass is very reserved, and although the vocals are clear, the sibilants ("s" and "ch" sounds) are harsher; they have been tamed nicely on the 2011 remaster. The keyboards sound the same on both.

    Something you Christopher Walken fans will appreciate: the 2011 disc has... more cowbell. No seriously, it does. You can really hear the hollowness of the cowbell (or is it a wood block?) played during "Pigs (Three Different Ones)".

    The Shine On disc has one thing going for it. Gilmour's guitar sounds much crunchier here than on the new CD, where it's smoothed out a bit. Of course, it's strictly a matter of taste as to which is better, but I kind of like the crunchy sound for this album. Still, the pros of the 2011 outweigh the cons.

    I also noticed that the 2011 disc can be cranked much louder before it begins to sound unpleasant on the ears. If you want to rock loud, this is the one to get. In fact, I dare say that this 2011 disc will be my go-to copy from here on out.

    Bottom line: Some will prefer the obviously brighter sound of the Sax remaster, and may even find that the bass boost on the 2011 disc is too pronounced, but I think this album needed some more low end, and the tamed highs make this album a much better listen when cranked.

    Now, I've only had a chance to compare "One of These Days" on Meddle. I am also comparing this to the Shine On version, which (unlike Animals) is bit-for-bit identical to the Sax remaster available separately, but still different than the EMI master in the Oh By the Way box.

    So far I don't have much love for the 2011 disc. This song is all about that awesome driving bass line, but while both discs have plenty of low end, the bass on the Sax remaster is much tighter. It's less defined and more muddy on the 2011 disc. I'll give "Echoes" a comparison at lunch and report back, but so far I recommend not upgrading Meddle if you have the Sax (or the delightful MFSL).
  23. stricee

    stricee Forum Resident

    so far have listened to animals and momentary lapse...animals a tad clearer than the sax remaster...momentary lapse of reason is a step backwards dont know what happened there but definitely not an improvement thin and shrill in parts...my opinion
  24. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

    Any thoughts on "Obscured..."?
  25. SammyJoe

    SammyJoe Up The Irons!

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