Pink Floyd - The Wall best version without click

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Emospence, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. Emospence

    Emospence Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    .. on Comfortably Numb.

    I know the 50dp is considered the best around these parts but I just know the click will irk me, on one of my favorite tracks from the album, no less.

    So what's the best version of it without the click?

    Apologies in advance if this has been discussed.

    I currently listen to the 2011 Guthrie remaster which sounds a tad on the veiled side to my ears..
  2. I have never really found a cd of this album I liked.

    The vinyl, for me, is the only way I've ever really enjoyed listening to The Wall.
  3. AlanDistro

    AlanDistro Forum Resident

    Sandy, OR
    I love the MFSL gold disc. Some consider it bass heavy, and it is boomy, but that works perfectly for this album. And no click. :)
  4. LonesomeDayBlues

    LonesomeDayBlues Forum Resident

    Long Beach, CA
    The click is present right at the beginning of the track, right?
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  5. Lyle_JP

    Lyle_JP Forum Curmudgeon

    Danville, CA, US
    I like the '94 EMI remaster, which may or may not have been derived from Doug Sax's remastering. As for pre-"Shine On" discs, there are really only two masterings: the Sony/Columbia mastering with the loud click at the start of Comfortably Numb (and in a few other spots), or the Toshiba/EMI, which is so laid back one could reasonably mistake it for being asleep. All pre-'92 discs are one of these two masterings with slight differences in levels or chapter placement.
  6. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    agreed. and not really that expensive on the used market considering its limited run and availability.
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  7. Deek57

    Deek57 Forum Resident

    What click, in over 37 years I've never noticed one..
  8. Frozensoda

    Frozensoda Forum Resident

    MFSL version
  9. tlake6659

    tlake6659 Forum Resident

    I like the Doug Sax mastered version on the Shine On box set.
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  10. Cliff

    Cliff Magic Carpet Man

    Northern CA
    I have the MFSL and an earlier EU pressing (CDS 7 46036 8). The EU pressing easily bests the MFSL with more dynamics and a more opened top end. It's just clearer (not brighter) sounding all around.
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  11. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    I've dealt with the clicks on the US pre-emph disc as I enjoy the mastering.
    No click I think can be found on the old UK Harvest
  12. Smegman

    Smegman Forum Resident

    Right Here
    What click is that?
  13. Bigrfish

    Bigrfish Active Member

    I quite like the recent re-issues on vinyl and cd. A little on the bright side but overall not to bad.
  14. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Greater Vancouver
    The click is not on the 50DP 1st pressing as I just listened to it to confirm. Man this one sounds good.
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  15. Harvest Your Thoughts

    Harvest Your Thoughts Forum Resident

    On your screen
    Did they overdub finger clicks on some versions? :confused:
  16. E-Rock

    E-Rock Forum Resident

    Madison, WI, USA
    My two faves:

    1.) '94 EU EMI remaster - Pink Floyd Archives-E.U. CD Discography
    2.) '85 W. Germany SONOPRESS - Pink Floyd Archives-West German CD Discography

    My first-ever Pink Floyd purchase back in 1988 was a basic US-made C2K 36183 (with click and pre-emphasis). Today my ears prefer the above two masterings to my original US copy. The '94 EMI remaster (mine's from the Oh By The Way set) has a bit of 3D-like imaging and instrumental separation that I don't quite hear to the same extent on the SONOPRESS. But I very slightly prefer the EQ of the SONOPRESS, which sounds just a touch more relaxed to my ears. Both are wonderful.
  17. Lord Summerisle

    Lord Summerisle Forum Resident

  18. E-Rock

    E-Rock Forum Resident

    Madison, WI, USA
    The original Japanese mastering of The Wall contains an audible "digital click" at the very beginning of "Comfortably Numb." The click is present on all issues that share this mastering...with the apparent exception of the 50DP 1st pressing, per Dave in post #14 above.
  19. Three clicks present in the track, there is a thread somewhere with the accurate times.
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  20. btlsooner

    btlsooner Well-Known Member

    Original UK pressing with TML in the deadwax.
  21. ModernDayWarrior

    ModernDayWarrior Forum Resident

    Rahway, NJ, USA
    I think the one from the Shine On box set sounds great imo.
  22. Mr_Vinyl

    Mr_Vinyl Forum Resident

    I think it's because of the boomy bass, which tends to mask the high frequencies. Otherwise, the highs are actually fine.
  23. Sckott

    Sckott Hand Tighten Only.

    Sagamore Beach, Ma
    CD? Original UK Harvest. They had to have used the original master tape. Nothing else sounds like it.

    Don't even know why I still have the MFSL.
  24. Emospence

    Emospence Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Thanks everyone for all the replies!

    Oh? That's good to know!

    There is pre emphasis on it yes? Will EAC remove it during ripping?
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2017
  25. ricks

    ricks Custom Title:

    North America
    The 50DP and it's exact copy's, the 48DP, original US Columbia all have the clicks on Comfortably Numb at .01, 2:20 and 4:10. In fact all original Columbia CD's of the title do. For many they are so used to them they may not even notice, not to mention they are minor to begin with [at least until after you first really notice them :) ]. I remember the radio station's in my area when I was kid in the late 80's playing the original Columbia mastering clicked 'Numb - I'd guess earlier on than that they used vinyl

    The Harvest based masterings and the excellent 1990's Doug Sax masterings (plural) do not have the clicks. Nor does the MFSL if you want to spend decent money on what many including myself consider a questionably EQ'd mastering.

    For lot's of information on the Numb clicks:
    wall numb click - Google Search
    wall numb click 50DP - Google Search

    P.S. EAC will not remove the Pre-Emph while there is software that can perform various estimations and remove accordingly the results vary. I think most will agree just get a nice mastering without the Pre-Emph.

    The 50DP, 48DP and all original Columbia masterings of the title have pre-emph. So if you have a non-100% redbook complaint transport, or computer based playback best to spend money on another mastering as if not played back correctly it will sound truly horrid.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2017

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