Remasters that dramatically improved on the original Albums

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by djnathan7, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. djnathan7

    djnathan7 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Which remasters do you think were a major or even minor improvement over the original CD/LP releases. For me personally I feel the Joshua Tree Remaster from 2007 is a big improvement over the original CD release which feels lacking. The Stone Roses 2009 remaster was also an improvement over the original I feel as the Bass can finally be properly heard and not drowned out like on the original mix. Radiohead's OK Computer 20th Anniversary is also an improvement over the original CD I feel but I assume the LP would destroy both as it would have less compression. I also feel the 2011 remaster of the Stranger by Billy Joel is a slight improvement over the original CD I have which sounds flat while the newer remaster has a better EQ and sounds more pumped it(which some may or may not like).
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  2. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    I've never heard the CD. But the original Parlophone LP is much better than the OKNOTOK LP release.

    I would guess we're not including audiophile labels. So here something off the top of my head.
    Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine (Bicycle Remaster)
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication (Chris Bellman mastering.
    Tool - Lateralus (Chris Bellman mastering) still wish it weren't a picture disc.
  3. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

    United States
    Honestly, this thread won't get much love around here because of the continued practice of the use or overuse of compression/limiting and EQ.
  4. HotelYorba101

    HotelYorba101 Forum Resident

    - The recent remaster of 1999 by Prince, very well done and gives the album some much needed low end and overall fuller sound while still retaining its dynamic punch and impact

    - The recent SHM-CD releases of Elton John's early albums

    - Rush's catalogue was remastered by Sean Magee for hi-res and vinyl releases and overall are just very excellent and dynamic sounding remasters

    - The 2015 HDTracks releases (the more dynamic ones) of the DLR Van Halen albums

    - This one will be controversial but the recent Davis remasterings of the Zeppelin catalogue (Houses of the Holy is the only one I prefer the original Diament CD for)
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  5. Exitmusic

    Exitmusic Forum Resident

    Leicester U.K
    R.E.M - Murmur 25th anniversary edition that came out in 2008 absolutely blew the original CD away,gave it way more depth to the sound.
  6. milco

    milco Forum Resident

    I love the 2009 Fred Kevorkian remasters of the Gentle Giant catalogue. They are nicely balanced in terms of EQ, crystal clear and punchy without being too compressed. They really bring those old recordings back to life!
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  7. Arliss Renwick

    Arliss Renwick Forum Resident

    Vancouver, BC
    Amen on that Stone Roses remaster. I remember playing the 1989 CD in 2007, a long time since I’d last heard it and I was all “good lord... has this album always sounded so bad?”
  8. c-eling

    c-eling I never dreamed another way.

    For a non audiophile label remaster, I can only think of one I prefer.
    Curve-Doppelganger, 1992 (2017)
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  9. Lurgan Lad

    Lurgan Lad Forum Resident

    NW Ohio
    I really enjoy the remastered Chess 50th Anniversary CD releases that started being released in the late nineties.
    It was especially great to hear the Sonny Boy Williamson tracks without that top end distortion present since they went back to the master tape instead of using the lp master.
    Since all the Chess masters were destroyed in the 2008 Universal MG storage facility it is fortunate the project was done before that tragedy.
  10. abzach

    abzach Forum Resident

    I can't think of any.
  11. octophone

    octophone fit and working again

    The Fall - Bend Sinister - blew the 1986 CD out of the water, into orbit and bounced it off Saturn's rings. Also an improvement on the 1986 vinyl but I don't know how the 2019 vinyl sounds.

    All of the Fall's original Beggars Banquet CDs were a wee bit underwhelming but all the upgrades have seen to that - the Omnibus edition of "The Wonderful And Frightening World..." is particularly impressive and probably the best that album has sounded.
  12. friendofafriend

    friendofafriend Forum Resident

    South Jordan, UT
    The 10th anniversary deluxe cd edition of White Lies debut album To Lose My Life contains a very noticeably more dynamic mastering over the 2009 cd. I like it a lot better.
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  13. nightchapel

    nightchapel Forum Resident

    decatur, ga USA
    More of a remix + remaster, but I prefer The Who's "Sellout" from '95 to the original. I have some bias, as my first introduction to the album was through the '95 release. I obsessed over it, and must have listened to it 100 times or more. When I got into audiophile analog in the early '00s, I found a great 1st pressing UK stereo but didn't like it nearly as much as the '95 mix. Same goes for "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia".
  14. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Senior Member

    New York
    Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet 2002 SACD
  15. Mirror Image

    Mirror Image Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)

    How are you newer remasters from the Unburied Treasure box set? Have you heard them?
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  16. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    I'm not an audiophile, nor do I have an expensive set up, but I found the Blue Oyster Cult remasters of the first three albums to sound much better than the vinyl. Same with All The Young Dudes.
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  17. Psychedelic Good Trip

    Psychedelic Good Trip Senior Member

    New York
    1971 "Ram" album-Paul & Linda McCartney -2012 reissue.
  18. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    Raspberries - 2016

    All the previous CDs of the first album are from an EQed and compressed master. This new one has a completely different feel - less like it’s being broadcast over FM.

    Even the opener benefits from the less processed sound (like it needed any more!):

    I can’t remember (!) if the LP has the processing but I think this may be the first time the unprocessed tape has been used for the album?

    The other albums sound basically the same as the earlier editions in terms of processing but with better fidelity (sourced from masters instead of flat dubs perhaps).

    The only caveat is that the tapes used have some problems not evident on previous editions -particulary on the last album.

    The image is moving around on some tracks:


    Sticky-shed issue? The image is solid on previous editions.

    Also, for the CD edition of Starting Over they have edited out the snippet of “Go All The Way” on the end of “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)” - especially frustrating since it’s intact on the YouTube upload!

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  19. Shoehorn with Teeth

    Shoehorn with Teeth Romans 6:23

    I agree with the 2007 release of The Joshua Tree, along with the rest of the U2 remasters. They did a great job of cleaning everything up without adding in tons of compression. I also think the 2011 box set for The Smiths remasters blow the original CDs out of the water.
  20. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    Donovan - Mellow Yellow (2005)

    An unprocessed presentation unlike all previous editions I've heard - a layer of EQ and compression is gone.

    Presumably they found the original unprocessed mono master mixes and used those, perhaps for the first time? I've not heard the original LPs but my guess is they have the extra processing too.

    "Museum" runs slightly slower on the 2005 remaster - it seems to be correct (C major) whereas on previous editions it's running slightly faster (no man's land somewhere between C and C♯).

    2005 mastering:

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  21. Scott6

    Scott6 Forum Resident

    All the Beatles 2009 remasters saw a dramatic improvement on the 1987 CD's!
  22. Scott6

    Scott6 Forum Resident

    The vinyl remaster version that came out as a 2LP set was magnificent!!!!!
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  23. tlake6659

    tlake6659 Forum Resident

    What's the bicycle remaster? The original CD mastered by Barry Diament is great.
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  24. tlake6659

    tlake6659 Forum Resident

    Way too compressed IMO.
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  25. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    Here’s the unrestricted upload of the 2005 mastering of "Museum" that I meant to post!

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