"Tales from Topographic Oceans" Being Remixed by Steve Wilson

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by rstamberg, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. Hatchet Jack

    Hatchet Jack Forum Resident

    From which year is that? And is the HDtracks mastering an exclusive one? Cheers.
  2. yesstiles

    yesstiles Senior Member

    That's the best afaic.
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  3. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

    Does it even approach an early gp cut? I've got the hdtracks 24/192 and SW remix, and neither comes amywhere close to my WLP copy. I'd love a nice digital file for when I'm feeling lazy
  4. Black Elk

    Black Elk Music Lover

    Bay Area, U.S.A.
    That's the fat-case original CD. Some like it, some consider it a bit dark/muddy.

    As far as versions go:

    Original CD - mixed views
    Gastwirt CD - also mixed, some prefer in comparison to above
    Rhino CD - also mixed, some like the added intro and clarity, others hate the added intro and compression
    High Vibration SACD - generally highly disliked, but possibly considered the best of the discs in that box-set
    HD Tracks - generally liked, especially by those who like the original CD (transfer is unique)
    Steve Wilson Blu-Ray - highly regarded as you can take your pick: remix, flat-transfer, needledrop, 5.1. Well-mastered and dynamics not crushed.

    At this stage it is hard to recommend anything other than the Wilson Blu-Rays since they provide so much bang for your buck.
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  5. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

    My problem with the blu-ray is once I put it in the player and navigate though the menu's, I may as well have just spun the WLP pressing lol
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  6. yesstiles

    yesstiles Senior Member

    It sounds the closest to my @t/Gp LP.
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  7. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

    Thanks man, I'll have to track down a copy. I have to say, except for Relayer, I don't love the SW Yes remixes in stereo. Eddy had it right the first time. The Tull remixes on the other hand, except for TAAB, are all stellar...
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  8. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    each to their own, but it takes maybe 1 minute?
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  9. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

    My point was, on my rig my promo pressing of Tales sounds better than any digital copy I've heard, including the remix. I want a file that comes close-ish on digital for when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to get up, because if I'm getting up anyway, I may as well just play the LP lol
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  10. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    That's fair.
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  11. FVDnz

    FVDnz Forum Resident

    Maybe Wilson should go back and remix CttE again for a 50th Anniversary Edition... :D
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  12. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

    Thanks for the tip my good man! Found a copy for relatively cheap today and I'm listening to it now.

    It is a bit more dark and muddy(ish?) sounding than my WLP pressing, but it's the closest in tonality of all my digital files, and very crankable. I'll take it!
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  13. riskylogic

    riskylogic Forum Resident

    I actually wish he would. I bit the bullet and got the 50th ITCOTCK even though I already had the 40th. I like the 50th better primarily because Wilson just uses the center channel for vocals. It seems to me that on passages where the the band are jamming in unison in the stereo version get trashed in the 5.1 mix of CTTE by putting Wakeman in the center channel.
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  14. Hymie the Robot

    Hymie the Robot Forum Resident

    That part in bold doesn't make any sense.
  15. riskylogic

    riskylogic Forum Resident

    In the stereo version, the band plays many intertwined parts in unison. In the 5.1 mix, Wakeman often gets put in the center channel so it sounds like he's playing front of the rest of the band by himself. Just doesn't sound right or as good to me - especially on the title track when they break loose in the 18th minute.
  16. M2225

    M2225 Caesar's Lab

    Helsinki, Finland
    I have a original US vinyl & the Rhino remaster CD. so I'm good to go as for original vinyl mix + extended digital remaster. I'm not into Blu-Ray audio but I assume the options offered on that one is the holy grail for those set up for that format.
  17. lucan_g

    lucan_g Forum Resident

    Still very happy with my Wilson vinyl box. Love TFTO...
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  18. boggs

    boggs Multichannel Machiavellian

    Listening to this in 5.1 right now. Still completely blows me away. This is the rare occasion where the 5.1 is a must !
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