Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by rstamberg, Nov 24, 2015.
From which year is that? And is the HDtracks mastering an exclusive one? Cheers.
That's the best afaic.
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
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.
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
It sounds the closest to my @t/Gp LP.
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...
each to their own, but it takes maybe 1 minute?
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
Maybe Wilson should go back and remix CttE again for a 50th Anniversary Edition...
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!
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.
That part in bold doesn't make any sense.
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.
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.
Still very happy with my Wilson vinyl box. Love TFTO...
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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