What are the best sounding Heart CDs?

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  1. atoxique

    atoxique Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    As the thread title says, what are the best sounding CDs of the band Heart’s albums?

    Edit: fixed title. I accidentally forgot to write the rest of it!!!! :eek:
     
  2. Crawlin From The Wreckage

    Crawlin From The Wreckage Custom Titled

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    Other than the DCC and the MFSL (definitive versions) they're all original 80s reissues and sound very good. Little Queen and Dog & Butterfly are Japan for Europe pressings. I don't know if there were different masterings for any of these titles. I got off the bus with Bad Animals.

    Dreamboat Annie - DCC GZS-1058
    Little Queen - CBS CDPRT 82075
    Dog & Butterfly - CBS CDPRT 83080
    Bebe Le Strange - Epic EK 36371
    Private Audition - Epic EK 38049
    Passionworks - Epic EK 38800
    Heart - MFSL UDCD 597
    Bad Animals - CAP CDP 7 46676 2
     
  3. Hi Lizard

    Hi Lizard Forum Resident

    ^^^Sums it STRAIGHT UP right here^^^
     
  4. George P

    George P Sing Your Life

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    Dreamboat Annie - DCC
    Magazine - Audio Fidelity
    The rest (including S/T) - Original CDs
     
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  5. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    :D This just may be the most agreed upon thread in SH Forums history. I believe these Japan CD's carry the same mastering as the Japan for Europe CBS discs. For the S/T album both the Black Triangle and MFSL have very similar characteristics.

    Dreamboat Annie DCC GZS-1058
    Magazine SACD Audio Fidelity AFZ-171
    Little Queen Japan Epic/Sony 25·8P-5052
    Dog & Butterfly Japan Epic/Sony 25·8P-5051
    Bebe Le Strange Japan Epic/Sony 25·8P-5053
    Heart Black Triangle Japan Toshiba/EMI CP32-5078
    Heart MFSL UDCD 597
    Bad Animals Japan Toshiba/EMI CP32-5399
    Brigade Japan Special Edition Capitol/EMI TOCP-6130
     
  6. TNTguy

    TNTguy Forum Resident

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    Interesting. I didn't know the Japan-for-Europe masterings were the same as Japan-for-Japan.

    I have really liked the Black Triangle pressing of the S/T album. Sounds less bright to me than the standard US release. However on the DR website a submitter said the Black Triangle clips. Is that correct? If true that's odd as I prefer the BT.

    Also I have listened to both the US and Japan Brigade and they both sound a tad bright to me. Is there only one mastering for Brigade?
     
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  7. yesstiles

    yesstiles Forum Resident

    Where the heck's Magazine??
     
  8. Crawlin From The Wreckage

    Crawlin From The Wreckage Custom Titled

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    Left it in the rack. :sigh:
     
  9. steelvelvet20

    steelvelvet20 Forum Resident

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    Greatest hits 1985-1995 remaster
     
  10. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

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    @George P - original for "Heart"? My recollection of this album was that it only sounded good through my best friend's boom box; she used to play it all the time. Just heard it from Apple Music on a bass heavy system-no bass! Is the MFSL better @Crawlin From The Wreckage @Dave ?
     
  11. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    I wouldn't say better, but similar at least to the Japan CP32-5078 in that this recording is done digitally and has been bright sounding from the beginning with no way to undo it. Steve H. clued me into this.
     
  12. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

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    Poo. :mad: I don't think the digital has so much to do with it, though. My feeling listening to this recording over many years is that their studio had a funny response, and thus the mix is a kind of inverse/negative of that. Hey, maybe unbeknownst to all the mix was supervised by Lars Ulrich, preparing himself for And Justice For All...
    This album makes me wonder how hard it would be to record my own EQ'd version and upload it to Apple Music, if that is still possible
     
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  13. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    :shrug: Let us all know if you do try your own eq. remix. I only know what Steve told me and I've heard first hand. No way to undo it without a sacrifice of something else.
     
  14. RickH

    RickH Senior Member

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    The Road Home, a live acoustic-based recording (1995) sounds pretty good.
     
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  15. Crawlin From The Wreckage

    Crawlin From The Wreckage Custom Titled

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    The Heart S/T is what it is. And as far as I'm concerned the best representation of what it is, is heard on the MFSL. :)
     
  16. ricks

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    It is important to note the 1985 Black Triangle contains the original mixes of Never and Nothing At All the MFSL does not. The Black Triangle as I recall is the sole CD issue to contain those original mixes. Those who do not want the remixes need to avoid the MFSL. That said as the remixes became the de facto standard in 1986 it may not matter to most :) .
     
  17. Diablo Griffin

    Diablo Griffin Synthpop, City Pop, and Rock Enthusiast

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    The Nimbus CD also contains the original mixes for these songs. Other than that one and the BT, I'm assuming you're right about the other CDs only having the remixes. I think the original version of Never is available on some compilations though.
     
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  18. Crawlin From The Wreckage

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    On account of this thread I pulled MFSL UDCD 597 from the shelf and took it for a test spin. Well, now. There is definitely bass on here and it's one hell of a lot more bass than I recalled from the last time I played the album. Especially for an 80s production, very smooth midrange and vocals. This recording instantly climbed up my faves list by leaps and bounds. If you have a copy of the MoFi, why don't you let us know what you think about it after a fresh listen. You just may be surprised as I was. :righton:
     
  19. TNTguy

    TNTguy Forum Resident

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    Ugh. I already have the Black Triangle. Sounds good.

    Must....not....seek...out...another.....pressing.....
     
  20. PTgraphics

    PTgraphics Forum Resident

    For me, if you go hi res digital, the HD Tracks version of “Heart” is the best sounding. It has the remixes but it’s not as bright as the original USA or Switzerland or West German CDs that I have that feature the remix. I also have the Black Triangle, MOFI and a few UK Nimbus CDs.
    The Audio Fidelity version of the hits cd is awesome.
     
  21. TNTguy

    TNTguy Forum Resident

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    Curiosity got the better of me.

    I decided to compare the HDtracks (24-192) of the S/T against the Black Triangle. On my system I couldn't tell a big difference between the two. The HDtracks is maybe a tad less forward on the top-end registers but the Black Triangle still sounds really good. Honestly I am not sure I have a preference between the two. Both sound good IMO. As always YMMV.

    I agree with PTgraphics the Audio Fidelity of the Greatest Hits sounds amazing. Definitely worth seeking out.
     
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  22. George P

    George P Sing Your Life

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    Indeed. I wish it had the hits from the S/T album on it.

    The DCC of Dreamboat Annie is a gem.
     
  23. audiotom

    audiotom Ground Control to Major Tom

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    Just a side note the original vinyl of the first 4 albums sounds spectacular
     
  24. PTgraphics

    PTgraphics Forum Resident

    Yea nothing from S/T album and beyond. Only songs from 1975 through 1983. There is a new song though.

    Adding - I never heard the DCC of Dreamboat. I do have the Hi Res version of that album and it sounds great, IMO.
     
  25. mtvgeneration

    mtvgeneration Forum Resident

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    Probably a CD version of Bad Animals. I don't actually have that, but rather the cassette version, its music videos on a video album, and some singles on a greatest hits CD, and if they sound good there and the CD version is listed as having one of Heart's highest DR scores... I don't think songs from the other Heart albums I have - including a few CDs - sound as good.
     
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