What's the best sounding "Boston"???????

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by robby, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. aficionaudio

    aficionaudio Forum Resident

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    If you have to choose between the standard 1985 EK 34188 (DIDP 020006), and the 1989 Japanese 25・8P-5192, choose the standard pressing.

    The Japanese pressing has just a tiny *pinch* of refined bass, but it's not enough to say that's full-on noticeable in the mix in comparison to the 1985. You can't even tell it's there unless you A/B the pressings' waveforms on a song that features bass prominently in the fadeout, like "Hitch a Ride". The 1989's bass difference also gave it a much higher top end, and it ends up making the disc sound more digitally-processed and slightly harsh.

    The standard 1985 USA pressing sounds a lot more natural and smooth.
     
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  2. 32XD Japan1

    32XD Japan1 Forum Resident

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    To be completely honest, I have the 25 8P, the EK, and the SACD from 2000. I don't like any of them. Right now the 25 8P would be my preferred digital version. But the way to go is the MFSL vinyl. If you can get a vinyl rip of that, it's great. It's a travesty MFSL didn't release a companion CD with the vinyl. It's spot on perfect.
     
  3. aficionaudio

    aficionaudio Forum Resident

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    If it's as good as you say it is, hell, I would've sprung for an SACD companion.
     
  4. 32XD Japan1

    32XD Japan1 Forum Resident

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    There are vinyl rips of the first Boston MFSL on the web if you know where to look.
     
  5. Just picked up two US original Cd's for s/t and Don't Look Back. They sound pretty good after you crank the volume a hefty amount, especially on the s/t.

    I liked Don't Look Back more than the s/t disc. The s/t has a more boomy lower end and leans to a very reverby sound. DLB sounds more balanced, but again, both are crankable.
     
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  6. 32XD Japan1

    32XD Japan1 Forum Resident

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    The MFSL vinyl rip I have at 24/192KHz just destroys the first/second Japan mastering, the original EK Epic and the trebly SACD. For DLB the first Japan/Austrian mastering sounds pretty nice. There just isn't a satisfying cd version of the first Boston.
     
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  7. J_D__

    J_D__ Forum Resident

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    It seems the Mastersound releases in general are bright to me.
     
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  8. 32XD Japan1

    32XD Japan1 Forum Resident

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    The Mastersounds are worse than the standard Epic EK CDs.
     
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  9. sandimascharvel

    sandimascharvel Forum Resident

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    I found the Mastersound (1994 Suoer Bit Map) of s/t bright, harsh and dry, especially for the first side. However, the DLB Mastersound I have sounds warm and smooth, at least compared to my US with DADC hub. For s/t, I like the Japan first CD pressing.
     
  10. RnRmf

    RnRmf Forum Resident

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    I found a relative steal on eBay, last week, and it arrived, today.
    Behold, the 35 8P-7 "Don't Look Back," in the original smooth sided case.
    $8.63 delivered to my door.

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  11. c-eling

    c-eling Fruit Juice Everywhere

    A CSR for US, nice find!
     
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  12. RnRmf

    RnRmf Forum Resident

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    My eyes about popped out of my head when I saw the white "compact disc" logo on the cover and the $6 "buy it now" listing.
     
  13. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

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    the best sounding boston is the one that sounds best to you.
     
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  14. RnRmf

    RnRmf Forum Resident

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    Are you sure?

    I was under the impression that the best sounding were the hardest to find, manufactured before most people had cd players, and pressed in foreign lands.
     
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  15. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Wally Traugott cut. Easy peasy. None better.
     
  16. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

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    yes, i am 100% positive...if i like the way something sounds i could care less what everyone likes.

    they are my ears and my brain.

    if you like pasta from restaurant A, and someone tells you restaurant B is better, and you try restaurant B and you still think A is better, would you stop going to A just because someone told you this?

    same thing.
     
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  17. RnRmf

    RnRmf Forum Resident

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    Do you have a preferred version of "Don't Look Back?"
    This is actually the first time I've ever purchased the title.
    It sounds decent for an early cd. I'd have a hard time believing nothing sounds better, though.
    I like the album more than I thought I did. I figured I was exclusively a self titled fan but after listening to the whole thing, yesterday, I liked most of it. I'm a sucker for their soaring guitar sound.
     
  18. sa5150

    sa5150 Forum Resident

    "Walk on" is there last great album (but unfortunately you must have a vinyl of it which go for $100+ brand new and I can't find a hi-rez copy anywhere ) , Corporate America is for die-hards like myself and there last album is pure garbage love,peace,hope , Not sure what they were thinking on that one . But hey 4 killer albums out of 6 not too shabby :) . Just a note about "walk on" Fran Cosmo is on vocals , So give it a chance , The live shows from 94-03 were amazing with Cosmo and Brad Delp together . Still waiting for a dvd/bluray of that era Tom promised , 20 years later and still nothing .
     
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  19. sa5150

    sa5150 Forum Resident

    What about the Hd Tracks DSD 2.8 Of s/t , very expensive , Are those ever on sale ?
    Also whats this Gastwirt Canadian original press cd and is it worth seeking out ? I was able to find some sources for the MFSL and Wally LPs . The Wally is a tad better .

    Best for Don't look back . What's wrong with the SBM of that ? I have it , Nothing really wrong with it . I have the gold MFSL cd for Third Stage much better then the original cd from what I hear , I'm happy with it .
     
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  20. Lucidae

    Lucidae AAD

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    Australia
    You could do worse, but I don't think it's worth it.
     
  21. Massproductions

    Massproductions Forum Resident

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    Boston, MA, USA
    It's pretty amazing that their first album sold so well, considering all the instruments were recorded on a 16 track deck in Tom's basement.
     
  22. telliott

    telliott Senior Member

    Just a quick question: Does the band sing the harmonies on that first album or are all the voices Brad?
     
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  23. Juggsnelson

    Juggsnelson Senior Member

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    All Brad I believe......amazing!
     
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  24. sa5150

    sa5150 Forum Resident

    yes my friend all Brad :)
     
  25. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    I saw them live in '78... the harmony singing in concert was quite lacking!
     
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