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Rolling Stones - Grrr! Studio Masters
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Well, as all savvy listeners know, the quality of the masters and recordings are more important that the bitrate so are the studio master versions worth the download?

Perspective - I already have most of the tracks as lossless rips from the London Years CD boxset. 

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RE: Rolling Stones - Grrr! Studio Masters

Good question. I've only heard Forty Licks and I was surprised by just how poor quality some of the early songs are, especially considering the band were signed to a label which was highly-regarded for the quality of its classical releases. "Mastered for AM" is an understatement. It's difficult to say exactly what benefits another remastering would wring from certainly those.

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I got the Let It Bleed HD version which had a lot of (good) work put into it and was hoping for more of the same. 

For some reason I have my doubts about Grrr! Receiving the same effort. 

Hopefully someone will be able to enlighten us. One way or the other. 

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Hi,

I think I will be passing on Grrr unless I hear someone say the sq is hugely impressive.

I was listening to Satanic Majestys last week ,early 2000 remaster, and was very impressed with the sq, around the same time bought a few of these and was pleased with beggars but not so with let it bleed.

The one am looking at is a new version of Exile, one of my all time favourites, I have a 90's version and was interested if any of the remasters offer any improvement.

Looking forward to last night's crossfire hurricane but expect will be most of the usual stuff,

Thanks.

 

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RE: Rolling Stones - Grrr! Studio Masters

It's been mastered 'hot' some 7dB over reference from the ReplayGain tags I've seen, plus the dynamic range on the 2012 tracks is actually less than the older material. :doh:

Likely slammed against the limiters.

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RE: Rolling Stones - Grrr! Studio Masters

Well I decided to go to the source for the answer and sent an e-mail question to Linn.

The response - A resounding silence.

My conclusion - If they won't commit to the SQ, then I won't commit to buy.

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Update:-

Linn got back to me. They don't know. Suggested I try contacting Universal.

An e-mail was pinged this afternoon. We will see...........

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RE: Rolling Stones - Grrr! Studio Masters

Surprising as it may be, I didn't own a single Rolling Stones track so I downloaded the 24 bit FLAC album.

I was surprised at how thin and weedy some of the early tracks sound, but having heard them on the radio, I probably shouldn't have been. Hi-Fi they are not.

It all sounds fine, but I can't say that the 16 bit FLAC version would sound any different. To answer the original question, I am happy with the purchase as I'd always wanted the Stones in my collection. Were I to make the purchase again, I wouldn't bother with the 24 bit version. The source material just doesn't warrant it.

If you already have these tracks, I can't see any benefit in buying them again.

 

 

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....... Plus Universal haven't got back to me.

This tells me that either they don't care about customers service, or no work has went into the "HD" files.

As far as I can tell, they are the same tracks upscaled to a higher bitrate.

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