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Since WH's forum does not have a Music topic I will ask here.

Wouldn't it be great if we could make a thread about great remasters worth buying and perhaps warn about those god awful loudness remasters to stay away from.

I suggest people write the artist/album/year of remaster and why it sounds better.

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Go on then, you first...

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Peter Larsen wrote:

Since WH's forum does not have a Music topic I will ask here.

Wouldn't it be great if we could make a thread about great remasters worth buying and perhaps warn about those god awful loudness remasters to stay away from.

I suggest people write the artist/album/year of remaster and why it sounds better.

See you found the music and movie forum, then  Smile

Great topic, btw

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Great idea.

i would love to know whats hot and whats not

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What about the Queen 2011 re-masters then?

There is a bit of a Queen following amongst the womenfolk in this house.

I was thinking of getting this CD triple set. The feedback looks good (although not many).

Can anyone confirm if they did a good job on it?

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The Queen remasters are mostly very good.  I have the remasters of 'A Night At The Opera, 'Queen II', and 'Greatest Hits I & II', and 'Queen II' is particularly good.  It is my favourite Queen album anyway and the remaster is a huge step up from the previous 2004 CD.

The 40th Anniversary of Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung' is a superb example of the remastering art, further aided by a sensitive and very effective remixing job by Steven Wilson.  Finally this great album has the sound it deserves and I enjoy listening to it more regularly now.

I have also been very impressed with the recent remaster of my favourite Pink Floyd album - 'Animals'.  The earlier CD always sounded a bit opaque and grey to me, but the remaster opens everything out again.

Finally the remasters of the Barclay James Harvest catalogue have been done superbly.  The EMI Harvest era albums have been done particularly beautifully, but the classic 1970s Polydor albums have also received excellent remasters.  'Gone To Earth', in particular, benefits greatly from the remastering, again sounding less flat and grey than it did on the earlier CD.

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Thanks. I shall get the 2011 remastered version of QGH I, II and III Platinum box set.

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I found Van Halens debut album remastered in 2011 very good. The sound is open and the drums kick you in the face.

Thin Lizzy's Black Rose deluxe edition 2011 is not any good though. Sounds flat, bright and without any bass.

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The remastered CD albums I have are these...

Herbie Hancock - Thrust (1974), Sony/Columbia Jazz Originals (2000 ?). = just excellent sound.

Billy Cobham - Spectrum (1973), Warner Jazz/Atlantic Masters (2005 ?). = even so excellent sound.

Alan Parsons Project - Tales of mystery and imagination (1976), Polygram/Mercury (1987). = this is an ADD, Parson did the digital remix himself. There is an amazingly spacious sound from the classical parts aswell the rockin' songs.

Mike Oldfield - The Collection & Tubular Bells (70's), Mercury/Universal (2009). = new 'stereo mixes' done by Oldfield in his own studio's @home.  The sound is of very good quality, lots of details to hear.

Beatles - Past Masters (60's), Apple/EMI (2009). = the much debated 'digital remasters', various songs, some nice sounding some still a bit harsh but it's good to have those classic songs and rare B-sides and all.

Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene, Live in your livingroom (1976), Capitol/EMI (2007). = a re-recorded 24b/96kHz CD version and a Live Studio version on DVD. It has a very 'big' sound, you play in stereo but sounds like surround.

ELO - Out of the blue (1977), Epic/Sony-BMG (2007). = the '30th anniversary edition', great songs but doesn't sound very different/better than same songs played from a 'best of...' CD.

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WX wrote:
Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene, Live in your livingroom (1976), Capitol/EMI (2007). = a re-recorded 24b/96kHz CD version

How does that work then?

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It's just that the Oxygene 30th anniversary CD album is a remastered version after the original tapes have been re-recorded and mixed in 24b/96kHz @ JMJ Studios.

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Like most of today's remasters, which some of them are available as DVD-A or HiRes download.

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Right but the cd itself is only 16/44.

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I have never turn your back on a friend and in for the kill budgie very good remasters and extra bonus tracks to boot if you like bredfan i suggest that you have a listenrockin out

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Can't beat a bit of Breadfan!!  Another thing on the list that makes me feel proud to be Welsh rockin out

I've got the Dire Straits remasters of Love over Gold and Brothers in Arms and the majority of the Rush Remasters.

IMO all of them are inferior to the originals due to being louder and losing dynamics - Love over Gold in particular.

Thankfully a relative had all the original CD releases from the 80's so I ripped them to WAV on my PC and use the remaster CD's for putting practice

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Hi,

question on ledzep4

There is a noticable difference in quality as i would expect. but the main difference is that on the original cd the opening parts of Stairway to Heaven  ( the guitar and recorder )  comes out of the different speakers to all the others ( ie it comes out of the left when it comes out of the right on the other versions ) .

Other than that I find the remastered versions too 'smooth'  - particularly ledzep3.

 

Do I have a 'duff' copy of ledzep4 or is this a known mistake in the mastering on this? 

 

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matthewpiano wrote:

The 40th Anniversary of Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung' is a superb example of the remastering art, further aided by a sensitive and very effective remixing job by Steven Wilson.  Finally this great album has the sound it deserves and I enjoy listening to it more regularly now.

Oh my word! Just got the Steven Wilson remastered Aqualung and it is fantastic.As the man himself states in the sleeve-notes; everything sounds like it's been given a lift but without straying too much into a 'modern' sound as others have done.

I've listened to this album regularly for a lot of years on both vinyl and CD and this version is by far the best.

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