Oooh, didn't know Stephen Wilson was involved; that makes me go from extremely skeptical to a no-brainer purchase right there.
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The DVD has both CD's, Aqualung and Disc 2 (Additional recordings 1970 & 1971, great stuff BTW) in 24/96 it also has the Quad mix (4.1) in I beleive 24/96 and the 5.1 mix in 24/48 I used DVD Audio Extractor to rip the 24/96 stuff to my NAS for play back on my PS Audio PWD/Bridge
I believe the Bluray disc has the same stuff..but also in DTS Master at 24/96
And the LP looks nice but I have no way to play it.. oh and the book is really nice :-)
The three large internet sellers of vinyl only sell items for list price or more. If the item is not selling and they have too many of them then they discount. Or better yet they wait for it to go out of print then sell it for 5 times the list price.
If you have local record stores or want to deal with amozon and thier awfull shipping practices then you can get vinyl for a decent price.
All I can say about the CD is if this is the best they can do, then the original was crap indeed. What a pity as this could be one of my favorites. And u can't blame the sound on age the Beatles and many other bands even recorded earlier can sound great even today. Just another case of the producer didn't know how to or couldn't care less about what it sounded like. I would bet that the lp, Bluray, DVD, etc. all sound about the same. I used to own the original lp, but I think it got trashed long ago to bad as I'd like to hear what it sounded like. I guess I may be a little harsh but I'm comparing this version to a recently remastered CD, and yes the new one is better, but not by much. Oh well, another $20.00 down the hole. . .
Should have known better!
On second listen it is better than I thought. Aqualung itself is the worst sounding cut. The others seem better. To me it still sounds compressed not as much impact in the low end as there should be on the drums and electric stuff. The acoustic stuff does sound good though. I'd give them an A for effort and a B- for sonics. Anybody compare the hi res versions to Redbook? I would bet it will sound a little cleaner and extended but not much.
Sounds like we are getting mixed opinions on this album.
It is one of my favorite albums. I have the original LP, mint condition which I think sounds better than the MO-FI one that came out years ago.
I guess I will have to get the CD to hear for myself.
It is a GREAT song. Makes you want to jump up and start to dance or play your air guitar.
I have several copies on vinyl. The Chysalis copies have never been that impressive. I find the Classic Records 33 1/3 version barely OK. I haven't heard the 45 version. I have two Reprise copies that are great and I would think very hard to beat. I haven't heard this latest version but at $103-$179 I probably never will. I'd recommend a good clean Reprise at $5 to anyone. I know that much.
I just received the 2 CD version. Although I think it's a sonic improvement over the original CD version, it's louder. I had to turn the volume down on the remaster to level match the two versions. For the sake of full disclosure, both are ripped lossless to iTunes.
The irony is, in the liner notes, Steve Wilson himself states specifically that he didn't raise the levels. So that part was a disappointment to me.
All said I feel the remaster (remix) is a step up in sonics and clarity plus an overall improvement.
After reading the postings here I had to see for myself. So, I went out and bought my own copy of the double CD (which includes the bonus tracks). I am amazed that an album I have heard hundreds of times could be transformed into something completely new. Well worth the $25 I spent! Don't think twice...you might miss it. Buy it, it's worth the money!!
I got the new Deluxe set. As great as the CD is the new vinyl just kills it. Everything is just so clear, the bass & the drums are at a perfect level. Ian's vocals also sound so clear. I have a pristine 1973 copy of the LP which has no bass, it still sounds ok but no comparison. The only part that sounded better is the Aqualung solo, it seemed a little harsh on the new LP, that part gets louder & it seems the level is a little too high. it might sound better on a better setup than mine though.
I paid $99.99 for it local at Newbury Comics which really isn't that bad considering what you get. I looked at a few places & old MFSL or DCC copies are $3-400 & I doubt they are better than this.
Blu-Ray vs Vinyl is up next