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eadese: i quite agree on the gd box; great stuff, available for $119 @ media play. it's hard to beat most ryko reissues/remasters, tho my fave over the last couple of years is the 30th anniversary editition of "nilsson sings newman." "i'll be home" and "snow" on the bonus tracks make my neckhair stand at attention every time. -cfb
These are the wrong kind of music for you, but any classical people reading this thread, the worst IMHO are the DG "Originals". The ones where the CD looks like a mini LP record. They are really bad, unless you want some CDs that sound good in the car or boom box.
Sugar, as you say, Decca, but many of EMI's "great recordings of the century" are also good contenders. Sony's reissues are quite good, too. DG's early digital recordings invariably sound disastrous but I find their "originals" are somewhat better (less inaudible, if you will) glass violins & all...
Another terrible re-mastering is D. Purple "Made in Japan" -- I have the vinyl and, any comparison is a waste of server space!
I agree there are some very good EMI releases. But I also have bought some recent ones that were not as good as the earlier release. I bought the new one because the Penguin guide people thought it was a lot better. This has happened a few times recently with them, so I no longer use them as a source for recording quality only the performance quality. They must have budget equipment.
Say what you want about DG, but they had the artists and almost never had great sound. Yet , the Originals series was highly sucessful in my opinion. The Carmina Burana disc with Fischer-Dieskau (unsurpassed performance wise) has never sounded better. The same goes for the Schubert Winterisse disc. The Karajan Strauss Metamorphosen disc likewise. Perhaps its equipment that determines this, but on my setups the Originals series is sucessful compared with previous offerings