'a saucerful of secrets' and 'piper at the gates of dawn'. both mno and stereo versions (u.s. tower label).....atom heart mother(harvest uk)....all vinyl.
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meddle (jpn pressing) and obscured by clouds (orig UK harvest) are my favs. although animals is pretty good, too.
mattcone, you list the MFSL dsotm...if you are refering to the lp you should give the new emi release a listen. I thought it much better than the mfsl I had. I found the newer pressing much less compressed througout the range with more relaxed, musical presentation. For me it was a no brainer, especially with the mfsls commanding the prices they do in teh collectors markets.
can you go wrong with ANY pink floyd?
I was told by an audiophile retailer that there are some german recordings that are 'by far' the best pink floyd ever pressed. he sold LPs but he didn't sell these. That's all i remember...'german pressings.' oh yeah, and i remember he said they go for a couple hundred bucks when you can find them.
I have the German DSOTM, as well as the Harvest British second pressing, MoFi conventional second pressing and Japanese Pro-Use half-speed, as well as having borrowed the MoFi UHQR for three weeks from a friend. To my ear the order of quality would be Japanese Pro-Use, Brit, German, UHQR, MoFi. YMMV.
I have a number of different pressings of Pink Floyd LPs, almost no CDs. The best sounding copies I have found were the box set that came out of Holland about ten years ago. They are better than the original harvest releases, or the MFSL versions. I still have the MFSL DSOTM but it doesn't get much platter time. I got rid of all my UHQRs, they were not worth the cost.
Until I got the box set I never heard a good sounding copy of Animals,which is probably my favorite LP by Pink Floyd. I had several pressings and most of them sounded, from poor to bad.
If you can find the box set, buy it! I liked mine so much I bought another sealed set for when the first has too many miles on them.
The box set Uppermidfi is referring to contains 10 or so LPs and if I am not mistaken was called "Welcome To The Machine" or something like that. It was released 10 or 15 years ago. The box was black and the front had one of the characters (man in the bowler hat)from "WYWH", standing on a sand dune... Uppermidfi, jump in here if I am off the mark.
I have not been ignoring this question, I just haven't thought to look when I was at home. I even spent some time listening last night, and totally forgot to check. The boxset has the original covers, but also has a sticker in the center of each cover that is a little brighter and clearer than the original. On the outside of the box a circle is cut into it that shows the sticker of the LP that is on the end, if that makes any sense.
It's a great box set, sorry for not having an answer yet! I suck!
Over the decades I have hunted down and owned the best original pressing on vinyl I could find and there exists some spectacular sounding pressings . The top 1 % of best recorded Pink Floyd Lps are The Wall , very early UK pressing and the four Lp box set of Pulse . If you have a capable system this live recording will give you goose bumps , the recording is spectacular,..and so is the music of course ,,. I have listened to and purchased all the popular digital copies and none of them approuch the sonics of the best in vinyl ,...
For absolutely one of the best-sounding rock recording of any type, get an original UK or German Harvest LP pressing of DSOTM. On Brain Damage the voices are eerily inside your head, one of the few recordings I have ever heard do this. Forget the MFSL pressings, especially the dreadful UHQR. Forget virtually all half-speed and other reissues for that matter--they are all compressed, lean, and phasey, probably due to electronic equalization. Another great PF recording is the recent The Endless River.
i saw that lp box set upper
was talking about 497.bks!
I am a big fan ,there all great! My sister gave me Atom Heart other and Wish you were here and zep 4 on 8 track in 75’ ( i was 8 :-) ) but if i had to choose i just frikin’ love Animals.Probly heard wish you were here the most. Seen them a few time back in the 80s or early 90s( 1st set opened with astronomy donomy). Water shows are always great doing The Wall.I saw the pros and cons of hitching tour way back too
I finally got lined up several copies of DSOM on vinyl at a time. I only keep in my personal shelves the original version, but would definitely consider not selling 30th anniversary edition...
The hierarchy of best DSOM sound is as follows:
1. 30th anniversary edition is unbeatable!
2. Original Harvest triangle label
3. A capital 80's re-issue vinyl
4. MFSL re-issue
According to my experience MFSL DSOM isn't best by far far. It's substantially lower quality vs. original Harvest label and very far away from 30th anniversary edition. In fact what drives me away from enjoying MFSL is feeling of sound from "barrel" with voices and instruments far away from real.