So I got a copy of the MFSL pressing of DSotM. I haven't done extensive comparisons, but one major thing I feel is missing from my original CD (which I have no idea right now exactly WHICH CD) is the kind of surround effects present in some of the tracks. MFSL sounds more like an acoustic cut, while the original CD sounds like an effects CD.
Is this right, and what people like about the MFSL pressing? Help me be a cognoscenti please.
Pink Floyd's Toshiba Pro, especially most popular albums, are quite expensive and not always available on ebay. I cooled off to Pink Floyd but occasionally play original German WYWH, my favourite PF album. German pressing is okay, nothing special.
MFSL CD of 'Inner Mounting Flame' by Mahavishnu Orchestra is the best remastered CD I've ever heard, great job. But that was before MFSL got bought out by Music Direct. That CD is not too far from the record and incomparably better than Sony Mastersound remaster.
DSOM MFSL is typical re-issue re-master that nowhere near sounds as good as original. 2011 Capitol remaster does not sound any better than 80's Capitol re-issue. My personal PF collection is all German pressed. All US releases I sold. I also sold UK releases. I did not find them inferior to German pressings, but also found them to be far more collectible and profitable.
Dark Side of The Moon is iconic and a sonic experience if you have a good copy and the right medication... Otherwise, it's just great.
I have an old vinyl pressing that is good, but the ***very best*** by far is the Pink Floyd re-release CD/BD box set ("Immersion") that came out in 2011. If you see this somewhere: BUY IT. ...It has everything, live, studio, freaking fantastic remaster!
[PF re-released a few of their iconic albums on CD over the past decade, ALL are excellent. BTW, the same original album remaster is available separately, but be careful as to source...]
Seriously: THIS IS THE ONE. I do not know if there was a vinyl box set also, if so...
I have to admit that I was unmoved as well by my MFSL copy. I used to listen to this LP at a friends house when I was in high school. We were listening to vinyl but that sounded way better on his mediocre system than my MFSL CD copy today. Hate to admit it but it's true.
Don't know if anything will ever be quite as nice as Mobile Fidelities Original 1979 Direct to Disc Master Recording LP, taken direct to disc from the1973 studio cut. One of my all-time favorite LPs. Maybe it would be worth a bit today had I kept it pristine and un opened. Not really a collector, so I guess the purpose for good HI-FI is to listen to good music and can't do that with it sealed in a package. Happy listening, Jim
I have the MOFI half speed mastered from 1979(?) as someone else mentioned that pressing. That one is GREAT. I have purchased several copies of that one. I also had the Toshiba PRO, and various other pressings; not sure in my memory right now. I always thought that 1979 MOFI pressing was the BEST! The Toshiba PRO I had was not in perfect shape when I got it...but the sonics never measured up to the very first MOFI. I would seek out that first MOFI in Mint-Excellent condition. They can be really expensive; but the Best copy I have was $50 on Ebay. Every single time I listen to that one it is impressive!!! More Bass, dynamic range; scares you out of your chair when it starts side one.
I have that version as well. I thought it was done in 1978? The half speed mastering is unbelievable. I don't understand why the LP has less hiss than the MFSL CD that I also have. I have 9 LP's of Dark side, 5 CD's and 3 downloads plus a DVD Audio version.
On my system, the latest Experience Edition sounds the best for cd, followed by the SACD Remaster. The Experience Edition is 2 disks, the second disk is a live recording of Dark Side from Wembley Stadium. The MFSL comes in third, as its more analog sounding but is very hissy.
There are 2 MFSL pressings of Dark Side. The first, and better sounding, has block letters across the top. The second has slanted letters. Neither release is remarkable. I own 16 copies of this album and the best are: 1. Original U.K. first pressing 2. Japanese Pro-Use Series EMLF-97002 3. Japanese EMS-80324
Never liked the MFSL versions, particularly the UHQR. Too compressed, thin, and lightweight. I like the original UK and German pressings. I have also tried a number of reissues and don't like them either.
Found this in Wikipedia:
Anobi(帯?)is a strip of paper looped around a book or other product. This extends the termobiused for Japanese clothing; it is written with the samekanji.It is also referred to as atasuki(襷?)(another kimono accessory), or more narrowly asobigami(帯紙?, belt paper).