Is it that good Dewald? How does it compare to the other pressings ?
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I have the 30th Anniversary as well. It has its positive qualities: it is dead quiet, flat, nice thick vinyl and EMI deserves top marks for the quality control on it. I ended up picking up a pretty clean used copy for my son (1973 Canadian pressing with Mastered by Capitol stamped into the deadwax followed by "Wally" in handwriting FWIW) for about $5 that to my ears just sounds better: more open, dynamic and communicative than the 30th which, although quieter, sounds a bit "muffled" by comparison.
Opinions on the 30th Anniversary edition are all over the place. Good music though. I was never into Pink Floyd when I was younger but really like some of their stuff now.
Zenieth - Yes it is really that good... (see below)
Rlwainwright - I did have a listen to the DVD-A disc a while ago - it totally irritated me up to the point that I stopped the disc. (System was: B&W 802D, Classe Drive, DAC, Poweramps)
Hdm - I just love the 30th Annvr edition - it is top quality and I totally agree. LP is super quiet, deep; dark silence with excellent dynamics. The sound is presented with such luxurious detail it is frightning. Well done EMI!
I did own the CD edition way back but gave it away - didn't like it at all... but now I love it to bits... I actually don't listen to CD that often anymore. It is all analogue!
Share my dark side?
Man, was I a bad kid. When I was fourteen I ripped DSOTM (original EMI pressing) off the father I was babysitting for. Like he wouldn't know who did it.
I listened to both sides that evening and was blown away.
28 years later I still have that still-warm vinyl as well as Pink Floyd's twelve other LP releases, a couple bootlegs and everything Syd Barret. All legally obtained.
I would love to return that LP and make ammends but I can't recall my good neighbors' name. Too much Syd I guess. God bless his soul.
For some reason I never was called back to babysit.
I have 15 copies of DSOTM. My favs:
Japanese Pro Series Vinyl, EMI EMLF97002
Japanese 30th Anniversary CD/SACD, CAPITOL TOGP15001
UK Vinyl First Release, HARVEST SHVL804
US Vinyl First Release, HARVEST SMAS11163
UK Vinyl First Release Quad, HARVEST Q4SHVL804
US 30th Anniversary CD/SACD, CAPITOL CDP 72435821362
These are all superior to the 30th Anniversary vinyl and MOFI vinyl releases IMO.