Waiting for the box set.
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I'm waiting for the boxed set also.
I have an original CD mastering of SEBTP. It leaves much to be desired. Original Famous Charisma Label vinyl is better.
I have the most recent but aging remaster of "Foxtrot" on CD. This mastering is not bad at all, and superior to the original CD mastering, but I still think it might be done better.
SEBTP is of course one of the most highly regarded symphonic rock albums of all time, so any new version that offers better sound will be welcomed by many!
I had ordered a copy from CD-WOW but they just canceled it saying they were unable to get it (along with Lamb Lies Down ..) As far as I can tell, the US versions do not have SACD layers but do have DVD audio of some type, but the Euro versions have both SACD and DVD versions. Has anyone gotten copies of either to report on?
I'll have to give it another listen, but I don't recall the sound on my copy of SEBTP on Famous Charisma as being inferior to the others (even though my copy has a lot of wear).
It is definitely produced and mixed differently...it has a softer and more pastoral theme and sound overall. Perhaps noise during vinyl playback is more of an issue as a result.
It could just be a result of inconsistent production quality on the various vinyl releases. Sound quality on rock albums in general was heading south for various reasons towards the middle 70's IMHO.