While I'm not a huge Grateful Dead fan, these are indeed very well done LPs.
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Yes, I have them as well. Very nicely mastered. I did have to flatten a couple of the LPs with the Vinyl Flat and it took a couple plays to get them to quiet down a bit but they play very well now. I typically have these sorts of minor issues with records pressed at RTI, luckily nothing too severe. Still, I wish MoFi would find a different pressing plant.
Qdrone...have you heard the new MOFI 45RPM reissue? While I agree with you that the original MOFI 33 1/3 version is excellent, on my system, the new 45RPM is even better.
Just my .02 cents worth...and Fremer has an analog front end to die for, and he states that some might have a different opinion on the sound of the various versions.
Sounds like fremer is splitting hairs...he openly admits if one has a decent copy of an original or reissue your "good to go." I have the Rhino CB mastered cuts...great sound, solid value.He actually preferred this over Mofi...At least on AB. I'm sure they all sound fine...it was immaculately recorded to begin with.
I have an original NM American Beauty and it is quite a listen,really good,don't have any reissues of it to compare but from my massive vinyl collection feel no need to attempt an upgrade from as I find the air and space like Mike Fremer did when the tapes were fresh and on other vintage LP's just in a realm of their own.I remember when I bought these 2 Dead Lp's when they first came out just blew me away.Still do an incredible close 50 years later.Do these Lp's ever hit me,just wonderful music and memories.