There is a good Steely Dan out there, also the new Neil Yound due any day, should be good.
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Beside the point, Nrchy, but true. Sorry you couldn't think of one good one to mention, anyway....
I personally don't think the Steely Dan "greatests" fit the category I seek. While they are nice collections of superlative songs, I do not think that the sonics of the recordings on the "greatests" equals or surpasses the originals by any stretch. I do feel qualified on Steely Dan (at least in my own opinion) since they are one of my all-time favorites and I have heard nearly every pressing of every LP. Speaking of which, there is a Kamakiriad by Fagen at auction on the 'Gon right now! wink, wink
Hmmm, I donno. "Gold" was mastered by Bob Ludwig, I believe, so the credentials are there. I think that it is in the hunt. Let me forward the Steve Hoffman mastered best of records on DCC, which you may find to be more convincing examples. "Elvis 24K Hits" is a mind blower. "The Eagles Greatest Hits" LPZ-2051" is one of the best on record. The Steve Miller is nice, but I have no frame of reference for that one. "The Doobie Brothers Greatest Hits" exclipses the originals by a really wide margin. Though who would really care? I have not heard his mastering of "The Cars Greatest Hits" or The Nat King Cole 2 lp set. Though I have no interest in the former and would kill for the latter.
4yanx I was trying to think of some good 'greatest hits' CDs/LPs/8-tracks but I wasn't near my system and could not come up with anything off the top of my empty head. So I went and checked. I found a few:
1) twenty years of Jethro Tull - lots of gems hidden away
2) Elton John - To be continued... 4 CD set
3) Cat Stevens Greatest Hits
4) Michael Card 'Joy in the Journey'