Jeez, how's THAT for an answer!
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Thanks for sharing...To follow up on the master/safety distinction: Japanese LPs seem to command some price premium over the years reflecting better quality. Would you say part of that quality is in their mastering process?
Certain Blue Note dates were never released domestically while Japan got the 1st pressing. Any comment about that?
The original US and UK "Close to the Edge" are both superior to the MOFI. Another kick a** version is the Japanese release ATLANTIC P10116A.
Regarding DSOTM, there are at least a half dozen pressings that blow away the MOFI. They include:
HARVEST 8556731 The British Centenary Direct Metal Master
EMI EMLF97002 Japanese Pro Series
HARVEST 1C06205249Q German Quadraphonic
EMI EMS80324 Japanese release
The 30th Anniversary release is a joke.
>>all kinds of messages in the last groove<<
It's fun to look for this stuff. One of my favorites is on original pressings of Led Zeppelin III. In the deadwax of side 1 is "Do What Thou Wilt" and side 2 "So Mote Be It".
These are phrases from a work by Aleister Crowley who is greatly admired by Page; he has a huge collection of Crowley's manuscripts, artwork, and memorabilia.
At one time he owned one of Crowley's homes in Scotland.