Thanks Johnny, keep the 'em coming!
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Don't waste your money on the MoFi; it is inferior to the Reprise pressings. They fooled with the frequency response way too much. I would say that the early domestic pressings of Thick as a Brick exceed all of the Aqualungs that I have heard....but that's a different story. Thanks for a great review.
Interesting results, the common thinking is UK pressings are better, you proved that wrong! What may also be at work here (and especially so with DSOM) is an early pressing versus a later pressing. I don't think there will be much argument that early pressings (from the same company) are better. With popular albums like Aqualung or DSOM there were millions made, usually with no discernable differences (covers, labels, etc.) to identify an early or late pressing. The only system of this sort I am aware of is the RCA Living Presence system where the stamper number was on the inner groove. Surely other companies did something, but I don't know if any have been decoded. Some other Audiogoner should have the answer.
My first and last experience with MFSL was with LedZeppelin II just for the same reason you describe.
Bass levels had been artificially "equalized" that realy far away from the original tape.
Now in my collection there's only a place for original first-pressing vinyls. Other reissues are usually temporary for just listening and selling thereafter.
Marakanetz, the first batch of MoFis were quite good; mastered by Doug Sax before Gary Georgi started twisting the dials. The problem is that most of the music is crap, but try Poco, "Legend" and John Klemmer "Touch". The sonics on both are just wonderfull. I often wonder how different things would have been if they had done the rest like the first twenty or so.
Jethro Tull "Aqualung
I have heard them all, no contest the 180 gram DCC limited edition reissue
I have not heard a first edition Japanese Aqualung but they almost impossible to find let alone afford. I think it was a first edition of "a passion play" just sold on eBay for $167.00 to give you some Idea.
Pink Floyd DSOTM
Japan Pro use series
like you said 42659? (what's up with that)
about the Jethro Tull steamboat, after you listen to the mofi then put the pro use on, you can tell after the first couple of notes this is special
classic records new 180 gram reissues
Got rid of my Japanese issues after I heard these.
For the most part the first edition from the country of origin usually is the best sounding.
and A first edition Japanese issue is also better that a Japanese reissue
but if you look at my list they are reissues
I have some newer mofi 200 gram reissues they seem very good.
If you have any questions about rock pressings, please ask.
I will be happy to give you my opinion on the limited knowledge I do have.
Rocky is right; the Pro Use DSOTM is by far the best. It just slamms the UHQR. I own them both. Most Japanese pressings of American rock records are just overrated. Many are seduced by the clean surfaces and miss the compressed dynamics. Though many think that a little compression even helps. The Wall is a good example; the highly touted Japanese pressing can't touch the Bob Ludwig mastered domestic pressings.
I am so thrilled with the CD version of Aqualung from DCC. The first CD issued back in the day was the worst remastering ever. Steve Hoffman did a great job...he has a great ear. He has a website www.stevehoffman.tv
That LP was what we listened to the first time I smoked pot in 1973 or so.... I remember it vividly. Though I no longer partake...I get such a giggle.
Reading Circus magazine and learning about new releases and new bands. Jeeeeeze
"That LP was what we listened to the first time I smoked pot in 1973 or so.... I remember it vividly. Though I no longer partake...I get such a giggle" Upscaleaudio
You know something I went to visit my cousins out of state and I think it was 72 for me, Man I had not thought about that in years same lp same experience.
Viridian, I have both copys of the wall compared them both
many, many, many times this afternoon for the big shootout. maybe I don't have a Bob Ludwig mastered domestic,I don't know but it is a first edition. The 2 lp's are close but I like the Japan issue better also a first Ed,It is puncher with more weight and the mids are more refined the voices seem more lifelike as well.
I really like the Japanese issue of wish you were here. I have been told the UK first ed is better. I have one on the way and I will post my findings.
I've heard the DCC "Aqualung" is awesome. Apparently, Steve Hoffman remastered directly from the original master tapes and did a monster job of it. In one of his interviews, he recalled getting the masters directly from Ian Anderson and compared it to an almost religious experience.
Unfortunately, I've never heard the DCC version. I think they're almost impossible to find and very expensive if one DOES surface. Ugh! "Aqualung" was/is one of my desert island albums. Since it wasn't recorded too well (and the LP suffered as a result), there was always something lacking such as the frustratingly low volume of John Evans' piano in the opening of "Locomotive Breath." The Chrysalis CD remaster is an improvement over the original, but not by much. I've never really heard a good version of this classic. Such a wrong should be rectified ... how about Steve Hoffman taking pity on us all and doing another remaster under his new label.