It depends on the particular recording and where the master tape was made.. for example, all the Brian Eno records from the 70's sound MUCH better on the Polydor Deluxe label from England as opposed to the EG US label.. Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Camel, Gong, Vangelis,most other british progressive stuff is MUCH better sounding and better pressed from England or Germany, sometimes Japan. Japanese pressings are not always better sounding, but if mint, almost always quieter and better pressed. Many Jazz recordings however, sound better from the US. pressings vs. European pressings. Also any Santana Japanese or Holland pressings are better than U.S. Columbia pressings. I've been buying imports and comparing to U.S. for some time now (20 years) and sometimes improvement is major, sometimes not. My vote overall is for the British pressings.
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