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As they say, depends. There are all kinds of 'remaster' process, so it will be interesting to find out what they did starting with the original analogue master tapes, which I assume is the starting point. If not, it will be same old, same old, driven by profit. But don't expect too much, as in choosing the CD format as opposed to the SACD, they have dumbed down the project from the start. Remember on Blue, the original recordings where done with three tapes, right, left and center, which were blended into a final mono analogue tape which I assume is there starting point for the project. We shall see, as will it get a lot of attention form Miles fans.
Well, I ordered and they are here. So far listened to 5 of the 9 CDs and each has far exceeded my expectations. By far the best sound I have ever heard from Miles. Real close to my memories of some of his live performances.......
Well worth it, even though I have other copies of all this music. Can't imagine it getting any better than these.
My set just arrived today. I have only listened to KOB.
I noted elsewhere that this version and the HD Tracks version look identical.
I can confirm that this Mono version from the box set sounds every bit as good as the HD Tracks stereo version which I have.
Both version have less digital glare than previously I have heard but more than that the whole recording sounds more like like and natural.
These are the best digital KOB's I have heard.
After spinning these and comparing to stereo versions (e.g., KOB '97 Legacy CK 64935) I find I prefer these mono recordings overall. Even though I hear less detail and instrument separation, opposite of what I am always striving for in my system, somehow, overall I find myself more engrossed and deeper into the music. Tapping my toes more often (far more).
What I HATE about this box set is the last CD. WTF!? Four cuts from Miles at Newport 1958 and two from Monk 1963. How much more disjointed can you get? This is a one disc hatchet job of an original double CD release that I'd never buy to begin with. In a Miles box set where all of the other CDs are of Miles, the final two tracks are NOT Miles?! Rediculous! They should have included more (all) tracks from the Miles Live at Newport 1958 release instead. What morons!
Jafant--it was obviously recorded in stereo, it's not one of those "electronically reprocessed" mixes. My question is: was not the stereo mix done at the same time and therefore does it not have as much legitimacy as the mono mix?
I have no problems whatsoever with the stereo mix of KOB, but I'll give another listen to see if I'm missing some deficiency somewhere.
As to the notion of "soundstage" on a mono recording I'm either misunderstanding the definition of the term or having a difficult time understanding how it would even exist. What I understand to be the soundstage is what comes from the actual placement (using the pan control for each channel) of the instruments in the right/left channel scheme. There is no such thing in mono.