The Dutch pressing released last year was not terribly impressive. I'd try Japanese definitely from the original release period if you can find it.
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Japanese pressings have a certain sound and often are from 2nd generation masters or so I've been told, although they use superior vinyl compound and are very clean. You're right, Us and Them is my favorite track to compare. What about a MFSL vinyl pressing? always for sale on ebay. I used to have one years ago. I've been told the British Harvest is a good pressing. I prefer Holland pressings of columbia label recordings, esp. Weather Report and Santana. I've tried them all -- U.S.,Japan,U.K.,Holland. I don't know anything about the cd's or sacd's
I have the Japanese Pro-Use LP and the Harvest CD (first US version -- actually pressed in Japan as US did not have manufacturing facilities back then).
The LP smokes everything it has been A/B'd with over the years. Of course I no longer have a turntable and rely on the kindness of strangers for a good listen evey now and then.
Thanks for the cool link.
I'm happy to hear there are others that have found the vinyl versions spanking the cd versions.
I'm feeling a little retro grouchy lately, who'da thought I'd be looking at my system with tubes and vinyl and feel it a step up over my cute little cd/ss systems in the recent past.