R.E.M. Accelerate - LP or CD?


The LP/CD combo is available for around $25. The CD is available for $10.

Is the LP worth double the price?
tvad
Did this project start out analog, and the CD was made from some a to d procedure, or did it start out digital, with the LP downstream from a digital original?

I only ask, because I don't see paying a premium for an analog facsimile of a digital recording. Not just the sound, but supporting the whole stinking enterprise in general. Kind of reminds me of some film I shot recently. The local camera shop told me if I get prints made, the process will be digitizing the negs, then printing them out. Be nice to do without the digital stage, although I know digital is and always has been perfect and superior, and that the universal use of digital media is evidence that the messiah's stopped by and the kingdom of heaven has been realized on earth.
Um...thanks...I think...

You make a good point about initial analog or digital recording. I suspect at the least it was mixed and mastered digitally, but I'm going to do some Googling.

Since it's a 45rpm release, each side is only about 10 minutes...I think I'm going to buy the CD out of convenience.
Tvad,

FYI, the LP comes packaged with the CD of the album, in case that is of interest to you.

The LP is very nicely pressed and sound very good to me. I was very happy with it. (And luckily for me, Rasputin had a couple of them mismarked @ $19, so I bought both of them. One to listen to and one to hold onto.)

IMHO, it is the best REM album in the past 10 years or so.
I have tickets to see them at the Greek Theater in Berkeley on June 1st., and Modest Mouse is opening for them, so I am really excited about seeing them both!
That'll be a great show.

I was aware that the LP comes with a CD.
the lp is great....my cd is cureently at home in the car.
Tvad,

My wife picked up the CD a couple of weeks ago. I am a huge fan of REM and found it disappointing on first listen. Loud and compressed, way beyond any previous REM release.

I'll have to listen again (might have just been in the wrong mood), but if I'm right about the CD, I hope the LP is better.

Jim S.
Guess I got a bit carried away, just frustrated how hard it can be sometimes to do something without a digital link in the chain. And how fast digital can seem to move to swallow everything up in its path.

The 45s could be cool.
Just picked up a pair of 35th row center tix for the R.E.M. Hollywood Bowl show with Modest Mouse. Never seen them, so I'm looking forward to it!
I have not heard the LP, but CD sound quality is pretty bad. Great music though.
Analog from hi rez digital is actually very good. Mastering is now done in hi rez formats like 24/192 and the masters are 1-bit DSD, up to 5.6mHz. I've got a great analog system and a great digital front end and the differences between SACD, DVD-A and vinyl is incredibly small. (Most systems will not reveal a difference). OTOH, Red Book CD is pretty far behind, only edging out mp3.

BTW, I own this album in vinyl. It's very good in that format, but not exceptional. I haven't heard the CD, but the vinyl still shows some signs of compression, but not bad at all.

Dave
One of the positive attributes mentioned in a review I read...perhaps the Rolling Stone review...was the compression. Compression contributed the crunchy/punchy sound of rock music.
Well Tvad, no telling what system that reviewer was listening on. No wonder there's so much screwed up, overly compressed music lately.

Dave
Systems aside, compression is a recording tool utilized on purpose in the studio for a specific effect, and has been for decades. I'm sure you know this already.

No, compression is not a process approved by audiophiles, but the goals of rock producers and audiophiles often diverge.
Tvad,

Did you make it to the show? What do you think of REM live on this tour?

Jim S.
I saw them, and thought they were tight and energetic. Stipe kept apologizing for the roughness of the show, but we didn't notice. I understand the next show in Berkley was hitting on all cylinders, so they should be primed for the remainder of the tour.
Hey.... I was in Berkeley (Sat night) and they truly were excellent. The sound was the best that I have heard at a venue of that size. Great music and performance.
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05-21-08: Dcstep
Analog from hi rez digital is actually very good. Mastering is now done in hi rez formats like 24/192 and the masters are 1-bit DSD, up to 5.6mHz. I've got a great analog system and a great digital front end and the differences between SACD, DVD-A and vinyl is incredibly small. (Most systems will not reveal a difference). OTOH, Red Book CD is pretty far behind, only edging out mp3.
This has been my experience as well. I could live with DVD-A. SACD is not bad, but I like good LP better. But they all trump CD pretty decisively except perhaps for the occasional HDCD, which can also be pretty good.

I may get the REM album. An LP made from a hi-rez digital capture trumps a redbook CD easily.