I have the entire box and like them all. The best sounding three in my opinion are Strange Days, Morrison Hotel and Soft Parade.
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I have the box set too. Morrison Hotel is absolute killer sound wise,The Spy,Indian Summer are so involving now. I haven't listened to the others yet,I have Hoffman's remasters for S/T,Strange Days,Waiting for the Sun and L.A. Woman and I have listened to them in the past. Anxious to see if the 45 of Waiting for the Sun is better than Hoffman's.
Wc65mustang: I thought the FIRST press MH was RED label, which I have. I will double check, maybe I'm wrong. I do think these 45' are excellent, although normally I prefer First Pressings over Newer pressings. Thanks much!
Qdrone: Just what I want to hear, it seems the consensus here and elsewhere,
is that MH is a standout. I just love that record. I hate to say it, but imho, the QRP's are much better than the DCC's. I HAD all the ones you have, except Waiting for the Sun.
You may not have an original MH. Elektra switched from the tan label to red in 1969 and then the butterfly label in 1970 the year MH was released but I'm not sure what month.
To confuse you further Elektra went back to the red label again in 1979.
In any case the 45rpm are inferior to the original pressings.
Interesting- I took my record stores word on this one, as it was labeled first press for $12.00. It's definitely not the later pressing Red Label. I think they changed the Size of the "E" on the later Red labels. I will have do a little shootout. I have First Press TAN Labels on both S/T and Strange Days, which I can compare them to their 45 counterparts. The 45 S/T didn't strike me as revelatory, so I will soon see. QRP (AS) did say the S/T was the only one where first gen master tapes were not available.
That is my memory anyway.