I can’t speak to the vinyl As I’m not a big fan of the format.Jamesqdot wrote: ↑Tue 10 Jul 2018, 2:17 pmThis thread is 156 pages long now and I'm late to the party. I haven't ordered ANY of the new Further Listening editions either on vinyl or CD so far (call myself a fan?) because I'm deeply cynical about the quality based on the previous 2001 editions. Can anyone help or point to some posts in this thread with useful info please? Pretty please? I've tried searching around for this sort of info online generally and not found much.
I'd ideally like to hear the CD "remasters" for these before buying but some opinions on here would be almost as helpful.
I already have the 2001 Further Listening editions of all except Bilingual (which I just plain don't like, call myself a fan?) and for the most part they sound absolutely terrible compared with original releases and especially the Further Listening editions.
Compare how a b-side like 'Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend' sounds on the Further Listening set as opposed to its counterpart on Alternative and you can hear just how much the bass has been and volume have been boosted at the expense of everything else. The whole lot is consequently brick-walled to hell. It's like listening to the material underwater in comparison.
I'm actually more tempted by the vinyl reissues as I have very few PSB albums on vinyl, and those that I do are worn almost beyond recognition!
I own the 2001 remasters in CD format and have bought all of this last batch of remasters as well. I can tell you that there is a very distinct difference between the 2001 and 2018 remasters in CD format. The 2018 CDs have been remastered at a noticeably lower volume level. It’s not the difference between night and day but it is significant. I also notice the 2018 remasters to have better separation between the left and right channels and the vocals seem to be a bit higher in the mix to me. I have a decent stereo system and play the 2018 CDs very loud and am surprised at the details that I hear on these compared to the 2001 editions. I feel the new remasters have better dynamic range and are well worth the money. While I was pleased with the 2001 editions they were a little louder and muddier Then I preferred.
I’m particularly interested in hearing “Very” and “Behavior”. These were in my opinion the two least pleasing of the 2001 remasters. Very is an album in the “Wall of sound“ category and will probably benefit from the better separation in the left and right channels that the new remasters all seem to have. Behavior was lacking in the higher end of the sound spectrum, while the low end was far to deep and not punchy enuff.