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PostPosted: Fri May 19th, 2017, 07:48 GMT 
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...and which one's the best?
One of my top three fave Dylan albums as previously noted. On vinyl I have the original mono release bought sometime in 1968. When CD's first came out I updated most of my Dylan catalogue and purchased the Nice Price version, with yellow substituting the original grey background colour. When the Mono recordings box set was released I also purchased that.
What I don't have is the normal re-mastered CD version, the SACD version with cardboard sleeve and yellow sticker or the 180 gm vinyl version. I would be quite prepared to buy anything for the best sounding version but feel that as I only have a basic stereo system the SACD version might be a waste. What does the team think?


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PostPosted: Fri May 19th, 2017, 11:19 GMT 

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dvdunplugged wrote:
...and which one's the best?
One of my top three fave Dylan albums as previously noted. On vinyl I have the original mono release bought sometime in 1968. When CD's first came out I updated most of my Dylan catalogue and purchased the Nice Price version, with yellow substituting the original grey background colour. When the Mono recordings box set was released I also purchased that.
What I don't have is the normal re-mastered CD version, the SACD version with cardboard sleeve and yellow sticker or the 180 gm vinyl version. I would be quite prepared to buy anything for the best sounding version but feel that as I only have a basic stereo system the SACD version might be a waste. What does the team think?


Digitally speaking the original CD issue is the best.


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PostPosted: Fri May 19th, 2017, 12:58 GMT 

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This 45rpm pressing is the best I have heard:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/CDs-Vinyl/Jo ... lity+vinyl


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PostPosted: Fri May 19th, 2017, 13:09 GMT 
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What about the MFSL SACD that was released a few years ago? (I'm not talking about the Sony SACD from 2003)


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PostPosted: Fri May 19th, 2017, 16:14 GMT 

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we will know it by the end of the year (next copyright collection)


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PostPosted: Sat May 20th, 2017, 06:18 GMT 
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The best sounding version - by far - is the Reel To Reel-version.
Second best: Vinyl, 90's reprint from the 90's.
Third: original US mono vinyl


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PostPosted: Sat May 20th, 2017, 09:05 GMT 
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depp91 wrote:
What about the MFSL SACD that was released a few years ago? (I'm not talking about the Sony SACD from 2003)


Sounds good to me.

MFSL has released 45 rpm vinyl in mono and separately in stereo, as well as SACD hybrid stereo and mono.

You can never get too much of JWH!

https://www.mofi.com/SearchResults.asp? ... =10&page=3


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PostPosted: Sat May 20th, 2017, 12:58 GMT 

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The Nashville Skyline 45rpm is superb.


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PostPosted: Sat May 20th, 2017, 14:11 GMT 
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depp91 wrote:
What about the MFSL SACD that was released a few years ago? (I'm not talking about the Sony SACD from 2003)

All this is good but I think I have to rely on what's commercially available right now from places like Amazon, etc?


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PostPosted: Sat May 20th, 2017, 15:19 GMT 

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dvdunplugged wrote:
depp91 wrote:
What about the MFSL SACD that was released a few years ago? (I'm not talking about the Sony SACD from 2003)

All this is good but I think I have to rely on what's commercially available right now from places like Amazon, etc?


https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_no ... ey+harding

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss ... ey+harding


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PostPosted: Sat May 20th, 2017, 15:37 GMT 
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From the information I could gather, it seems you already have all the relevant digital editions of JWH. The 2003 remaster seems to be generally disliked. Older, unremastered CD issues supposedly sound better as does the mono CD from 2010. So I guess there's no need for you to buy another digital edition, unless you want to check out the MFSL SACDS, there's one in mono and one in stereo.

Here's an interesting interview and an article about the mono edition from 2010, which also touches on the subject of the 2003 stereo remaster:
https://web.archive.org/web/20160330233 ... SIS153.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20160330233 ... SIS153.pdf


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PostPosted: Sat May 20th, 2017, 15:52 GMT 
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eddiethecat wrote:
This 45rpm pressing is the best I have heard:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/CDs-Vinyl/Jo ... lity+vinyl


I'm guessing this is the stereo one. Tempting. Did you hear the mono?


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PostPosted: Sat May 20th, 2017, 16:00 GMT 
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eddiethecat wrote:
The Nashville Skyline 45rpm is superb.


You're making me salivate, Mr. Cat!

The latest MFSL SACD sounds pretty good, too, I think.


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PostPosted: Sat May 20th, 2017, 16:55 GMT 

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pol2jem wrote:
eddiethecat wrote:
This 45rpm pressing is the best I have heard:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/CDs-Vinyl/Jo ... lity+vinyl


I'm guessing this is the stereo one. Tempting. Did you hear the mono?


I've only got the Stereo


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PostPosted: Sat May 20th, 2017, 17:02 GMT 
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depp91 wrote:
From the information I could gather, it seems you already have all the relevant digital editions of JWH. The 2003 remaster seems to be generally disliked. Older, unremastered CD issues supposedly sound better as does the mono CD from 2010. So I guess there's no need for you to buy another digital edition, unless you want to check out the MFSL SACDS, there's one in mono and one in stereo.

Here's an interesting interview and an article about the mono edition from 2010, which also touches on the subject of the 2003 stereo remaster:
https://web.archive.org/web/20160330233 ... SIS153.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20160330233 ... SIS153.pdf


Thank you very much. I checked out the link to Amazon provided by eddiethecat (thanks eddie) for the MFSL issue and as prices for that CD range from £30 to £42 I think I'll take your advice. So the Columbia / Sony SACD version isn't that much better than the older, unremastered CD issue either then? It will be interesting to see if Columbia do have something planned for a 'copyright collection' for any JWH outakes.


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PostPosted: Sun September 24th, 2017, 10:10 GMT 

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The version included as part of the Mono Box sounds great to me.

If I though the Mobile Fidelity version was worth it, I'd be tempted to splurge the £45 or so Amazon want for it, but I'm not convinced I need it.


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PostPosted: Sun September 24th, 2017, 18:31 GMT 
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tom wrote:
The best sounding version - by far - is the Reel To Reel-version.
Second best: Vinyl, 90's reprint from the 90's.
Third: original US mono vinyl


Really ? Columbia's RTR of JWH was a 3 3/4 ips. I collected reels for awhile. The only ones that were worth the bother were 7 1/2 ips and even those were hit or miss. A good reel can be nice, but the cheap tape stock and high speed duplication dooms the majority of them just like any other commercial analog tape format.

After Sundazed did their mono vinyl, I was sold on the mono. Now btw. stereo and mono it's a tossup. Some of the balances on the mono mix aren't to my liking. Like, the drums are sort of buried on some cuts. There's also more audible compression / limiting that was applied in mixing.

I was gazing on that MFSL 45 rpm vinyl set recently. Itchy wallet fingers. I may just...


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PostPosted: Wed September 27th, 2017, 08:40 GMT 
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FieldingMellish wrote:
The version included as part of the Mono Box sounds great to me.

If I though the Mobile Fidelity version was worth it, I'd be tempted to splurge the £45 or so Amazon want for it, but I'm not convinced I need it.


Yup, I'm sticking with the Mono Box version - it sounds great to me as well.


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