On 08/05/07, Tom Fine wrote:
> There is a lot more bad vinyl transfer crap out there than you'd ever
> think. A lot of it originates in the Orient, China and Korea. It seems
> to be semi-legal, because it can be bought on eBay. Most of the
> Everest jazz stuff reissued by a company either owned or distributed
> by Universal is obviously bad vinyl transfers.
> Then there are cases like Ray Barretto's Fania albums. There's a guy
> on eBay who sells vinyl reproductions made who knows where from what
> may or may not be real-deal safeties or masters. Recently, some of the
> Fania albums were reissued on a label again owned or distributed by
> Universal. The remastering for the CD is so terrible that the
> reproduction LPs sound vastly superior. I'm talking a deaf mastering
> "engineer" -- digi-swishies all over the place from over-aggressive
> noise reduction and quashed dynamic range (which just makes the
> swishies worse).
> It's unbelievable what bad quality gets peddled sometimes.
> To end on a happier note, the Analogue Productions SACD reissues of
> the Creedence Clearwater Revival albums are superb. Even the CD layer
> is better than any other reissue, at least to my ears. Also, I have to
> give major kudos to BMG's continuing commitment to the RCA Living
> Stereo reissues. The SACD's are vastly superior to the 1990's CD
> reissues, even the CD layer.
Yes, they are an example of what can be done.
I wish more Mercury recordings could be issued on SACD.
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