This discussion about the early days of digital recording and
mastering is interesting.
I'm curious about the switchover to digital for rock and pop. The
first popular album I can recall being digitally mastered was
"Syncronicity" by the Police on A&M. I also recall it was hard to get
a good vinyl copy of Peter Gabriel's "So" that didn't have distortion
- there seemed to be something about the way it was mastered from
digital at the time.