My experience is that the early American pressings when some EMIs were done
by Capitol on the black/rainbow label are not too bad. Every Angel I've
ever compared with an EMI original is severely rolled off in the bass, and
presents a flatter soundfield. Goes for the red/black recording Angel and
light blue labels, then got even worse with the later swirly brown orange
labels, which sound as poisonous as they look.
On Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 7:36 PM, Carl Pultz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Oh, yes. I remember reading as a kid how Capitol reinterpreted EMI
> recordings for American "tastes," which seems to mean what you said. That's
> why I'm surprised by the quality of the Klemperer disc - somebody screwed
> and made a decent record. I don't know who on the list is where, so any
> casual comparison might be to US product, or to real EMI ASDs and such.
> Looks like David is in Canada. In the US, if you didn't live in a large
> city, chances were you didn't come across imported pressings very often
> until late in the LP era. Many that did show up were items not issued on
> Angel. I've only got a few.
> At one point I was working on a classical reissue project that had to be
> mastered, by contract, by the Capitol engineering staff in the U.S. What I
> sent out and what I got back were quite different- less bass from Capitol
> and more compression. That's what I hear on the U.S. made Angels of this
> period through the mid to late 1980s.