There are bad copies of this one out there. Significantly damaged. I remember being floored by the MFSL vinyl when I stumbled across that many years ago. I have the HD download version too. I haven't spent a lot of time comparing them extensively but from memory the MFSL sounds like it was probably "juiced up" a bit (tastefully) in mastering vs a flat transfer 24 bit download. All the standard vinyl pressings and CDs sound like bad bootlegs next to these two.Even just a stereo remix for the 50th would be interesting to hear - I've always thought the original sounds kinda muddy. Maybe that was the intended effect? The original stereo was pretty extreme at times, so I'd love to hear an uber-wide surround mix a la Idlewild South or Moondance (both albums of a similar vintage).
If you do Twitter, he is a good person to follow. Interacts directly with fans, takes questions, is very blunt about CSNY propects, etc.
I love this album, so I really hope it is given a 5.1 make over. I still have my beige coloured vinyl LP I bought in my 1st year at Uni, and its kind of worn out now, and then I bought on CD then the re-mastered one. So I'll buy again so long as we can have a surround mix ........................ I can't almost cut my hair if we don't, as the old bonce is in a smoother state than the vinyl grooves on the old LP!
That was 6 years ago...so my observations can't be specific...not specific songs...but my general feelings at the time were positive...I'm not a lover of live shows for albums...I'd rather have studio derived albums...but I thought the overall sound was good...very authentic of the time period...the content was so impressive...it's one of those house party discs...just put it on and you have a LOT of music...sorta like Tom Petty Anthology....but not as good(in an audio sense) as Anthology...I'd buy it again today if I didn't have the music...no question...I've been considering picking this up for awhile now Clint, I see you bought that one (your impressions on it please?)
That one sounds like it was a live soundboard recording to 2-track. Then smoothed over with some mastering work like you do. Definitely cool! Definitely not mixed from multitrack though! So zero chance for surround. Unless someone were to come up with audience recordings and make a quad board in front, audience in back mix. (Which is better than nothing when there's no other choice. Actually that often works out well. The too quiet in the board parts are in the room and vice verse often enough.)I've been considering picking this up for awhile now Clint, I see you bought that one (your impressions on it please?)
Plum forgot about this one, Clinty. Thanks for the reminder. And I've yet to wade through the Neil Young BD~A 2.0 Archives, Volume I. SO much music....SO little time!
Pupster, if you have access to EPIX, watch Part I of Laurel Canyon and especially pay close attention to OUR HOUSE. This was NO Penteo upmix because of all the included music on this documentary, this PROMINENTLY stood out as a bona fide discrete 5.1 remix! It was AMAZING!Small sample 4.1 from Penteo (just a very quick, low res and no adjustments, from MFSL LP rip)
Have to save to computer and play back in Foobar or Oppo etc.
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