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Old 02-19-2005, 01:22 AM   #1
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Are remastered Cd's worth the extra expenditure?

I'm in the process of replacing some of my old vinyls with CDs. Many of these old albums are available in two different CD formats. The standard version and the remastered version.

Does remastering alter the "feel" of the album?
or just make the CD sound better?
Which version would/do you choose?
Are remastered Cd's worth the extra expenditure?

Help me. Pretend I know nothing about this subject.

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Hey Beli! I'd buy both if I was you.

Have you tried Aardvark Music in England....


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Hey Beli! I'd buy both if I was you.

Have you tried Aardvark Music in England....


lol. Thats a bit far from my house. And the exchange rate is horrendous. For example I can purchase a Roxy Music Euro Import for the same price as the Australian release of the remastered Cd. All of which is more expense than the standard Cd. Are you confused yet? I am.

Why would you buy both?
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sorry Beli - that was no help to you at all! So I apologise in advance.

I'll get my coat....
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Well, if i'm being honest, I really can't tell much difference between a re-mastered album and a standard issue. Maybe it's just my ears or something!
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Is that opinion for pop albums or all albums?

What about Jean Michel Jarre, Phillip Glass, film soundtracks, classical albums, etc?
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Hmmm...well, I'd say that Jean Michel Jarre's remastered albums would probably have some obvious sound differences, given the style of music.

Oh Beli - i'm really not being any help to you am I?!

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I can tell they've remastered a few different albums, because they play with sound levels on some of them.

Personally, if you already have the CD, I'd only worry about getting the remaster if they've added bonus material. The Cure and Pavement have entire bonus CDs of unreleased material to some of their early albums. Pretty cool stuff.
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If you like Echo & The Bunnymen at all, their 80s reissues are wonderful. They sound amazing and they have great bonus tracks. They're very cost effective, too. And yeah, The Cure reissues are gonna be great once they're all released.
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No just a waste of money in my opinion.
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Old 02-19-2005, 01:20 PM   #12
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Remastered albums sound better if they were originally recorded with analog sources. "Remastered" versions of albums made over the last 15 years are generally marketing hype.

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I only get remasters if there are extra songs or videos, or if the sound on the original is so horrendous and it's supposed to be fixed on the remaster. Otherwise I just go with whatever has the best price.

OK, sometimes I'll buy the remaster if the artist has just gotten back the rights to a long deleted issue and is in dire need of cash, but that's mostly because I'm a sucker.
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Elvis Costello is a definite argument for remastered CDs.
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I can tell they've remastered a few different albums, because they play with sound levels on some of them.

Personally, if you already have the CD, I'd only worry about getting the remaster if they've added bonus material.
Nah, I have a tonne of old vinyl and my record player has died. I have decided I will try to loose my Inner Luddite and replace my favourite vinyls with CDs. So these are albums I don't already own on CD.

I'm one of the old farts that thinks vinyl sounds better and warmer than CDs.

Thanks for the advice.
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