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The Who Live At Leeds MFSL CD vs. Remastered 2 cd

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Robert_eb, Jun 29, 2002.

  1. Robert_eb

    Robert_eb Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone compared the new remastered Live At Leeds with the MFSL version?
     
  2. KeithH

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    Robert, I haven't done the comparison, as I don't have either version. However, I would be curious to hear what people would decide upon doing the comparison. Just this morning, I compared the A&M remastered CD of Supertramp Breakfast in America to the MFSL gold CD and preferred the A&M remastered CD. If you are interested, the review is contained here:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...threadid=78797
     
  3. Greg_Y

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    All I know is that the remaster seems to be reviled. You might try looking around on the forums at Steve Hoffman's website:
    www.stevehoffman.tv/forums
     
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    Check out White Fang's Who site for comparisons of Who related albums. He's got comparisons of more than 20 different releases of Live at Leeds.
    http://www.thewho.net/fang
    The Deluxe 2 CD version is crap. The '95 remaster is my favorite. I haven't heard the MFSL version, but based on their other Who releases, I wouldn't expect any improvements.
    Buy the Deluxe 2 CD edition for the Tommy Disc only. The other songs sound much better on ANY of the other versions. Some prefer the original running order (& fewer songs) of the original release.
    -Dan B.
     
  5. Philip Hamm

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  6. Ryan Spaight

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    The MFSL version and the '95 remaster are for all intents and purposes identical. The '01 2-disc "Deluxe" version is a step down in quality, as the whole thing was remastered by Jon "No-Noise" Astley.

    The '95 edition is my favorite. I always felt like the original six-song version was just too short, and can't imagine doing without the great performances of "Fortune Teller/Tattoo," "Amazing Journey/Sparks" and others.

    The Deluxe version would be great if it didn't sound like it was recorded in a metal tube.

    Ryan
     
  7. TonyD

    TonyD Who do we think I am?

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    i have just about every version of this record on cd and lp(not including the versions from all the different countries). i guess i'll have to do a comparison myself.

    i haven't compared the 2 latest versions at home yet i only listened to the 2 cd version in the car.

    the only one i dont have is the mfsl version, which i am guessing is a mobile fidelity version. i didnt even know one existed. and i should be punished for not knowing that.

    i even have the 4 cd version of lifehouse pete was selling on his web site.

    i drew the line at the maher baba tribute music though.
     
  8. Ryan Spaight

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    Oh, wow, I'm in a .sig file.

    Thanks, Tony. I'm honored.

    Ryan
     
  9. Ken_McAlinden

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    IMHO, the original is the Live at Leeds I grew up with - cracks and pops included. The expanded and remixed 1995 release (which I believe is what is on the MFSL) is an OK sounding clean-up of the same with a different mix approach and some 25 years later overdubs on some of the added tracks.

    The expanded "Deluxe" edition with the separate Tommy disc has a few more overdubs and edits on the added tracks to hide goofs, is out of sequence so that Tommy can fit all on one disc (but adds a lot of amusing between-song chatter with the extra space), and falls short of complete by omitting a somewhat awkward version of "Spoonful" that was segued into directly from "Shakin' All Over". These are all forgiveable. The mastering job is not. No-noise-a-palooza. Yuck.

    Regards,
     
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    The single disc with bonus tracks sounds fine, but the 2-CD set sucks big time. It proves how deaf Pete Townsend has become. Only someone with severe tinitis would think it sounds good.
     
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    The '95 remaster sounds great to my ears (blew me away when I first heard the remastered SHAKIN' ALL OVER through headphones) but I've heard too many bad things about the current 2-CD extended set. Funnily enough there are a number of websites that claim to sell boots of the same material with better sound quality, more song chatter etc... I'll have to grab that 4-CD LIFEHOUSE set someday.
     
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    Didn't the MFSL use the same digital files as the redbook aluminum disc of the 1995 remix/remaster?

    Regards,
     
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    I bought the 2 disc deluxe version before reading this thread, but I have to say I'm pretty happy with it. Sounds great to my ears, but I've got nothing to compare it to.
     
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    Indeed! [​IMG]
    I had the '95 master that I *combined* with the somewhat available boot of "Live Tommy at the Leeds," but then I jumped right to the 2 disc master.
    Luckily, I kept the boot. I'll have to go back and compare now myself.
    One question: I thought that Pete's guitar was mixed lower in the '95 version (as compared to the original), but that they brought it back somewhat in the newer 2-disc version. That's why I really didn't like the '95 version.
    Anyone ever compare the Midas Touch (MD 61500) boot of Tommy vs the remastered 2 disc version? I have both, but haven't yet... [​IMG]
     
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    What? Chinese Eyes was remixed? Why? Does the original sound better? Are there any bonus tracks on the new version that are any good?
     

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