And I think that this really is the first time the original master tape has been used. What convinced me is a side-by-side comparison of Roger Daltrey's final scream on "Won't Get Fooled Again." I A-B'd four previous CD version, including Hoffman's Canadian version with the new one. All previous versions have an annoying crackling during the scream and the new version is crystal clear. This leads me to believe that all other CD's were made from a copy of the master that was recorded too hot and overloaded during the scream.
Judging from the pictures of the tape boxes, the tapes used for this set (from the Mastering Lab in LA) are exactly the same as the ones Hoffman used. The likely explanation for the difference in the scream is that Astley applied NR to decrackle it.
The version of WGFA on My Generation: The Very Best Of The Who is a remix from the multitracks, and also features a "clean" scream. The consensus opinion among Who nerds is that the distortion on the scream appeared during the original mixing.
The running time is important. If it's 43:25 plus or minus a few seconds, it's Hoffman's version. If it's around 43:15, it's not Hoffman's version.Keith,
I have multiple copies of Who's Next, one being the Canadian MCA version. My Canadian version, which I got about 6 months ago (after seeing much talk about it on the Hoffman site), clocks in at 43:19. If the current Canadian version is mastered by Steve Hoffman - how come it is only 43:19 and not 43:25?
The reason I picked up the Canadian version is because I wanted to be sure I had the Hoffman version in my collection - seeing how I traded away an early US CD pressing of this album when I used to think that "newer is better" after I got the first re-master of "Who's Next".
Now I am confused about this more than ever.
Regardless, I now have another version of "Who's Next" as I picked up the Deluxe Edition this week.