Who's Next Remaster

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  1. Lin Park

    Lin Park Second Unit

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    Anyone know about this and have comments on it? Also, any word on a high-rez version coming that I should wait for?

    Link to Amazon site

    Thanx,
    Lin
     
  2. Paul D Young

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    Well, I read about it here:Music Tap
    and pre-ordered it from here: CD Universe
    and it shipped today. I don't think it is released until tomorrow though so we'll wait and see.
     
  3. KeithH

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    Lin, there is a thread running on Steve Hoffman's web site (music board on www.stevehoffman.tv) about this release, and the reviews look positive overall. I am skeptical because Jon Astley remastered this one, and he is known for using compression and "no-noise", which just squashes the music. That said, I have been reading that Astley used the original master tapes for this release, and it has been said that he did not overdo it with compression and no-noising.

    I would be interested to hear how the Deluxe Edition stands up to the early MCA pressing that were mastered by Steve Hoffman. Steve's mix is outstanding. If you are interested in tracking down Hoffman's version, here is what to look for:

    * An early Japanese or US MCA pressing (no bonus tracks, not a gold CD) with a code number of DIDX-152 on the packaging, and a running time of about 43:25. 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. Note that of the older versions of Who's Next, only the first Japanese pressing and an early US pressing use Hoffman's mix. There are early Japanese and US pressing that do not use Hoffman's mix. The MFSL and MCA gold discs and the current MCA remaster do not use Hoffman's mix either.

    * The current Canadian pressing of Who's Next uses Hoffman's mix. It is available from www.hmv.com out of Canada for a mere $6.57 USD.

    I received the Canadian pressing from hmv.com last week, and it is great. Granted, I do not have any other version of Who's Next for comparison, but I am in no hurry to buy any other version. The Hoffman version is great. It's incredibly clean.

    If anyone compares the Deluxe Edition to Hoffman's version, please post your thoughts!

    Finally, I have heard nothing about the Deluxe Edition being released on SACD.
     
  4. Dan B

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    I'm planning on picking it up this afternoon...I'll try to compare it to "Hoffman's Next" [​IMG] & the crappy '95 remaster later today.

    White Fang has positive impressions of it on his website here.
     
  5. Michael St. Clair

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    I picked up the Hoffman-Canada version of it (and Meaty Beaty) a while back and I think they sound just great.
     
  6. Dan Lassiter

    Dan Lassiter Stunt Coordinator

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    I picked up the new Deluxe Edition of Who's Next today and I really love it.

    Firstly, while I think the Steve Hoffman mastered version is very good, the new version is a bit better to my ears. I don't think Astley went crazy with the new one. It doesn't sound maximized and very little noise reduction was used.

    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.

    I know a lot of folks are unhappy with Astley's work on Who CDs, but his one seems to have been done right.

    I recommend all fans of the band and this great CD check out the new edition. If only for the complete Record Plant recordings from Who's Next sessions and for the Young Vic live stuff. A number of those songs are appearing live for the first time on the disc.
     
  7. Ryan Spaight

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    I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this set.

    Asley went light on the NR this time out -- it's most noticeable on the intros and in places like the synth break in WGFA, but overall it's not a big problem.

    I checked a track or two out briefly in Cool Edit, and it is maximized/limited somewhat, but not hideously so. It certainly doesn't sound objectionable to my ears.

    I still think the Hoffman version is most "honest" (no NR, no squished dynamics at all), but this is a strong #2.

    However, the bonus material is great, which tips the balance. If you only want to own one copy of Who's Next, make it this one. (If you can afford an extra ten bucks to get the Canadian Hoffman CD and are a sound quality fanatic, grab that one too.)

    Who fans should run, not walk to grab this.

     
  8. LarryDavenport

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    I also really like the Deluxe Edition, especially disc two (Live at the Vic) and the Record Plant recordings which includes studio chatter between songs. For those of you who still have the 95 remaster, keep it because at least two of the bonus tracks are not on the new version.
     
  9. Dan B

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    I've listened to both discs & I'm happy...especially with the bonus tracks. I'm not at all convinced that the original tracks sound better overall than the Hoffman version...they seem to have less high frequencies - although I haven't compared them back to back yet.

    The Record Plant/Young Vic stuff is great & the D.E. is worthy of purchase for those alone.
     
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