Originally Posted by zoney99
Not to rain on the MoFi parade, back in the early 90s I bought 3 of their Original Master Recordings: Dark Side of the Moon, Blind Faith, and Slowhand. I was not particularly impressed with the sound quality of any of them. I had just dropped several large in equipment upgrades and wanted to determine if off-the-store shelf CDs could be improved on with these gold plated versions. The answer, at least in my opinion, with these 3, was no.
I'm open to trying some new versions and willing to keep an open mind!!!!!
I found the exact same problem with MoFi, to an embarrassing degree, with Counting Crows: August and Everything After . I borrowed my roommate's standard CD pressing, liked it so much I ran out and bought the MFSL version. We sat down for a comparison, and...sh1t! They took my $25 and ran! I couldn't believe how muffled the MFSL version was.
To be fair, I think MoFi is just inconsistent in their release quality. Case in point: their version of Pink Floyd's The Wall comes across very nicely, as does U2's Joshua Tree.
Moral of the story: if you want the definitive version of a title, first check for an SACD or even a DVD-A version. They're almost always better than any CD release. Second, if you can borrow an MFSL release before you buy, that's a great strategy. Alt.binaries.sounds.lossless can be helpful in this regard.
There is a caveat to the above advice: a few DVD-A titles suffer from loudness war remastering- Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Jackson Browne's Running On Empty are particularly overcooked.