Original versus Remastered/Remixed
I did a search and did not see a thread on this topic, so pardon if there is one, delete it and direct me to that thread.
Equipment note: Yamaha RX-V373 AVR, ATV 4K, Bose 301 series II, Apple Music, PS3 (4X up sampling) HDMI connected, Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player HDMI connected, late 2013 27” iMac, CenturyLink GPON. Recent CDs are ripped using Apple lossless, older rips in AAC. Sound Check is disabled.
I’ve been listening to more music since we subscribed to Apple Music. I have over 200 cd’s that I have not ripped to my Mac. The ones I have ripped allow me to compare them to Apple Music versions, along with the remastered or remixed versions. In one case, the Steve Miller band, there are original and remastered versions on Apple Music. This is what started my comparisons.
I was browsing/searching Apple Music and searched Steve Miller. They are pushing new 180g vinyl box sets on Facebook, so I decided to listen to some on Apple Music. I found the typical list, albums and “greatest hits.” In this case, there is an “ultimate hits” remastered in 2017. The remastered versions actually sound muted compared to the originals, most notably the “China boy cymbal” at the beginning of “Rock’n Me” This was surprising because comparing the original to the remastered Led Zeppelin’s, the remasters sound better. This could be because the Led Zeppelin recordings were originally mastered and remastered by Jimmy Page.
In most case I can’t tell any difference between my ripped copy and the Apple Music version. I have a combo Rykodisc release of Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe(‘)/Over-Nite Sensation. Apple Music has them as separate releases. There is a noticeable difference in volume between the cd and streaming versions. I have to increase the volume from -20 to -10 to hear the cd/ripped version at the same level as the streamed version.
I have yet to compare my Sgt Peppers CD to the remixed versions yet.
I would love to hear what others think of the practice of remastering/remixing.