Mountain – Twin Peaks

28 Oct



I thought it best explain my use of the original CD release of this album over the newer ‘remastered version. The original CD has been unfairly slated as having poor sound quality, which it may seem to have on most players as it was mastered with ‘pre-emphasis’, and hardly any players nowadays are equipped with the de-emphasis circuitry to return the audio back to it’s normal level, resulting in an over bright, bass light quality with a slightly recessed mid-range.

The remastered release unfortunately suffers from having been eq’d and compressed to make it ‘sound’ clearer. resulting in damage being caused to the encoded information. Also, during the listening tests i found i soon grew tired of listening to it and never actually made it all the way through.

So the original release was used, after having been accurately de-emphasised. And like the previous Santana live album, this decode really impressed me, it was another that i never bothered to listen too before, something that has certainly changed.


Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS43p

Source: SQ CD




2 Responses to “Mountain – Twin Peaks”

  1. birdycat19 October 28, 2015 at 15:42 #

    Google “loudness wars”–it’s been a problem since the early 90’s. But not all cd releases have been affected; labels like Mobile Fidelity and Audio Fidelity take great care in presenting albums in their “natural state” warts and all.

  2. Owen Smith October 28, 2015 at 13:38 #

    I too have found that modern excessively dynamic range compressed recordings cause me listening fatigue and I struggle to get to the end of them. This has happened with the Rick Wakeman Deluxe Editions (including the quad), Queen Live At The Rainbow 1974 (a great shame is this is otherwise an excellent historic recording), and a couple of other recent releases I’ve been exposed to.

    As a result I’ve basically given up buying new releases, apart from classical which mercifully seems to escape this audio vandalism. And Queen, I’ll buy anything new that Queen release (but only on CD and DVD/Blu Ray, I don’t do vinyl).

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