I have found quite a few CD's from the 80's that are far superior to later releases/remasters. A lot of the Toshiba Black triangle releases from Japan blow away later remasters. For example The Dark side of The Moon Black Triangle is better in my opinion than the latest 24/96 versions. I have an 1984 Japanese release of Iron Maiden's Powerslave that is far better than the later remasters. I think a lot of it has to do with the condition of the master tapes. Over time and use master tapes degrade. Also a lot of CDs now incorporate compression which I don't think is ever a good thing in a remastering.
Edited by Spiral Out - 2/13/14 at 7:24am