Best version is the Japanese Black Triangle CD. If you can't find that version, get the SACD version.
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I did check out the Japanese Black Triangle version (FLAC), which sounds like a very smooth, mellow and warm mix. Maybe I'm not 'audiophile' enough, but I can't decide whether I like the MFSL version or the Black Triangle version better. I can certainly hear the difference in both versions, but just can't rank one above the other. I was constantly switching back and forth from Black Triangle version running on foobar and the MFSL disc playing through WMP. The best I can describe it is the BT version seemed to have a more warm, natural analog sound, while the MFSL seemed to have a more enhanced, clean, and ultra hi-fi stereo sound if that makes sense.
Now I will say that I was completely and utterly blown away by the SACD version. You really haven't truly experienced this album until you've heard it in surround sound. To say the music "comes alive" would be an understatement. I literally sat in my listening sweet spot with eyes closed, smiling from ear to ear, immersed for all of 43 minutes in pure audio ecstasy. I was transported through a vast soundscape, experiencing something that was both all too familiar, yet so different as I explored the intricate details of this finely woven sonic tapestry. The music penetrated my mind, body and soul, elevating me to a higher level of appreciation and understanding for this genius work of music. IMO, short of going back in time and being in the actual studio when this album was recorded, there's no better way to experience this album.
BTW, I'm listening to the Black Triangle version right now.
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i have this on an original US vinyl pressing, a cassette copy, and the hybrid SACD (don't have SACD player at the moment)... (as well as lossless rips of the black triangle and mfsl CDs)
my favorite is the black triangle
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I own 3? different versions of the album.
1. 1985 US Capitol silver-face
2. 1988 MFSL UDCD517
3. 2011 Immersion Box Set (CD, DVD-A, BD)
I thought that the Capitol disc is the best CD version. It seemed to sound the best on my equipment. The MFSL is good, but this, in my opinion, is already a well-recorded and well-mastered album. The MFSL I did not feel was a huge improvement over the Capitol CD, just a little quieter. I turn on the Immersion BD now and then (don't have a DVD-A player) and if you ask me, the BD has the best sound. When I put on the 2003 5.1 mix (this is supposed to be the same one as on the SACD, albeit at 24/96 PCM instead of DSD), it just sounds plain awesome.
I don't really think there's a 'bad' version of this album, but in my experience, that 2003 5.1 surround sound mix sounds the best. Very good dynamic range. Very well mastered. It is the benchmark by which all mastering work should be measured. Curious who did that one? I thought these were mastered by James Guthrie? Except for the 4.0 Quadrophonic mix which I thought was Alan Parsons' mastering. If you don't have the old Harvest CD, then I would spend the ~$100 or so and get this box set.
Thanks, just my 2 cents.
Edited by hogger129 - 5/2/14 at 7:51pm