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Do You Care About Remastered Recordings?

Next month, digitally remastered versions of all of The Beatles' recordings will hit stores. The Beatles catalog is the latest major group of recordings to be remastered to enhance or improve the sound, but it's hardly the only one: REM recently released a remastered version of its first album (among others), and bands and singers from Elvis to Neko Case have had some of their prominent albums remastered.

I'm wondering: Do you care about picking up remastered recordings? At least one writer couldn't tell the difference between the remastered Beatles tracks and the regular ones — can you? Do you replace albums in your collection with remastered versions? Or do you only pick them up if you're buying the album for the first time?


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Advah Advah 8 years
I'm with Lizlee. The only remastered album I bought is the Joshua Tree because the whole thing is gorgeous, has tones of bonuses, and to be fair I think songs like Streets, Still Haven't Found or With or Without You sound even better now on a good stereo. But most albums (U2's POP!!) that I love are great because of those little imperfections that make them unique. I don't want a clean new sound, thankyouverymuch.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Generally speaking, I hate remastering. I don't like it when well-mastered recordings are messed with because often times, they tend to come out sounding super harsh and the integrity of the original is lost.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I will be purchasing a few of the new albums from the Beatles. Definitely Sgt. Pepper! I'm interested to hear how much better the instruments and everything sound now.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I actually prefer the sound of old recordings - I buy a lot of vinyl because of it...
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
Unless it was recorded before 1950 or in a basement, I don't see the point of a remastered recording. Everything The Beatles put out sounds good the way it is
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