Dead End (remasters vs originals)
#1
So guys, I was mostly exposed to Dead End through file sharing programs, but now that I know them well enough to seek to own them, what would you say is the better and more affordable route? Are the originals really cheaper than the remasters? I remember the quality of the original CDs being fairly weak. I own the 'All in One' compilation and I'm sure the tracks were polished a bit, but there was definitely a difference between the originals and remasters in terms of volume and clarity that really did them justice. But I am not sure if the originals were that bad or if I was just listening to crappy rips.

I'm speaking of Dead Line, Ghost of Romance, Shambara and Zero.

What do you guys think?
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#2
I think that the original vinyl pressings are a bit cheaper than the more recent reissues on CD. It all depends on the seller and the condition.

I don't know how well the remasters compare to the originals. I'm not bothered by raw music, but if it sounds like it was recorded using a dryer or has been raped by compression, then I won't like it.
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Yeah, in case of Dead End I don't think it matters too much. The band was already big by the time they recorded so having the original is just as good as having a remaster in my opinion. They both sound good. I mean we're in the noise business.. I really don't notice small differences anyway. It's all personal preference.. I just listened to my Dead End original vs a remaster (on a best of " Infinity") and perhaps, besides the loudness, I can hear minor differences but not when it's over the big speakers. Then it's just music. Soooo I dunno..
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#4
If I recall, the quality on the recent remasters was much more pronounced than on the compilations. The ones I have on All in One sound decent, but again they were probably tweaked a bit since this release happened much later, but again it may have been the rips I heard online.
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#5
Since I got the reissue of Dead Line, I may as well bump this thread. Actually, the sound quality is quite good, and not as loud as I thought that it was going to be. Even the packaging is quite simple, with very minimal alterations to the layout or the text areas, if anything. The back insert's reverse side that faces the clear disc tray is pure black, so you could just swap it out for a solid disc tray and act like you have an "old" pressing.

I believe that the only real difference between paying for a reissue and paying for the original CD pressing is the cost itself.
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(05-02-2017, 11:03 PM)Painkiller Wrote: I believe that the only real difference between paying for a reissue and paying for the original CD pressing is the cost itself.

Totally agreed, but I guess an avid collector would disagree with us Smile I usually go for the cheapest possible official option, although I do quite enjoy a nice booklet or additional artwork. But in the end, the only reason why I buy cd's is to listen to them, not to collect them.
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#7
I'll go for the cheapest and easily accessible, just as long as there isn't a reduction in quality. If the remaster is a hackjob, then I'll go for the original. I do hate going after originals for fear of bootlegs, poor condition, price, etc.
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#8
Well, in that case, you're going to like the 2009 reissue, since it doesn't have any of that typical bullshit that most modern reissues exhibit. Problem solved.
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Oh yeah, I should be getting that fancy blue-spec CD version of "Zero" later this month. That reissue was also in 2009, so I guess it was a part of the same series.
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(05-02-2017, 11:03 PM)Painkiller Wrote: Since I got the reissue of Dead Line,
Didn't that come with a bonus-DVD?
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