Before buying the whole reissue series I thought I’d try one title that I knew could sound pretty good, since it has a lot of acoustic instrumentation.
I compared a track from an 88k download I found floating around a while back , which was of dubious lineage since the album had never been released in high resultion, but the track did sound a little better than the cd rip.
Al. I can say is that this new remastering is simply fantastic. The process they used (which had been used for the grateful dead Remasters) where they correct for wow and flutter on the original master, is clearly evident. The pitch stability and solidity yields real benefits. The bandwidth of the individual instrments on recoding is increased as well. There may very well be less compression, but can’t say for sure. Certain instruments and voices do seem to leap out. At moments this becomes almost like an audiophile recording, which for any Springsteen release is saying quite a bit.
While it would have been nice for them to have gone back to the multitrack masters, or release in DSD, I am quite happy with the purchase, and will probably end up buying all the releases. I have promo pressings of this album on vinyl, which I have not been able to compare yet, but I simply can’t imagine the LP providing this level of fidelity, even with my LP rig that costs many times what the the DS does.