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Boiled Beans
post Oct 9 2008, 17:07
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Which is the best sounding version of Pet Sounds on CD?

From what I've researched, there have been many versions released.

1) 1990 mono CD
2) 1993 DCC CD (rare, difficult to get)
3) 1997 Pet Sounds Sessions Box (mono and stereo mixes)
4) 2001 mono & stereo CD (same as 1997 mix)
5) 2006 40th Anniversary (mono and new stereo mix)

So which is the best sounding version?
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AudiophileFan
post Oct 28 2010, 05:16
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I own all of the PET SOUNDS albums on CD including the new 2009 Audio Fidelity release. In my opinion, the Stereo mix in the 2001 release sounds fantastic. In 1993, Steve Hoffman remastered the album for release in the 24 KT. Gold DCC Compact Classics label. Despite the 1993 DCC Compact Classics release exposing sound quality imperfections such as distortion, Steve Hoffman would correct the problem when he remastered the album in 2009 for release in the 24 KT. Gold CD, HDCD encoded series by Audio Fidelity. In my opinion, the 2009 Audio Fidelity release contains the greatest overall sound quality in Mono. I just wished that Steve Hoffman would have included a new Stereo mix for the 2009 release. Take care.
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post Oct 28 2010, 15:55
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QUOTE (AudiophileFan @ Oct 28 2010, 00:16) *
I own all of the PET SOUNDS albums on CD including the new 2009 Audio Fidelity release. In my opinion, the Stereo mix in the 2001 release sounds fantastic. In 1993, Steve Hoffman remastered the album for release in the 24 KT. Gold DCC Compact Classics label. Despite the 1993 DCC Compact Classics release exposing sound quality imperfections such as distortion, Steve Hoffman would correct the problem when he remastered the album in 2009 for release in the 24 KT. Gold CD, HDCD encoded series by Audio Fidelity. In my opinion, the 2009 Audio Fidelity release contains the greatest overall sound quality in Mono. I just wished that Steve Hoffman would have included a new Stereo mix for the 2009 release. Take care.
Except for "Wouldn't It Be Nice", the 2001 release of the stereo mix is the same original 1996 stereo mix, only louder. The 2006 Capitol 40th Anniversary release brings that loudness down near that 1996 stereo mix, along with the less loud 2001 "Wouldn't It Be Nice".


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