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Discussion in 'music' started by spengenuk, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. spengenuk

    spengenuk pfm Member

    Wonderful music on this CD but the sound quality is terrible, very harsh and badly mastered.
    Is there a better quality version for sound quality ?
  2. Still

    Still gyldengourd

    The 1992 Polydor 314 517 007-2 is highly rated for sq.
  3. darrenyeats

    darrenyeats pfm Member

  4. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I'm not an Abba fan by any stretch, so no expert, but to me many of the earlier recordings sound pretty ropey to start with, i.e. did so off vinyl too. I know the early CD pressings are *very* collectable, blue Polar or red-face Polydors etc. Whether there is a good copy of Gold or not I've no idea, though compilations tend not to be great as the mastering engineer obviously can't make the bad recordings better so often tends to make the good ones worse to balance the disc as a whole! I'd be more inclined to hunt nice masterings of the original albums, and with Abba I'm pretty sure that is the early-80s pressings.
  5. Still

    Still gyldengourd

    My favourites on cd for sq are the 'target' releases of Greatest Hits (Atlantic 19114) + Greatest Hits vol 2 (Atlantic 16009).
  6. Julf

    Julf Evil brother of Mark V Shaney

    I think you are simply experiencing the effects of 1970's studio technology.
  7. Still

    Still gyldengourd

    As ABBA recorded their albums in studios during the 1970s that seems almost certain.
  8. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    What happened to studio technology in the 1970s?
  9. spengenuk

    spengenuk pfm Member

    Anyone listened to the recent 2 LP version ?
  10. Julf

    Julf Evil brother of Mark V Shaney

    Heavy multitracking, compressors, early opamp technology...
  11. Steve Catterall

    Steve Catterall pfm Member

    The Japanese Discomate releases are very good ... or the Blue Polar or Red Polydor like Tony says.

    If you want a greatest hits package I would go for the earlier 'Greatest Hits' from 83 or 'The Singles - The First Ten Years' from 1992.
  12. Wolfmancatsup

    Wolfmancatsup Linn Lad

    It was never 'cool' to like ABBA, but I always thought they produced some superb pop. And was more than happy to say I liked them, even at the time!
    I also liked The Carpenters, and saw them live twice, but that's another story...

  13. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    ...'Flat as a witches t*t' drum sound...


    'Gold' is a flawed compilation IMHO - it's missing "Summer Night City", which is one of their best songs.
  14. irons1965

    irons1965 pfm Member

  15. glancaster

    glancaster In the silicon vale

    I got this when it was about £18 (sadly almost double that now):


    When you have the whole damn lot you can make your own compilation.

    Each era has its own sonic fashions, but sound quality sounds OK to me - better than the a lot of later recordings actually.

    One of the best pop groups ever. If others don't like them, each to their own, but it suggests to me they don't actually like pop music.

    Kind regards

    - Garry
  16. madmike

    madmike Seen your member...

    Abba had a state of the art studio in the 70s. Genesis went to record there I believe.
  17. Still

    Still gyldengourd

    What does that have to do with differing sq on the various releases?
  18. spengenuk

    spengenuk pfm Member

    Abba Gold and More Gold and perhaps The Visitors is all I need.
  19. Julf

    Julf Evil brother of Mark V Shaney

    I was answering the question "What happened to studio technology in the 1970s?".
  20. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    I used to stare slack-jawed at Agnetha. (And Connie Booth in Fawlty Towers.)
    Brilliant pop group.
    My parents had most of their albums and I have picked most of them up on vinyl for peanuts from Charity Shops over the years.
    My favourite is Name of the Game.


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