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I currently have 4 different pressings of Aqualung...

By far the best of these is the Classic Records Clarity Vinyl 45 RPM box set. That was the red box series from Classic Records. Classic Records also released a 33RPM version sourced from the same master tape. Ian Anderson provided his copy of the Stereo master tape to Classic Records for the production of the Classic Records 33RPM and 45RPM red box set.

Ian Anderson's stereo master makes for a better pressing than other sources I have heard but it is also lacking in bass. Any pressing with more bass had to be added during mastering. I have a mint copy of the MoFi pressing and it definitely had the low end pumped up (and the master tape needs it).

Lets be realistic here. When a record is being mastered there is an opportunity to compensate for any weakness in the stereo master tape. From a purist perspective it should not be messed with but mastering a LP is not a job for the purist.

Making LPs is a business and anything that makes the LP sound better is a plus. MoFi did not make it sound better, IMO, and they should have used about half of the bass boost that they employed. If that were the case we would all be talking about how the MoFi is the pressing to own.


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