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If you check out the link that I included

You will find a detailed analysis of the new pressing including how much compression was used on a track by track basis. Its a good source because there are no opinions to muddy up the information. It is a digital analysis of each release of Sgt Peppers from a dynamic range perspective.

While there are other aspects of the LP, to be sure, the added compression does little to help the product. To the credit of the engineer (Myles I believe) he used much less compression on the LP version of the release but he definitely has a free hand with the compression on the CD release.

I come from a different generation and I do not believe that compression does anything to help a music product. If the master tape needed it, then a judicious amount would be appropriate.

There are many years of releases of this title where little to no compression was used and the resulting product has achieved nothing short of the top rock LP of all time (whether you tend to agree or not). Applying compression now would raise the question what the hell was he trying to prove?

Maybe some find the added compression agreeable. I am sure many of these would be users who are used to many years of releases on CD where the loudness wars leaves little dynamic range left. The resulting 50th anniversary LP would sound great to those who are used to such garbage.

I posted earlier that I do not find the LP totally objectionable but if compared to other pressings (my favorite is the MoFi UHQR) the new LP is good but not great.

This reminds me very much of the big stir of the release of Led Zeppelin Mothership. So many people found it great and a real ear opener. Some years later the opinion of this release is different. It is over compressed and not the great release so may claimed that it was.

When the dust settles and people take the time to compare these new re-issues to prior releases they may find the older pressings are preferred. When it comes to the remix and the panning of the placement of the different instruments and voices, I am not all that moved by the new rearrangement.

To be fair, that may be due to the many years of being used to what I expect the LP to sound like. I do not find the new mix to be an improved version of the original. It may be different but it isn't improved. The best rock LP of all times did not need improvement. IMO.


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