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Michael Lavorgna
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New (old) Blue Note on HDtracks

From the Press Release:

New York - July 26, 2012 - Blue Note/EMI is pleased to announce today’s high definition, master-quality audio release of six classics from the label’s legendary catalog on HDtracks (www.HDtracks.com). John Coltrane’s Blue Train, Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch, Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage, Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil, Horace Silver’s Song for My Father, and Larry Young’s Unity have been digitally remastered for the first time in 96kHz/24bit and 192kHz/24bit from their original analog multi-track masters. All of the albums are accompanied by their original sleeve notes plus additional photos and newly-written package essays.

Great albums all. And "digitally remastered for the first time in 96kHz/24bit and 192kHz/24bit from their original analog multi-track masters" is certainly good news. My guess is, and it is a guess, these will sound better than any CD version and I know they cost a lot less than an original LP or 45rpm pressing (but even those blue-label Blue Note LPs sound pretty good).

I'd be curious to hear from anyone who's got one of these what you think...I think I need some!

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Priced out of the market?

At $25 a pop, they have priced me out of the market for the 192Khz downloads. 4 albums for a C note?

And no bonus tracks.

Count me out. 

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The 24/96 versions

are $17.98.

Still not cheap but price is such a personal matter.

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more to the story

Looking again at the press release they state these are remastered from the original MULTI track tapes. So these are then remixes and not the original LP
Mixes.

Also they claim this is the first time these have been available in HD, or whatever we decided to all it. Simply not true..see below for the Trane title.

http://www.elusivedisc.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HDAD2010

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Details...

Also they claim this is the first time these have been available in HD, or whatever we decided to [c]all it. Simply not true..see below for the Trane title.

That's not what 'they' claim. The press release states (my emphasis):

...have been digitally remastered for the first time in 96kHz/24bit and 192kHz/24bit from their original analog multi-track masters.

I'd guess that that last bit is the what they're referring to when they say the first time. I'd also suggest that this is a good thing as opposed to using a master that was EQ’d for vinyl.

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No properly done remaster for

No properly done remaster for any digital format would be done from LP EQd masters.

None of the RVG Blue Note CDs were done this way. They were all done with the flat pre LP production masters.

I am still wondering where the word Remix is in the press release.
I am not opposed to remixes, as long is it clearly noted.

The master reel was used for The Ultimate Blue Train. It even had early takes of Lazy Bird and Blue Train on the reel.

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So it's a remix from the

So it's a remix from the multitrack tapes? I would think that would be good thing.

Why would they ever use a master that was EQ'd for vinyl for anything but vinyl? If I recall, the practice of using vinyl masters resulted in a lot of terrible sounding CD's. Seems like it would result in generation loss even with vinyl. But I guess that's what they did back in the day.

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"So it's a remix from the multitrack tapes?"

That appears to be the case based on the one sentence from the press release that's quoted (twice) in this thread.

Why would they ever use a master that was EQ'd for vinyl for anything but vinyl? If I recall, the practice of using vinyl masters resulted in a lot of terrible sounding CD's. Seems like it would result in generation loss even with vinyl. But I guess that's what they did back in the day.

Let's not get too carried away with this vinyl EQ topic. I only brought this up as a comparative example and did not mean to suggest or imply anything more than working from the multitrack master was preferable.

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