We at Bowers & Wilkins in the London office have a certain love affair with the retail institution that is Fopp. It may have disappeared from many city centres throughout the UK, but the central London store remains, along with a few select others.
They often sell remastered CD editions at remarkably good prices, but what have been recent personal purchases it amazes me the variation in the quality of that remaster. While the relatively recent reissues of REM’s Murmur and U2’s Joshua Tree have revealed hitherto unheard complexities in recording – listening to Mothers of the Disappeared from the latter and you will hear what Brian Eno really intended as the pulsing heart of the song, which was lost in the original vinyl and CD versions – , others have left me rather underwhelmed (Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run being one).
We’d love to know what you consider to have been the best remasters you have heard that should be sought out, and those that should be avoided. I am sure we’ll be talking about the Beatles remasters in a separate post later in the year!