I'm going through a phase (call it nostalgia) where I find myself listening to a lot of music that I haven't heard since my high school & college years. I still have a few Kiss, Rush, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, etc. CDs left from then in the original 80's pressings. Now that I find myself wanting to add to my collection, can anybody tell me if the 1997 remasters sound any better (or at least equal to the originals) or did they fall victim to the "loudness wars". I have heard a 1998 remastered import (UK) of Iron Maiden's debut & it sounded pretty dreadful. As with other music that I listen to, the remasters probably vary by label and who the engineer was. For instance, the Byrds, Steely Dan, and Simon & Garfunkel remasters are much better than the 80's releases, while the Stones newest remasters are far worse than the '94 Virgins or even the original Rolling Stones Records issues. I also like their 2002 DSD Abkco remasters of their albums from the 60's. So, any insight would be appreciated, especially on the KISS albums.
The remastered KISS discs are a definite improvement over the originals. Where most remastered albums just go for a "louder" sound to meet current audio standards instead of a clearer sound, KISS (or at least the people who remastered the albums) put a lot of work into making the songs sound clearer and better. I would also suggest getting a copy of Destroyer Resurrected. Bob Ezrin remastered it yet again and did a brilliant job with the album. There are a few slight changes made to some of the songs, but it is still a great sounding album. It actuall made "Flaming Youth" one of my favorite KISS tunes. The calliope on that track is crystal clear.