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5.0 out of 5 stars There is light on the DSotM, September 30, 2011
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This review is from: The Dark Side Of The Moon - Experience Version (Audio CD)
I've had many versions of this perennial favorite. Heck, right now I have three versions of the studio release of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon alone. The original CD version, the 30th Anniversary hybrid SACD and, this, the new 2011 remaster. Although I have yet to hear the MFSL rendition, to me this is the best effort to date for a DSotM CD.

For one thing, thankfully, they didn't compress the music. It's seems to level match fairly well with the other Dark Side CDs I have. Clarity seems to have improved also. It's so clear that it makes the others seem a bit muddied. The great part is not etched. Meaning it sounds smooth while the music is very well defined.

The noise floor seems to be lower on the 2011 remaster than either the original or 30th Ann. That makes the music more dynamic with the quieter background.

Overall the improvements of the 2011 remaster of DSotM are worth getting. The sound differences may not be dramatic but are certainly audible and make this classic even better.

That's only half the story though. The Experience edition comes with the '74 live performance of this great album. THIS is what makes paying the small premium over the Discovery edition well worth it. Not only are the boys in terrific form giving an outstanding show (much better than the Pulse show 20 years later) but the sound quality is amazing. If the original studio version weren't so well known and this 1974 concert album were released years earlier, this could almost have become the definitive version.

Highly recommended just for this CD alone. Add the well done 2011 remaster and it deserves a 5 star rating.
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Showing 1-10 of 13 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Oct 1, 2011 5:30:58 PM PDT
I'm looking for a reason to buy this since I also have several versions of this classic. If the live show is good then that may be the deal maker for me. Thanks for the good write up.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 5:34:56 PM PDT
baka1969 says:
Please enjoy!

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 7:23:25 PM PDT
mr etalay says:
Yes, good write up.
Should get this tomorrow in the mail.
Can't wait to hear the live disc.
Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 7:25:58 PM PDT
baka1969 says:
I hope you enjoy it.

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 3:54:25 PM PDT
You mentioned an "Experience" edition and a "Discovery" edition...I lay no blame upon you for my confusion, but I thought this was either one or the other. It would be nice if you could edit your contribution to be more explicit about both. The Experience edition sounds positively enchanting, but I have no idea about how I can get it. All I now know is that this CD is neither, now that I have it in my hands.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2013 10:45:04 PM PDT
Andrew Fox says:
Amazon is a bit misleading as they just group all editions of a products reviews together so you can see reviews for different editions. If you click to see the comments on the review it takes you to a seperate page where the particular edition they are reviewing is on the right hand side

Here is the version he reviewed: The Dark Side Of The Moon - Experience Version

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2014 12:16:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2014 12:20:27 AM PDT
Deep Thought says:
It looks like 5.1 is not included in the experience (or discovery) edition, only the immersion edition. How could the 2 channel CD version sound better than the higher resolution 5.1 versions (the 30th anniversary edition sacd has 5.1)?

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 9:07:22 AM PDT
Miranda Lou says:
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Posted on Aug 22, 2014 12:09:58 PM PDT
Alan says:
ZERO STARS or perhaps ONE STAR! Why?
When I read into this: All 14 original Studio albums have now been painstakingly digitally remastered by James Guthrie (co-producer of The Wall)...

I figured the days of lousy crushed compressed sound was over.

When I read the review by this guy: For one thing, thankfully, they didn't compress the music. It's seems to level match fairly well with the other Dark Side CDs I have. Clarity seems to have improved also. It's so clear that it makes the others seem a bit muddied. The great part is not etched. Meaning it sounds smooth while the music is very well defined.
The noise floor seems to be lower on the 2011 remaster than either the original or 30th Ann. That makes the music more dynamic with the quieter background.
Overall the improvements of the 2011 remaster of DSotM are worth getting. The sound differences may not be dramatic but are certainly audible and make this classic even better...

I figured he had a decent system and knew what he was talking about.

After listening to "Money" and the crushed and compressed front as sounds traveled to the rear speakers, I know this guy either received a free copy, has a lousy sound system, or both.

This IS NOT as good as it could be. Period!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2014 1:44:41 PM PDT
baka1969 says:
I use high-end headphones, a dedicated DAC and separate amp. Both Class "A" solid state and P2P tube amps. I've listened to this version through various equipment and stand by my evaluation. I bought it full price too. If you read my other reviews you'll see I am objective.
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