steely wrote:I have various versions of "Aqualung" in various formats. The 40th anniversary double CD, remastered and remixed by Steve Wilson, is definitely the way to go, as stated by others above. The DTS 5.1 surround mix is crazy good, but the only (legal) way to get it is to buy the expensive 40th anniversary "collector's edition" box set.
Previous to the recent Steve Wilson "Aqualung" projects, the DCC remaster by Steve Hoffman from Ian Anderson's personal master tape reigned supreme. Some - not me - might still prefer it to the new 40th anniversary releases. I have the DCC Gold CD but have heard that the DCC vinyl pressing was as good or better.
My wife just bought me the 40th anniversary set for Father's Day (I couldn't pull the trigger on $140 myself!). This is really an awesome set. I listened to the vinyl and DTS versions back to back. The vinyl blew me away. The richness and punch was extraordinary. The DTS is very good, but I have to say I enjoy the vinyl better. The stero CD is definately a clearer, stronger mix than my "standard issue" CD from 5-6 years ago. I don't have Blue Ray, so I haven't heard that one yet.