binsey wrote:I read somewhere that the Mobile Fidelity reissues were from the Capitol 2nd generation masters and not the EMI mastertapes.
According to the info I have, the box issues were produced from 2-d generation EMI/Apple tapes, and only MMT was produced from Capitol tape, because MMT LP layout was specific to US market. Note, that track listings on all MFSL reissues corresponds exactly to UK lists, not to US Capitol variants. But strangely, the MFSL MMT cassette tape was produced from EMI tape meant for German market, exactly like it was pressed by German Horzu/Apple. So, for a while, it was the only thing available in true stereo, and commanded (still does) very high prices. It actually sounds good, better than MFSL MMT LP for sure (MFSL MMT is probably the WORST sounding MMT that I have heard, the best being German Horzu/Apple). Also, mastering for box issues and separate album issues was DIFFERENT, easily seen by different dead wax size. IMHO, separate issues do sound better in general, but I found that MFSL pressings vary greatly from one to another even on the same title, and can sound from excruciatingly bright to almost normal to great.