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16 thoughts on “James Taylor “Before This World”

  • July 15, 2015 at 7:15 pm
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    Incredible sounding album. I’m a huge JT fan seeing him live a number of times beginning in the early 1970s.
    Were the microphone and instrument feeds captured directly to a digital or analog media?

    • July 16, 2015 at 11:10 am
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      The album was recorded into Pro Tools at 96 kHz/24-bits.

      • July 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm
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        WOOT, That raises my admiration for him even higher. So glad to hear he’s not stuck in the old school ways of “it has to have that analog sound” that we’ve heard from a number of major artists lately.

        By the way I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Neil Young has pulled his catalog from all the streaming sources.
        He says it’s not about the money but that he doesn’t want his music being served to his fans via such a low quality feed? HUMM.
        http://wcbsfm.cbslocal.com/2015/07/16/neil-young-removes-music-from-streaming-services/

  • July 16, 2015 at 8:25 am
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    What legitimate reason would there be for the sound to be different on the CD version from the HR version, when there is nothing in the album that comes anywhere near the limits of CD capabilities?

    • July 16, 2015 at 11:15 am
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      Take a look at the specs and spectra on yesterday’s post. You say there is nothing that comes anywhere near the limits of a CD. What about all of the frequencies above 22 kHz? Those musical partials existed in the room where the musicians were playing…why shouldn’t the be reproduced in the room where you’re listening? I know you’ll say that you can’t hear them…but they still should be there for true fidelity. And the CD version is more highly mastered…and produces a different sound because it’s a different master.

      • July 17, 2015 at 4:35 am
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        I was referring to this: ” the high-res version contains more dynamic range and wasn’t tweaked as much as the CD version. Having listened to both versions in my studio, there is a distinct difference between the two. The CD is more “commercial sounding”, punchier, and less dynamic”

        • July 17, 2015 at 10:38 am
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          There is a difference and there are components of the sound on the HD version that eclipse CDs capabilities.

  • July 16, 2015 at 8:49 am
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    Will it be released in 5.1?

    • July 16, 2015 at 11:17 am
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      I’m trying to get them to mix it in surround and release it but it probably won’t happen.

    • July 16, 2015 at 11:24 am
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      Very cool, thanks.

  • July 16, 2015 at 2:07 pm
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    The hi-res version is also available at Super HiRez for the same price as HDtracks. The entire album is available on 180-gram vinyl for $2 more at Acoustic Sounds. The LP version includes a download card (presumably MP3). You can also stream the entire album in CD quality on Tidal. I’m not sure I would opt for the vinyl, since Pro Tools was used to produce the 24/96 master, I think I will go with the hi-res. I like the fact that I can listen to the entire album on Tidal before plunking down the cash for the hi-res files. Sound quality is important, but it’s really the music that creates the experience.

  • July 19, 2015 at 1:18 am
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    I can’t really accept the fact, that I’ll have to buy the download version of the album just to get the ‘non dynamic compressed and tweaked’ version of these recordings.
    On my equipment I have no benefits from the highres quality of a 24/96 download, but I don’t want a ‘tweaked version’ of an excellent recording.
    Seems to me, that they want to dig deeper in my pocket, just because I prefer recordings with a ‘higher dynamic range’.
    Is this one of the new tricks of the music industry?

    • July 19, 2015 at 11:51 am
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      It is frustrating. The CD sounds great so the mastering and “tweaking” has not been over done.

  • October 7, 2015 at 5:17 am
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    Thank you for this suggestion. “Before this World” was my first HD purchase and I’m impressed with the sound of it relative to my LP version. Unfortunately my second HD purchase (Jason Isbell’s Something More than Free) is not as impressive relative to the vinyl. Anyway, please continue to make HD release suggestions. There seems to be a mixed bag of choices out there.

  • February 14, 2016 at 10:24 am
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    Thanks for the review. This will be my first true high res audio purchase.

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