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Early 80s CDs

Postby GoogaMooga » 24 Mar 2024, 08:21

So I was in thrift yesterday, and scored the original 1982 Polydor CD of the Vangelis soundtrack, "Chariots of Fire". I was very excited, because those first few years of new CD releases, 82-83 - maybe a bit longer - were noted for their quiet mastering and pure sound, flat transfers even. That "Chariots of Fire" OST, that was how it was meant to be heard. It was not a reissue where you might get tampered-with sound. Rather, it was the first CD edition. With CD reissues, it was always a little more dicey, you had to go case by case with those.

Now the burning question:

Given the choice between the 1982 "Chariots of Fire" Polydor CD and the 25th anniversary remaster with bonus cuts, which would you choose?
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Re: Early 80s CDs

Postby Swiftie » 24 Mar 2024, 08:29

Sorry Googs - I am not familiar with either

Spiral and Albedo 0.39 is as far as I go with the lad

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Re: Early 80s CDs

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 27 Mar 2024, 15:34

Chariots of Fire (1981)

"This is the soundtrack to Hugh Hudson's Oscar winning film with
the same title. The true story is about two contrasting British
athletes who compete in the Olympic games in 1924. The catchy
main theme and the stylishly contrasting understated sport action
won Vangelis the prestigious Academy Award (tm), better known
as the Oscar, for "Best original score". He was unable to attend
the ceremony in Los Angeles, so the statue was accepted by
the Academy on Vangelis' behalf.
Almost all the music on the album are re-recorded versions,
compared to the music found in the movie. The main titles,
for instance, sound much richer and more gratuitous on the album.
Other themes, like "Five Circles", were totally rearranged.
The film version of that track was piano dominated and
sounded and developed rather differently.

The album contains one track (Jerusalem) that was neither
written nor performed by Vangelis.
Mobile Fidelity (MFSL) has released an ULTRADISC II version of
this album. This means a digitally re-mastered version pressed
as a 24KT gold plated CD (for durability) released only in limited quantities.
It is hard to find, by now, but only interesting for collectors,
because the sound quality was debatably worse than the original CD pressing.

During the Olympic Games of 2000 in Sydney, another re-mastered
version of Chariots of Fire was released by Polydor in the UK.
It had updated artwork by original designer Alwyn Clayden and
contained rarely seen pictures in the booklet. The sound, re-mastered
by Vangelis himself indeed improved slightly over both the original
CD and the Ultradisc versions, sounding more clear and warm.

Finally, in 2006 Universal released another version, again re-mastered
by Vangelis, to commemorate the soundtrack's 25th anniversary.
Sound quality is comparable to the previous Vangelis remaster."

Remastered by the master himself, and far from compressed/loudness infected.
So, I go with any of those.
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