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Saw these in the record store today and was curious if anyone had heard them. "Double Fantasy" in particular caught my attention since it contains a second disc that's remixed to "John's Audio Mix" whatever that is.


BTW, in case you were wondering, I picked up:


Johnathan Rice - Further North

Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists

Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Momofuku

Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can




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i had the Signature Box from a friend and compared it with my MFSL and a few Japan-Versions.


I can't tell you about "John's Audio Mix" because Double Fantasy was just one disc. I think only if you buy it separately you'll get a second disc.



The sound of the new remasters are rubbish. The Beatles remasters were better by miles.


I compared 'Mind Games' with the MFSL and Japan Version (Japan EMI TOCP- 70395)

It sound like they recorded it from an old cassette.

Especially the song 'Meat City'. There is no bass. It's not like it is a bit shy here, there is no frequency below 150Hz (guessed).

The rest sounds thin with no definition, blurry.


The hole Box sounds not as bad this song. But it's just a waste of money if you want to buy it just for good sound. If you're a hardcore fan or collector then you may consider it.


I don't know how the original sounds, but the MFSL is so much better. I don't expected it be as good as MFSL, but i hoped it would be a nice alternative to listen to.



I have the Dynamic Range Levels of the three versions


New Remaster:


Analyzed folder: ... John Lennon - Signature Box [box-Set, Original Recording Remastered] (2010)John Lennon - Mind Games


DR Peak RMS Filename



DR12 -0.21 dB -14.37 dB (01) Mind Games - John Lennon.wav

DR11 -0.15 dB -12.83 dB (02) Tight As - John Lennon.wav

DR11 -0.20 dB -12.88 dB (03) Aisumasen (I'm Sorry) - John Lennon.wav

DR11 -0.24 dB -13.32 dB (04) One Day (At A Time) - John Lennon.wav

DR12 -0.20 dB -13.12 dB (05) Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple) - John Lennon.wav

DR6 -58.49 dB -71.20 dB (06) Nutopian International Anthem - John Lennon.wav

DR13 -0.19 dB -14.03 dB (07) Intuition - John Lennon.wav

DR10 -0.11 dB -12.75 dB (08) Out The Blue - John Lennon.wav

DR11 -0.19 dB -13.60 dB (09) Only People - John Lennon.wav

DR11 -0.18 dB -12.84 dB (10) I Know (I Know) - John Lennon.wav

DR13 -0.21 dB -15.25 dB (11) You Are Here - John Lennon.wav

DR10 -0.20 dB -12.20 dB (12) Meat City - John Lennon.wav



Number of files: 12

Official DR value: DR11






Analyzed folder: ... John Lennon - Mind Games (MFSL, 1973)


DR Peak RMS Filename



DR9 -2.43 dB -13.09 dB 01 - Mind Games.wav

DR12 over -13.59 dB 02 - Tight A$.wav

DR11 -0.73 dB -13.61 dB 03 - Aisumasen (I'm Sorry).wav

DR12 over -14.52 dB 04 - One Day (At A Time).wav

DR14 over -15.43 dB 05 - Bring On The Lucie (Freda People).wav

DR8 -34.65 dB -49.58 dB 06 - Nutopian International Anthem.wav

DR14 over -15.13 dB 07 - Intuition.wav

DR10 -1.86 dB -13.56 dB 08 - Out The Blue.wav

DR13 over -13.98 dB 09 - Only People.wav

DR14 over -14.91 dB 10 - I Know (I Know).wav

DR15 -0.00 dB -16.53 dB 11 - You Are Here.wav

DR12 -0.00 dB -13.33 dB 12 - Meat City.wav

DR12 -2.48 dB -17.69 dB 13 - Aisumasen (I'm Sorry) [Home Version].wav

DR11 -4.17 dB -17.46 dB 14 - Bring On The Lucie (Freda People) [Home Version].wav

DR12 -1.00 dB -15.62 dB 15 - Meat City [Home Version].wav



Number of files: 15

Official DR value: DR12





Japan EMI TOCP- 70395


Analyzed folder: ... John Lennon - Mind Games (Japan, 1973)


DR Peak RMS Filename



DR9 -0.17 dB -10.20 dB 01-John Lennon-Mind Games.wav

DR10 -0.11 dB -10.86 dB 02-John Lennon-Tight A$.wav

DR11 -0.17 dB -12.41 dB 03-John Lennon-Aisumasen (I'm Sorry).wav

DR10 -0.07 dB -12.27 dB 04-John Lennon-One Day (At A Time).wav

DR10 -0.11 dB -11.20 dB 05-John Lennon-Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple).wav

DR8 -35.00 dB -49.74 dB 06-John Lennon-Nutopian International Anthem.wav

DR11 -0.08 dB -11.71 dB 07-John Lennon-Intuition.wav

DR8 -0.06 dB -10.38 dB 08-John Lennon-Out The Blue.wav

DR9 -0.10 dB -10.28 dB 09-John Lennon-Only People.wav

DR11 -0.07 dB -12.01 dB 10-John Lennon-I Know (I Know).wav

DR12 -0.12 dB -14.21 dB 11-John Lennon-You Are Here.wav

DR10 -0.11 dB -11.40 dB 12-John Lennon-Meat City.wav

DR11 -0.17 dB -13.27 dB 13-John Lennon-Aisumasen (I'm Sorry) (Home Version).wav

DR11 -2.08 dB -15.19 dB 14-John Lennon-Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple) (Home Version).wav

DR10 -0.15 dB -12.32 dB 15-John Lennon-Meat City (Home Version).wav



Number of files: 15

Official DR value: DR10





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Aren't these made from the Yoko remasters of a few years ago? If so, I'm not sure how they can sound so great, as the previous group of remasters was heavily volume compressed.


I hated the sound - bought them and never listen to them.


But if the MFSL aren't made from these, thanks for the heads-up, I'll appreciate not spending on the remasters, if the MFSL sound better.


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@ bixby


I use the TT Dynamic Range Meter (http://www.pleasurizemusic.com/) ...which is no longer a free download as i just found out. You have to become an active member now :(


Maybe you can find it if you're looking for it somewhere else, if you now what i mean.


It works for MP3 and WAV. I rip my CDs in WAV, let the Dynamic Range Meter run through it and then convert it to FLAC and write the DR# in the comments.






The MFSL's doesn't sound compressed. I don't know which masters they used for it.

On the Japan CD, the instruments are much louder mixed compared to Lennons voice. But with a DR 10 still listenable.


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I've got the MFSL CD versions of Plastic Ono Band and Imagine. Double Fantasy's probably the only other of his solo albums I'd consider so I guess just picking it up would be okay. I did read that the box set version is only one disc and doesn't contain the stripped down version...I'd be pissed if I bought the box set only to find that out...




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My friend is already pissed. I told him to keep it for 30 years and sell the Box when Lennon got his 100th B-day ;)



I found some samples from 'Mind Games' on a German online shop (i hope you can listen to it)

It's not a perfectly accurate way to compare but it should give you an idea. It's basically what i experienced.



This is the new 2010 remaster:



And this is the Japan CD i got




Track 12. 'Meat City' says it all.


Couldn't find an MFSL sample of 'Mind Games', but they have 'Imagine' as MFSL



New 2010 remaster:






It may not be that dramatic in the samples but from CD it's quite obvious.



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The Mind Games comparison is so obvious that I've got to think something is wrong with the samples of the new remasters. Can they REALLY be that bad??? It sounds like a 4th generation sub-par bootleg compared to the Japanese version.


The differences on Imagine seemed a little more in the mix rather than the master.




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There's nothing wrong with the samples, although they're Low Quality MP3s you can clearly hear whats going on. It's get even worse on CD.


I think the MFSL's are from the same master tapes as the new ones, but they did a much better job with it.



Have you looked up the 'Double Fantasy' album there?





They have three versions you can listen to

- the new one

- a 2000 remaster issue

- and a Ltd. Papersleeve issue from 2007


I listened to the Remix-samples, they are quite interesting. Sounds like 'Double Fantasy - Naked'.

Maybe the asked price for the album is okay if it's just for the music. 'Double Fantasy' doesn't sound as bad as 'Mind Games' tho.


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