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Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard

Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard

Universal (Japan)  UIGY-15039

Stereo Single Layer

Pop/Rock


Eric Clapton

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Comment by Downunderman - July 12, 2021 (1 of 1)

This version was issued 26 May 2021 and is based on : "DSD flat transferred from US original analogue master tapes by Brett Zorn at Iron Mountain Digital Studios, PA in 2018. Edited in DSD by Terukazu Kawashita at Universal at Universal Music Studios, Tokyo, in 2018."

Sounds very good, but the previous versions based on the Japanese analogue (dub) master tape sound a hair better. Of potential interest is that the total running time of both versions is exactly the same at 39min 16sec. The average DR is also exactly the same at 12.

The US tapes are more degraded/worn and as a consequence the extra detail on offer is only occasionaly able to poke through. The Japanese dub tape is smoother, with better controlled bass and it provides a better overall listening experience as a result.

So if you aleady have one of the previous SACD versions based on the Japanese tape there is nothing to be gained from stumping up for this one.

However, if you don't, then this version is still very good and well worth the coin, especially since the Japanese dub tape alternatives are OOP.