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    Posted: July 03 2015 at 17:04
I don't know if its just the CD I have or its the actual recording of Larks Toungues In Aspic, but the sound quality is really fuzzy sometimes mainly on exiles. Anybody else have this problem? Any help would be much appreciated.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2015 at 20:53
Originally posted by justin4950834-2 justin4950834-2 wrote:

I don't know if its just the CD I have or its the actual recording of Larks Toungues In Aspic, but the sound quality is really fuzzy sometimes mainly on exiles. Anybody else have this problem? Any help would be much appreciated.



What edition do you have? There are several different pressings and masters, taken from different sources, that has been released on CD.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 04 2015 at 12:38
I have the album on lp and have found the sound to have good dimension but it seems there is a little distortion to it all, which might be the fuzziness referred to.  It also sounds pretty highly compressed to me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 04 2015 at 13:36
Originally posted by Progosopher Progosopher wrote:

I have the album on lp and have found the sound to have good dimension but it seems there is a little distortion to it all, which might be the fuzziness referred to.  It also sounds pretty highly compressed to me.

It's the same with vinyl - there are lots of differnt pressing taken from differnt sources.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 04 2015 at 13:38
I'm an expert on KC CD's, but to be able to anwser the question correctly, I must know what exakt CD edition you have - just let me know and I'll help.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 04 2015 at 14:32
I'm not a SW remix fanboy, but his work on Larks' is exemplary. Fixed all my problems with it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 05 2015 at 21:45
Originally posted by lostrom lostrom wrote:

I'm an expert on KC CD's, but to be able to anwser the question correctly, I must know what exakt CD edition you have - just let me know and I'll help.
30th Anniversary Edition 24 bit remaster by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp at Chop-Em-Out, July 25-28 2000.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 05 2015 at 21:47
Originally posted by Progosopher Progosopher wrote:

I have the album on lp and have found the sound to have good dimension but it seems there is a little distortion to it all, which might be the fuzziness referred to.  It also sounds pretty highly compressed to me.
Distortion is a good word for it. Exiles would sound so much better without it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 06 2015 at 09:49
Originally posted by justin4950834-2 justin4950834-2 wrote:

Originally posted by lostrom lostrom wrote:

I'm an expert on KC CD's, but to be able to anwser the question correctly, I must know what exakt CD edition you have - just let me know and I'll help.
30th Anniversary Edition 24 bit remaster by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp at Chop-Em-Out, July 25-28 2000.

Ok. That edition is mastered from the original master tapes (as opposed to previous CD editions) but it is brick walled. However, that doesn't effect the sound quality, per say, it just makes it more tiring for the ear, less dynamic and that the sound breathes less.
I own the new vinyl edition and it sounds wonderful (no compression there). I highly recommend it if you have a turntable.
If you want CD, I suggest you try out the 40th Anniversary 2-CD edition, where CD 1 is the new Steven Wilson remix of the album and CD 2 is the one that you have.
But the recording is what it is from start, it was recorded like that and I guess it could be heard as somewhat fuzzy/distorted in places - the Steve Wilson remix addresses that as much as possible.
Hope that helped.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 06 2015 at 11:35
Originally posted by justin4950834-2 justin4950834-2 wrote:

I don't know if its just the CD I have or its the actual recording of Larks Toungues In Aspic, but the sound quality is really fuzzy sometimes mainly on exiles. Anybody else have this problem? Any help would be much appreciated.


As stated that version you have is brick walled, the volume levels are pushed which makes you lose dynamics. You lose the sense of depth and sound stage, everything seems to come from the middle. The fuzziness you hear might be the distortion of Fripp's guitar that was the sound he wanted, but when the mastering is done so poorly and the volume is pushed, you get sibilance..sounds screechy, especially on the Ssss sounds.

This is where the words "remaster" and "remix" come into play. Remaster can simply be taking the master recordings and pushing the volumes here and there and releasing as a remaster. A remix is more complex, where the engineer takes each track and readjusts the volume, corrects any errors. For example maybe the keys or sax or flute are not present enough, so a remix will bring those sounds more forward and give some presence and better dynamics. This is one area where digital editing/recording has really played a vital role in correcting some very bad original mastering jobs.

This is why Steven Wilson is so sought after because he remixes and has a very good ear for this as well as taking into consideration what the original artist would like. Not only he but also engineers like Bob Ludwig, Doug Sax, Nick Davis, Greg Calbi, George Marino (RIP).

It's difficult to know what issue sounds best, there are some websites you can check into that might offer some insight.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 06 2015 at 19:42
Thanks for the help. Smile
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Have you tried to shave it off, shave it off, it off?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2015 at 06:15
I have the old Polydor vinyl for years - still sounds FANTASTIC !! I always thought that this album sports some of the best production from the 70's. Much 'thicker' in sound than Starless And Bible Black, and even Red. I rarely buy CD's, so I don't know how much improvement (if there could be any.....?) there is on the overall sound, but I'd never upgrade my copy with anything........
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2015 at 06:18
Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

Have you tried to shave it off, shave it off, it off?

....off ?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2015 at 17:12
I had the same problem. I got an old '87 CD of Larks and it sounded "grainy" especially on Exiles and Talking Drum.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 09 2015 at 04:56
My copy is definitely tinny/grainy sounding as well. Wasn't aware of such information until this thread popped up. Thank you!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 09 2015 at 17:44
Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

Have you tried to shave it off, shave it off, it off?

I think you meant, "tried to shave, shave it off? It off?"
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2015 at 09:02
Lark's Tongues??
Don't know about that but I once had a chocolate from the Whizzo Quality Assortment that had lark's vomit in it. Had to have my stomach pumped

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2015 at 09:29
Originally posted by PrognosticMind PrognosticMind wrote:

My copy is definitely tinny/grainy sounding as well. Wasn't aware of such information until this thread popped up. Thank you!

There are several websites that discuss different issues of albums by members, whether on vinyl, digital or CD, they discuss the quality of the sound, mastering and all that stuff. It truly helps to do some research and try to find those better sounding issues on certain labels or by certain mastering engineers.....You would be surprised at the difference in your listening experience between one and another.

This is where the idea of listener fatigue comes into play....Screechy, tinny, loud, grainy will make your ears sore and your brain shut off after 2-3 songs.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2015 at 09:35
^I'm with you Jose, but I wonder how many have the 'ear' to distinguish what you and I hear as defects. 
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