I get asked this often but it is not that often that I am reminded to “why”. Here is one of why’s:
I just wanted to listen to “A Passion Play” album by Jethro Tull. I was lazy, so I wanted to use streaming. I found:
- A Steven Wilson Remix 48kHz (because it is the 11th commandment that He ought to remix all Tull),
- A 2003 Remaster (sadly no Wilson this time),
- A 2014 Remaster (remixed by Wilson, I suspect this is same as the first listed Remix with 44.1kHz),
- An Extended Performance (remixed to 5.1 and stereo by Wilson).
But, I could not find the original album. The album was released in 1973 so there was no digital back then. The closest thing available is the 2003 remaster. I have the original album in my digital archive, maybe it was ripped from the LP or a CD, but it is the original. I can hear the differences introduced while an album gets remastered, so this means my original version is lost if you want to hear it today as it was. You should maintain and hold on to your archives, especially if you like the classics, before future Mr Wilsons get their mighty hands on it