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There's been a lot of criticism of recent CD remastering with its emphasis on loudness at the expense of musical fidelity and dynamic range. I certainly believe CDs mastered over a couple of decades ago often (but not always} sound better than their more recent incarnations, and some recently recorded and mastered CDs become downright unpleasant to listen to more than a couple of times.

So, on this note, I was intrigued to see in the latest deluxe reissue of a fine album from the 1970s, David Bowie's Station To Station, that the first CD master made of this record has been included. This was made in 1985 by RCA, back in the earliest days of digital recording technology but has gained a reputation of sounding better than later masterings.

I have some of the original RCA masters but not 'Station to Station'. Now I can get it if I want it, but I am actually happy with the second generation remaster from Rykodisc from the end of the 1980s.

Still, it's good to see that musicality is now making a comeback.