Album details

ArtistMichael Jackson
AlbumThriller 25
Year2008
Album DR08
Min. track DR05
Max. track DR14
Track DR 07 08 08 08 06 07 09 08 09 14 08 08 05 07 05 09 (might not be in original order)
CodecUncompressed PCM (WAV)
SourceCD
LabelEpic/Legacy
Label code
Catalog number88697 17986 2
Bar code8 8697-17986-2 3
CountryUSA
CommentThis analysis includes 7 bonus tracks, starting with #10 - Vincent Price Excerpt. At some point I may run a second analysis of just the original 9 tracks, corresponding with the 1982 release, for a fair comparison with earlier CD and vinyl releases. With or without the bonus tracks, it is clear to see that unnecessary dynamic range compression was performed on this particular reissue. Perhaps a better digital transfer(better converters, etc) was performed from the original master tapes, or at least the same tapes as were used on the original vinyl or CDs, but was it necessary to perform this 'final step' of compression/limiting/level boost to the tracks? This is all too often the case with so-called "remasters", when all that should be done is that better transfer using up-to-date equipment and better digital conversion technology. Did Michael J. sign off on this dynamic range trampling, or was it his producer, manager, or the label itself demanding it? We may never know. But I am glad to have both this edition and the original 1980s CD side-by-side for comparison.
Log
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 Analyzed folder: C:\Users\Chris\Music\07 - Specific Artists\Michael Jackson\Thriller - 25th Anniv 88697 17986 2\88697 17986 2 WAVE files\
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 DR   	   Peak     	   RMS      	 Filename
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 DR7	  -0.01 dB	  -8.17 dB	 01 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'.wav
 DR8	  -0.01 dB	  -9.15 dB	 02 Baby Be Mine.wav
 DR8	  -0.01 dB	 -10.10 dB	 03 The Girl Is Mine with Paul McCartney.wav
 DR8	  -0.01 dB	  -9.49 dB	 04 Thriller.wav
 DR6	  -0.01 dB	  -7.59 dB	 05 Beat It.wav
 DR7	  -0.01 dB	  -8.05 dB	 06 Billie Jean.wav
 DR9	  -0.01 dB	  -9.66 dB	 07 Human Nature.wav
 DR8	  -0.01 dB	  -9.54 dB	 08 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).wav
 DR9	  -0.01 dB	 -11.22 dB	 09 The Lady In My Life.wav
 DR14	  -3.31 dB	 -21.57 dB	 10 Vincent Price Excerpt - Voice-Over.wav
 DR8	  -0.01 dB	  -8.99 dB	 11 The Girl Is Mine 2008.wav
 DR8	  -0.01 dB	  -9.68 dB	 12 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2008.wav
 DR5	  -0.01 dB	  -6.79 dB	 13 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008.wav
 DR7	  -0.01 dB	  -7.71 dB	 14 Beat It 2008.wav
 DR5	  -0.01 dB	  -6.22 dB	 15 Billie Jean 2008.wav
 DR9	  -0.01 dB	 -11.16 dB	 16 For All Time.wav
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 Number of files:    16
 Official DR value:  DR8 

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