Queen / A Night at the Opera – A DCC Disaster

Sonic Grade: F

This DCC pressing is a disaster, one of the worst releases that Kevin Gray ever cut.

Murky, opaque and compressed: yes, we can agree it has never been an especially good sounding record on anything but the most difficult to find UK pressings [and we know exactly which ones those are now, which only makes this record sound even worse in comparison], but does it deserve this kind of mastering disrespect?

Isn’t the idea to try and FIX what is wrong, rather than to make it worse?

At collector prices no less. Don’t waste your money.

In summary, please count us as one of the outlets not singing this record’s praises, which is why you can find it in our Hall of Shame, along with more than 350 others that — in our opinion — qualify as some of the worst sounding records ever made.

Note that most of the entries are audiophile remasterings of one kind or another. The reason for this is simple: we’ve gone through the all-too-often unpleasant experience of comparing them head to head with our best Hot Stamper pressings.

When you can hear them that way, up against an exceptionally good record, their flaws become that much more obvious and, frankly, that much more inexcusable.