I purchased the CD version off Discogs a bit ago, as all I used to own were shitty mp3s of it from the Napster/Kazaa days. Sorry Richard.
What's odd is when I put the CD into my car stereo, I noticed that the high hats and treble were very prominent. And I do realize that shitty mp3s cut out highs, but that's not what I thought was odd. I also have the 51/13 Singles Collection on CD which I've owned for a long time, so that's actually my frame of reference for the On track.
The 51/13 version of On is mastered quite differently than the maxi-single version, am I wrong? I almost couldn't listen to the original version as the hhs were grating in my ear, though both times I listened, were after heavy cardio sessions, so I wonder if my ears were more sensitive or something at the time. When I immediately put on 51/13, it was like ahhhh we're ok now ears.
I'm assuming the EP CD version - which was the original - was intended to be slightly abrasive in the high-end for mindfuckery experimental Aphex reasons ala Ventolin, or is it just this catalog #'s re-mastering, oooor is it just my ears adjusting to the non-compilation version?
Edited by Lane Visitor, 11 August 2018 - 08:37 AM.