To put this in perspective, you also told us the Gerhardt Classic Film Scores series sounded much better in the relatively muddy surround-sound CDs than in the excellent newer edition.
And I stand by what I said. A simple a/b reveals that the Gerhardt's have been re-eq'd extensively and I much prefer the purity of the original job. It's not as glamorous but sounds truer.
How can you talk about purity of sound and then maintain you prefer the wholly synthetic surround-sound Classic Film Scores to the newer releases that sound much closer to the LPs? Doesn't make sense.
I A/B'd with the albums as well. The only 'synthetic' thing about the original cd releases IS the surround sound - if you want to mention it. Just leave the effect off. The original cd's are more or less identical to the lp's. They sound a little 'flatter' but that's because they haven't been tampered with.
I reiterate - the new cd releases have been seriously retouched sonically. They've been dramatically 'enhanced' and I for one don't like it.
The new releases are a disaster - I bought three of them - did the comparisons - and stopped.
And let's face it - ultimately it comes down to taste and what you prefer soundwise.