This is rather awesome. Flying Colors are re-releasing their debut album in an un-mastered version. It sounds amazing:
Hold on to your hats! TODAY we’re releasing True Colors, the original sound of our first album, before it was commercially mastered. It’s available for $8 (excl. tax) as a digital download directly from us. You’ve heard of re-masters; this is an un-master!
The mainstream market demands albums to be LOUD, at the expense of sound quality. True Colors includes the original WAV files that Michael H. Brauer mixed down at Electric Lady Studios in NYC. It’s the same mix you know, but with more dynamics and detail.
(The video gives more details (and bad jokes) in captions: “commercial mastering required it to be louder than 1,000 cowbells”.)