I seem to have developed a bit of a Temple problem lately:
I don't even have the reissue yet!
Clockwise from top left:
Japanese EMI-Toshiba w/ DDIO Live 7"
Australian standard pressing
Australian picture disc
My go to copy, despite the crappy sleeve, is the Australian standard pressing. It doesn't have the sparkle and occasional magic of the US, but it is better balanced I find, less fatiguing and less prone to sibilance. The US copy's high points are the best sounding of any of them, but the more polite Aus copy is better overall, at least in my system.
The Japanese copy is good too, but my copy is slightly noisier than my others, so it gets listened to less. Not really noisy, just some noise in a few spots - but the other copies are very quiet indeed.
The picture disc is one I don't listen too much. It was mastered by Alan Parsons, just like the non-picture version, although they do appear to be different cuts, judging by the deadwax, and while the standard version was pressed by EMI, the picture disc was pressed by CBS Australia - maybe EMI didn't have the apparatus for picture discs. Anyway, it doesn't sound quite as good as the normal Aus version to me for whatever reason, although it does look VERY cool when playing.
I would really like to know what the dynamics are like on the new vinyl for Temple - if anyone has a copy and can illuminate me, it would be much appreciated. I already have 4 LPs and 3 CDs of this album, so while I would love to buy it and find it has the new EQ but the old dynamics, I'm not keen on buying another copy without knowing first...
EDIT: Just had a listen to my Japanese copy, and it isn't as noisy as I remembered. Mind you, I did play the single first, then switched to the LP. I Feel Possessed sounded really weird at 45RPM...