I have brought this topic up in the past. But now I have "gotten down 
to business"  and carefully compared the original USA Discreet LPs 
with the Spencer Chrislu mastered equivalent tracks from Lather. (I 
do not own the other individual CD versions, which are supposed to be 
mixed differently.)
My conclusion is that my ears were not as bad all along, and 
those LPs DO sound good (even VERY GOOD most of the time, save for 
Duke of Orchestral Prunes, which is quite muffled) . This in spite of 
Zappa's contending way back that the masters he had delivered to WB 
they couldn't manufacture proper records out of because they hadn't 
been provided with the necessary technical specs - I don't remember 
the exact technical term - to complete the job and EQ them correctly.
Chrislu's excellent (as always?) CD mastering does have slightly 
better percussion (high-end detail). Also, as some of the end-of-side 
pieces progress towards the center of the platter, my little Grado 
cartridge doesn't track so well and distorts, so the CD equivalent in 
those cases is MUCH better... But that is only physics and not 
inherent to the master tapes.
All in all, I find it weird that the sonic difference is very far 
from dramatic... at least to my ears!
What's your own take/feeling/opinion on this?

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