One word about December 68 transfer. In the version from you and Beechwoods IO is plagued by static, and I am quite doubtful that it could be the best version. I think that we should stick with HRV for that track.
I will listen again but don't think I agree. The Beechwoods IO sounds more natural than the HRV version. It should sound even better when we go back a generation.
The Peely comments on LTBML and JWB match and they are missing on the 1986 rebroadcast. The transition from comments to songs are smooth on JWB, so they couldn't have been crafted on.
Just checked and you're right, the 1986 BBC One transmission was from an offline copy without Peel's comments and sounds inferior. The announcer mentions that was all they had and the original recording was wiped. Do you know who the announcer was?
Few more remarks.
Both Arnold_Layne wonderful transfers, DSD and PCM, are equally worth. PCM has the advantage of being easier to remaster, of course. And a small adjustment would be needed indeed to reach perfection, for me that reel sounded slightly too bright.
Mono masters from jonsacticuk are nice, but unfortunately he didn't finalize it as real dual-channel mono. There are slight phase issues through all tracks on both discs.
Good points falbrav. I have added the observation about the PCM version to the top of the thread. There ought to be DAT 48kHz versions out there somewhere. Do you have copies on DAT jonsacticuk?