I remember trying lots of encoders back then and various bit rates (including VBR). I remember it on Beck's "Mutations" mainly (which was 1998). I listened to it millions of times on CD before I converted it, which is why it stood out so much.
I might give it a shot later tonight (I really don't have any CD's handy at all). I also have the built-in excuse of being older now than when I first really noticed it, so I might not be a good test subject :).