I have a turntable and a nice record collection, mostly LP's from the 60's & early 70's.

My aim is to make rare stuff (in glorious mono or sometimes stereo) publicly available again with the best possible sound quality.

Generally, no. I select my projects very critically. Vinyl condition is everything. I tend not to work with records that are in less than pristine condition.

Get outta here!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Neil Young - S/T (1969) Restored 1st Version (2016)

CD Quality (16bit/44.1kHz)
High Resolution (24bit/96kHz)
pass: profstoned


Anonymous said...

"Why on earth did no one think to save those pages for posterity on webarchive? :( -PS"

I don't think it had anything to do with no-one bothering to save it in Web Archive... This is the message I get when I try to access the now-defunct sidestreetrecords.com website in the Wayback Machine:


This URL has been excluded from the Wayback Machine."

It would seem that someone (possibly the site owner?) deliberately requested for the site to not get archived. It's definitely not from robots.txt, either, because 1) the message specific it ("Page cannot be crawled or displayed due to robots.txt.") isn't what appears, and, 2) the site with robots.txt would still need to be up for it to apply, so if it's offline for an extended length, Web Archive would stop displaying that message and start showing all pages that were archived before robots.txt was put up.

FYI, this is what I get when I try to search for sidestreetrecords.com on Archive.is. It appears to have gone offline as early as June 2012, if the dates of the snapshots are right. It might have even gone offline earlier, sadly enough.

Anyways, as always, many thanks for your restoration, prof. It'll be interesting to hear this UK pressing with high-end detail restored alongside lack of CSG. A sad thought, but perhaps the only remaining tape versions of the 3 tracks might be the copy tapes made of the 1st CSG version, but if so, at least the CSG could be digitally (and accurately) removed today. That is assuming the tapes of the original 3 mixes were thrown out when they were replaced with the remixes, which might or might not have happened.

One last note, but I do find it a little funny that it took until 1976 for the CSG version in the UK to be replaced with the newer version, all because Neil toured there with Crazy Horse. I'm not gonna attest myself as any Neil Young expert, but did it really take him that long to visit the UK between 1969 and 1976?


Anonymous said...

P.S. Forgot to mention it, but thanks for re-including the mono 45 "Cinnamon Girl" with your rip. Always love it when Neil rocks out.


Prof. Stoned said...

Thanks Vic for clarifying. Yes, that makes sense, because that site was definitely a very interesting read for NY fans. It disappeared shortly after the release of my first rip of this, but I had the foresight of mind to save some of it, which I have used for this article.

I'm very pleased with how this one turned out. Then again, fans of the Hoffman blanket-of-death sound (and I'm afraid I was once misguided too), may prefer the old one.

Prof. Stoned said...

BTW, unlike what I wrote in 2009, I'm now pretty sure the CSG was on the mixdown mastertapes. The stereo panorama of the standard version is still somewhat uneven on the unremixed tracks. I like to think, I've managed to improve on that with this version.

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Ezra said...

Thank you so much Prof! Your original transfer of this is what brought me to your sight so long ago ... thanks for this and all the great music since! It truly is very VERY appreciated. :)

anchovyarchives said...

Great to see you are still giving us brilliant material..... much appreciated.
I still play your Who sbd's when I want a Who fix
Many thanks

nonameorsurname said...

Even if the UK pressing is from a tape copy, this rip sounds stunning, so far the best version I've heard of the original mix, or should I say, the best version of the album.
If the original never gets released on digital form, I'm already entirely happy with this one.
The bonus mono mix of Cinnamon Girl is a very nice gift.

Thank you so much for this beautiful effort, Prof.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much.

cgm said...

Wow. This has to be the best version of the original mix. The Old Laughing Lady sounds phenomenal. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Stunning. Apart from the occasional telltale sign of lower-volume breakage, this sounds like an absolutely legit digital transfer from the studio. I'm hearing reverb use I'm noticing for the first time ever (incidentally in "The Last Trip to Tulsa"), and "String Quartet from Whiskey Boot Hill" sounds remarkably close-miked and real. A great listen. Thank you!

MeanMrKite said...

simply outstanding. many, MANY thanks :)

Amy Godiva said...

Can't wait to listen to this! My favorite NY LP by a country (girl) mile and I already was thrilled by your previous version which shreds all official releases. I much prefer the earlier mixes as well.

Bear From Delaware said...

Thank you so much for this

boboquisp said...

This is a great one! Thank you very much, Prof.

Anonymous said...

Incredible!!! I am stunned at the quality and stunned at finding this. Thank sir! Thank you!

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