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!

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Electric Prunes - Underground (1967) Orig. USA Mono

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


Prof. Stoned said...

Happy new year, y'all.

aaron rumpza said...

Thank you very much for this one Prof!

Moshrom said...

Lovely, thank you! This is the cleanest I've heard it :-)

If anyone's interested in the best stereo version (for completeness' sake), the Original Album Series CD is much better than the Rhino/Collectors' Choice CD.

Anonymous said...

I find it a little interesting how they made the 5th track of each side country/blues-themed. Luckily they're both short at 2min., but more importantly they also both fit in with the album as a whole (unlike, say, the Left Banke's "What Do You Know"... now, there's a skipper!).

I hear the Tremolo pedal in action all over this album like the last one (at least, I think it's the one causing the wuh-wuh-wuh-wuh-wuh sound; prob. the best thing the Prunes had to a trademark sound!), but I also hear the wah-wah pedal added to the mix on this one. At least, I don't recall hearing it on the previous album...

I played this album 2 times already today, and safe to say I like it even more than the first. IMO definitely stronger with more band-written originals and more consistent to boot. But this just makes me more upset with the album after this. You nailed it with the 3rd paragraph in my opinion. I almost absolutely refuse to listen to that album because of what Axelrod & co. did to the band. We basically lost out on a 3rd awesome album like the first 2. Oh well, at least the double-sided "Shadows" 45 is a pretty sweet swan song for the band (though I was never able to discern if the original lineup intact did play on this, but based on what I hear it sounds like it).


Jimmie Dee said...

Thanks, Professor, for another great offering.

Kwork said...

Thank you very much. This is great, and hugely appreciated.
By the way, I love, absolutely love, their album of psychedelic church hymns. I don't care who actually plays on Mass in F Minor. I'm just sick of the negative rap it gets because it supposedly wasn't an "original band release." I don't care. It's a fabulous album, and it needs to be recognized as such on its own merits. Too many people listen with their musical knowledge, and not their ears. Rant over.

Anonymous said...

I like it too, actually, especially side 1 which supposedly was performed by the Prunes. But its creation blocked and ended the musical journey of the original group. PS

Wilder Advance said...

There's a garybx vinyl transfer out there of Underground on Reprise Records ‎Label (RS-6262) (2007?) which is Stereo. I have never heard it, but I would like to. Anyone here heard it?

Moshrom said...

@Wilder: I didn't know he did that one. Just listened to it, and I'm disappointed. It's distorted, muddy, and has a much narrower soundstage than the OAS CD. It's very clearly not from the best source.

Bill said...

Thanks Prof! Good to see you back!

Ezra said...

Amazing! Thank you SO much for this prof! I have the Stereo LP and have always wondered what the mono sounded like.

Wilder Advance said...

@Moshroom - Thanks for the response, Moshroom! I figured profstoned would do a better job with this one. Garybx has made some excellent transfers, I believe. But, the transfer does depend greatly on the quality of the source.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a million for this and the Pink Floyd mono rip. Welcome back Prof!

Anonymous said...

@kwork, you're half wrong there, Side 1 was definitely made by the band proper (and it should be noted that Mark Tulin (bass/organ) and Quint (drums) did play on every track while James Lowe did all the lead vocals). But due to time pressures, Hassinger enlisted the help of a Canadian band called The Collectors to finish Side 2 (these guys aren't the same ones who would take the name "Electric Prunes" later, those were a different group). All this info was taken from here: http://shadwell.tripod.com/mass.html http://www.richieunterberger.com/fminor.html

I actually decided to bite the bullet and listen to a few tracks: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IJRBeL9pfc0 Honestly, they do sound nice, but I feel like a concept like this, with its focus on Georgian chants, would be better suited for someone else like the Beach Boys with their harmonies. Heck, with Axelrod from Capitol it might've been possible. Probably the biggest disappointment for me is that "Gloria" isn't a cover of that Them song, but just another chant! Talk about a missed opportunity..

In short, even with "Kyrie Eleison" (via Easy Rider), I still feel this was the death knell for the band, ending the great "musical journey" of the group, as PS so eloquently put it. Comment over.


Jimmie Dee said...

A litte note regarding previously released mono-mixed tracks:

In addition to the tracks (Tr 1, 3, 7 & 9) listed in the Professor's info, Track 4 "Antique Doll" has also been previously released on cd in mono. It is included in the 2005 compilation release "My Mind Goes High: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults".

JWB said...

I also realized later on that two or three mono mixes from "Freak Out!" were officially released in the MOFO box. I didn't know because they aren't labeled as such. It's almost as though they were afraid to be honest about their origins!

Kelhard said...

Thanks yet again Prof for the Prunes. Now if I can request the mono Mass In F Minor for a future project??

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