F.A.Q.

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

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

Requests?
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.

Donations?
Get outta here!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Broken Links / Other Discussion

Please post all your thoughts here. Just try to keep it polite and remember: this is a non-profit blog for the love of music and good sound. I don't owe anybody anything, except working links.

402 comments:

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meanmrkite said...

please forgive my ignorance, but do we have to re-download the Aftermath Hi-Rez Link 3 now? I d'ld back on 4/17, and it SEEMS to be there in full. I haven't burned it yet though, perhaps that's the issue then?

Any clairification would be most appreciated. In the meantime, let me take this opportunity to bestow more lavish gratitude for Prof. Stoned's awesome work. I truly am grateful for your time and generosity in getting these to us, and am looking forward each & every day to see if there's another one posted! The Hi-Rez I've burned so far sound INCREDIBLY good, I'm a vinyl guy through and through, and these transfers are amongst the BEST I've ever heard.

Thanks Prof, and please keep on truckin' :)

MMK

Prof. Stoned said...

@mmk: Not sure what you mean... Did you have any trouble unpacking the hi-rez files? The third file has been unaltered, just uploaded elsewhere because it wouldn't download from fileserve.

Thanks for the kind words.

@anonymous: I happen to be working on a Stones rip at the moment. But I intend to leave Demonoid once there is enough trafficking to this blog.

Captain Pants said...

Must say listening to Aftermath the past night was memorable MAGIC. Big thanks Prof for all the works ..... I have now been chasing whatever I can find.

I am getting repeated 404 on FSrv for pt2 of Fresh Cream CD quality. It allows me past the capture as if it's there .... then File not Found.

Cheers .... Dean (Mono Convert)

Anonymous said...

Look forward to it mate, been a while since your last amazing mono upload.

Max2max said...

Hi Prof. ! Just listened again to your superb transfer of aftermath... What a sound... What a source !
Thanks again & keep up the good work.

Best regards

Anonymous said...

Just want to say "Hello" Prof and let you know that you (and your drops) are missed. Hope all is well. I've been reading about your recent upgrades in equipment and can't wait to hear the results. Not pushing you for new product, just wanting you to know that we love your previous works and can't wait to hear the "new" stuff. Take care.

Prof. Stoned said...

Appreciated. Thx!

Anthony said...

Hey there prof. I'm a newcomer to your work but everything I've downloaded sounds fantastic. So thanks for all you've done so far and I can't wait to hear your future rips. :)

Haddemall said...

Just checked in and saw that our dear Professor is at it again. I know what I'll be doing tonight! Thank you very, very much for these first class recordings!

Anonymous said...

cool--i love those guys! another rarity to keep your eyes open for is the Second Generation Woman/Hometown single (more associated with the Family Entertainment lp). the single is mono; Hometown has a completely different mix than common version with vibraphone overdubs (from Old Songs New Songs). i have a US promo copy--not minty, but nice enough to enjoy. i can post a very unwashed, not-so-wonderful rip if you're curious. come to think of it, properly washed etc, it could be nice. who ever heard Family on the radio in the US??

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your work. But every time I click on a download link I only get to a text page with nothing to download.Can you help me. thanks

Anonymous said...

That's weird. Have you tried opening the page and then save it (with .txt extension)?

Prof. Stoned said...

Thank you. Best wishes to you too and everybody else out there!

meanmrkite said...

Thanks! I LOVE the care and dedication you show to this site and your fans (ie, us!)

I'll try again periodically. Thanks again?

Not to press my luck, but any possibility of the Floyd 72 Tour Album going back up? Yes, I'm obsesssed with that one. Please accept my apologies for this request if warranted, I forget if such is a no-no!

MMK :-)

meanmrkite said...

whaa? Please iggy the question mark on my above post after "thanks again"...it shoulda been an exclamation point!

This is what happens when I forget my vow not to blog before coffee...

;-)

Tony said...

First let me say I am so excited about this blog!

A lot of us are transferring things into the digital domain, music, video, film, photos, etc. To see someone who devotes this much attention to detail is at once refreshing and inspiring.

And I totally get the whole mono thing, for example, the 45s you've posted are real eye openers - especially for my friends who've gently mocked my own singles collection.

I have a question - what is "high res" digital audio? Will it burn and play on an audio CD? Is it solely for playback on digital gear like computers and iPods? Thanks!

Prof. Stoned said...

Tony,
It's for SACD/DVD-A audio burning or just playing from your computer (if you soundcard supports it).
It means it's higher resolution audio than the standard CD format. These are large files and it would probably only allow to put 10 songs on your ipod.

Tony said...

Thanks, Prof.

I am certainly going to give DVD-A a shot. These records are very inspirational for this.

While waiting for your reply a friend of mine in the vinyl-to-digital game explained to me this way: it's like comparing a low-res .jpg file on your PC to a larger, 10 meg photo file captured by a fine camera. More data is spread out over a larger sampling spectrum, so the listening experience is as close to actual analog as we can get with today's gear.

skyjelly said...

Hey Prof. I believe there's an issue with your fileserve links. I Dl'd your Dylan single with no problem on Friday, March 30,but when I tried to get Cinnamon Girl and your Doors single today and checking the Dylan link again it's saying that only te file owner can UL or DL the file. I was signed in to my fileserve accont, as well.

Prof. Stoned said...

I see... This happened before right after the megaupload bust, but the problem solved itself in a few days. I might consider putting everything on rapidshare if it doesn't come back soon.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much prof.

Prof. Stoned said...

Hi Wil & MMK,

Amazingly, the who ones are still alive and well on dimeadozen.org after more than 6 years.

Looking back, I don't think they are *that* great. But hey, I've gotten nothing but praise for these, so what do I know.

PS

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Prof. Gonna shop at the 10 cent store now.

Wil

Michael P. said...

I want to thank you for all that I grabbed the last couple of days. We seem to have similar tastes in how music should sound (like it was recorded!). I look forward to future projects. Keep up the good work. It is much appreciated.

Prof. Stoned said...

Thx for the feedback, Michael. More comin'...

hcb said...

Just wanted to say thanks. I listened to two of the discs, 16/44, and they sound great. Thanks for making the effort.

lindo0107 said...

Professr, thank you very very much.
Greetings from Brazil

Michael P. said...

Again, I want to thank you for all your hard work. I have ended up getting everything on this blog but 2 items (no accounting for taste!). I already had the majority of them but in EVERY SINGLE CASE your work was better. Since June 1, I listen to a mono mix of a favorite album after work through my refurbished 70's JBL's at eleven!. Tonight is FRESH CREAM. I look forward to any and all future projects.-Mike

Prof. Stoned said...

Good to hear Michael. More comin...

YankeeBoy said...

Hiya Prof. I just discovered your blog and man, what a treat! Generally, when it comes to 60s music I prefer the mono pressings. Now I know what you said about requests and I totally respect that, so please consider this a suggestion. The stereo version (which is all that seems to be available these days) of "You Didn't Have to be So Nice" by The Lovin' Spoonful is simply awful, with the vocals all the way on one side. I would love to be able to listen to this song in mono. Thanks.

Prof. Stoned said...

Hi. The 2nd LS album is on the to-do list.

Anonymous said...

Hi Prof! Can you please upload your Barclay MONO rip of Jimi's AYE??? I've been desperatly looking for this for ages, but you only have it on demonoid, but to make it worse demonoid is down. So can you make an exception and put it on a file hosting site please???

PS: any chance you have a mono copy of "The End - Retrospection", would love that so much!

Cheers for all you efforts on these rips mate!

Anonymous said...

*Introspection

Prof. Stoned said...

There are very few rules on this site. I refuse to put up slogans like "don't be fucking stupid", "don't ask me for anything or you'll get banned" and shit like that. I know this is the internet; you just have to take it with a bit of salt. I always try to be patient with people, as witnessed in the posts above, even if they are asking for shit that I had long forgotten about and do not necessarily wish to be reminded off.

But you, Sir, are close to wearing out your welcome. First, you unload your requests to me in a PM on SHtv and now you're here, making a ruckus about some old rip that you can't seem to find within 5 minutes. You top it off with another request for me to rip an almost impossible to find album.

The top header of this thread clearly says "I don't owe anybody anything, except working links." Now, this doesn't mean that people cannot throw in a suggestion or express their wishes. It does however mean that when you choose to do so, it requires some tact and restraint. Your messages do not have those two qualities and this is why I'm wasting my time writing this rant, hoping that it might save me some further irritation in the future.

I will upload Hendrix AYE in mono here when I choose to do so. I will not make the old rip available again myself. If somebody wants to do that, fine. But I have moved on, and want to do a better job on that one in the future.

Prof.

Anonymous said...

Clearly on the wrong foot here mate. I was just trying to be friendly and thankful for your great rips. Maybe too many exclamation marks for some, I was just excited you know? Frankly, writing in text comes of wrong to some (different cultures y'know), but if you heard my voice it wasn't as bad as you've made it.

I don't do torrents and have searched the web and simply can't find this rip in 5 mins. Maybe it's time to check out this torrent buisiness, but demonoid has just lost it's head mind.

I think there's a pride thing going on here, fair enough, but I don't know why the need to remove a perfectly acceptable rip without a newer one, when others would be more then thrilled for it. I know of a few others wanting it. It's just a shame when someone's efforts simply fade out, they should be kept alive so everyone can experience the rare versions not easily attainable. But I will look forward to your new rip then.

I only requested this rip on SHtv (not an unloads worth) incase you might not of read my post here.

Maybe this rip just means more to me.

Sowwy and thank you for all your efforts mate.

Hey, who wouldn't love a MONO Introspection? ;)

Peace

Prof. Stoned said...

Maybe demonoid will be back, maybe not. I delete old torrents that are not seeded and leave the rest up for those who still want them. You have to understand, just because I once shared something does not mean I am responsible for its distribution as long as there is a demand for it.

I'm running this blog the way I see fit. I don't ask for donations, just want people to be grateful with what I give them and be patient. I do not wish to be taken for granted and be 'suggested' what to do. I don't think that's an unreasonable thing to ask.

Prof.

Anonymous said...

Outstanding work. I've passed on some of these copies to friends and they're more than impressed. Thank you.

Prof. Stoned said...

http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

meanmrkite said...

thanks Prof!!

:-)

Anonymous said...

Keep 'em coming
Now that de----d is dead.
Looking forward to the next great vinyl rip.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dear Professor, I heard your magnificent Mono rip of Between Buttons, congratulations!.....where can I get the Mono rip of Their Satanic M which speaks so well? Thanks a lot for your effort in this project...Gold

Anonymous said...

WoW!!! Amazing Site, great and glorious MONO from great and glorious VINYL. Thanks!

Long Island Steve

Prof. Stoned said...

@gold: Someone find me a real clean original UK copy with 1p/p1 on deadwax. I'm not interested in reviving the old one, but defintely wanna add it to me current catalogue.

@Long Island Steve: Glad you like it!

Anonymous said...

oh, well, good news...but in the meantime we will enjoy the old restoration! Thanks for being there!..Gold

Blank Frank said...

Thanks Prof. Stoned for your hard work. Much of what I heard blows away the copies of some of these that I had in my collection.

I have a question for you: I am a member of a private music forum that shares mostly MP3s of rare or hard to find music. Most members (including me) don't have much use for FLAC. Do you mind of I share these - privately - as MP3 @320? I will credit you and your blog and link to your original posts.

Prof. Stoned said...

Yeah, why not. I can't control the internet, neither am I very eager to try. As long as it is shared freely, with no donation or other tax bullshit going on, I don't mind. I appreciate it when people ask first though.

Anonymous said...

Dear Prof. S.,

I have said thanks before but since I have downloaded all you have to offer and have listened repeatedly and attentively. These are some of the finest recordings available electronically or otherwise. I have over seven-thousand CD's (I make hard copy of everything and leave nothing on my computer)and two-thousand LP's and the Dozen or so CD's I have made from your works are by far many of my new favorites. We have much the same tastes and I appreciate your ear, your efforts, your editorial explanations and the fact that you are sharing your labor of love with music lovers everywhere. Please let us know what you are searching for, if you will not accept any donations maybe we can help you find a long lost mono pressing.

Thanks again!

Long Island Steve

Michael P. said...

Thank you Long Island Steve for articulating exactly how I feel about Prof. S.'s work. I definitely would like to help in searching for any long lost mono pressing that the Prof. is looking for. -Mike

McCannon said...

Hello mate,
hope you're doing well

Prof. Stoned said...

Thanks guys.

My search is a complicated one and it would be impossible to lay out in a couple sentences. Condition is (obviously) very important, but often times I'm also after a certain cutting or pressing. And finally, it has to be something I really like.

If you do, however, stumble upon a still-sealed or near mint vintage copy of an interesting pop/rock/psych and maybe even jazz mono album, you can always ask me whether I would be interested.

Eitherway, it's very good to hear you guys are into what I'm doing. That in itself is a reward.

Yours,
Prof.

Prof. Stoned said...

Hey man! Hows it going in Italy? :)

McCannon said...

Well it could be better but it's not too bad either :)
P.S. been enjoying yer Simon and Garfunkels for weeks now

Anonymous said...

Hello Dear Professor, will not give me the joy of listening in real mono The Satanic M R (your old version too sure I liked it)...thanks.....GOLD

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks for some great work. I'm too young to remember this stuff first time round, but I guess I have around half of it in stereo - the mono versions are a revelation, and the rest are great discoveries for me. Oddly the only one which doesn't also sound fantastic to my ears, sound quality-wise is Sounds Of Silence. Clearly not a problem with what you've done because everything else here sounds great - I guess it must have been badly recorded in the first place. I've got no other source to compare it to though.

I also admire your patience and attention to detail. I have some pretty fancy gear myself to do vinyl rips, but beyond cleaning the record on my Okki Nokki I leave things alone. I just don't have the knowledge or patience to do the cleanups you do.

Still, you've inspired me to do a blog. My rips crackle a bit but they sound good - just need to cure a mystery hum my phono stage has - some sort of electrical interference I think.

Thanks again - and keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF THIS GREAT MUSIC. I am a young man of 34 but this music speaks to my soul, and the quality that you share with all of us is beyond mere words. These sound AMAZING! Some day i hope to have a great system like you do (damn those student loans) but i digress...THNAKS AGAIN! I hope you keep posting.
Sincerely,
Kurt W

meanmrkite said...

Every so often I just like to say "thank you" to the Good Prof for the joy his artistry (yes, I use the word advisedly) and as important his generosity has given me and many many others if this message board is any indicator. I'm sure there are countless others who feel the same and for some reason haven't posted their gratitude (come to think, c'mon folks! Is it so hard to just say thanks? But horses for courses).

All the best for your rest, ProfStoned. You have certainly earned it. And you can bet I'll be checking here often for that awesome day when your next post appears!

Thanks again :)

mmk

Prof. Stoned said...

Thanks for the kind words.

RE: the humming, try and unplug your headshell from your tonearm. If the humming stops, you'll know your cartridge needs to be isolated from the shell. Otherwise, check whether another amplifier (I assume you use a standalone phono pre-amp) gives you the same problem.

When you're ready, please post your blog address.

Cheers!
Prof.

Prof. Stoned said...

Hi Kurt,

FYI, I'm in my mid-30's as well.. And my system is really not that expensive, but it took me a couple years to assemble it as it is now. I'm happy with it, I don't think the expensive-gear people use at the other place adds something to the sound that's missing on my work. It all comes down to a good cart, tonearm, preamp and clean vinyl, of course.

Cheers,
Prof.

Prof. Stoned said...

Hey there mmk,

Good to see you showing your appreciation as always.

Just wanted to point out, you can automatically have an email sent to your inbox once I post something new, so you don't have to check in every day. Just typ your emailaddy in the 'follow by email' box and hit sent.

Cheers,
Prof.

Prof. Stoned said...

My 4-year old computer crashed bigtime last week the day after the Mayall upload. Glad I got to finish that first, but what a pain in the arse...!

The prognoses; videocart, hardrive & powerfeed all toast. I backed stuff up, but quite a few recently downloaded and self-made stuff is gone, unless the company retrieves the data.

I've reinstalled W7 and now installing all my softwares. I could really do without this, whine, whine, etc.

Anyway, just wanted to vent a bit. It will be up and running again soon.

YankeeBoy said...

Hi Prof. Just wanted to post another 'thank you' and to say that I feel your pain. Last week the hard drive on my Mac crashed and I had to get a new one and spend a few days mucking about, restoring everything back to what passes for normal around here. But I too am back up and running. So thanks again for your generosity and hard work.

Anonymous said...

Prof, if you add a paypal link I will gladly donate, just for the great things I've dl'd so far. It's the least I can do.

LIS

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I don't have a detachable headshell. Also my phono stage is really complicated - I have a head amplifier running into a valve stage, which means lots of possibilities for hum which I'll need to isolate one at a time and I just haven't had time lately. Most likely moving the valve stage or re-routing the spaghetti of wires I need to hook all this up will cure it - mains cable running near the MC signal is never good.

Yes, will post my blog address and of course link to yours.

Cheers.

dicky said...

Evening Prof,
I know you do not do requests but since the downfall of Demonoid I am scrabbling around to find your old posts on torrents - Jimi etc.
I am new to your work - a bit slow I know;)
Anyway, I cannot find a copy of your The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request (US Mono)apart from on a bootleg site offering a DVDA copy for sale/exchange :(
Does anyone have a link?
Thank you.

dicky said...

BTW apologies for the previous request - I see from reading the above that a few have asked for TSMR. Relax and keep it new. Thanks again for your work.

dicky said...

Links down on Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl (45 US Mono)
I would love a Hi Rez copy to play in cold Edinburgh ;)

dicky said...

Sorry, found Cinnamon Girl included with Neil Young LP!

YankeeBoy said...

Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous 2013!

Grampa Ron said...

Happy New Year everyone!

Just found this great blog. Have a lot of earlier Prof Stoned vinyl rips from the old little green imp days. As a child of the Fifties, glad to see you are still ripping vinyl in MONO!!!! BTW, anyone know of any 24/96 or 24/192 rips of the recently released vinyl box done by those for lads from LIddypool? I understand the manufacturer actually used the 24/96 masters for the CD box set (only at 26/41 I think) a few years back. Would love to hear some of that if anyone knows where they might be.

Prof. Stoned said...

Best wishes for the new years everybody!

Matt K. said...

Thank you for producing these titles and making long lost mixes available for us to hear. I've grabbed most of what you've posted, and I must say that you're work is superb. I've attempted to make my own needle drops over the years with limited success. Recently a first press MONO copy of What's Shakin'. The vinyl isn't the greatest, so the 5 bonus track on the first LP that you posted was a vast improvement.

Can you give a sneak peek of whats on the turntable now? Looking forward to more titles in the future. Thank you again!

YankeeBoy said...

Prof. - At one time you said that one of the things on your plate were the Lovin' Spoonful albums in mono. While I am certainly incredibly grateful for all the wonderful albums you have made available again (and have dl'd almost all of them) I hope you have not forgotten about those.

Anonymous said...

Prof., just wanted to thank you for these gems you share. The attention to detail is obvious in every project.

Much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Add my name to the list of people keen to hear the Spoonful at their best!

Mr A. Nonymous

JWB said...

LOL @ the morons on the Steve Hoffman Forum who don't seem to value your opinion.

Anonymous said...

Reading Tullman's posts in that thread are good for a laugh. Most of the industry is full of shit, that is why I come to sites such as this one.

meanmrkite said...

just got the mono AYE vinyl, and I must agree with the good Prof, although on the plus side at least it wasn't as 'noisy' out of the sleeve as a LOT of other new vinyl seems to be these days. But oh what could have been... :-/

Hmmm...as an aside, could anyone recommend a mid-priced but effective record cleaning system? I'd love to get a nitty gritty but that's a bit out of my current wherewithal, but maybe there's something else out there? My old Discwasher D4 is on last legs, and I've heard the so-called newer "Discwashers" do NOT have the slanted fibers as the older brushes did. Any advice would be most welcome!

cheers, and thanks as always to ProfStoned for this wonderful and generous resource! Can't wait for the new drops to...well...drop!

:-)

Prof. Stoned said...

@ MMK. I know it's expensive, but you needs something that vacuums the cleaning fluid off the record, rather than let it dry. I have a VPI 16.5 and love it. I'm guessing you're in the States, so it should cost you a lot less than me (since I had to have a 220v version, and have it shipped over). Good luck w/ your search!

Anonymous said...

Stones - Aftermath

Can't get track 4 from part 2, downloaded twice, bad password. Also the same thing with track 18 from part 8.

Thanks for all of your hard work.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the mono AYE. Sounds beautiful.

Prof. Stoned said...

New Aftermath rapidshare links.

Anonymous said...

Prof,

Thanks for fixing the Aftermath files.


Anonymous said...

Prof,

Thanks for the AYE, sounds way better than the new LP.

Hope they someday they find a better tape, until then, I've got your transfer.

Anonymous said...

I know you don't take requests, but a mono of "Their Satanic Majesties Request" would be killer! I know if I found the LP, I couldn't afford it!

Thanks for all of your hard work.

Joe

Anonymous said...

*whispers* l-o-v-i-n' s-p-o-o-n-f-u-l *tiptoes away*

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the repost of AYE.

Experience Hendrix should release THIS as the Mono CD ... I meant it!

Prof. Stoned said...

Just got a beautiful sounding copy of the Barclay album with Isle of Wight cover. Maybe there will be a new version this year after all. We'll see.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Prof. Stoned for putting up with those assholes on the Steve Hoffman forum. I wouldn't have been able to keep my cool with all the arrogant cluelessness prevalent there. Looking forward to your new rip!

Prof. Stoned said...

Thanks, man.

mike w said...

The Hoffman forum has gone off the rails with all of the sniping back and forth. I gave up on that thread, not reading or participating.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the brilliant work you've done. I'll treasure these recordings always. Any Chance we could see the U.S. Mono of "Their Satanic Majesties Request"? I can't find it anywhere. Thanks again,
you're the best.

Anonymous said...

You're right. I tried it again and it's all there. It sounds incredible. Thank you so much. AYE mono is one of the mixes i'v been trying to find for a while. I'm glad I took a look at the discussion page. Thanks again for all your work. You done a good thing.
Sincerely,
Brad Goodman

Prof. Stoned said...

To be re-done even better in the future.

Grampa Ron said...

Ditto on HRM. But if I'm correct, didn't HRM leave avaxhome over differences of opinion?

Anonymous said...

Dear Prof,

Thank you so much for Trane, Spoonful & The Who. Wonderful vinyl Mono ear candy. As always very much appreciated.

Long Island Steve

gsv107 said...

LOVE YOUR TASTE IN MUSIC AND LOVE YOUR HIQ VERSIONS! All Much Appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Dear Prof...any chance to get your rip restauration Rolling Stones TSMR (mono)...? Best regards...Gold

pat said...

To say thanks to Prof, nothing else.

Anonymous said...

Dear Prof, do you planned to transfer Mono copy of "Here Comes The Night" LP by Them? It's contains true mono mixes of "One Two Brown Eyes" & "Here Comes The Night" which is unavailable elsewhere.

Thanks,
Eugene Reingold

Prof. Stoned said...

Yes, I will do some Them in the future (hopefully this year).

alfeizar said...

Just wanted to say thanks for the uploads on the blog prof.! Today I remembered about your rip of the Sabbath single, that had been on my HDD but never got to the playlist, so I went ahead and put it to listen the songs a few times. I have to say that the notes on the .txt about the footbat coach looking for a song to motivate his team cracked me up hahaha.

Thanks!

Andres

Prof. Stoned said...

Heh, true story! I thought it was hilarious too.

BTW folks, Q has done a Simon & Garfunkel Singles Collection, using mostly my rips.

jaenes-q-records.blogspot.nl/2013/05/simon-garfunkel-complete-singles.html

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's a great collection, get over to Q to check it out y'all.

Long Island Steve

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the rips, especially the Fleetwood Mac. I do appreciate it.

Jobe said...

This may be asking a lot but I would like to know how many of The Doors 45's were in mono. This would include promo versions too. I don't know if Elektra(as many record labels did) pressed promo's with the same song on both sides one side stereo one side mono. As late as L.A. Woman. I would think that there may be many Doors songs in mono I have yet to discover. Thanks love the site

Prof. Stoned said...

Fleetwood Mac's Then Play On now deleted. Go listen to the new CD or the vinyl that's part of the box!

Thank you.
PS

Anonymous said...

Wow, some ednorsement of the new Then Play On! Is the mix and/or mastering basically the same on the new vinyl and CD versions?

Anonymous said...

Nice to see that a decent version of that fantastic album is now available. Prof, or any one else, have you had a chance to hear the new version?

- Joaquin

Prof. Stoned said...

Yes, same mix/sequence plus you get Manalishi as an extra. Very good mastering job.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear it. Finally!!

- Joaquin

PS Any hints on when you might up something here again :)

Prof. Stoned said...

I'm working on a couple things, but no deadlines.

CEaston140001 said...

Thank you Prof. for your amazing work. I'm in my early 20s and am just getting into vinyl/audiophile technology, and I value your experience and advice. I just have a couple questions, either for you or anyone else with experience in these matters. I'll try to keep it short.

First, have you or anyone else had any experience with the Ion Vinyl Alive Record Cleaning Kit (I have some second-hand older vinyl that I would like to clean but don't have the $500-$650 for a vacuum machine). I'm trying to find an alternative to the VPI until I can get some cash saved up.

Now concerning The Rolling Stones: "Beggars Banquet" and "Let it Bleed" were both released in mono back in the 60s, but are they true mono or fold-down?

Fleetwood Mac: was "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac" the only LP issued in mono?

Lastly, The Byrds: "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" was released in mono in the UK and (possibly) in the US as radio promo copies. Is that one true mono or a fold-down? It seems to be very rare and I can't find much info on it.

Thanks again for your hard work Prof., and thanks to anyone who may be able to help out. I'm asking these questions here because there seems to be more people with knowledge on these matters.

Prof. Stoned said...

Hi,

I have no experience with that cleaning kit, but when done right, it is an essential step in getting the most out of your record.

Beggars & Bleed are both folds. Except Sympathy for the devil is a true mono mix and it will be included on a forthcoming new share of mine.

With UK mono pressings of American albums that do not exist as USA stock mono copies, you can be sure they are folds. UK mono's on CBS even tell you so; on the label you will see the matrix of the American stereo mastertape starting with (K)CS.

Sounds like you need to go and discover the archives of stevehoffman.tv/forums where you can find lots of discussion on these and similar subjects. It's not a perfect place (no place with that many visitors could be) but lots of valuable info there, and some misinformation too.

Cheers,
Prof.

CEaston140001 said...

Hello. I discovered Steve Hoffman's forum and signed up as a member. Looks like a great place.

Have you done needledrops in the past before this site was up? I have found things online from 'Prof. Stoned' but they are not on this site.

Prof. Stoned said...

Yep. This here is my current "catalog" though. No old rips will be added, but some of them will be re-done in the future.

CEaston140001 said...

How do you decide which cartridge/stylus to use on a record? For example, on the "Fresh Cream" drop, you list the AT33PTG, while the "Aftermath" drop lists the AT150MLX. Just your current setup at that particular time?

Your hardware lists the AT33MONO, AT33PTG, and the AT33EV. Do you find that some work better with certain records?

Prof. Stoned said...

Yes, I'm now sticking with the 33PTG, but I've tried others in the past.

I should remove the 33EV from my profile. It's a dog. I used the 33Mono for the Coltrane rip, but prefer the 33PTG for nearly all mono and stereo records.

CEaston140001 said...

Hello Prof. I know there are many discussions on this topic on various forums throughout the internet, but I would like your opinion on the matter:

Would you clean a brand-new, never-opened, never-played vinyl record on a VPI or Nitty Gritty before you played it for the first time, or would you simply use a carbon-fiber anti-static brush on it?

Prof. Stoned said...

Depends. I clean the records that have remain unopened for +/- 40 years, but not so with new records that look unblemished. Or maybe just a rinse with water on the NG.

Gramophone said...

Just to say THANK YOU for all the terrific work you put in these needledrops.

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed the Cream and Fleetwood Mac records; had never heard them in mono before. If I may make a suggestion; Jeff Beck's first solo album "Truth". I have heard that the mono mix is quite different than the stereo mix which is the only one I'm familiar with. Any chance of posting this classic in mono?

Anonymous said...

Taking a short break from studies to drop a line here.

So, apparently Lou Reed has just passed away: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24697765

First Marcia Wallace, and now Lou Reed. Jesus Christ, what a world we're living in right now. You won't have to wait for the man anymore, Lou. R.I.P.

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

Spinning Berlin now, by far my fav Lou record (yes, incl VU)..

Anonymous said...

Nice. I need to get into Lou Reed's stuff more, now that I think about it. I'm pretty much only familiar with his VU work (and Metal Machine Music, for unspecified odd reasons).

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Is that your mix of TSMR on WW just posted?

Bruce said...

Looking for your Mono version of Didn't We by Richard Harris, posted in the Bootleg Zone three years ago. Is it still around?

Anonymous said...

GRACIAS

Anonymous said...

Would love you to do some more MONO uploads of Rolling Stones & some rare stuff such as McGough and McGear

Prof. Stoned said...

Sent me your near-mint copies!

Anonymous said...

McGough and McGear (in MONO) is as rare as getting laid with a supermodel

huge vinylcollection said...

i'm really curious what a good DSD rip of an LP would sound like....pcm just is'nt as good.what do you think prof?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great Stones stuff.....nice job!!!!
I also like how you post those rare 45 sides......THANKS!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Aftermath re-up!!

Prof. Stoned said...

The three S&G albums now have new D/L links, and so does the Tomorrow. Make sure to check out the new Japanese SHM mono remaster of the Tomorrow album!
Big Star is now retired. It doesn't seem fair to distribute this one, when it's available in perfect mastertape quality on the 4CD boxset. Thank you for understanding. I may do the same with the Tomorrow album in the near future because the new remaster seems to be really good (it's just not that widely available right now).

PoIsOn_HeArT said...

Thank you for your swift response. I now have the full 5 S&G albums and the Tomorrow album in both versions, as every other upload of yours because I didn't want to make a crappy job at re-encoding 24/96 to 16/44 as I'm sure your version is much better.

Well, I get your point about 'Big Star': it doesn't make much sense to do this kind of thing if a good quality version is comercially available, since I guess your work is basically to make available what is still not available to the public: a good quality version of the originals. Anyway, I've seen there's a torrent of your 'Big Star' upload and I hope I can get it in full (seeders are hard to find). I was looking for the 'Tomorrow' remaster but I've just found a japan SHM-CD import in mono. I guess in the future it will be more widely available.

Thanks again for all of your work. I'm looking forward for your future uploads!

Anonymous said...

Ah, now I see why you took it down before. It was released on the recent Tommy Super Deluxe box (didn't even know there was a Super Deluxe until now)! Listening to it, though, I'm kinda pissed they didn't even take the time to declick it when they took it from vinyl. I think I'll stick with your rip, since yours at least has proper work done on it.

"top-notch hyperdrive here" I'm amused I came up with all this poetic imagery to describe Keith and Pete's playing and Roger's singing. It made my day when I read it again.

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Hey, Prof. Stoned. Just found this blog. What can I say, I've been missing you since Demonoid went down (still, it wasn't all bad, while that site was a great source for lossless, it's downfall led to my discovery of an even better one, albeit in Russian). Anyway, looks like I missed your release of AYE in stereo. Axis and ELL are still being seeded several places but AYE has gone and disappeared. If you could provide a link, I'd be most obliged. If not, I understand.

It's interesting to see you're releasing Rolling Stones material. I may have to grab that. I've tried before to compile a collection of the best CD material and, frankly, I gave up for lack of time and patience and just went with the RMP set (which pretty much achieves what I was aiming for -- one of each studio track, no fake stereo, no fake mono, etc., just the original tracks as recorded). From what I remember reading back when I was trying to compile this stuff, the mastering mistakes made by ABKCO and London were by far the worst. So, any of the old their old 60s stuff you feel like doing is especially appreciated, since there tends to be no definitive CD versions of anything from that period, IIRC.

It truly is a shame they can't do a nice properly remastered boxed set for the Rolling Stones (or Jimi for that matter). Especially when we have the Pink Floyd Discovery series, the Beatles boxes, and the Led Zeppelin boxed sets to prove that "remastered" doesn't have to mean ruined (well, the part of the Discovery series I've heard sounds good anyway - being the proud owner of all 5 gold releases, I don't feel a strong compulsion to update those).

I especially can't wait to check out Satanic Majesties. I don't really understand why people hate it. Then again, I was born in the late 70s, and time has a funny way of affecting your perspective. I can certainly imagine Satanic Majesties as the "St. Anger" of the 60s (after all, we were all like "If I wanted Linkin Park, I'd have bought a Linkin Park CD" so I can certainly understand if back then they were all like "If I wanted the Beatles, I'd have bought a Beatles record").

BTW, love the new mono AYE, and that Black Sabbath single, wow, just when I thought I knew everything there was to know about Black Sabbath and Ozzy, this came along. Hearing it was truly a trip. If you have any more Black Sabbath planned, I can't wait to hear it.

Thanks a million times over for the great rips,
--Naraku77

Anonymous said...

I've noticed you still release two versions of your albums. You might want to rethink that with Foobar2000 having a SoX resampler plugin now (it's not just us DOS gods anymore that can do high quality downsampling on-the-fly). For those who might not be aware of this:

http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=67376

Sure, you might be saving a few people who just want to burn a CD some bandwidth. However, I think most people grab the 24/96 regardless of their intentions or whether they can actually hear a difference (you can always take away, but you can never get back what isn't there). Besides, the mere perception that there's something better causes people to want it.

Prof. Stoned said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

I'm afraid the on-the-fly downsampling is a bit too complicated for some people, so I'll just keep sharing the CD ready files.

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I only found out about your blog this a.m. and I just downloaded "music from a dolls house" which I'm looking forward to hearing, but when I try to open the file ( with WinRar) I am being asked for a password which I have never come across before.
Where do I get the password?
Cheers

Anonymous said...

The password is listed underneath the download links.

Anonymous said...

Yep, it's listed as "pass: profstoned" in case you missed it.

Prof, I'm still working on those Who tracks for you (you can find the Steppenwolf tracks on the shm cd FLAC torrent going around, though they're in an image+cue format sadly), but here's a quick-one off I want to share outside of letters. I love it when uploaders include scans, and here's no exception. Behold: the liner notes to the recent Fleetwood Mac TPO reissue http://ecover.to/Cover/Fleetwood_Mac-Then_Play_On_18_Tracks-2.html

Kinda cheap (scans of vinyl records, really?), but still a good read nonetheless. And if you look at the 4th pic, you can see scans of the tape box used. To quote someone else: "In fact, the noise floor is lower than on the orig UK pressing. I was surprised how clean and yet detailed they got it to sound, even though it looks like this was taken from an EQ'd 2nd generation tape." Chris Bellman and co. should definitely be thanked for making this sound so good. And now, back to the 'Oo...

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Hi Professor,

Thank you for your fabulous blog and the care and craftsmanship you put into your rips. I am blown away by your most recent Rolling Stones' TSMR offering. This is quite possibly the best sounding I've ever heard this record--beautiful definition and clarity of the instruments in the sound space. Despite all the frivolous controversies of comparisons with the Beatles Sgt. Peppers and blah, blah, blah, I have always loved this record. And your rip is a joy to behold.

Now, I know you don't normally take request. However, I would like to at least throw a suggestion out there: the original 1969 mix of the Grateful Dead's "Aoxomoxoa". I don't know if the Dead is something you were ever into. I wouldn't call myself a "hard core Dead Head". I mainly prefer their psychedelic -jam-band period up until about 1972.

I don't believe "Aoxomoxoa" was ever issued in mono. There was a big deal made about it's being the Dead's first 16 track recording. So, I'm pretty sure, with their new toy, the Dead would not fold this recording down into mono.

Well, we all know what happened. Garcia was not happy with the final results. He felt, that with all the experimentation and layering of sound in the multi-tracks, music was "buried" in the mixes. Thus, "Aoxomoxoa" was remixed by Garcia and Lesh in 1971, removing, in my opinion, most of the "weirdness" that I find very enchanting in the original mix. The remix has been used for all CD reissues since.

The "original" 1969 mix was reissued--finally--though only on vinyl, in the 2010 box set of the first five WB studio albums. I excitedly purchased this set when released. However, I was disappointed with the reissue of "Aoxomoxoa" in this set. When compared with the two VG+ copies of the original mix I own, the box set version has too much noise reduction. Both of my original copies of "Aoxomoxoa"--save for the light surface noise--sound much brighter, clearer and the frequencies, more balanced. My opinion of the box set version is "blah". Instead of returning a classic recording to it's rightful place, the box set presents a remastering, that to my ears, is muddied.


So, Professor, I just float this out as a suggestion. For all I know you may not like the Dead. However, it would be an unimaginable gift to "Dead Heads" everywhere, if somewhere down the long road, you could spend some time to work your magic on this mishandled artifact from 1969.

Thanks a million,
Your restorations help fill in the blanks of our cultural inheritance.

Kindest of regards,

zog addams

Prof. Stoned said...

I like that album, but not a deadhead by any means. I picked up a transitional WB USA copy for a few bucks a couple weeks ago (one side orig mix, one side remix), and from memory I'd say that the orig mix here sounds indeed better than the 2010 or the orig UK (which I sold earlier one). I dunno, it's not something that's really rare though. Maybe, one day, when I've run outta interesting dedicated mono mixes to transfer. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Professor. :)

zog addams

Ezra said...

Hi Professor,

I truly love everything you've done for music lovers and for music history. Your transfers of Tomorrow and Moby Grape are just brilliant, and I listen to them on a regular basis, thank you so much. The stereo versions just don't sound as good to my ears, be it the strange mixing or lack of clarity or whatever, so I'm very grateful for your incredible transfers and research.

I understand you don't really want to hear a plethora of requests, but like the previous poster, I would like to throw in a suggestion as well - Love's "Forever Changes" in mono. I recall reading that although it was a dedicated mix, it has never been released in the digital realm, presumably because the tapes are lost. I'd LOVE to hear some LOVE in mono! I'm not sure of your personal opinion on the album, but I see it as one of the cornerstones of psychedelic rock, and would be so gracious for any offering you gave.

Thanks so much for your time.

Prof. Stoned said...

Definitely on the lookout for that one. Did comparisons with folded stereo once, and the differences were even less noticeable than Strange Days. But audio quality was better on a couple tracks, which convinced me that it is at least partly a dedicated mix. PB did a pretty clean rip of this already a couple years ago, btw.

Ezra said...

Oh, I did not know that. I'll have to see if I can check it out. Nevertheless, I can't wait to hear any offering you may possibly find in the future, as I'm sure that when it comes, it will be vastly superior to all that came before. Thanks, Prof.!

Anonymous said...

Hi Prof - just a note of appreciation to say thanks for your time, dedication, and impeccable taste. Wishing you nothing but good things!

A. Fan

Anonymous said...

Whoo! Go Germany!

That is all.

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

:-)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Rapidshare links for the singles have officially puked.

Oh well. Everything else is seriously peachy keen. Thoroughly enjoying the albums! Great work, Prof Stoned!

Prof. Stoned said...

Hums will be updated. There's a bit of wow and flutter on side B that bugs me.

F$%# Rapidshare, I'll replace the remaining links sometimes soon.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the quick response, prof.!

Not sure if my memory's serving me right, but didn't you used to have a rip of a Neil Young 45 on here? What happened to that?

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

Alright, all Rapidshare links are now replaced, and Cinnamon Girl has been reinstated. :)

Expect three groundbreaking classic albums soon. All in the superior one channel mixes.

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Can't wait

- Joaquin Antique

mike w said...

Thank you, sir. Looking forward to your fine work.

Anonymous said...

Hey prof, just want to let you know... the fleet of macs have sailed into Boston Harbour. Check your messages.

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Holy Cow! The Motherload and more. Looking forward to checking out all these new additions. Thanks!

- Joaquin Antique

Anonymous said...

Oh, right, I forgot to say this, but thanks for reinstating the Cinnamon Girl single... I had no idea you affixed it to Neil Young's first album! I downloaded your version from Demonoid a long while ago and was happy with it, so I had no idea you attached something new.

Anyways, mighty thanks for all the effort you've done, prof., and can't wait to see what awaits us in the future.

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

Sorry, it is not (anymore). Fixed the info tile.

Anonymous said...

Yikes!! I had no idea... Well thanks for reinstating it anyways, I got to resee some comments that I forgot I left. (BTW I just replied back. Better get a coffee, it's kinda long. Kept it to one letter however.)

Also, I'm curious, what kind of software and what settings do you use for dithering (and resampling, while I'm at it)?

-Vic

Ezra said...

Prof., just wanted to say thanks again for the fantastic additions you've given. I FREAKED OUT when I saw you did Freak Out! in MONO.

By the way, a LOVEly CHANGE could possibly be on the horizon - possibly FOREVER reinstating the mono? I've sent you a PM on the Hoffman site. Perhaps it is up to your standards ...

Thanks again for the landmark albums and beautiful transfers.

Anonymous said...

Hey prof, just wondering, are you still looking for that first Prunes single? I recently discovered a comp that released the same month as your rip, collecting all the Prunes (both real & fake) sides, appropriately called The Complete Reprise Singles. Sounds great from what I can tell, the mono being properly centered (unlike on the Collectors Choice), and there's a few tracks for the classic lineup I didn't know before.

Shadows, I'm not sure about the history or recording sessions, but it was apparently recorded in the first sessions with Hassinger and released in Jan'68, around the Mass in F Minor sessions while the band was still together (away from their breakup in June I think). But anyways, if it's the classic lineup, it sounds great.

The Vox Wah-Wah commercial is another must hear, IMO. Again, I'm not sure when this was done, but it's apparently also during the classic lineup, and features some awesome guitar demonstration.

Anyways, just spreading the word if you weren't aware of this comp! Done by Real Gone Music and no brickwalling, as far as I can tell.

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Greetings Professor,

You have made some great contributions to my sonic happiness through the years. I wanted to thank you for all of your fine work and generosity. I have a question unrelated to these great mono posts: where can I find a download for your 2010 needledrop of the legacy Are You Experienced in 24-96 stereo? By the way, the mono version is spectacular!

-Marc

Anonymous said...

Help please, what programs do I need to make a DVD audio for your high resolution (24 bit flac) offerings?

Anonymous said...

I suggest buying a software program,not asking prof stoned.

Anonymous said...

Now we're getting somewhere, what program do you recommend?

Anonymous said...

Hi Prof

Thanks very much for your excellent posts.

I have a question unrelated to your work.

I am quite new to vinyl and was thinking of buying the new Beatles Mono box set. This will be my first mono vinyl purchase. I have already purchased an Audio technica ATLP120USB USB Turntable. I am unsure if these albums will play satisfactorily with my stereo cartridge or should I buy a mono cartridge to listen to these LPs properly.

Thanks for your help.

Prof. Stoned said...

Hi,

I've not read much about the new Beatles box, nor bought it myself. My guess is that it was cut with a stereo head (anybody)? Still, even if they went through the trouble to do it old-school, a stereo cart should reproduce it satisfactory.

Prof.

Anonymous said...

Greetings Professor, I wonder if you've ever considered tackling the Mamas & the Papas debut album in mono, preferably from an original pressing. It sounds so much better in mono.

Anonymous said...

Anon,

Not Prof., but I'd just get a copy of the Sundazed reissue instead. It's taken from a UK copy tape, but it sounds really great. Plus, their recent pressings are done at QRP and are loads quieter than the previous done at United. Those Dunhill pressings really are hit or miss, anyways (moreso the latter).

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Hey Prof. Thanks for all the great rips. I was just listening to your Wednesday Morning mono rip. Benedictus has a sharp high-pitched tone throughout the song. Was this a part of the original recording? I can't hear the tone on my stereo cd. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hey prof,

Sundazed just announced on their Facebook page the first three Lovin' Spoonful LP's in MONO! Sadly, for me at lesat, it's LP only, no CD issue... Do you have any interest? Here's a safety master tape box for Daydream they posted a few days ago... https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10805578_10152603262178791_1088358439247065916_n.png?oh=5ecc40e4e0c0c719236f999fcae97d93&oe=55171663&__gda__=1423222582_4e536ab2596a1a94799eaadfb0432256

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

Damn! I guess that's good for the people, but man... I spent 5 years looking for a still sealed US mono copy of the first LP, and now that I've found it, I won't be needing it. Well, assuming that a 2nd generation tape sounds as good or better. Anyway, thanks for the heads-up, dude.

Anonymous said...

There might be benefits if it's not cut as hot, and by Kevin Gray, and pressed on stellar vinyl. Of course, a CD issue would obviate any of these issues :P but we're not getting one :(

They also announced the first 3 Ten Years After albums in mono, this time both on vinyl AND CD. Not sure how much interest you have in TYA however... (and I'll gladly take the CD instead!)

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

TYA? Meh... Though I always thought only the first album got a dedicated one channel mix. Well, the reason I searched so long for a sealed copy was that the used ones I bought all sounded distorted for the last half of each side. With the sealed copy that was reduced to only the last track of Side1. But, we'll see. Recovering from 3 days of Utrecht record fair now, and enjoying my new acquisitions. Cheers!

Prof. Stoned said...

Just looking at the Sundazed FB. I have to say, they are an amazingly cool record label in almost every way.

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes they are :) If you want to spend some time for a while, check out their Photos. BTW 20% off sale until the end of this year starting 11/27, better hurry!

Hope you got something for yourself at the fair and not just for this site! Without spoiling anything, can you give any hints as to what's ahead?

-Vic

JWB said...

Sundazed doesn't always do good work. Their reissue of the first Left Banke LP was dreadful. Sometimes their LP pressings are markedly inferior to originals, but it varies from title to title. Their recent reissue of the mono "Safe As Milk" (same label as Lovin' Spoonful) was very good.

Prof. Stoned said...

@Vic Hint: A prune is not a vegetable.

@J. I'd agree their mastering and sometimes media quality are their less strong points. Still, it's good to have them around.

Anonymous said...

cabbage is a vegetable

Prof. Stoned said...

What can a person like myself say to a vegetable?

Anonymous said...

A prune may not be a vegetable, but can it at least be Electric?

BTW, Sundazed just announced a Garage Sale for Thanksgiving, putting here for courtesy. See if you want anything for yourself here!

-Vic

P.S. Beware of any CIA creeps that may be creeping around Laurel Canyon!

Prof. Stoned said...

Oh yeh!

Kwai Chang said...

Re: Zappa Quote-ology
Absolutely Free is one of my favorite records of all time!
Caravan with a drum sola

Ezra said...

Oh man, I can't wait for your next ABSOLUTELY FREE transfer ... I thought I read somewhere that it was mostly a fold-down? Alas, one can never have enough Zappa ...

One time awhile back I was perusing my local thrift shop and on a whim bought this copy of Dave Van Ronk & The Hudson Dusters for $0.25. I had never heard of him or this band and decided it was worth a try, since it seemed to be in pretty good shape. Was immediately pleased with the album, and immensely surprised when he stated "A prune is not a vegetable ..." at the end of the first song! Another great record yet unreleased on CD.

Anyways, sorry for the side-track ... :) I can't wait for your next update: it'll be Christmas ad infinitum!

Prof. Stoned said...

Not sure it's gonna be this year. As always, it takes time to do it right

Anonymous said...

Hey prof, Bob Irwin has just posted another LS picture... (dammit I wish these were on CD!) https://www.facebook.com/sundazed/photos/a.73649413790.76612.58611678790/10152621982593791/?type=1

BTW I am rooting for you on the Zappa thing, good luck on that...

-Vic

Ezra said...

^ "Voodoo Man"? And it looks to me like "Full Measure" is "Pull Machine"! At least we know the mono masters are not destroyed ... Do you think the fidelity on these releases will rival the originals?

Anonymous said...

This isn't the mono master, mind you, it's a safety copy. "B-File" = Safety. But hopefully it's merely a flat 2nd generation one. As far as vinyl goes, depends. If it's cut properly with consideration for IGD (inner groove distortion) and pressed on-center, it could beat out the original hot cut. Of course, a release on CD would obviate all these issues...

-Vic

Ezra said...

Hey Prof, I'm thinking about upgrading my turntable and I see that you use the Technics SL-1210 MK2. I have been considering this, as my AT-120LP-USB is modeled after that sucker. Would you recommend that deck as a good upgrade for someone looking to get higher-fidelity playback, or do you think there are better options out there (perhaps the MK5)? I also will be using a Audio-Technica stylus, but not a MC - I like the good sound but replaceable stylus of the AT150MLX. Thanks for your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Hi Prof. Stoned,

Thanks so much for the Leonard Cohen and Simon & Garfunkel mono offerings.

I'm curious as to why The Left Banke's material has never been reissued in mono. Have you heard anything about this?

Thanks,
Jukebox Lil

JWB said...

I was considering doing a Left Banke mono set myself. The problem is...I am missing one single...Nice To See You/There's Gonna Be A Storm...it's nearly impossible to find, and I didn't want to release an incomplete set.

Anonymous said...

JWB,
Thanks for responding. I will be waiting with bated breath for such a mono post (complete or not.) Believe me, if I had the single you need, I'd get it to you post-haste. It's not fun listening to Walk Away Renee and Pretty Ballerina in stereo (but do what I must, as I love the songs!)

Thanks again for your work.

Jukebox Lil

Prof. Stoned said...

Well, at least two copies exist:

http://www.popsike.com/php/detaildatar.php?itemnr=2543649181

http://www.discogs.com/Left-Banke-Nice-To-See-You-Theres-Gonna-Be-A-Storm/release/5469829 (apparently belonging to Sandoval)

Anonymous said...

Prof, your popsike link doesn't work for non-users or logged-out ones. Here's a fixed link: http://www.popsike.com/LEFT-BANKETheres-Gonna-Be-a-Storm-1969-45/2543649181.html

There's also a listing on 45catalog as well: http://www.45cat.com/record/s2226 Strange how every copy pictured seems to have a cutout hole... I wonder if there exists a single w/o one.

I've always wondered what the hell went wrong with that first album's mix. Someone on the Hofforums called it a type of "magazine mixing" (a term new to me), but it sounds like that to me... hardly any careful balancing of the levels, EQ, just sounding really sloppy. I guess the band never attended the mixing sessions for the first album and the company didn't care. The 2nd album, OTOH, sounds way more carefully thought out, as do the singles... I guess the company did care about the singles, and the band (sans Mike Brown) put more effort into the album.

BTW JWB do you have the Desiree single as well? There was actually a 7th song from the first album released on its B-side, "Something On My Mind", which you can hear here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRdVJkML7SA

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Prof. Stoned,
You might laugh me off the page when I ask this question, but would you (or anyone else) know if the first Peter, Paul and Mary LP was issued in mono? I've only ever been able to find stereo versions of their material and will stop frustrating myself by searching if it never existed in the first place.

Thanks in advance.

Jukebox Lil

Prof. Stoned said...

Have you tried ebay? Plenty copies there for very little (with a little patience you can even find them still sealed for little).

Kwai Chang said...

Does anyone know if the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band's first two mono albums are dedicated mixes? The first album is called Gorilla and has different track listing from US(deletes Big Shot). The second album is Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse(called Urban Spaceman in US...added the song Urban Spaceman). Any help is appreciated.

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