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Friday, April 26, 2019

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Anonymous said...

Hey prof, just wondering, have you ever heard the Doors mono released by Rhino on iTunes and Amazon (both no longer there) a few years back? How does it compare to the original LP in terms of SQ? Here's a link to the Qobuz in lossless, only place it's available left.

I ask this in apprehension, since someone else on SHTV has stated that they heard the Rhino reissue of the original mix of Aoxomoxoa and they thought it sounded "dead" compared to the original...

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

Thanks for the flacs, Vic. Quite what went wrong during the mono mixdown of this album, we'll never really know, but it does sound really fucked up at times.

I just acquired a pretty good sounding original of this recently. While not having put them side by side yet, I don't think you will get a better sound from the LP. These FLAC's sound correct to me. The Aoxomoxoa Rhino LP did *not* when I first heard it.

BTW, JPstooges has done a US mono rip that I thought was quite clean, for those who really want to hear it. Don't believe the Monarch with M on deadwax hype at Hoffman's Holiday Camp. Those very first pressings (both mono and stereo) sound muddy and overcooked. They are not from better masters either. Every master that Paul Rothchild did after circa 1965 was LEDO'd, Check that one on Google.

Kwai Chang said...

I own still sealed copies of 1967 mono and stereo The Doors. Perhaps, I don't need to open them.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for replying, prof. Please compare the two if you can, for I'm curious to see whether or not the FLACs are better than the LP (even if ever-so-slightly). There's a couple things I wanna ask about the orig. mono pressing:

1) Does "Light My Fire" run at its original speed, or is it still way slowed down there?
2) Is "The End" uncensored or was it censored on the mono pressing like some SHTV users have claimed?

Also, how bad was the Rhino Aoxomoxoa, really? I'm curious as to how bad it really is. Are you planning to do this album, too? Just curious...

-Vic

Vic said...

Well, I've compared the FLACs to jpstooges' rip myself, and I'm glad to say, Rhino definitely did NOT change the speed for the mono reissue, it's at the same speed/pitch as the US mono orig. Now, my answers to my prev. q:

1) "Light My Fire", not exactly at its original speed (as heard on the remix), but far closer to it on the US mono than on the stereo. My personal theory: the band and Rothschild noticed the speed discrepancy while mixing the mono and compensated to the best of their ears. And as you know, at this point still mono got all the attention while stereo hardly ever got a notice, so some other engineer (probably NOT monitored by Rothschild or band) did a simple L-R mix for the stereo, and didn't bother to double check for any speed discrepancies, hence why LMF sounds way slower in the stereo, but also why it sounds more hi-fi and doesn't have that rough AM crunch to it.
BTW Mr. Botnick is mistaken on the 2006 remix liner notes, the 45 isn't running "on speed" because of a "wrap--a single piece of splicing tape on the capstan of the mastering recorder", it's at the exact same speed of the mono LP ver., suggesting it's merely what it is: an edited-down version of the mono LP master.
2) I'm not sure what other cuss points to look out for other than the post-Oedipus breakdown (please tell me if you can), but the download and US mono LP seem to match, meaning the latter is NOT censored like other posters seem to have said. BTW I'm not sure if it's like this on the original US stereo LP, but the 2012 HDTracks seems to have the swears, except much less audible, but it's not mixed out completely as some have implied.

BTW as long we're talkin' SQ: if you're looking for a great-sounding version of the first album with LMF running on-speed, I highly recommend the Complete Doors Studio Albums from HDTracks, available to sample on your local tracker. Unlike most other Warners HDTracks product that elect to use cheap copy tapes (Monkees, Van Halen, Love Forever Changes*), these actually use the masters, you can tell from the lack of cross-bleed and distorted bass. Probably because these are the 24/96 digital masters used for the 2007 vinyl reissues. You're not likely to get better, either, this was done before the original master was deemed unusable and they had to use a backup tape for the recent AP SACDs...

Also, if I can ask your opinion on something, do you think the download sounds like a needledrop like other posters have claimed, or is it from tape? The sibilance on "Soul Kitchen" is pretty bad and rough-sounding, almost vinyl-esh, but it also sounds like this on the US mono as well (except a little rougher-sounding), and looking at the spectrals for the former, the background noise looks pretty clean, plus there's no easily-seeable groove noise (and near the end of "The End" I can clearly see some tape artifacts like momentary dropouts). I'm no expert in this field, mind you, so help me out here if you can...

*P.S. Speaking of which, have you heard the new MFSL Forever Changes? Available on a HRM forum near you! Any reviews on bass content and high-end resolution? This might very well be the one...

Prof. Stoned said...

Definitely tape. Like I said, something went wrong during the mixing of the mono version.

Vic said...

Yeah, that's what I figured. Though I like the mono, it's clear it's not as clear (excuse me) as it could be, but listening past the distortion, there's no vinyl artifacts in the background, and only artifacts are some very slight tapey dropouts at the end of The End ('cuse me again!).

BTW, might as well ask, have you ever considered doing a good-SQ comp of the Yardbirds stuff, at least the early stuff up to Roger? I know you recommend the vinyl of the Rhino GHVol.1, but I wouldn't recommend the CD at all, massive clipping on many of the tracks, even after they tried to compensate by reducing the gain, but the damage's already done...

Kwai Chang said...

Has anyone checked if there is any difference between reel-to-reel copies of The Doors first album...one edition has a catalog number with a EK prefix...the other has EKC prefix. Those might be the wrong letters...but, there are two different prefixes. Both are 7 1/2 IPS. Ebay-chatter has included claims of a MONO release on reel-to-reel being the reason for two numbers. Any help is very much appreciated! You know the rest...

Anonymous said...

Reels will say stereo if they are.if it says nothing on the box or reel,its mono,unless the tape C is mid to late 70s,which in not the case with the doors,so try to read the blurry photo on eBay or ask the seller.

Anonymous said...

Hey prof, I have a question to ask, but this time about sound quality about 1 song. Does the mono version of "Positively 4th Street" on the "Best of the Mono Dylan" sound bad to you? I only recently compared it to a 45 rip and the track off the Sundazed mono Greatest Hits vinyl, and I was surprised how bad it sounded.

One example: the second-to-last tambourine beat just before Bob comes in. On the GH and 45, the tambourine comes in clearly, but on the Best of Mono, it nearly disappears! And looking at spectral view in Audition, there seems to be noticeable phasing/drop-out issues along the top end of the Best of Mono version as well. What do you think?

-Vic

JWB said...

The problem with the CD version of "Positively" is that it was transferred on a stereo machine and then collapsed to mono, which is exactly what you are NOT supposed to do...hence the awful phasey sound. Somebody at Sony fucked up majorly.

Anonymous said...

The only reason I know about this is because I read a comment about this, either on SH or "that other (parody) forum", and then I was curious and decided to check it out.

Regardless, though, I'm surprised hardly any comments exist about this on SHTV except maybe one or two or three, nor has it seemed anybody's notified someone at Sony (Mark Wilder?) about this pretty bad error. What's going on?

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Greetings,
I'm a bit of a newcomer to your blog and am fascinated by the extraordinary music you have made available. I'm hoping that you'll be able to suggest something that will help me with my downloads.

I've been trying to download: Neil Young (1969) Withdrawn US w/ Alt. Mixes - CSG Decoded.

I've tried both the
CD Quality (16.44.1) filecloud and the filefactory versions with no success. I then tried the Hi-Rez (24-96) filecloud and filefactory versions with the same lack of success.

The downloads complete, but when I put in the provided password [profstoned], I continue to receive an error message saying that the "password is incorrect." Is there something I'm doing that is incorrect?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time.

Prof. Stoned said...

Hi. Did you try just typing it, rather than copy/paste: profstoned

Anonymous said...

Prof.Stoned,
I did just as you suggested... typing the password , rather than copy and paste.

I attempted to download the High Resolution (24/96) version of - Neil Young - S/T (1969) Orig Withdrawn US - CSG decoded, both the filecloud and filefactory versions with the same lack of success.

When I open the file (both versions), I continue to receive an error message stating "Data in encrypted file 'Neil Young' - Neil Young (1969) 24-96 Orig. US [Withdrawn Version] - Prof Stoned 2009 /07 - Here We Are In The Years.flac'. Wrong password?"

If there are any additional suggestions, I would be most grateful.

Again thank you...

Anonymous said...

Hi Prof

Right in the middle of a transfer of Hendrix Barclay Band of Gypsys.......

Band Of Gypsys
Lable: Barclay – 0920 221 & 0920.221
Format: Vinyl LP Stereo Live
Country: France
Released: 1970
Matrix/Runout/deadwax (Face 1): BLY 920221 A GP
• Matrix/Runout/deadwax (Face 2): BLY 920221 B
• Other (Cat. nr. disc 1): XBLY 0920221-1
• Other (Cat. nr. disc 2): XBLY 0920221-2



You did a 24/96 transfer of BoG 1970 from 3 Lp sources, which given your impeccable 'track' record, i presume you took these as the best there is/was.


I am wondering i] what tape source was used for this French release and ii] where you would place these tapes in sonic excellence?

Thanks PeteH/uk

Prof. Stoned said...

Dunno, Pete. Never heard it. I would hold the Classic 180gr from 2000 or so as the gold standard for this album, followed by an original USA Ludwig cutting. Tons of good discussion about this on forums.stevehoffman.tv.*

*Be warned that SHtv is heavily moderated and serves first and foremost as a promotional tool for some guy from L.A. who suffers from delusions of grandeur. I recommend it solely as an open source of information.

bladder100 said...

Thanx Prof.......

I'll let u know what comes up when the transfer is done...

[I'm guessing that its the same as the Track release, but as ever, won't be defined untill its sorted...]

SHtv? I joined this recently in an effort to seek info on the genesis of this particular Barclay LP.. I checked a few days later and my account had been wiped.

No explanation.

Some good snippets of info tho.

Cheers Pete H/uk

Old_fat_bloke said...

Prof

What's in the pipeline for your next MONO upload?

I still love the Spirit one you did last year, the sound and clarity is stunning!

Anonymous said...

So... don't know if you've found out about this yet, but it's just recently been revealed that Sundazed's mono CD of the Mamas & Papas' 2nd album is largely a needledrop, with intros/outros seemingly folded in from the stereo: http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/hows-the-sq-on-the-2011-sundazed-mono-cd-for-if-you-can-believe-your-eyes-and-ears.404404/#post-11903246

Not sure if Luke can see this, but I hope he can elaborate some more here if possible.

Luke said...

Yeah, the mono M&P is definitely comprised of needledrops with edited on intros and fades for most songs. A few songs seem like they might be from tape, but I haven't figured out yet if they are mono folds or what.

I did a 'drop of that LP almost 10 years ago, and while there are a number of things that could be improved upon, I'd argue it's easily better than the Sundazed. Some tracks are comically bad.

Anonymous said...

Well, given that the other songs are a mix of needledrops and folded intros/fades, I doubt that those are real mono copies, but foldies as well. But I do wonder why Sundazed felt the need to hide the real goings-on about the source of this album.

But moreso, I also wonder why no one (not even me) had realized this was a needledrop until now. Judging by what you said (nb: "comically bad"? how bad is it?), this should be easily detectable yet no one detected it 'til now.

-Vic

Luke said...

It came up last month, but the suggestion was quickly brushed off. As soon as I started listening it was immediately apparent.

I posted clips in that thread, plus you can hear samples on Sundazed's site. Dancing In The Street in particular is really bad.

Anonymous said...

Last month = being in the thread, right? Still, that's over a year after this was released, and you would've thought that someone might have recognized this only a few months after if it's really as bad as you said.

BTW, what other differences in the mon/stereo (besides those you listed in the thread) have you found so far?

-Vic

JWB said...

Most of the recent Sundazed releases that I have been most interested in have turned out to be complete duds. If it's not totally fraudulent, it's inferior to other versions. They have become one of those joke labels that will seemingly release anything regardless of the quality.

JWB said...

Sundazed's reissue of Beefheart's unreleased second LP came out on vinyl only, and was touted as coming from the original analog masters. Yet somehow it has digital skips all over the place, and some tracks have been digitally noise reduced. And after all that, it's still the worst that material has ever sounded. I don't trust Sundazed as far as I can throw that Beefheart record.

Anonymous said...

I've heard about that, JWB. That was the "It Comes To You In A Plain Brown Wrapper" one, right? I was surprised to see people recommending it in the "Safe As Milk Mono Sundazed" SH.TV thread when other people disowned it before, in the SAME THREAD, notably Vivaldinization (who strangely hasn't posted for a long while there). I know for certain that the Hollies monos released by Sundazed are just sourced from the NR'd EMI masters as well...

BTW... this is unrelated, but do you know anything about the "EE 8-track" story? Some people think the "8-track master" might simply just be the production master used for the 8-track (and EE DID come out on 8-track).

-Vic

JWB said...

I know nothing about the Elevators tapes, beyond where to find the best source for each track. Different people have different things. Their original drummer has a reel of Psych Sounds alternate mixes that was released on one of those rarities comps. The version that Charly put out is a crappy dub with echo added, that is touted as belonging to the original engineer. It's sonic excrement. The "Headstone" tapes are a similar story...good versions are on rare releases, and garbage sources on the mass produced stuff. Then you've got the guy with mysterious EE reels. Charly has a few genuine things, but nobody seems to know where the original mono and stereo masters for the first two albums are, though they will gladly release the awful 1976 "remix" again and again and claim that it is the original 1966 mix. The best you can do is gather the best needledrops and call it a day. These assholes will never get it right.

Anonymous said...

Vic, JWB (or anyone who might know), what is the best source for the Elevator's albums? I have the 8-track cartridge tape transfers. I haven't followed the story very closely but still see all kinds of different releases coming out. I'd be curious to know which, if any, are worthy. Thanks!

- JA

Luke said...

Vic, last month in the SH.tv thread.

I really haven't done many other comparisons yet. Been too busy with other things right now.

JWB said...

JA -

I put together a set called "The Essential 13th Floor Elevators" that contains all of the albums in their original stereo mixes from the best sources. There is a slightly better version of the "Psych Sounds" stereo mix available now...it was ripped by jpstooges in January, I think. But you might be satisfied with the "Essential" set. It's certainly much better than the 8-track transfers. You will be very surprised.

Anonymous said...

JWB, would love to hear it.

- JA

JWB said...

It's on the Green Demon.

Anonymous said...

Got it! Thanks. Gonna check it out tonight.

- JA

Anonymous said...

JWB: Checked out the first disc and it sounds great. Easter Everywhere is fantastic! I forgot how much I love that record. Been too long since I played that one. Thanks again.

- JA

Ezra said...

Hey Prof., any chance you could give an update on what's in the works? I can't wait to hear your work on Absolutely Free!

Anonymous said...

This isn't even close-to-related-to-anything-related-on-your-blog, but...

Apparently the "Houses of the Holy" Led Zeppelin remaster (current 2014) was taken from a higher-gen, LP cutting tape with bass frequencies summed to mono... while the original '80s CD was taken from a much-lower-gen (perhaps-master) tape with much wider stereo separation? Is this true?

-Vic

Luke said...

It's certainly true that the original CD has better stereo separation. And it's certainly *likely* that the difference is caused by use of an LP cutting master for the remaster. That said, it's *possible* (albeit, IMO not likely) that the bass summing was done again for the remaster.

Anonymous said...

Hey Prof, thanks for all these amazing rips. I'm looking for the mono Axis: Bold As Love rip you updated a few years ago. Any idea where I can find it? Thanks again.

JWB said...

Yes, Vic...the Houses Of The Holy remaster comes from an inferior LP cutting tape, as does the previous remaster. That's another tidbit of information that you won't find anywhere else because everyone has their "new artist-approved hi-res remaster" blinders on. Anyone can see that the Diament CD is vastly superior.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the report, JWB. I'm surprised and still wonder why they would go back to an LP cutting tape for the remasters, especially one with bass-summing. Couldn't they have just found some flat 1:1 copy (à la the S&G remasters last year) if they thought the master was inadequate? I wonder what tape the Classic LP was cut from, then?

And... a short juncture, but apparently Doug Sax passed away today. R.I.P. (especially sad, being one of the good ones AND far away from Hoff as you could possibly get.)

-Vic

Luke said...

Re: Doug Sax. What do you mean "far away from Hoff as you could possibly get"? Any sort of personal differences aside, I'd say they probably have/had a similar mastering philosophy, no?

Anonymous said...

Luke, that ("personality differences") is pretty much exactly what I meant when I put in that little tag at the end. Sorry if you thought it implied otherwise. Knew it was a bad idea to have slipped that in there in the first place.

I do agree they both shared similar mastering philosophies, though... especially with regards to digital and not wanting to "change the work" as much as possible ("stew" quote).

-Vic

Anonymous said...

What the heck? Has anyone else noticed something different with filecloud.io? Now they're redirecting visits to a site called ezfile.ch and forcing downloads from there.

The best file-service here has now turned into the worst fileservice. Blargh.

(mostly because they are seriously NOT kidding when they say that you'll download files at dialup speed if you don't sign-in/sign-up)

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Well, looks like you're in for a treat after all, RE: Lovin' Spoonful:

Looks like Sundazed IS releasing them monos on CD after all! At least the first 3 albums, you can check out the samples here: http://sundazed.com/shop/artists.php?artistID=155

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

Excellent news!

Anonymous said...

...Just figured out a way to bypass the Flash players on the 3 album listings thanks to the sound clip URL posted on the front page (thank you, HTML5!). Check these out and let me know what you think:

- Do You Believe In Magic: http://www.sundazed.com/audio//5507/
- Daydream: http://www.sundazed.com/audio//5508/
- Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful: http://www.sundazed.com/audio//5509/

Let's hope these aren't sourced from a "well-loved LP" (as clever parlance would put it) like the Mamas & Papas s/t was!

-Vic

JWB said...

Those samples sound awesome, which is not surprising, since these are supposed to be tapes that turned up along with Safe As Milk, which was also an excellent release. Sundazed has also posted photos of the tape boxes, for what it's worth.

Luke said...

Summer In The City sounds crummy, but it seems that that may just be the source, either the mono mix or a particular copy thereof.

Other Side of This Life is questionable. It seems like there may be an edit/shift in sound when the drums come in, and there's distortion that doesn't seem to be present on another needledrop. Another vinyl dub with edited intro? Why?

Anonymous said...

Luke, I don't have any other copies of Summer in the City to compare with (besides the MP3 sample and prof's taken down rip)... but I think you're right. Comparing them side-to-side and aligning them in spectral view, the only reason you can't see the roll-off on the vinyl is because it's hidden by the cartridge resonance. One other difference I noticed is that the MP3 sample is noticeably higher in pitch than either prof's rip or the 45 here.

I can't really understand the reason behind Other Side of This Life sounding that way, though. I don't think Sundazed posted a tape box for Do You Believe in Magic (like they did for Daydream or Hums), but all of the other tracks for this album sound fine (and tapey to me). Was the tape too damaged for that track? Maybe when time for release comes, they'll say in the notes that song was too damaged and they had to needledrop it (just like Iconoclassic said and did for the last 2 tracks on the Isley Bros.' It's Our Thing album).

...I can't explain the edited intro part, though, especially with how noticeably dull it sounds compared to the rest of the sample, and ALSO how it doesn't sound this way on another vinyl dub that I have of the track. I ALSO notice that Sundazed's sample is noticeably (though to a lesser extent) higher pitched than the dub I got.

-Vic

Luke said...

Yeah, I don't know. The rest of the album seemed to be from tape, so I'm not sure why they would have to use a needledrop for that song. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Just found this out last night: if you OOPS the MP3 sample of "Other Side of This Life" there will be some audible artifacts remaining which are not only lossy but vinyl as well... but this only happens for the stuff after the edit point. The intro doesn't have any audible artifacts and is pretty much silent, and this also applies for the rest of the songs on the 1st album, as well as any song from the other 2 albums. Only OSOTL (after the edit point) has this, as far as I know.

I only noticed this because I saw the 2 volume meters in Audition varying for a split second while replay this... something that wouldn't seem to happen with proper mono files.

-Vic

Luke said...

As I said privately, there's *definitely* a change after the intro; OOPSing results in silence before that, and various noises after that. That said, I'm not convinced the "various noises" are vinyl noises. At least not based on that (lossy) sample. That isn't to say I don't think it's from vinyl (that *does* seem likely), but I don't think OOPSing the MP3 sample is a clear indication of that.

It *does* seem to be a clear indication that the track was stitched together, however.

Anonymous said...

BTW, found out about this a couple weeks ago, but posting it here in case you guys didn't find out about it yet: if you search HDTracks, you'll find the Tomorrow album uploaded there in mono: http://www.hdtracks.com/tomorrow-231871 Definitely the true mono mix as well, with no piano on the choruses of "Auntie Mary's Dress Shop" like on the stereo.

To my ears, this sounds a bit better than the SHM-CD release, having better EQ and no NR on the fades (plus longer fades on every track to boot!).

-Vic

Anonymous said...

So, just as suspected, the "Other Side of this Life" track is a needledrop... http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/lovin-spoonful-in-mono-coming-from-sundazed.397936/page-7#post-12502076

Luckily the other tracks (on the 1st album and other 2) seem fine, but I wonder what was the reason for using an N.D. for that track? Also of note is that there's no pics of tape box scans underneath the CD trays (and no booklets at all!).

-Vic

Gramophone said...

Hope you're doing fine, Prof. Wish you all the best.

Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Well, as long as you're gonna chain-thank everyone...

I would also like to give thanks to you, prof., but for a past rip you did, all the way back in 2008, and it's for the US mono of Blue Cheer's Vincebus Eruptum.

Due to someone on HRM I was able to get the 24/96 files you uploaded long ago, and I gotta say that your rip sounds great. In fact, I think it sounds far better (and cleaner) than the Sundazed (I ran this by Luke and he thinks it's a needledrop, FWIW). Great job on this, man, and hope you keep up the good work.

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

Y'know, I never really bothered to compare, since I trusted Sundazed to use mastertapes. But I do know something was wrong with their LP reissue of Outside/Inside; Side 2 was mastered to sound like Side 1, which means it now sounded horribly dull. I sold that one quickly and later on got rid of the first one as well, figuring it was no improvement over the original and probably digitally sourced.

The copy I used 7 years(!) ago is far from mint and has a warp on the outer edge. Still, it sounded pretty good and did not have to do a lot on that one. I have bought another USA mono copy since then that is still sealed, and I've been meaning to crack that one open for some time. Maybe I will soon.

Anonymous said...

Holy cow, thanks for replying back, prof. I promise to make this worth your while. I do know they had the masters for Outside/Inside; they show the master tape box under the CD tray. But for VE there's only a scan of the LP label for Side 1. No box available, or semi-clever admission of their "source"? You decide.

Here's something that might blow your mind (it blew mine)... the ending of "Second Time Around" on the Sundazed is dry, but the ending for the mono LP has massive loads of reverb, and it shook me when I finally heard it for myself. Funnily enough, the stereo also has a dry ending... But other than the ending(s), the Sundazed matches the mono LP, right down to EQ.

It's sorta funny, for the hubbub of the mono being most powerful and raw (which I agree with), the LP cut's not too bad, at a reasonable volume and you said it had no IGD. Of course, the LP's not that long, which I suppose works in its favor there...

-Vic

JWB said...

The ending is different because Sundazed has been folding down stereo mixes and splicing the beginning and end to crappy mono needledrops in a pathetic attempt to mask noise, thinking nobody will notice. And they have been blatantly lying and saying that all their releases are from master tapes. Funny how one of the best reissue labels has developed into one of the worst.

Prof. Stoned said...

Christ... :-o

I seem to remember you pointing out how horrible a Beefheart reissue they did sounded (with comparison samples). At the time, that seemed like an unfortunate exception.

It's really a shame how Irwin "solves" issues like the ones pointed above in this thread, while he could have done much better without too much effort. I mean, I want to stick up for the guy but it's getting harder everytime... Clearly many mono masters were dumped in the early 70's. That's a pity. But as long as good back-up tapes (1st Mama's & Papa's LP) or reasonably well-mastered vintage pressings (like VE) exist, not all is lost yet.

I still have to command Sundazed for taking the unusual route and releasing long forgotten treasures. But it's disheartening to hear about all these fuckups and how don't seem care about being publicly exposed.

JWB said...

The 2nd "Mamas & Papas" album on Sundazed is one of the worst sounding reissues I've ever heard. It's a poor needledrop from a very worn copy, with folded-down stereo mixes spliced onto the beginning and end of EVERY TRACK. The Sundazed website clearly states that it was "expertly mastered from the original reels". Several people complained about this on the Sundazed facebook page and Bob Irwin promptly deleted their posts. He has lost all credibility with me. My days of trusting Bob Irwin and purchasing blindly from Sundazed are definitely over.

Anonymous said...

Man, I haven't even said another word and I'm still shocked :o I also think Sundazed do deserve some credit for reissuing the lesser-known things, but much like Pseudonym (whom I think I was a little unfairly harsh on in the past) who's done great work for Dutch beat, some mastering choices don't leave much to be desired. It's the lack of care in fixing these issues I worry about, e.g. instead of trying to find the best condition LP (if tapes no longer exist), the nearest one is used, and if it's flawed in some aspects? Ehh, good enough.

I don't have much else to add 'cept I echo prof's comments on Sundazed's Outside/Inside, now that I've found what's seemingly the 1993 Mercury CD. And listening to it now, I think Irwin took the wrong approach by trying to make the two sides match in sound; that deep contrast IS the sound of this album, and by taking that away you just end up with a blurrier result. Again, I was taken aback when I heard the difference now.

Another thing: Sundazed seem to have patched in the ending drum roll of "Satisfaction" from vinyl, for whatever reason. The 1993 Mercury CD has it from tape, but faded out slightly.

@JWB: Guess it's worth asking... did you happen to save any of those (or your) posts?

-Vic

Luke said...

One of them was the one you saved :-)

Anonymous said...

Ehh, I was thinking of not posting at first (so Sundazed wouldn't be able to reach it) but might as well post it here: https://archive.today/UQCU0

You know, I just realized, 2 of the songs from VE (Summertime Blues, Out of Focus) were released as a 45 as well, in mono no less. I don't know if the 45 is a fold of the stereo, but it'd be easy to tell for the B-side (consistent tambourine throughout track vs. dropping out early in stereo). And a sidenote, 6 (!!) songs from Outside/Inside were released on mono 45 as well. For an album with 9 songs, impressive.

Also, for anyone looking for a cheap mono alternative to the US press, it appears the UK pressing also has the mono mix: http://monolover.blogspot.com/2012/04/vincebus-eruptum-bl-7839.html Based on comments from @jpstooges that his UK/NL pressings run slow, though, I'd be cautious.

I really don't know if any tape sources for the single mixes survived (and it's too risky to assume so), but based on stuff like the Sir Douglas Quintet Singles Collection, there's a bit of a likely chance. So you've got tape sources for 2 songs off VE, and if a tape copy for the UK press survived (assuming it wasn't mastered off US stampers), then you've got copies for mono versions of all 6 songs.

Having said all this, I'm surprised Bob Irwin chose to go the needledrop route instead of sourcing tape for the 2 single songs, or even trying to find a UK tape copy if the US tapes were missing. But then, I get the feeling he's too trusting of the vinyl format, to the point of ignoring its flaws (e.g. surface noise/IGD/etc.). See: his habit of patching fades from vinyl, with Moby Grape, 13th Floor Elevators, and even Crow.

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

I don't think there are any true mono mixes from the O/I LP. Only one USA single from this album exists (Just a little bit/Gyspy Ball) and that one sounds like a fold. And even if it's not, it sounds terrible. The other two singles were Dutch/UK only I think, and are therefore folddowns by default.

Don't forget, the Sir Doug compilation is mostly the work of Bill Levenson, as he's the one who found and compiled the tapes. Without the interference of a trusted industry maven like him, it may not be quite as simple to get access or locate what's still in existence and what isn't.

Anonymous said...

You're right about one single being Dutch/UK only (The Hunter/Come and Get It) but I'm pretty sure the other single (Feathers/Sun Cycle) was released in the US as well: http://www.45cat.com/record/40561 Still, I wouldn't be surprised if all are folds, and it only makes me wonder if some of the SDQ trax are as well, esp. the Philips ones... that being said, I'm not that much of a Sir Doug nut to go check the stereo versions right now.

Good point about Bill Levenson. Perhaps I'm thinking too naively about this. It's easy to "license" stuff, but actually getting to source the right things is another.

I notice he's listed under "Special Thanks" for the credits on the Bluesbreakers s/t (but not sure for the other 2). Maybe he also did the search of mono masters for the 3 Mayall albums? But then again he's also under "Special Thanks" for the VE reissue and O/I, and we both now know how those turned out, though of course it's not his fault. I'm also pretty sure both were first done as LPs in 2010, so the mastering was probably already in the docket (just reuse the digital files used for the LPs) when they did the CDs two years later.

Anyways, whatever future endeavors you've got in store, I wish you the very best of luck on them, prof.

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

Quick notes: the Sir Doug mono mixes are all dedicated, and quite different from the stereo one. Not necessarily better though. That Feathers/Sun USA single must be quite scarce, because I never saw it on ebay. Good find!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for responding again. Do the dedicated monos extend to the Philips sides as well, basically Tr.15-20? I know Mercury/Smash were doing some dedicated mono 45s past the phase-out of mono LPs, thanks to the Left Banke 45s, but I have absolutely no clue for Philips.

...Er, strike that, I just found a US sleeve scan for one of the O/I 45s and underneath it says "Philips Records, A Division of Mercury Record Productions, Inc." But perhaps different policies applied?

Funny, I was about to comment that tubert ripped the Feathers/Sun US single, but turns out all he did was "Just A Little Bit/Gypsy Ball". But though you said that you thought it was a fold, I'm downloading it again just to hear for myself. But, then, the fact I deleted it in the first place doesn't bode well at all!

-Vic

P.S. I suppose it's worth asking: are you a fan of the Remains? If you got the time, you should check out some of their songs like "Why Do I Cry" and "Don't Look Back".

Prof. Stoned said...

I have an orig USA mono copy of the Remains LP. Great stuff.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Didn't expect (but am pleasantly surprised) you to be a fan. What kind of condition is it in? All I've got is a needledrop of the Sundazed 2LP reissue… 2nd lp seems sourced from the bonus tracks of the 2007 remaster, but still all good stuff, as it's what got me into them in the first place.

BTW I checked out the 45 needledrop of the Gypsy Ball single… you were right, it sounds like a fold, and not a pleasant one either ala the Decca late '60s folds.

If you really want to hear a horrifying experience, listen to the 2007 Japan remaster. It's compressed to hell, but that's not the horrifying part (being run-of-the-mill at that point). It has the most awful tape problem I've ever heard, with the first few seconds of "Gypsy Ball" distorted by this awful tape warble. Avoid if you can, and stick to previous CDs or original pressings.

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Hmm... just an update, but you might not like to hear this: I'm beginning to suspect the Sundazed Outside/Inside CD is derived from the 1993 Mercury CD. It appears to share the same early fades as on the latter, and on some songs I can hear attempts to compensate, whether by boosting dB or patching from another source (tape, CD, or even vinyl). I even aligned samples for one song and adjusted the length and they cancel, not completely but with no phasing, either.

The 2007 Japan CD is lousy, but that awful tape warble at the start of "Gypsy Ball" is proof enough that's a different transfer. I know you respect 'em, prof., so it really hurt for me to say all this, but I felt like I should say something after all these discoveries.

-Vic

P.S. I don't have "access" to a US press of O/I, so I need to know: does "Satisfaction" on it fade out, or does it cut off cold at full volume like on the UK press?

Anonymous said...

Prof, it's been a year. We miss ya mate!

huge vinylcollection said...

first of all thank you for your great rips. are you retired now? how about a badfinger rip MR Stoned. :)

Ezra said...

Thanks for everything, man. It's been quite awhile since your last upload and we hope you come back soon. Looking forward to your next (prof)essional offering ...!

Old_fat_bloke said...

Have we seen the last of your brilliant Mono FLAC files?

Could you clarify if you intend to post more?

It's been a long time since the last, I miss these brilliant recordings

Anonymous said...

Is it at all possible to reup the 16-44 file for the Rolling Stones Aftermath UK mono LP? Both links are broken unfortunately.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hey prof., this is a random question, but have you ever thought of putting up any Nederbeat here? I've been getting into a few things like Cuby & The Blizzards and Q65 lately (plus The Outsiders as you may know), but I'm curious to hear what you'd have to say in this area (being een Nederlander and all).

-Vic

Old_fat_bloke said...

He's obviously moved on from this site. As far is it seems this site is inactive. Sad reality. I loved these amazing Mono files. Maybe I'm being selfish but it made my day every time a new song or album was added.

Anonymous said...

Q65 are possible my favorite Dutch band. But only the Decca era (66-68). I love them but who would download that, other than you, Vic?

OFB: There will be new uploads, eventually. Just working on other (real life) stuff now. Thanks for your continued support.

Old_fat_bloke said...

Look forward to them with great anticipation

Take care

Anonymous said...

It's good to see you alive & well, prof(?). Hmm, you make a good point, and I can't think of much to say, but all I can offer is that you might be able to expose more people to not-commonly-known music by posting it. I didn't even know anything about Family besides the Beatles connection until your post, and it's clearly the less popular of the two albums you posted that day (18 vs. 36 comm. as of this writing), but I still appreciate you for taking all that effort and time to post it, and I'm sure many more than those in the 18 comments do as well.

I hope everything's going well for you right now. And whatever you WANT to post, I'll be there to listen to it!

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Professor and thank you for the great Floyd!

JWB said...

Hey Prof - I can't read "new" comments under any of the old releases, because the "Newest/Oldest" links at the bottom are gone (except in this thread). And since the blog is set up to show oldest posts first (you should really change this), I can't see any new comments. Don't know what the deal is there.

Prof. Stoned said...

Maybe try a different browser, J? Newest post are on top on this blog and always have been. And this is the only post that has the 'newest/oldest' link, because of the high amount of poats

Having said that, the blog could use an overhaul sometime. It's been five years.

Anonymous said...

Hey prof., not sure if you'd be interested, but I'd like to share with you some "samples" from the new Real Gone M&P's singles set and hear what you think. It's actually been getting some great reviews, similar to responses to their earlier Steppenwolf set but WAY more this time.

-Vic

P.S. Also just wanted to let you know that your 16-44 "Leonard Cohen Songs Of" link is broken..

Luke said...

As I told Vic, it's pretty hard to tell what's a needledrop and what isn't. At least one song I was sure was a needledrop turned out to be from tape (and the tape has terrible distortion on it). I'm impressed.

Prof. Stoned said...

Playing it now (not sitting in "the sweet spot" or anything like that). Sounds really good! Nice smooth high-end. Any word on what tapes?

BTW, I recently bought a still-sealed USA mono of the 2nd album. Haven't cracked it open yet, but intend to do so.

Anonymous said...

The source compiler/masterer of this comp, Aaron Kannowski (@kanno1ae on SHF), has been understandably mum on sources used. That said, the trax from the 2nd album sound superior to the Sundazed. Essential for these and the 45-only stuff ("Words of Love", "Creeque Alley", and the tracks from the 4th LP) IMO.

Godspeed on the 2nd album. Any similar luck with finding sealed copies of the 3rd mono as well?

-Vic

P.S. Maybe not right area to ask, but are there any more plans for the Spoonful? I know you took down your rips of their 2nd/3rd due to the Sundazed mono CDs of those, but what about the 1st? I discussed it w/Luke (hope you don't mind, Luke), and the Sundazed 1st has problems, mostly w/ "Other Side of This Life" & "Younger Girl". There's also the mono soundtrack stuff (bonustrax on yer rips) and What's Shakin' audition trax, none which I think are on CD (the latter I'm basing on your comments in the Butterfield s/t notes).

Anonymous said...

You know, I haven't said much on the needledrop front lately, but what I'm gonna say isn't about Sundazed. I discovered a while ago that the Pretty Things' "Get Yourself Home" (non-LP single I think) is actually a needledrop on the Snapper CDs, 1998 to now (the 2015 Bouquet box set was cloned from the 1998 Snapper masterings). Interestingly enough, this is the one Fontana-era track that wasn't included on the early-90's Fontana CD remasters.

Maybe they had lost/misfiled the tape, so when the PT's current manager went to retrieve all the master tapes from various labels on behalf of the band, this wasn't among the Fontana batch he got... which would explain why Snapper used a needledrop*, and why this track never appeared on the Fontana CDs.

I'm only telling you this because I know you're sort of a Pretty Things fan, prof., but what do you think?

-Vic

*Not that I give Snapper that much credit... they did just merely clone the 1987-8 Edsel CDs for S.F. Sorrow (stereo) and Parachute, according to Laservampire on SHF, so it's possible Snapper resorted to a needledrop only because it wasn't available for them to clone from the Fontana CDs, but last time I compared the first 2 albums I noticed the Fontana CDs had a slight roll-off (~20K) while the Snappers didn't, so I don't think Snapper cloned for the 2 first CDs. "Get Yourself Home" is still definitely a needledrop, though.

Prof. Stoned said...

Yeah, it was sourced from an acetate owned by John Stax, as I remember reading in the 2CD anthology from the 90's called "Unrepentant", where it first appeared. I think it was supposed to be the follow-up to Don't bring me down.

Anonymous said...

Wow, and here I thought it was released... that would explain why it never showed up on the Fontana CDs. I actually found an earlier interview where John Stax talks about it, and it looks like it appeared earlier than "Unrepentant", on this 7" press: http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=3548475

If it originated from acetate, then I don't think there's much that can be done here. Sorry to get all worked up!

-Vic

P.S. I actually did discover more needledrops from Sundazed since my last post about them, but I think I'll save that for another time...

Prof. Stoned said...

Hey man, spill the beans!

Anonymous said...

Well, if you insist...

- Jefferson Airplane's Takes Off (MONO LP-only reissue): Sundazed said they restored the original 12-track running order, with uncensored versions of "Let Me In" and "Run Around" and reinstating "Runnin' Round This World", apparently from the RCA analog reels. But only RRTW is tape-sourced, with the other 2 needledrops. I guess the original uncensored mixes of these 2 were thrown out after being replaced by the alternate-lyric censored versions, which would be a shame if true. RRTW probably survived because either it was moved to the back of the reel when deleted (versus discarded after replaced by a censored version) or more likely because it was released as a promo single with "It's No Secret" as the A-side.

- The Blues Magoos' Psychedelic Lollipop: It should be noted this album only exists in stereo. Sundazed's reissue is actually mainly tape-sourced, but a few tracks have vinyl patches at the starts and ends, folded to mono... which I'm not sure why Sundazed did for a stereo release. The 3 affected tracks are "Love Seems Doomed" (both start and end), "Queen of My Nights" (end only), and "Sometimes I Think About" (end only, this one is pretty bad).

- Blue Cheer's Outsideinside: whatever source Sundazed got seems compromised by early fadeouts on some tracks (like the 1993 Mercury CD) compared to the original vinyl, and they seemed to try to compensate for this in some areas. One example is the ending to "Sun Cycle" where they clumsily boosted the volume of the fade instead of applying a smooth volume envelope. But perhaps most noticeable is "Satisfaction", where they simply replaced the flawed early fadeout with a patch taken from vinyl (but not folded this time). Unfortunately what they used must've not been best, since the patch is noticeably very noisy and distorted/worn. (And that's not to mention the dull EQ problems their version has!)

- The Blues Project's Projections: only the last 2 are needledrops, with "Caress Me Baby" being a drop/patch job and "Fly Away" just being a mediocre needledrop. The strange thing is that the rest of the album is from tape completely, so not sure what happened here.

I also mentioned this already, but their Introducing The Sonics reissue is mainly needledrops for the newly-recorded Jensen tracks and weird hissy-sounding dubs for the older Etiquette material, with added reverb and compression. Worth noting that the same sources were used for their Sonics' RSD 45 releases and were never upgraded.

Lastly, though I'm not fully sure on this, I highly suspect their Captain Beefheart Safe as Milk MONO reissue is also a similar needledrop/stereo-fold patch job as well. All I can add is that "Grown So Ugly" is a really suspect track to me, since I think I can almost hear some kind of tonal shift at the beginning, right where Vliet says "mor-" and "-ning". Something to check out if any of you reading this have the time.

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

Good work, Watson. I have a clean copy of the 2nd version of Takes Off (w/ uncensored lyrics).

Jeffrey Bond said...

Any chance you will be reupping the Spirit link(s)? Would greatly appreciate that please. Love what you do here!

Prof. Stoned said...

All links to Leonard Cohen & Spirit now fixed.

Anonymous said...

"I have a clean copy of the 2nd version of Takes Off (w/ uncensored lyrics)."

:O

2nd version w/uncensored lyrics? I don't think I've ever heard that before... Does that mean it lacks "Runnin' Round This World" but is still uncensored on the other 2 affected songs? I'm presuming your copy is mono.

-Vic

P.S. Thanks for reupping LC's Songs Of. Old news, but I'm still surprised no one has bothered to reissue the mono by now.

Anonymous said...

How about Bobby Fuller Four in mono?

Cheers,
Hallucalation

Anonymous said...

Related to JA...

Dunno if you know this already, prof., but this one completely slipped under my radar. MoFi apparently released a 45rpm reissue of JA's Surrealistic Pillow in the past few months... and it's the MONO version: [LINK 1] [LINK 2]

...And I just found this out as well after digging up those links, but apparently they're also releasing it on SACD! Along with vinyl/SACD of the Volunteers album. Unlike with the 45rpm Surrealistic Pillow mono, however, the rest are still "TBA". Surprised they're not doing Baxter's (and not surprised w/Takes Off, due to the aforementioned tapes issue), but this should be exciting.

They're also doing some Big Brother/Janis Joplin along with Alan Parsons and their continuing Miles Davis & Bob Dylan series, you can see it here: http://www.musicdirect.com/m-120-mobile-fidelity.aspx?CatID=&sortfield=Age&sortdirection=DESC

-Vic

Anonymous said...

No doubt it sounds mighty fine. It'd be interested in a rip of the SACD. PS

Anonymous said...

Prof: Unfortunately the SACD hasn't been released yet. Still TBA as of this writing. One downside of MoFi is that there's no hints as to when their product will finally be available (the Chicago I/II saga, for instance, but that was sorta outta their hands). Almost tempted to preorder it myself, actually.

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Anyone know where pbthal went? He deleted his blog.

Luke said...

Apparently he moved.

Anonymous said...

Well, it would appear that my patch/drop suspicions about Sundazed's Capt. Beefheart SAM mono reissue might've been correct after all. This SHF commenter offers some new, intriguing info:

"Perhaps most annoyingly, there is definite issue with "Electricity" on the mono Captain Beefhear Safe As Milk album, at the very end of the song on the proper mono mix the backing track is mixed out leaving only the theremin, but on the Sundazed CD the backing track continues right to the end, just like the stereo mix."

I only wish I could've done this comparison myself a lot sooner, but personal issues prevented me from doing so. Good to have some comparison proof out there at last as opposed to just audio quibbles like in my above comment (with "Grown So Ugly").

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

M'kay, I was already looking for a clean USA copy of that.

Anonymous said...

Wow, didn't know you were seeking one yourself. Had any luck in finding a sealed or mint copy yet?

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

You mean, the past two day? :-)

Anonymous said...

No, since you started to look for one. For all I know, you could've come across a ton of SAM copies since that point but none of them were clean or mint.

Anyways, I'll try to help you out if you want and alert you if I ever find any myself.

Prof. Stoned said...

They're quite difficult to find in good shape, it seems. I search for the matrix number of the mono version on ebay every now and then. Any help is appreciated..

Anonymous said...

I know JWB had a good NM WLP copy that he loaned to pbthal 2 times at least, but he might have sold it since then. Sealed copies are obviously out of the question, given the insane price they go for (Popsike has the vivid details).

But, just out of curiosity (&comparison), how much did finding that S&G Bookends mono sealed copy cost you? (I understand if you gotta jog your memory for that one, given the time span...) -Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

About $300, I think.

JWB said...

I still have the SAM LP, actually. It's one of those copies that looks hopeless but plays flawless (like "Freak Out"). The sleeve has completely disintegrated. I only paid $10 for it because the dude thought it was stereo. It also sounds just as good as the bullshit Sundazed version, but it has the correct intros and outros, like it should.

JWB said...

There is quite a bit of discussion about the Sundazed issue going on in the Steve Hoffman forum right now. As expected, if they don't naively refuse to believe that it's true, they make lame excuses for accepting it. And once the gorts finally notice (it's a Beefheart thread), it will likely disappear anyway.

Prof. Stoned said...

RE: Gort Jerry, that guy is one uptight motherfucker for someone with a Jerry Garcia avatard. Duckhead closed a thread of mine in classifieds for not playing by his precious rules. Heh.

I'll keep looking a bit more for a mono USA copy of Safe As Milk, but if you're willing to borrow it in the future, I might take you up on that.

Luke said...

Sundazed hasn't admitted anything, so if they say the sky is red, it must be red.

I have to wonder if the spliced on intros and fades happen to sync up with any CDs.

JWB said...

My copy of SAM is a promotional red label, not a white label. The matrixes are:

BDL-1001-1 1b
BDL-1001-2 1b

The white label copy on discogs appears to be the same, but with the BDL scratched out and replaced with the correct BDM. So I guess my copy pre-dates the white label promo...or something.

I would be glad to ship it to you. I didn't pay very much for it, so it wouldn't be the end of the world if something happened to it.

JWB said...

This is the copy I have...

https://www.discogs.com/Captain-Beefheart-And-His-Magic-Band-Safe-As-Milk/release/3480924

Anonymous said...

Interesting you mention Freak Out!, JWB. Did you happen to have anything to do with prof. finding that copy, by any chance?

BTW, I may be jinxing things by saying this, but I doubt the thread on SHTV will be closed down. As long as people aren't criticizing AF or DCC directly or in comparison, or pretty much anything Steve has worked on, they'll leave it up. Pretty awful policy if you ask me, but works well for us in this case. Besides, Bob Irwin (sitar66) hasn't logged in for over a year, and I don't even think Sundazed has an official account there, so I think we're safe.

Anyways, you're really lucky to find something like that for so cheap. I don't think I could ever get any great luck like that in my searches. I'm guessing your press is very early, since the matrices precede the WLP and don't have the L's crossed out.

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Taking a break from Beefheart Mono Madness...

Not related to anything, but I read a while back that the 45 of "Do You Believe In Magic" differed from the MONO LP version, but I didn't actually take the time to listen 'til now... and that's exactly right!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osdxfzlRJ5U

More cavernous reverb on the backing harmonies in the song and applied to everything in the fadeout, as you can hear above. Just wanted to share that for info's sake. I wonder if any other LS singles differ from the mono LP versions...

-Vic

mike w said...

A re-post of your Jimi Hendrix AXIS: Bold As Love (mono) would be devine, Prof.

Anonymous said...

That Raunch&Roll guy on the Hoffman forums might be dumbest person I've ever encountered on the internet. He is undoubtedly off-the-charts stupid. We have already made memes out of some of his quotes. It's like some kind of fucked-up acid casualty Zen poetry disguised as an explanation.

Anonymous said...

Dude is an old hippie. But one with a big ego.

JWB said...

The only involvement that I had with "Freak Out" was to help restore the audio. The Prof and I are very happy with the results, each of us having spent years trying to find an acceptable copy.

Anonymous said...

Man, Raunchy sure went at it for a long time, didn't he? BTW, did any of you guys know that "folddown is a pejorative"? Well now you know! O_o

Good to hear about "Freak Out". It really must have been hard trying to find a copy that would play as clean as the final one did. I can't even imagine going to that much trouble. Glad that prof. was finally able to find a clean-playing copy (even if it didn't necessarily look clean per his notes).

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Wow. Over a week and this is still going on... and yet everything is still the same. Raunchy still believes Sundazed is right and the "needledrop" argument is wrong, despite mounds of objective evidence. But is anyone really surprised?

Also interesting how Sundazed hasn't posted anything since Tues., and this is still up from Thurs. (backup here) (as of this writing). -Vic

Anonymous said...

Related to the 45-exclusive mix talk on the S&G Singles Collection post... but for the Who, that is...

Apparently the 45s released from Quadrophenia are actually different mixes, and these have never been available on CD. The one I know of is "5.15" (released 1973, which is different from the LP mix and 1979 45), but apparently "The Real Me" and "Love, Reign O'er Me" also differ. So that makes 3 different 45 mixes then. I wonder if there are any more out there.

Just telling you in case you or anyone else weren't aware of these...

-Vic

Anonymous said...

Bob Irwin finally responded to the "accusations" with a rude, condescending comment about how we are all "armchair mastering engineers" and that our opinion doesn't, and never will matter. Nice, huh? After editing the post half a dozen times to remove "incriminating" information, he eventually deleted it altogether. I am never giving another cent to that phony and his bullshit label.

Anonymous said...

He actually taunted us and called us "wanna-be's", and then wisely decided to delete the comment. Too bad e-mail notification exists.

Victor said...

I'm guessing the last 2 posts were by you, JWB?

Here are the relevant comments saved by lukpac in case anyone wants to read them: http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/captain-beefheart-safe-as-milk-from-the-mono-master-on-sundazed.291719/page-47#post-14172972

Most recent edit quoted below:
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Sundazed Music
April 19 at 12:19am

Sourced from a one-to-one copy of the original mono master - a tape which had certain intros and outros clipped a/p that source tape, which were fixed by me by adding a few frames at the start of certain songs and helping partial fades on a few tracks, the fixes themselves from three different sources. Don't buy into trainspotting - and please don't listen to people that go looking for problems that don't exist. We don't have time for that crap, and you shouldn't either. Let them be backseat mastering wannabes that play with things like spectrum analysis. They can keep guessing... and they can keep posting. It'll never, ever matter. We'll just continue to make great records. Please try not to repost this. I do not wish to participate in the, um, "forum".

=================================
I guess we're lucky they hardly participate at all on SHTV, since the whole thread since the revelation last month is still up there. (Not like with Sandoval/Kinks a few years prior.)

Anonymous said...

The mastering on those Kinks deluxe editions was complete shit! But you wouldn't know that from reading the Hoffman forums, where sound quality is no longer an important issue.

Anonymous said...

Hey Prof! What happened to your Fresh Cream rip? I missed it the first time around. Hope there's a re-up! Thanks for all the magic!

Anonymous said...

It's there. Bumped back to 2011.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, friend!

tim said...
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Simple said...

Both links for Simon & Garfunkel's "Bookends" are dead. (One is clearly dead. The other looks like it should work but doesn't.)

Thanks for a terrific site.

Simple said...

I meant to say both 16/44.1 links for Bookends!

Prof. Stoned said...

I am re-uploading Bookends 16/44 on filefactory now.

Folks, do not hesitate to ask if you want something re-uploaded. Just post here.

Simple said...

Thanks for re-uploading Bookends!

I believe the 16/44 links for Bob Dylan's "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" are broken.

Prof. Stoned said...

Check.

Anonymous said...

Could you please reupload Freak Out? Seems both links are dead

Hallucalation

Anonymous said...

I don't know about any broken links, but I would like to thank you very much for all of the great vinyl you share! :) So here goes - Thank you!!

Jer.Eps said...

Just checking in to say THANK YOU. Some really great music you've made available - really enjoying listening to several classics.

Ted Greenwald said...

Hi Prof, thanks for your excellent work! And for this blog. I hope you'll post your xfers of Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced and Electric Ladyland, 2010 Legacy editions. Those are no longer seeded on the various torrent sites.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if it is right to request something since you put so much time and money and effort into extracting such great sounds from each record, but here it goes.

There was a radio show put out on LP as a promo item to radio station program broadcast in 1987 by Westwood One radio networks which compiled the most popular rock acts that performed live in the BBC studios it was called "60's at the Beeb".

They used the best quality transcription discs they could find and it had great fidelity.

There are some copies of it floating around such as this one to sample it in low res:

http://www.guitars101.com/forums/f90/westwood-one-60s-at-the-beeb-8-disc-set-206549.html

I think this would make a great project.

Thanks,

Henry

cwitt1980 said...

I did some downloads yesterday and the couple I've had a chance to listen to sound great as usual. Love's Forever Changes does work well in mono (whether or not it's dedicated). You captured a very dynamic record! I also had a chance to hear Underground by the Electric Prunes. This sure sounds great too.

Unknown said...

Hi Prof, thanks for all the music, my collection is vastly improved because of you. Any chance you could fix the Butterfield hi-res soundcloud.io links please? Cheers!

Broken System said...

The new Led Zeppelin BBC set sounds AWESOME! We know this because we filled out our equipment profiles. Anyone who disagrees will be mocked, insulted and shown the door. Got it, buddy?

Prof. Stoned said...

Hey, you could have known that no one there will dump on a remaster which has too much bass and no high-end to speak off. The other way around though...

Broken System said...

It's funny that people are allowed to gush and gush non-stop with no detail about how great things are, and then if you critique something negatively they always find ways to discredit you and make you look like a troll. What an awful place to get advice on new releases! It's like a high school cheerleader's private chat room.

Did you notice how the "Jimmy Page only uses master tapes because Nick Davis told me so and up yours" brigade disappeared completely when those tape box photos surfaced? Crickets could be heard for miles around.

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed your selections for many years;but the Leonard Cohen is wonderful, i acquired this from a different site sometime ago, and while disappointed with the sound enjoyed the music . Having played two or three times I archived it, but I don't think your version will ever be moved to archive.
Very many thanks for all the pleasure you've given my ears.....

Anonymous said...

Not a request but just wondering if you had ever given thought to transferring a mono version of Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle. As far as I know its never been released on CD.

Anyways, thanks for that Leonard Cohen set, it was fantastic.

amacau said...

Hi Prof, many thanks for the work you do. Every one of your "essential in mono" vinyl transfers are terrific, and highlight just how much care went into the mono mixes as opposed to the stereo ones.

Anonymous said...

ILLGROOVES said: Nice site man, listening for awhile glad i got linked over!

amacau said...

Thank you for your superlative work on the Them package & thanks for not including the "tambourine" stereo mixes (they remind me of some of the "stereo" mixes on the stereo lp version of "Magic Box" by The Loved Ones).

Anonymous said...

Hi! Please re-upload John Mayall's 24/96 part,2 links are broken. Always thanks!

mpb said...

hi gang!
i recently got the canadian A1/A1/A1/A1 mono Blonde on Blonde, and would like to report that (1) it is very obviously different throughout from the other B.O.B.s out there, and (2) it stands in its own right--that is it doesn't sound like a 'mistake' (notwithstanding the famous lyric slip on side 4, and assorted other departures from the revised versions). highly recommended for the curious and devoted! cheers and thanks for the beatles christmas job! and wonderwall mono!!!! and everything else!

Alchemist said...

Hey Prof. I love all your hard work. Thanks for all you new rips.

Can you please refresh your File Factory links for:
Rolling Stones - Aftermath (1966) UK Mono Version + 4 Bonus

Thanks!

-Steve

Prof. Stoned said...

Yes.

Unknown said...

Hi...I'm new here, and was trying to download the Who 1969 soundboards. But when I tried to unrar the links, they came back as errors. After the download part, I only had the folder names for Madison Square Garden or whatever, but they are empty. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance, I am desperate for these

Prof. Stoned said...

You must fully download both RAR files, then open them with winrar or so, at which point you will be prompted to fill a password (profstoned). After filling that, you should be fine.

Victor said...

Goddamn. Too many good people have died this year, from David Bowie to Carrie Fisher. But, I'd say the death that affected me the most was that of Leonard Cohen, even though it could be argued his wasn't as tragic as others, due to his old age and cause (82, but not sure what he died from, if anything other than old age). Still, sad to see such a great man go. Godspeed, you Ladies' Man (probably not the best album to refer him by, I'll admit).

And yet there are still people standing like Kirk Douglas and Tony Bennett, at 100 and 90 respectively. That's just outstanding.

Hopefully the next new year brings a lot more joy to you and everyone else than this one did. Though, I say forget about bringing new years, I wanna bring back some old classic years. I wanna go back to 1985 or 1955! Where's Doc Brown when you need him?

P.S. I have to admit, after beating on myself for the Wonderwall purchase privately, I was quite surprised to see it here. Now I'm curious to hear how you were able to restore it. Feels like I'm crawling from under a rock (in Cali) after not having come here for so long over the many past months... but still feels so good to be back, regardless.

Prof. Stoned said...

He's back!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Prof! Happy New Year! All the best for 2017.

Prof. Stoned said...

Thanks! Rightbackatcha.

Eugene Reingold said...

Hi Prof! Could you reupload 24/96 of Black Sabbath? Both links are dead. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks for fixing your links so quickly, Prof! You are appreciated.

Opie said...

Hi Prof! Thanks for all of your great rips! You're a damned genius! :)

Thanks to some searches for Cowsills videos on Youtube, I found another youth band from the same period called Gary and The Hornets. I've found some better copies of the singles, including a promo-only single, not on there. There is also a "free" flexi that is shared there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZWMAqqEVpA

I hope you'd be willing to repair this, and also the singles that I do have, that I'll gladly make crappy flac copies of, since I don't have the equipment and software you do, so I'm not sure how much you can improve them if you don't rip them yourself. :(

Even if you don't want to tackle these, I still wanna thank you for reading this and for all the great stuff you've spoiled us with. :)



Anonymous said...

It looks like links for The Paul Butterfield Blues Bank's East West are no longer working. Would love to hear this if the links could be reupped. Thanks so much!

Brad Goodman said...

Why has today's date been listed above this section for so long?

Anonymous said...

Looks like your Moby Grape (24/96) links are down. Thank you for your stellar rips!!!

Prof. Stoned said...

(about to get) fixed

Anonymous said...

Hope everyone has checked out Q's Troggs set over on his blog, it's fantastic!

Ben Walker said...

Prof, I think a Zappa "Absolutely Free" mono transfer is in order, seeing as an official one won't be coming anytime soon....

Vaultmeister Joe: "nfortunately, we do not have the mono master tapes for Freak Out or Absolutely Free in the Vault. Thank the record company for that one. They could still have them somewhere, they were never returned to FZ when he got all his masters back in the early 80's, if they even exist at all. So, we'd know EXACTLY what to do with them if we had them."

Guilherme Pereira said...

Thanks a lot for the unbelieveable rip of the Dead's Aoxomoxoa in it's original plenitude! I never had the chance to hear it from the original vynil. Some years ago i obtained a rip from the Warner Original Albums Box Set that contained this same mix of Aoxomoxoa, but the sound quality in this new rip of yours is much superior. I'm cranking "Cosmic Charlie" for the third time today!!!!! Is there any more Dead coming up? Congratulations for the great job.

Anonymous said...

Hi Prof. Great blog! I'm wondering, how do you go about authoring the hi-res FLACs to DVDA?

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to send along a very sincere THANK YOU for sharing the music with us. Your time, efforts and expenses are certainly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Hi Professor,

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all the great music. Your efforts are deeply appreciated.

Bob W.

MeanMrKite said...

Wow! Many, MANY thanks as always for the incredible and SUPERB music you always bless us with...all good things to you and yours as always.

This seems to be the right place re broken links, so I just want to report the "CD quality" link on Pink Floyd's mono Saucerful (YES!!!) only seems to take one to an info page with actual soundcloud URL, etc. I always d/l both the HR and the LR versions for convenience, thankfully the HR link worked a treat!

Thanks again, and so glad to see the amazing newer links (over a page worth for me!) you've so generously shared. I've cleared immediate schedule and d/ling carefully, one at a time. Wow, all the titles are ones i'd wished you'd do, and no more than the mono Saucerful. I have a clipped needledrop that just isn't that great but only thing I could find...until NOW :D

best,
mmk
(alan e.)

MeanMrKite said...

sorry, can't seem to edit, so just to be clear it's the LR "CD quality" link that doesn't seem to work, in that there's no URL to d/l that I can find on the info page which comes up. Sorry about the repetition, I should have speel-checked before I hit 'send' ;-)

Prof. Stoned said...

Hi Alan,
Link to redbook Saucerful now fixed.
Good to see you back!

Anonymous said...

Hi Prof just a quick thanks for some great music and even greater listening. Safe As Milk was one of my first albums as was the Mothers so a welcome return. All the best!

Anonymous said...

I am just in the process of downloading your Kinks as the VGA has been one of the few english 60s I still Listen to on a regular basis (ie more than once every six months...). I've followed you for a long time and am always grateful for your expertise, you have enlightened my musical life ...
Very Many thanks.
oh and I have now seen your S&g singles collection being touted on a blog site as the real thing (which of course it is) , I did suggest that they at least acknowledged your work but never heard any comment. Ah well
all the best and may you continue your work one lp at a time...

Kurisu said...

Esteemed Professor. I thought I was an audiophile until I cam across your site and discovered you lovingly curated collection of rare and precious musical gems. I can't thank you enough for your efforts and sharing these very hard to find items with those who genuinely love music and especially the mono mixes of yore. A thousand thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Professor, Thanks again, so much, for the gorgeous "Aoxomoxoa" remastering. You are a Gentleman and a Scholar for all the work you do and sharing your results to those who love this music.
I want to bring to your attention a possible broken link: The 24/96 HiDef of John Coltrane's "Impressions" might be down. I get a posting stating an "error" in that link. The Red Book link appears to be okay.
Thanks again for your fantastic work.
Peace.
ZogAddams

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binkerbo said...

Thanks for the Woody & Paul Professor!

PoIsOn_HeArT said...

Thank you for sharing all of these gems! I would like you to request "Fresh Cream" to be reuploaded if you don't mind, please!

Tim Klecha said...

I know you don't do request but what if I buy you this Tin House Lp for transfer and you keep it as my thanks.

https://lightintheattic.net/releases/1850-tin-house

mike w said...

AXIS: Bold as Love. 50 years old.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018, Prof!

Anon.

Opie said...

Happy (LATE) Holidays to everyone! I hope everyone had a good time. :)

Andy said...

Prof Stoned,my dear man,sorry for my long silence-it's because I have no habit in inet communication in my far country.Your blog,attached to one of the greatest things in life (I mean music) is wonderful. My respect for You is very big. Thanks for all. With best regards from Andy.

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