Gloria Barnes ‎– Uptown

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Remined ‎– RMND12001, Maple Records ‎– M-6006
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Gatefold
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A1 Old Before My Time
Backing Band – The Hustlers (16)
7:34
A2 I'll Call You Back Later
Backing Band – The Hustlers (16)
3:10
A3 I Found Myself
Backing Band – The Hustlers (16)
3:49
B1 Gotta Get Away
Backing Band – Ohio Players
2:30
B2 You Don't Mean It
Backing Band – Ohio Players
3:02
B3 Home
Backing Band – Lee Moses, Deciples*
2:49
B4 She Wants A Stand In
Backing Band – The Hustlers (16)
2:43
B5 I'll Go All The Way
Backing Band – Lee Moses, Deciples*
3:32

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Limited edition of 1000 gold foil stamped, numbered copies.
Includes download card.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout matrix): RNMD-12001-A CJIII WELL MADE MUSIC
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout matrix): RMND-12001-B CJIII WELL MADE MUSIC
  • Rights Society: BMI

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eshi

eshi

December 13, 2017

Have = 176, Want = 176 ! Fight! Very amazing record and press! Thanks a lot
burnxnaples

burnxnaples

December 3, 2017
Great reissue. Packaging highly detailed and mastered very well considering the audio source. "Scuffs marks etc" that don't affect play are punisher status. Poke your head into a record plant and realize what a goddamn miracle it is that any of them end up clean. My first introduction to Colemine and Reminded and will be exploring their back catalogue shortly.
jchristiananderson

jchristiananderson

November 29, 2017
edited about 1 month ago
Edit:

I wanted to add an update to my original review because Terry from Remined just sent me a refund for my purchase of this LP. He did this without asking and without provocation. He offered up a detailed and sincere response to my review of this release (see below). I definitely didn't expect either the response or the refund. His comments deserve to be read. Unfortunately, because of the way that the discogs interface works, you have to manually click the "See Reply" button. If you want to read our back and forth, please go there. It's worth a read if you own this LP or are interested about the process that Remined went through in making this repress a reality.

Here's my original review:

After receiving this a couple of days ago, I finally got around to giving this reissue a proper listen. I was really excited to hear this gem on my rig instead of streaming it off Youtube. I'm a fan of this record, but like most of you I can't afford the $3,000 originals seem to fetch these days. I was optimistic about the quality of this reissue after reading very positive things about Colemine, the parent label of Remined (the label that brought us this reissue). Most of all I was curious how this release would stack up against some really outstanding reissues from the past few years of long out of print and lesser known releases.

For my money, the gold standard for how a reissue of a rare record should be done is Mr. Bongo's reissue of Arthur Verocai's eponymous debut. For the uninitiated, Arthur Verocai's first album is a highly sought after and oft-sampled slice of latin-jazz-funk perfection. Originally released in 1972, the record was long out of print when Mr. Bongo gave the album its first legitimate reissue in years in 2016. They remastered the album from the original tapes in sessions that were supervised by Arthur Verocai himself. The end result is a high quality reissue at an affordable price point. This reissue sells for about $25 USD, and it's really hard to imagine how the album could get a better pressing that would retail for anything less than $30.

Mr. Bongo is far from the only label to give this deluxe treatment to overlooked and relatively obscure releases. This year Strut released a 3 LP version of classic ethio-jazz album Mulatu of Ethiopia. The reissue includes the original stereo release, a previously unavailable mono mix of the album, and an entire LP of unreleased studio outtakes. All material for this release was culled from 2" tapes. The work was fully remastered, and the LPs were pressed at Pallas. The price for this 3 LP reissue housed in a 6 panel jacket is right around $37 USD. This is a European import, meaning that in the EU this reissue is even cheaper.

Needless to say, heading into my first listen of this reissue of Uptown my expectations for a $25-$35 LP reissue were pretty high.

When it comes to packaging, Remined really did an outstanding job. The LP is housed in a heavy cardboard jacket. The finish is nice and glossy, the corners are crisp, and the gatefold is nice and sturdy. Thankfully the fine people at Remined opted to use poly-lined sleeves for this reissue. Nothing bugs me more than spending $30 on a record only to find my expensive and once pristine vinyl is sitting in some cheap, scratchy paper sleeve. The lettering on the cover is nice and sharp, but the photo of Gloria Barnes is a bit blurry. It's hard to say for sure, but my guess is that Remined used a high quality digital scan of an original jacket for the printing of this LP. If there's one complaint about the packaging for this reissue, that's it.

If only the shoddy sourcing started and stopped with the images featured on the jacket then Remined would have an indisputable success on their hands. Unfortunately this reissue sounds little better than those Youtube clips I was hoping to leave behind. I have no idea where Remined got the audio they used for this reissue (the label doesn't say on their site or in the liner notes of the LP), but I can't help but suspect it was at best a high quality needle drop. It may in fact just be a rip from Youtube (yes, it's really that bad). The hype sticker on the shrink states that this release was "Remastered for Vinyl". I'm not sure what that means, but it damn sure doesn't mean it sounds good.

If the poor sourcing for this LP wasn't bad enough, the pressing quality is abysmal. This LP came with more scratches and smudges than any new LP I've purchased since I bought Natalie Prass's debut LP. When it comes to a $30 reissue, I expect at the very least to get a clean, scratch-free record. After cleaning the record twice on my Clearaudio Smart Matrix, this LP did play quietly. The music still came across as flat and lifeless (likely a result of the poor sourcing), but at least it wasn't noisy.

I'd rate the release the following way based on my years of collecting and basing my comparison releases on some of the nicer pressings in my 1,000+ LP collection:

Packaging: 9/10
Sound quality: 6/10
Pressing quality: 2/10

Ultimately I believe I would purchase this LP again. I think this is more a testament to how much I like this record than anything else. The hype sticker on this release exclaims in inch tall all-caps letters "INCONCEIVABLY RARE SOUL". This is certainly true, and in this case that rarity is enough to make me think twice about selling my copy, but sadly for Remined, I'm not sure there's enough inconceivably rare soul to justify the existence of this label. I'm hopeful that future releases will be better.

Considering the stiff competition currently found in the reissue market, it's understandable that a new comer like Remined would slip. After all, labels like Soul Jazz, Numero, Mr. Bongo, and Strut have had years to hone their craft, but for Remined, next time I hope they put the work in because this time I think they just phoned it in and let the rarity of "Uptown" push sales. It worked for this reissue, but it won't work for all of them.
Jayr1990

Jayr1990

November 11, 2017
really keen to know what the sound quality on this is like. if anyone can advise please do :)