Hum (2) ‎– You'd Prefer An Astronaut

RCA ‎– 88765422601, SRC Vinyl ‎– SRC016
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, White / Black Split


A1 Little Dipper
A2 The Pod
A3 Stars
A4 Suicide Machine
A5 The Very Old Man
B1 Why I Like The Robins
B2 I'd Like Your Hair Long
B3 I Hate It Too
B4 Songs Of Farewell And Departure

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Limited to 1,000 copies. Comes in a gatefold sleeve.

© 1995, 2012 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

All tracks except #5 lovingly recorded and mixed by Keith Cleversley at his Playground in Chicago. Sleepy assistance by Mr. Bones. Happily produced by Hum and Keith. Track #5 softly recorded by Adam Schmitt at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN. Assistant engineering gently offered by Pat Burkholder. Carefully mastered at Chicago Recording Company by Jeff Van Steen and Harry Burgen.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): LUCKY S-84444 SRCVINYL-016A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): LUCKY S-84445 SRCVINYL-016B
  • Barcode (Scanned (On Sticker)): 754220307394
  • Barcode (Printed (On Sticker)): 7 54220 30739 4

Other Versions (5 of 24) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
07863 66577-2 Hum (2) You'd Prefer An Astronaut(CD, Album, DMH) RCA 07863 66577-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
07863 66577-2 Hum (2) You'd Prefer An Astronaut(CD, Album, RP) RCA 07863 66577-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
88765422601, SRC016 Hum (2) You'd Prefer An Astronaut(LP, Album, RE, 180) RCA, SRC Vinyl 88765422601, SRC016 US 2013 Sell This Version
88765422601, SRC016 Hum (2) You'd Prefer An Astronaut(LP, Album, Num, RE, Whi) RCA, SRC Vinyl 88765422601, SRC016 US 2013 Sell This Version
BG2 66577 Hum (2) You'd Prefer An Astronaut(CD, Album) RCA BG2 66577 US 1995 Sell This Version


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August 2, 2020
I just got this today...sounds fine to me. No skips, no noise, no complaints. I’d love the original press but until (or if) that happens this one will do just fine.


July 5, 2018

Absolutely love this album, but this pressing isn't too good. Clarity is fine, but there's skipping issues where the black and white meet to the point where it's unplayable.


November 8, 2017

Very quiet mastering, and there is some definite warping on side A that is unfortunately pretty noticeable. You'll have to EQ it pretty heavily to get a decent sound from this pressing.


September 11, 2017
If you can, try to buy an original pressing. All of the SRC pressings are complete garbage. I had the clear and this black and white split and both were shit. The original pressing's are going down in price a bit and are a million times better sounding than this shit. SRC should be embarrassed with the garbage quality of their records.


March 21, 2017

This pressing sounds really bad. I would avoid if could do it over.


March 10, 2017
I'm not sure how I feel about this pressing yet. My copy sounds quite distorted and I find myself having to turn down the preamp gain and cranking the master on the power amp instead. It's certainly clearer than the CD, but not by a big margin. I'll have to give it a few more listens.


August 3, 2016

My Side 1 is pressed a wee bit off center, and it's mastered pretty quietly so I have to turn it up and listen to the louder static and dust pops. But otherwise, to my ears, it sounds good. "Little Dipper" and "The Pod" sound absolutely fine, and Side 2 is on center, which means it all sounds perfect, which means I personally got my money's worth. Yes, I realize Matt Talbott has a bunch of copies of the original pressing, but getting my hands on one has proven near impossible. I haven't seen a sale of them in well over a year and a half as of this post, and...I really really wanted it on vinyl, so I bought this. In a nutshell, I wouldn't say you should avoid this reissue, but I also wouldn't say you should run out and get it if you're expecting it to sound perfect.


July 20, 2016
Not Recommended. Very poor pressing just like the last batch from 2013. I originally bought the 2013 "white smoke" LP when it was released and returned it for a refund due to absolutely abysmal pressing quality. I picked up the 2016 black/white LP hoping for redemption, but unfortunately it is plagued by the exact same issues. The record lays flat but it is terribly off-center so much so that there is a persistent and extreme "wobble" in the pitch. Just listen to the intro to "Stars" for the most obvious example - the wow/flutter is so bad it sounds like he's playing with a whammy bar. Playback is also rife with static, crackling, pops etc. even after cleaning and using an anti-static gun. Absolutely embarrassing for SRC. If you must have classic album on vinyl consider saving your dollars up for an original press, or better yet just stick with the CD.