Hum (2)You'd Prefer An Astronaut

Label:RCA – 88765422601, SRC Vinyl – SRC016
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, White / Black Split
Style:Alternative Rock, Space Rock


A1Little Dipper
A2The Pod
A4Suicide Machine
A5The Very Old Man
B1Why I Like The Robins
B2I'd Like Your Hair Long
B3I Hate It Too
B4Songs 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

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You'd Prefer An Astronaut (CD, Album, DMH Pressing)RCA07863 66577-2US1995
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You'd Prefer An Astronaut (LP, Album, Green)Twelve Inch RecordsTIN-012US1995
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You'd Prefer An Astronaut (Cassette, Album)RCA07863 66577-4US1995
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You'd Prefer An Astronaut (LP, Album)Twelve Inch Records, Cargo RecordsTIN-012 LPUS1995
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You'd Prefer An Astronaut (Cassette, Album, Promo)RCA, RCA07863-66577-4, RADV-665774US1995



  • StaticSucks's avatar
    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.
    • alfalfa6835's avatar
      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.
      • nwtann's avatar
        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.
        • trail_on_wax's avatar
          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.
          • WalterSmy's avatar
            This pressing sounds really bad. I would avoid if could do it over.
            • xmarifulx's avatar
              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.
              • underorbit's avatar
                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.
                • Ardroth's avatar
                  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.


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