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posted a comment on Aretha Franklin - Atlantic Records 1960s Collection. 5 days ago
Update: To correct myself, good news(?), it’s Chris Bellman, not Sefchick, who cut Lady Soul, probably the same version as the 2018 SYEOR reissue; Kevin Gray cut the Aretha Arrives in this box, probably the same as the 2017 50th Anniversary mono reissue.
posted a comment on Aretha Franklin - Atlantic Records 1960s Collection. 5 days ago
I don't have the complete boxed set, but I lucked into an opened copy of the I Never Loved A Man' which is part of this set. A brief listen revealed a typically excellent pressing by Record Industry (or "MOV") in The Netherlands

I already had the 2013 ... See full review
posted a comment on Marvin Gaye - What's Going On. 8 days ago
I noticed that this and at least one other 1980s reissue do NOT have "JM" in the matrices (initials for engineer John Matousek, who is credited for the much lauded re-cut of WGO in the mid-1980s).

Here is one with Matousek's signature: ... See full review
posted a comment on Marvin Gaye - What's Going On. 8 days ago
I noticed that this and at least one other 1980s reissue do NOT have "JM" in the matrices (initials for engineer John Matousek, who is credited for the much lauded re-cut of WGO in the mid-1980s).

Here is one with Matousek's signature: ... See full review
posted a comment on Bob Dylan - The Original Mono Recordings. 10 days ago
Fri/14th/jun/‘19:
Thnks for your the both of your replies. Where did each of your buy your boxes of these RKS cuts - from a US seller or otherwise? I ask b/c sealed copies are starting to pop up again, here n there, including at Acoustic Sounds. And ... See full review
posted a comment on Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising. 26 days ago
Anyone have a copy pressed on Quiex-like translucent vinyl? The plant Rainbo Records supposedly used this premium formulation in the mid-1980s.
posted a comment on Emma Louise (3) - Lilac Everything: A Project By Emma Louise. 29 days ago
New to Emma, am in the States. Can't afford to import the record from down under — air mailing LPs in general from Australia to US is categorically prohibitive. Shall I just wait for an eventual US release of the Reward LP, or are her releases usually ... See full review
posted a comment on Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace The Complete Recordings. about 1 month ago
Wooooow. Only eleven music heads want this vinyl version of the complete recordings. I guess the people have spoken— the CD or high-rez D/L is good enuf; 4LP for this is unnecessary? Should I just sell my new copy while it's still worth something, ... See full review
posted a comment on The Beatles - Rubber Soul. 2 months ago
Does anyone have a cp. of this 1983 Specialty press w/Wally Traugott's etched signature in the deadwax - - - "Wly"? Wally's cut is supposedly the best (modern) Capitol remastering of RS, as well as all the other fab four titles, to snag.
posted a comment on Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings. 2 months ago
Perhaps I've overlooked an entry, but I cannot find a submission for the vinyl version of ARETHA FRANKLIN - THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS. I don't have a copy, I've only seen it in a store and in online shops.

From what I've gleaned from online it contains 4 ... See full review
posted a comment on Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace The Complete Recordings. 2 months ago
Perhaps I've overlooked an entry, but I cannot find a submission for the vinyl version of ARETHA FRANKLIN - THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS. I don't have a copy, I've only seen it in a store and in online shops.

From what I've gleaned from online it contains 4 ... See full review
posted a comment on Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings. 2 months ago
Perhaps I've overlooked an entry, but I cannot find a submission for the vinyl version of ARETHA FRANKLIN - THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS. From what I've gleaned from various sources online it contains 4 records, packaged in a cool "double" gatefold album, in ... See full review
posted a comment on Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings. 2 months ago
Perhaps I've overlooked an entry, but I cannot find a submission for the vinyl version of ARETHA FRANKLIN - THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS. From what I've gleaned from various sources online it contains 4 records, packaged in a cool "double" gatefold album, in ... See full review
posted a comment on Black Sabbath - Paranoid. 2 months ago
I.i.n.m., the black vinyl version, same year, is identical to this limited edition, now OOP, blue vinyl version, yes? Both pressed at the same time or directly after the other by QRP in Salinas, Kansas, both using plates deriving from the Sean Magee ... See full review
posted a comment on The Damned - Damned Damned Damned. 2 months ago
(I should have also asked ... For that matter, how does this compare to the more recent reissues e.g. Drastic in the U.S., BMG in UK, etc?)
posted a comment on The Damned - Damned Damned Damned. 2 months ago
I've never heard this Frontier Record version, how does it sound, how does it compare to an early UK ish?
posted a review of Wes Montgomery - California Dreaming. 3 months ago
Sooooooooo, I just woke up. Apparently, UMe is in the midst of a Verve Records/Impulse! Records reissue campaign, under the sticker banner of “Vital Vinyl”. Non-deluxe packaging, relatively low-priced territory. This Wes and only 4 other V V titles ... See full review
posted a comment on Tom Waits - Brawlers. 3 months ago
I know Rainbo pressings can suck, but are you sure this was pressed there? Please double check.
Its matrices "87550-1 2017" don't look familiar to me. Rainbo's matrices typically start with a an etched, capital "S", then a hyphen, then a set of digits, ... See full review
posted a comment on Albert Ayler and Don Cherry - Vibrations. 3 months ago
Monday 11th march 2019:

Thanks for the input, will put it on me want list.
posted a comment on Zero 7 - Simple Things. 3 months ago
Just a semantics comment: Not a "repress", as someone entered for this entry. This 2018 version's matrices are totally different than the 2015 Warner (EU) version's. THAT one was cut at Abbey Road (making it a re-cut/reissue of the original 2001 ... See full review
posted a comment on Thin Lizzy - Chinatown. 4 months ago
Wednesday 06th/Feb/2019
Thanks for the info. Yes, the first part of your copy's matrices match those of the sole German issue's. So, likely the Dutch issue was a German-made product w/German mastering. If you're willing, pls. describe how this one ... See full review
posted a comment on Tom Waits - Nighthawks At The Diner. 4 months ago
Your sound comparisons between this digital remaster and previous reissues?
posted a comment on Scott Walker - Scott 4. 5 months ago
The 3 Discoggers below, nejakdivne, dpfrag and jolyon all praise the manufacturing quality of this 2014 re-ish. What about the mastering itself? A Hoffman forum poster said his Back To Black copy "distorts on the louder passages". ... See full review
posted a comment on David Bowie - The Buddha Of Suburbia. 5 months ago
I’ll add that, despite the surprisingly good mastering, the pressing of my cp. is middling. One side is crazeeeeeee off-centered, giving a wavy pitch effect which is especially noticeable on the third and innermost track. Other 3 sides are centered, ... See full review
posted a comment on Elton John - Untitled. 5 months ago
Sat. 11th January 2019:
Hey! As a Yank, I never knew this UK boxed set comp even existed ... until today! Affordable copies still avail, too.
But, I can’t imagine that DJM would pull the masters for any/all of these tracks, splice and then re-splice ... See full review
posted a comment on Merzbow - Merzbient. 5 months ago
Banal question for anybody who has this set, either the colored vinyl or the black vinyl version: How much does this item, the 2 individual boxes together, weigh?

(The tracking page for the Merzbient being shipped to me indicates that the parcel has a ... See full review
posted a review of The Police - Every Move You Make - The Studio Recordings. 6 months ago
Correct me if I'm mistaken, there is another version of this boxed set. It is supposedly for the US (North America?) market. Some US-based SH forum posters claim their copies did not come with a voucher to download WAV versions of the content, unlike ... See full review
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posted a comment on Albert Ayler and Don Cherry - Vibrations. 6 months ago
No reviews of this 2017 RSD BF re-ish? Its ORG Music and Pallas provenance are reassuring, but I noticed Pallas' in-house did the lacquer cutting. Sonics good? bad?
posted a comment on Van Morrison - Astral Weeks. 6 months ago
My Super Saver series stickered copy has the barcode entered for this entry. My copy's matrices are:
WS-1-1768-SR2 1-1 (all hand etched) Specialty Records Pressing stamped logo
WS-2-1768 JW2 #1-SP-0-1

* The script on each side is noticeably unique, ... See full review
posted a comment on Alice Coltrane - Universal Consciousness. 6 months ago
Which (US? EU?) pressing plant manufactured this Superior Viaduct/UMe reissue?
posted a comment on Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks (The Bootleg Series Vol. 14). 6 months ago
Thursday night 13th Decembre 2018:
I just bought a copy at Barnes and Noble and am spinning it now. Sounds fine to me, full, robust (as much as can be expected from such tapes, of course). Not “hot” at all (I gather you mean that you hear the mid-range ... See full review
posted a comment on The Replacements - Don't Tell A Soul. 7 months ago
Monday late nite 26th/11/‘18:

Oo, anti-climax. Ian works at Capitol where their gear is for digital file cutting only (iinm, correct me if I am wrong). Not biting, no offense to Ian Sefchick.

Btw, Ian Sefchick was the guitarist for bay area indie ... See full review
posted a comment on The Replacements - Don't Tell A Soul. 7 months ago
Monday night PST 26th/11/2018:

Thanks.

Aaahh, so it IS a new cut! See aye tow yuu. Kevin Gray has been active with Rhino, looks like he's still pumping 'em out, not sitting on his laurels. If this is anywhere as close to his T Rex – Electric Warrior ... See full review
posted a review of Nothing (12) - Blue Line Baby. 7 months ago
Monday afternoon 26th November 2018 update:
Contacted the record's label, Relapse Records, told them of my 6(!) audible instances of non-fill; would you kindly replace it? They tersely replied, nope, 'can't help you, take it up with the store where you ... See full review
posted a review of Nothing (12) - Blue Line Baby. 7 months ago
Sunday evening 25th November 2018:
Music is OK. But my copy has at least 3 areas of the dreaded non-fill ripping noise. 2nd and 3rd tracks. Plonking down for vinyl is a crap shoot, yäh?
posted a comment on Orchestra Di Enrico Simonetti - Blue Frog... And Others. 7 months ago
If you click the issuing label, "Harmony", Discogs claims it's already defunct. Odd ... If true, then is this a "non-official" release, the work of a grey-marketer? That would be one reason why RomanyX's copy sucks, to his ears. Grey market vinyl ... See full review
posted a comment on Orchestra Di Enrico Simonetti - Blue Frog... And Others. 7 months ago
23rd Novembre 2018:

Awwww, too late, I already sunk $30+tax deeper into plastic debt @ Amoeba Music, San Francisco, for this RSD. Pray tell its matrices as a clue to who pressed this.
posted a comment on The Replacements - Don't Tell A Soul. 7 months ago
Monday 19th/11/2018:

Thanks. A pleasant surprise. So relieved to hear that name associated with yet another re-ish.

Could be from the same lacquer/plates used for ORG ... or perhaps Kevin Gray re-cut this yet again, but for Rhino? His cut of the ... See full review
posted a comment on Jackson C. Frank - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2. 7 months ago
Ben himself was the one who I interacted with via e-mail. Alas, he claimed he and his crew did not hear anything wrong on the side at issue of his own copy. From there he basically brushed me off. Very disappointed with BaDaBing. From then on, I put ... See full review
posted a comment on The Birthday Party - Junkyard. 8 months ago
Four years after this 4AD bountiful reissue dropped, Drastic Plastic released their Masterdisk-remastered version. Anyone done sonic comparisons between the two?
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posted a comment on Tom Waits - Closing Time. 8 months ago
Sat. 20th Octobre 2018

Today I picked up a VG+ copy of this blue-clouds label, Specialty Records Corporation-pressed (confirmed by the “SP” suffix on labels) reissue for a reasonable $15. Lo and behold, my copy has the desired Artisan Sound Recorders ... See full review
posted a comment on Dusty Springfield - Dusty In Memphis. 8 months ago
Tuesday evening PDT 9th Octobre 2018:

There's only one mix of DIM, to my knowledge. What you're hearing in this latest iteration may jibe with my own perception/critique: Cutter Chris Bellman did some fiddling here, enough to distinguish it from my ... See full review
posted a comment on William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops. 8 months ago
Just a minor, first-world problem comment: I recently accessed the included CDs to continue ripping them, after all these years. I had only played the vinyl until now. Fudge, the dreaded, primitive design of tight-fitting, semi-circle pouches to hold ... See full review
posted a comment on The Isley Brothers - Heat Is On. 8 months ago
Sun. 30th Sept. 2018:

Who mastered/cut this reissue? A-B reviews, anyone?
posted a comment on Red Hot Chili Peppers - Mothers Milk. 9 months ago
Sunday 16th September 2018:
How does this re-ish compare with the original U.S. issue, cut at Sterling?
posted a comment on Ramones - It's Alive. 9 months ago
I have the original German issue, the one with "ALSDORF" in the dead wax. Kind of thin sounding, but otherwise alright.

So, how does this 2014 MOV cut sound - better? they unearthed the bass for this one?

The now defunct Audio Fidelity reissued their ... See full review
posted a comment on David Bowie - "Heroes". 9 months ago
No, I’m not decisive about which is better - the DAVE’S RCA and the STERLING Greg Calbi cut. I’ve only read SH forum posters’ reviews of the former. I only own the latter.
Re: which is the first (UK) cut, sorry, I mis-spoke, I’m only presuming that. ... See full review
posted a comment on Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You. 9 months ago
Wednesday afternoon PDT 5th/09/2018:
I'll one-up you. My copy isn't even 'good'. It plain sucks. A few weeks after Lady Soul had passed, I ordered a brand-new copy from the heralded Scottish record store, Assai, in Edinburgh, and it arrived yesterday. ... See full review