Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings And Food (1978)

Sire / Rhino

8122796358 / R1-6058

#2247 - Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food (180 Gram)(Front)

    • Originally Released:  21 July 1978 (US)

    • This Release:   2013

    • Mastering:   Chris Bellman

    • Comments:   Of the first 4 Talking Heads albums, this is the one I’ve listened to the least. Listening to this high quality reissue, I have no idea why. It’s packed with great tunes. This is the 180 gram EU reissue and it sounds great. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at Optimal in Germany. Soundwise, this is only a slight improvement on my original Australian pressing, which more than holds its own. May not be worth the extra money over easy to find originals, but it’s a keeper for me.

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David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name (1971)

Atlantic

SD 7203 (MX 164193 / MX 164194*)

#2212 - David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name (Aus)(Front)

    • Originally Released:  22 February 1971 (US)

    • This Release:   1971

    • Mastering:   Unknown

    • Comments:   Received wisdom states that the best sounding records are original pressings from the artist’s country of origin. As always, one must listen before making judgments. I picked this up at a local Sunday market for $5.00, thinking it would be a good way to hear the album cheaply and if I liked it, I could then hunt for an original US pressing. I wasn’t expecting much as Australian pressings of overseas artists can be a hit or miss affair. I’m pleased to report that this sounds amazing. Very wide, open soundstage. Tight, well-defined bass and rich vocals and guitars. I haven’t heard any other pressings so maybe the original US is even better (or the UK, German, etc…), but it’s hard to imagine it sounding much better than this. Maybe it was just really well recorded, though with all the people involved and all the drugs that would have undoubtedly been consumed, it’s amazing that they got it to sound so good. All in all, this was $5.00 well spent.

* A note on the “MX” numbers. I’ve been trying to figure out what these numbers represent for the past 25 years. I’ve finally tracked down some information. The MX number means that the record was pressed by CBS  Records Australia. I’ve since been trying to keep track of all the MX numbers I see, because I’m mentally unstable. With this release, the numbers correspond with other records pressed in 1971 and are also stamped in the deadwax (runout groove), without any suffix. I think this suggests that it is an original pressing, as some my my Australian Led Zeppelin records have an A or B after the MX number and I know for sure they were pressed in the 80’s and are therefore represses.

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Jeff Beck Group – Jeff Beck Group (1972)

Audio Fidelity

AFZTL 1515

#2189 - Jeff Beck Group - Jeff Beck Group (Front)

    • Originally Released:  1 May 1972 (US)

    • This Release:   2012

    • Mastering:   Kevin Gray

    • Comments:   One of the best sounding records in my collection. Vinyl, cover and mastering are all high quality. This is the 180 Gram version. Due to a mix up, the first copies were pressed on 200 gram vinyl. What’s 20 grams between friends? I can’t recommend this enough.

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Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork (2013)

Matador

OLE-1040-0

Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork (Front)

    • Originally Released:  31 May 2013

    • This Release:   2013

    • Mastering:   Chris Bellman

    • Comments:   A stunningly good release. The music itself is still growing on me with each listen, but this 2 x 180 Gram 45RPM deluxe edition is high quality in every respect. The gatefold cover is made of very thick and sturdy card stock, with beautifully designed inner sleeves. The vinyl, pressed at Pallas in Germany, is heavy, flat and (in my case at least) clean as a whistle. As for the sound, it is magnificent. There’s a depth to the sound that I have only ever heard on a handful of releases, and the soundstage is nice and wide, with all the instruments and voices clearly defined. I don’t know if this is due to being cut at 45RPM, and I’m not going to buy a regular edition to compare. Whatever it is, this is an absolute joy to listen to.

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Led Zeppelin – Coda (1982)

Classic Records / Swan Song

90051-1

Led Zeppelin - Coda (Front)

    • Originally Released:  November 1982

    • This Release:   2001

    • Mastering:   Bernie Grundman

    • Comments:   Considered by many to be the runt of the Led Zeppelin litter (myself included), due to the fact that it consists of unreleased tracks spanning the band’s career, this is actually a really solid collection of mostly very good songs. What it lacks in consistency, it more than makes up for in delivery. This is my first vinyl copy of this particular album so I have no other vinyl to compare to, but holy shit it sounds great. Another great 200 gram slab from Classic Records, mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analogue tapes. If you look hard enough, it can still be found for a reasonable* price.

* Warning: your definition of reasonable may differ from mine.

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Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell and Angels (2013)

Experience Hendrix / Legacy

88765419021 

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    • Originally Released:  March 2013

    • This Release:   March 2013

    • Mastering:   Bernie Grundman

    • Comments:   Supposedly the last album of unreleased studio material to be released by Experience Hendrix (according to Eddie Kramer). This consists of material that Jimi was working on between 1968 and 1969, mostly with the Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. As always, there’s plenty here to love. As for the sound, it is fantastic. No surprises as it was cut all-analogue by Bernie Grundman. The gatefold cover art is truly beautiful (the pictures don’t do it justice). There’s two slabs of 200 gram vinyl, pressed at Quality Record Pressings, which is fast becoming the premier pressing plant in the USA, if not the world. The vinyl is clean, quiet and dead flat. There’s also a nice booklet with recording info for each track. If you’re a Hendrix fan, this is a must.

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Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs (1998)

Modern Classics Recordings

MCR 900

#1633 - Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs (Front)

    • Originally Released:  September 1998

    • This Release:   2011

    • Mastering:   Dave Fridmann

    • Comments:   Remastered by Dave Fridmann and cut on 180 gram vinyl. A truly amazing album treated with the respect it deserves by Modern Classics Recordings (an offshoot of the excellent reissue label, Light in the Attic). Everything about this reissue screams quality. The gatefold cover is very sturdy and the vinyl is flat and quiet, and it sounds excellent. This one can and should really be cranked for maximum enjoyment.

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#1633 - Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs (Back)

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