Traffic – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (1971)

Island Records

SW-9306

1674 - Traffic - The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys (US)(Front)

    • Originally Released:  1971

    • This Release:   1971

    • Mastering:   Lee Hulko

    • Comments:   I’d never heard this album prior to adding it to an order from a Discogs seller to make the most out of the postage rates. It’s quite varied stylistically, with elements of rock, pop, jazz and prog. It also gets better and better with every listen. As for the sound quality, this is a great example of an original pressing that gets it right. This is the US pressing which was cut by Lee Hulko at Sterling Sound (“LH” and “STERLING” marked in the runout area). It can be found easily for a few dollars and is worth tracking down. It has that 70’s warmth that I love with plenty of detail as well, along with a pretty cool sleeve design.

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Inner Sleeve

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Discogs Link

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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Gatefold

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Wikipedia Link

The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971)

Rolling Stones Records

COC 59100

    • Originally Released:  23 April 1971

    • This Release:   1971

    • Mastering:   ???

    • Comments:   Original US pressing with working zipper. An absolute ripper of a pressing. My Australian copy from the 80’s is in better condition but sounds nowhere near as good. I thought my Japanese SHM-SACD might have been the one to beat, and although it is pretty amazing (apparently it’s a direct transfer of the master tape), it doesn’t contain the “magic” that this does. One of my top 5 all-time albums.

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“Gatefold”

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Discogs Link


Wikipedia Link


The Doors – L.A. Woman: The Workshop Sessions (2012)

Elektra / Rhino / Doors Music Company

8122-79755-7 / RI-528723

    • Originally Released:  6 March 2012

    • This Release:   2012

    • Mastering:   Bernie Grundman

    • Comments:   The only pressing available (as far as I’m aware). This is strictly for die-hard Doors fans. It’s basically an alternative version of the L.A. Woman album, consisting of alternate takes, plus a couple of unreleased tracks. Side 4 is laser etched with the album lyrics, contrary to the claim on the sticker that it is etched with the “electric woman”. This is interesting but I wouldn’t call it essential. The vinyl is very nicely pressed and the gatefold artwork is great.

Track List

A1 The Changeling (Alternate Version)

A2 Love Her Madly (Alternate Version)

A3 Cars Hiss By My Window (Alternate Version)

A4 L.A. Woman (Alternate Version)

B1 The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) (Alternate Version)

B2 Been Down So Long (Alternate Version)

B3 Riders On The Storm (Alternate Version)

C She Smells So Nice / Rock Me

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Gatefold

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Label C

Label D with etching

BG in deadwax = Bernie Grundman

Sticker

Discogs Link


Alice Cooper – Love It To Death (1971)

Warner Bros. Records

WS-1883

    • Originally Released:   12 January 1971

    • This Release:   1971-1973 (Green label design was changed in 1973)

    • Mastering:   ???

    • Comments:   Very early, if not original, Australian pressing with non-censored cover. Picked up recently for a few bucks. A good example of getting what you pay for. This is a crackly mess. The music still comes through and it sounds OK, but nowhere near as good as the Audio Fidelity CD version. Looks like I’ll be hunting down a US original.

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Discogs Link


Wikipedia Link


The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

Elektra / Rhino Records

8122-79865-5 / RHI-74881-6

    • Originally Released:   19 April 1971

    • This Release:   2009

    • Mastering:   Bernie Grundman

    • Comments:   180 gram reissue mastered from the original master tapes, using a hi-rez digital process (detailed here). Some people think this is sacrilege. I think the results speak for themselves and the results on this are very impressive (I don’t consider myself an audiophile so don’t get all bent out of shape if you disagree with me). It certainly sounds much better than my 80’s Australian pressing.

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Hype Sticker

Discogs Link


Wikipedia Link


Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (1971)

4 Men With Beards

4M 161

Screaming Funk Rock

    • Originally Released:   July 1971

    • This Release:   2008

    • Mastering:   ???

    • Comments:   180 gram reissue. Very clean, good quality vinyl. Nice sturdy gatefold cover. I haven’t heard an original pressing (yet) but this is pretty good.

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I dare you to be funkier than these guys


Skull, skull, skull

 

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