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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Gatefold (spot the perms)

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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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Devo – Duty Now for the Future (1979)

Warner Bros. Records

523960-1

    • Originally Released:  July 1979

    • This Release:   2010

    • Mastering:   Bernie Grundman

    • Comments:   Remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes. Everything sounds just right on this reissue. The vinyl itself is top quality as well as the reproduced artwork. Personally, it’s a toss up between this and the first album (Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!) as to which is my favourite. They don’t make bands like this anymore.

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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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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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Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III (1970)

Classic Records / Atlantic

SD 7201

The spinning cover – John Paul Jones version

    • Originally Released:   5 October 1970

    • This Release:   2000

    • Mastering:   Bernie Grundman

    • Comments:   Classic Records reissue on 200 gram vinyl. Cut by Bernie Grundman from the original master tapes. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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Slightly sinister back cover

 

Cover design by Zacron

 

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