best US vinyl pressings for THE DOORS LPs....are they all monarch?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by bigmikerocks, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Raunchnroll

    Raunchnroll Forum Resident

    Simply means the record was pressed with stampers from a first cutting and a later cutting.
  2. Arkoffs

    Arkoffs Well-Known Member

    Madison Wis USA
    Blackie said:
    Both this and my darker gold label of Strange Days (CP-1)/(CP-1) also have a very small handwritten mark (might be mastering engineer's initials?) in the deadwax that is indistinguishable.​
    Coming back to this old thread, since I've been working on upgrading my Doors LPs. I just noticed this similarity in comparing three mono s/t albums (the Monarch 'upgrade' I got off ebay is going back in the mail this morning, it was traaaashed). Has anyone figured out what that tiny signature is yet?

    All three pressings I compared (the Monarch, an Allentown, and a "COL" pressing) definitely had lacquers prepared by the same person, judging by the style probably at the same time ... so my guess is the tiny sig must be someone from Madison Sound in New York, since W.B. noted many lacquers for the first two discs were cut there. And, interestingly, despite that the three I comped this morning sounded different. The Monarch was the best -- it was a (MON), not an (M) -- the Columbia was close and the Allentown far behind.

    The thread started by Raunchnroll's that's linked earlier in this one definitely explains why the Columbia pressing I have compared well to the Monarch I checked it against -- the Monarch must have been one of the later LEDO copies.
  3. Sam

    Sam Well-Known Member

    Rochester, NY
    I can understand the first lp sounding better than the new AP 45 due to the master tape being damaged and not used. However, on the remaining albums, my ears vote for the 45 rpm vinyl versions.
  4. SergioRZ

    SergioRZ Well-Known Member

    Lisbon, Portugal
    The Analogue Productions Doors reissues (45rpm) look and sound superb! :) :)
  5. Pappas3278

    Pappas3278 Active Member

    New York City
    Thought I'd give this a bump since the question of whether Bernie Grundman cut the S/T and Strange Days was never really answered.

    Answer = he did indeed!

    That tiny squiggle that might look like someones initials are in fact his (tiny cursive Bg). I base this on my comparison to Joni Mitchell's album Blue. You'll find the same mark on that record as you will on the aforementioned records. HTH did he write those initials so small??
  6. Alex Zabotkin

    Alex Zabotkin Active Member

    He was too shy, I guess... :laugh:

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