SH Spotlight Play the Kinks "Waterloo Sunset" in stereo, check and fix or improve your stereo playback with it!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. rgutter

    rgutter Well-Known Member

    So do I. And it really brings out what I always thought was an echo (not phasing) effect on the final lines of the last verse. Love it.

    It also seems that all stereo versions run 3-4% slower than the mono. Anyone else notice?
     
  2. Joel1963

    Joel1963 Forum Resident

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    I hear it.
     
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  3. Joel1963

    Joel1963 Forum Resident

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    As I mentioned on a thread long ago, listen to the beginning of All You Zombies by the Hooters for an amazing effect.
     
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  4. rararabbits

    rararabbits Well-Known Member

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    Would it be embarrassing to admit that I just wasted fifteen minutes trying to do this with the mono disc of the deluxe edition by mistake? It would? OK then.

    I suppose listening to WS six times in a row could never be construed as a waste of time, anyway. Tried with the right disc, heard it first time: Rasa shalalaing from somewhere in the region of the nape of my neck. Cool.
     
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  5. bmoregnr

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    Well we all had to be doubly sure it did not occur on the mono so thanks for checking that. I just want to know how many inches or feet in total you moved your speakers around during those five sessions!
     
  6. motionoftheocean

    motionoftheocean Forum Resident

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    you're right. I think a lot of the tracks on the album have the same phasing issue, actually
     
  7. Steve@39

    Steve@39 New Member

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    I tried on the only stereo copy I could find of Waterloo Sunset..on You Tube
    The main vocal is on the right and the instruments are sort of leftish of centre, and the backing vocals are floating around the whole spectrum. If I reverse the phase of one speaker, the main vocal is hard right, the instruments hard left and backing vocals directly in the middle...now I'm confused.
     
  8. rararabbits

    rararabbits Well-Known Member

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    Not that much....I have a crick in my neck from prostrating myself before the floor-level speakers (which seems like an appropriate response!)
     
  9. reb

    reb Long Live Rock

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    Phase refers to differences in signal timing.

    Polarity reversal means connecting the pos(+) to the neg(-) and the neg(-) to the pos(+)
     
  10. Barnabas Collins

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    I just played "Waterloo Sunshine" from Kink Kronikles and my dog perked his ears *way* up when those backing vocals started. He's listening to music with me on my easy chair (he's a Chihuahua so be nice, OK?) so I guess my speakers are positioned OK. I hadn't listened to The Kinks in quite a while so it was nice that this thread came up to remind me of their greatness...
     
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  11. EasterEverywhere

    EasterEverywhere Forum Resident

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    What about the US tri color Reprise stereo?
     
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  12. bmoregnr

    bmoregnr Forum Resident

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    A ways back we had two cats, neither spent a lot of the time in my listening room, except, whenever I played a Puccini opera, the one and only the one would always come in and plop down; whenever I played a Verdi opera, the other one and only the other one would come in for a spell. It was kind of trippy really, a quite repeatable experiment, and each composer fit their personality to a T.

    Ok, back to the Kinks, hitting play on "Phenomenal Cat" [Mono] right now.
     
  13. JoelWat

    JoelWat Well-Known Member

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    I must admit that I have no Kinks in my collection :shrug: so I downloaded the stereo version from iTunes and converted the MPEG into MP3, stuck it on a usb drive and played it. I am wondering if the MP3 conversion affected the impact of the effects because though I can hear the BG floating around the effect is not as pronounced as the posts he indicate it to be. I tried various speaker positions, though I did not spend a huge amount of time. My speaker position is somewhat triangular and I have space between side walls and back plus they are toe'd in so I see a small amount of inside speaker from listening seat.
     
  14. NOS300B

    NOS300B Forum Resident

    For years these were considered to be eighties remixes and they might be for all I know. I have heard that these alternate mixes appear on reissues dating back at least to the seventies, though. Could these be Ray's in-phase mixes that Andrew Sandoval was talking about? I haven't seen anyone mention it yet but "Tin Soldier Man" on the new box set The Anthology 1964-1971 sounds like this alternate mix to me.
     
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  15. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Forum Resident

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    I finally got around to this. I ended up with my speakers about 6 inches farther apart with slightly more toe-in. It works great, those vocals are really wrapping widely around floating in the background. It is not subtle and it is pretty dramatic. Lots of fun and that happens to be a great tune.

    One negative I stayed up too late listening to the entire Kinks Kronicles double LP because I was enjoying it so much.
     
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  16. bonzo59

    bonzo59 Well-Known Member

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    "Electric Ladyland" is full of that "surround sound"
     
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  17. bonzo59

    bonzo59 Well-Known Member

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    Same experience here :)
     
  18. Steve E.

    Steve E. Forum Resident

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    oop posted in wrong thread. And not oop as in Out Of Phase.
     
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  19. ubiknik

    ubiknik Forum Resident

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    It works with the mono, but you end up with your speakers across the street...
     
  20. Joel1963

    Joel1963 Forum Resident

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    A couple of further suggestions, based on my virtual surround earbud listening:

    Al Green: Tired Of Being Alone-the background vocals.
    Larry Groce-Junk Food Junkie-the mass applause. On my earphones, the singing and instrumentation sounds like mono, but the applause sounds like it's behind my head.
     
  21. Turnaround

    Turnaround All you need is one killer track

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    "Waterloo Sunset" on the recent Sanctuary Records 5CD Kinks box set The Anthology 1964 - 1971 is in stereo.

    Is that as good a version of the song to use for our host's test as the other CDs mentioned in this thread?
     
  22. kinkling

    kinkling Forum Resident

    I think they actually fixed most of the Something Else-era tracks' phase issues on the Anthology, so probably not.
     
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  23. ubiknik

    ubiknik Forum Resident

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    I have a sixties tri-color U.S. stereo, but I remember hearing or reading somewhere that some US Kinks are possibly fake stereo?
    Admittedly I have not read through the whole thread.
     
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  24. Dee Zee

    Dee Zee Forum Resident

    The 60s stereo vinyl is stereo. I have one on Reprise.
     
  25. Joel1963

    Joel1963 Forum Resident

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    Face to Face is a mix of fake and true stereo, and a couple of albums IIRC before that are fake stereo, possibly including all of the Greatest Hits. The first album is true stereo except for You Really Got Me and maybe another track or two.
     

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