Stealers Wheel audiophile LPs coming out!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by bhazen, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. bhazen

    bhazen Fab Fourever! Thread Starter

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    I'm not a vinyl guy, but wanted to direct your attention to Michael Fremer's essay in Analog Planet on the new Kevin Gray-mastered versions (on Intervention Records) of Stealers Wheel and Ferguslie Park. Regardless of format, fans of "white album"-era Beatles (and others) who've maybe only heard the great Dylan wink "Stuck In The Middle" need to hear this excellent pair of LPs ... "Over My Head" stands shoulder-to-shoulder with "#9 Dream" ...
     
  2. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

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    Not out until November. Loved Gerry Rafferty's music so will be looking out for these.
     
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  3. Emilio

    Emilio Forum Resident

    Joe Egan also wrote and sang some great songs, like "Star".
     
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  4. Raylinds

    Raylinds Forum Resident

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    Just don't listen to it with Mr. Blond.:D
     
  5. bhazen

    bhazen Fab Fourever! Thread Starter

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    Word!

    A lot of folks probably assume the Wheel was largely Gerry's show. I think Joe was at least equal, possibly dominant, in the writing department, and sang lead on more of the tracks. (Not certain of this.)
     
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  6. bhazen

    bhazen Fab Fourever! Thread Starter

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    As in Blond On Blond?
     
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  7. Emilio

    Emilio Forum Resident

    I never understood why Joe wasn't as successful as a solo artist. I remember his solo hit "Back on the Road" and I know he released at least one solo album.
     
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  8. royzak2000

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  9. bhazen

    bhazen Fab Fourever! Thread Starter

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    Thanks. Title fixed
     
  10. kwadguy

    kwadguy Forum Resident

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    The A&M originals aren't hard to find or expensive... And they sound good... For those looking to save some cash...
     
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  11. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Very interesting the things they are reissuing. Would love to hear how titles are decided. Never knew these guys were that popular. I only knew of their one hit Stuck In the Middle. And of course I was very aware of Gerry's solo album.
     
  12. Raylinds

    Raylinds Forum Resident

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    As in the scene from Reservoir Dogs with "Stuck in the Middle With You" playing.
     
  13. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    A&M vinyl was great during that period, most stuff sounded terrific until Supertramp's Crime of the Century, 1974ish....then the quality nosedived until the late 80's and then it was top flight again.
     
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  14. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

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    These records are being touted as 100% analog, GOOD!

    100% Analog Mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
     
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  15. Phil Tate

    Phil Tate Forum Resident

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    I've got his 1979 album Out Of Nowhere and it's not bad at all - found it in a Music & Video Exchange in the 90s for 10 pence!

    I was lucky enough to see Gerry Rafferty in Edinburgh in about 1993, a great show.
     
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  16. IR Shane

    IR Shane Well-Known Member

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    Hello- I'm Shane Buettner, owner/operator at Intervention Records. I think you just summed up why I chose to reissue these titles as part of my (Re)Discover Series wonderfully! Gerry Rafferty was a GREAT singer/songwriter, and I've loved his music since Baker Street. When I heard "Stuck in the Middle" in Reservoir Dogs in 1992 I found out Gerry was in Stealers Wheel I got into their music and I've loved the band ever since. City to City notwithstanding, I think Gerry's work with Joe Egan on his first solo record, and in Stealers Wheel might be his high-water mark as an artist. But more than anything, I think fans of Gerry and rock n' roll in general ought to know that Stealers Wheel made two great records, not just a single great song!

    Regarding the sound, they are 100% analog, and the tapes we got are phenomenal. For Stealers Wheel 1, I used a UK Porky/Pecko cut as a qualitative reference, and I'm very proud of what we've done. Our bass is much better in terms of texture and weight, and we've exceeded the imaging and inner detail of the Porky/Pecko. We also captured the beauty of Rafferty and Egan's harmonies in superior fashion.

    On Ferguslie, I referenced a UK Sterling/RL cut (the US cut was Sterling/RL also), and in mastering we were very surprised to find during mastering that a very noticeable amount of dynamic compression/limiting was applied. In trying to level match it was quite obvious that the quiet passages the UK LP was louder and more up front, but when the music got busy things congealed and dropped way down in level. We have not applied any dynamic compression to any of IR's titles. In the case of Ferguslie, you can hear for the first time Phil Brown's amazing engineering, and all those musical details smeared by the limiting in the original. The soundstage is larger on the IR cut and the imaging and inner detail is miles ahead. You will be stunned at how accomplished the engineering and production of this LP really is!

    The jackets will be "old style" deluxe, printed on heavy stock and film-laminated by Stoughton, with wonderfully restored John Patrick artwork. In the case of Ferguslie we've reprinted the outrageously cool John Patrick inner sleeve art as the interior of a single-pocket gatefold.

    These are archive-quality releases all the way.
     
  17. bhazen

    bhazen Fab Fourever! Thread Starter

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  18. bhazen

    bhazen Fab Fourever! Thread Starter

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    Very cool! Thank you Shane, for the detailed info!!

    Maybe I should get a turntable ... :hide::D
     
  19. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

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    It's time.:p
     
  20. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

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    Hi Shane,

    Welcome to SH Music Forum!

    Thank You, Thank You, for specific information about the mastering used for these titles. Kevin Gray is one of the best, so you made a good choice there.
    I will be buy both of these titles and will be looking for more from your Re-Discover series.
     
  21. bhazen

    bhazen Fab Fourever! Thread Starter

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    I'm buying both LPs, just to have the artwork!
     
  22. Phil Tate

    Phil Tate Forum Resident

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    Thanks for the info Shane, these sound great and I'd definitely be buying them if I didn't have the originals. However...
    ...they actually made three great albums!
     
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  23. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

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    Good to hear. Great band.
     
  24. peteham

    peteham Forum Resident

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    Not in my part of the world. Plus, if time is an hourly wage, I'm ahead just buying these.
     
  25. IR Shane

    IR Shane Well-Known Member

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    I would be remiss to not point this out- looking for both titles for many years in records stores I've only found one original US pressing of Stealers Wheel 1, and never seen Ferguslie. While Discogs makes that easier, the original Porky/Pecko UK of Stealers 1 is NOT easy to find, and find in excellent condition. And by the time you had it shipped to the US from overseas you'd probably be in the price neighborhood of my reissues.
     

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