The "Sundazed" Thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by DCW, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Sax-son

    Sax-son Forum Resident

    Three Rivers, CA
    I probably have about a dozen or so Sundazed pressings. I can't remember any problems with them. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators Psychedelic Sounds is probably my favorite.
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  2. focodepaglia

    focodepaglia Well-Known Member

    Split (HR)
    I would not even call it a bad reputation for what I have also read in other threads too. The fact is that for old albums I would want to go for a good analog version while for most recent ones, where also the master was digital, I would just try to go for the best sounding version.
    So , in this case, I would like to assess its source before jumping on it despite the fact that you and others have confirmed that it sounds good and I have no reason to doubt at all.
  3. notesofachord

    notesofachord Where are the prawns?

    Exactly. Honestly, the Beefheart "fake" mono LP they put out sounds great - and that's what matters to me.
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  4. Sid Hartha

    Sid Hartha Well-Known Member

    The Midwest
    The funny part: Nobody even suggested it sounded bad until the spectrum graphs were put up.
  5. notesofachord

    notesofachord Where are the prawns?

    The dishonesty is what bugs folks, I guess - and that's understandable. They advertised that it was from found mastertapes when it turns out that they did a needledrop/folddown/tape hybrid of sorts. The end result sounds pretty darn good.
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  6. ShockControl

    ShockControl Forum Resident

  7. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    If anyone cares, Sundazed has a garage sale going on. I'm into the vinyl so the double LP sets of the Electric Prunes singles and Everly Brothers demos (both $17) were good finds.
  8. white wolf

    white wolf Forum Resident

    United States
    It's interesting to me that so much music that is old memories to me, is new music to so many others.
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  9. WonkyWilly

    WonkyWilly Forum Resident

    Paradise, PA
    Why does it matter how "good" it sounds when it's not the authentic mono mix? One song is even a fold-down entirely. It's unacceptable!
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  10. John Bliss

    John Bliss Forum Resident

    I wish Sundazed would do the whole Byrds catalog on vinyl. I'd give them another chance, if they are using QRP to press their albums these days.
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  11. funknik

    funknik He who feels it.

    Gorham, ME, USA
    Sundazed hasn't done a real good sale in a long time from what I can tell - I wonder what happened. I was just looking a receipt from 4 years back when I ordered a bunch of LPs for under $5 each - titles that they still stock! Miss those days!
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  12. Sid Hartha

    Sid Hartha Well-Known Member

    The Midwest
    Why does it matter how good it sounds?
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  13. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    Anybody have the sundazed Kooper, Bloomberg and Stills Super Session?
  14. spartanmanor

    spartanmanor Forum Resident

    Arlington, VA
    I thought I should update my Sundazed catalog:

    The 13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds of
    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
    The Byrds - The Preflyte Sessions
    Charlie Feathers - Charlie Feathers
    Chocolate Watchband - No Way Out
    The Druids of Stonehenge - Creation
    HP Lovecraft - Live May 11, 1968
    The Incredible String Band - The Incredible String Band
    The Incredible String Band - The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
    The Incredible String Band - The 5000 Spirits or The Layers of The Onion
    The International Submarine Band - Safe At Home
    The International Submarine Band - Blue Eyes / Luxury Liner / Millers Cave / I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known
    Jefferson Airplane - After Bathing At Baxter's
    Love - Love Lost
    Love - Love
    Love - Forever Changes
    Love - Da Capo
    Moby Grape - The Place and the Time
    Moby Grape - Moby Grape
    Neighb'rhood Childr'n - Long Years In Space
    The Third Bardo - I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time
    Traffic - Heaven is Your Mind
    The United States of America - The United States of America
    Various - More Lost Legends of Surf Guitar
    Alexander "Skip Spence - After Gene Autry / Motorcycle Irene
    Arthur Lee - Love Jumped Through My Window
    Bob Dylan - Blond on Blond
    Dick Dale and His Del- Tones - Surfers' Choice
    Faine Jade - Introspection: A Faine Jade Recital
    Keleidoscope - A Beacon From Mars
    Link Wray - White Lightning: Lost Cadence Sessions ' 58
    Music Emporium - Music Emporium
    The Velvet Underground - The Quine Tapes
    Link Wray and His Ray Men - Jack the Ripper
    Al Casey - Surfin' Hootenanny
    The Black Wash Rhythm Band - The Golden Breed
    Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum
    Blues Magoos - Psychedelic Lolipop
    Blues Magoos - Electric Comic Book
    Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley's Beach Party
    Bryan Maclean - Ifyoubelievin
    Dick Dale and His Del-Tones - Rock Out with Dick Dale and His Del-Tones Live at Ciro's
    The Five Americans - I See the Light
    Hashpash and the Coloured Coat - Featuring the Human Host and the Heavy Metal Kids
    The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina
    Love - Four Sail
    Mad River - Mad River
    Moby Grape - Live (Historic Moby Grape Performances 1966-1969)
    Moby Grape - Grape Jam
    The Paisleys - Comic Mind at Play
    The Peanut Butter Conspiracy - Twice as Life
    Spirit - Clear
    Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense and Peppermints
    The Tornadoes - Bustin' Surfboards
    The Trashmen - Surfin' Bord
    We the People - Too Much Noise

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  15. bluesfan

    bluesfan Forum Resident

    Surely you mean Bloomfield / Kooper / Stills - had it, sold it.

    I compared it to my modest UK Embassy „nice price“ edition from 1973 which had much more room information than the Sundazed NRP pressing, much more present bass, and the drums were less confined to the background. The Sundazed was a tad bright in the trebly guitar parts.

    Recently I bought the Speakers Corner - it was an upgrade from the Embassy: fuller sound, less trebly guitar and the band is less in the background. So if you’re looking for a reissue this is the one to have.

    I would like to compare the Speakers Corner to an original Columbia two-eye “360 sound” -A1/-A1 though.
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  16. Analogmoon

    Analogmoon All the Way Back in the Seventies

    I feel fortune it to have got those Moby Grape cds before they got yanked.
  17. mrbobdobalina

    mrbobdobalina Forum Resident

    Fort Myers FL
    I've got a fair bit of Sundazed vinyl including Ranny Sinclair, the Sun Ra, Muddy Waters, We the People, some Byrds, some Spoonful, Trashmen, Dylan's "John Wesley Harding" (which sounded SO much better than my early 70's copy), etc. The only release of theirs I remember being disappointed with was the first Left Banke album. Aside from that, to my inexpensive turntable-trained ears, they've all sounded perfectly fine.
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  18. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

    Anyone gonna snag this pup?!
  19. WonkyWilly

    WonkyWilly Forum Resident

    Paradise, PA
    Why does it matter how good it sounds when it's not the authentic mix being advertised?

    What don't you understand about that?
  20. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    Yeah, exactly. This one has been on my list for a while. I saw a Speakers Corner copy in my record store around the corner and picked it up. I've had in general pretty much only good experience with Speakers Corner.
    So I now have the Speakers Corner, but was wondering what the Sundazed was like.
    I may make the effort and go pick up a A1/A1 original though.
    Has anyone compared the two?
  21. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    I would point out that the Speakers Corner was mastered at Emil Berliner in Berlin by Marten de Boer. So tape copies. Hopefully 1:1 transfer of the master tape.
    I think I will make the effort to pick up a A1/A1 original.....
  22. Sid Hartha

    Sid Hartha Well-Known Member

    The Midwest
    Probably because I just want the best sounding available copy of Safe As Milk.

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  23. PaulM

    PaulM Well-Known Member

    Discogs lists Kevin Gray in the deadwax for the Sundazed reissue, I can't imagine it sounds bad. Mine's arriving today, think it was on sale for $17 when I bought it and the Muddy Waters RSD BF last week directly from Sundazed. I'll post my comments after I listen to it.
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  24. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    That's what I read too on the Discogs site.
    My question is did Kevin Gray get the tape or was he sent a 96/24 file? Sundazed is a bit hit and miss here. Mostly hits, but sometimes........
  25. WonkyWilly

    WonkyWilly Forum Resident

    Paradise, PA
    So you would rather have/listen to a fold down than the genuine mono mix?

    And when the stereo master is available on CD anyway?

    Makes perfect sense. :rolleyes:

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