Elvis Costello Early CD Masterings

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  1. strippies

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    For a long time there's talk on this forum of secret remasters of Elvis Costello's Columbia cd's. The aim of this thread is to identify these and other unique masterings pressed during the eighties.

    Please post your lossless values if different from the list below...

    Some information first and feel free to correct any errors. DADC Terre Haute, Indiana pressings with matrix DIDP 20xxx date from 1984 to 1986. Before DIDP 20095 the first pressings were manufactured in Japan (My aim is true and Punch the clock).
    From 1986 the DIDP 70xxx matrix was used. Sometime in 1988, around DIDP 70800, the leading zero was introduced, so all Costello Columbia DIDP cd's with a matrix starting with 0 are represses and have a big chance of being, if they exist, secret remasters. Most of my discs have that 0, so if yours is without please check the values.

    The second US DADC plant in Pitman, New Jersey started pressing in 1989. These discs, often with the catalog number in the matrix and CMU P in the hub, likely are all secret remasters.

    All values below were created with the foobar2000 Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1 plugin lossless direct from original cd's.


    MY AIM IS TRUE

    There are at least 4 unique masterings of the Columbia cd. Two pressed in Japan and two later US pressings.
    This is the 4th:
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / My Aim Is True, CK 35037, Matrix DIDP-020091 9 // Matrix 2A CK35037 11 B
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR13 -0.28 dB -17.12 dB 1:23 01-Welcome To The Working Week
    DR13 -1.97 dB -17.70 dB 3:33 02-Miracle Man
    DR12 -1.74 dB -16.54 dB 2:43 03-No Dancing
    DR13 -1.76 dB -17.44 dB 2:53 04-Blame It On Cain
    DR14 -0.77 dB -19.59 dB 3:26 05-Alison
    DR13 -2.33 dB -18.51 dB 2:11 06-Sneaky Feelings
    DR14 -4.50 dB -20.87 dB 3:48 07-Watching The Detectives
    DR14 0.00 dB -16.84 dB 2:50 08-(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
    DR15 -1.21 dB -19.01 dB 3:13 09-Less Than Zero
    DR13 -0.06 dB -16.68 dB 1:38 10-Mystery Dance
    DR14 -0.60 dB -17.72 dB 2:36 11-Pay It Back
    DR14 -0.67 dB -18.23 dB 2:57 12-I'm Not Angry
    DR14 0.00 dB -18.04 dB 3:22 13-Waiting For The End Of The World

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    Number of tracks: 13
    Official DR value: DR14
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / My Aim Is True, IMP FIEND CD13
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR13 -0.61 dB -17.62 dB 1:24 01-Welcome To The Working Week
    DR13 -2.19 dB -18.14 dB 3:33 02-Miracle Man
    DR12 -2.35 dB -16.97 dB 2:43 03-No Dancing
    DR13 -2.25 dB -17.88 dB 2:53 04-Blame It On Cain
    DR14 -1.00 dB -20.01 dB 3:26 05-Alison
    DR14 -2.38 dB -18.91 dB 2:11 06-Sneaky Feelings
    DR14 -0.01 dB -17.25 dB 2:50 07-(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
    DR15 -1.71 dB -19.49 dB 3:16 08-Less Than Zero
    DR13 -0.71 dB -17.13 dB 1:38 09-Mystery Dance
    DR14 -0.91 dB -18.15 dB 2:36 10-Pay It Back
    DR14 -1.35 dB -18.71 dB 3:02 11-I'm Not Angry
    DR14 -0.06 dB -18.47 dB 3:24 12-Waiting For The End Of The World

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    Number of tracks: 12
    Official DR value: DR14
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
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    THIS YEAR'S MODEL

    There should be at least two unique Columbia masterings. I only have the IMP FIEND:
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / This Years Model, IMP FIEND CD18
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR11 -1.69 dB -14.54 dB 2:01 01-No Action
    DR11 -1.80 dB -14.62 dB 3:24 02-This Year's Girl
    DR11 -3.81 dB -18.31 dB 3:47 03-The Beat
    DR12 -1.18 dB -14.58 dB 3:16 04-Pump It Up
    DR13 -1.95 dB -17.72 dB 2:42 05-Little Triggers
    DR14 0.00 dB -16.97 dB 2:24 06-You Belong To Me
    DR12 -2.77 dB -17.38 dB 2:37 07-Hand In Hand
    DR12 -2.64 dB -16.63 dB 3:09 08-(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
    DR12 -1.94 dB -16.39 dB 2:38 09-Lip Service
    DR12 -2.13 dB -17.86 dB 3:46 10-Living In Paradise
    DR11 -2.19 dB -16.74 dB 3:33 11-Lipstick Vogue
    DR11 -1.54 dB -15.36 dB 2:45 12-Night Rally

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    Number of tracks: 12
    Official DR value: DR12
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
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    ARMED FORCES

    There should be at least two unique Columbia masterings.
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / Armed Forces, CK 35709, Matrix DIDP-020187 5
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR13 -1.04 dB -16.26 dB 3:03 01-Accidents Will Happen
    DR15 -0.92 dB -18.38 dB 2:18 02-Senior Service
    DR12 -1.26 dB -15.42 dB 3:00 03-Oliver's Army
    DR12 -1.13 dB -15.48 dB 2:56 04-Big Boys
    DR17 -1.83 dB -21.13 dB 2:43 05-Green Shirt
    DR13 -0.97 dB -17.75 dB 3:21 06-Party Girl
    DR13 -1.00 dB -16.45 dB 3:14 07-Goon Squad
    DR14 -2.99 dB -18.52 dB 3:36 08-Busy Bodies
    DR14 -3.19 dB -18.82 dB 2:50 09-Moods for Moderns
    DR13 -1.71 dB -18.04 dB 2:57 10-Chemistry Class
    DR15 -3.10 dB -20.32 dB 3:13 11-Two Little Hitlers
    DR11 -5.92 dB -18.41 dB 3:31 12-(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding

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    Number of tracks: 12
    Official DR value: DR13
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / Armed Forces, IMP FIEND CD21
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR13 -0.07 dB -14.93 dB 3:04 01-Accidents Will Happen
    DR15 -0.03 dB -16.98 dB 2:18 02-Senior Service
    DR12 0.00 dB -13.99 dB 3:00 03-Oliver s Army
    DR12 0.00 dB -14.07 dB 2:56 04-Big Boys
    DR17 -0.12 dB -19.73 dB 2:43 05-Green Shirt
    DR13 0.00 dB -16.35 dB 3:21 06-Party Girl
    DR13 -0.05 dB -15.03 dB 3:14 07-Goon Squad
    DR14 -1.35 dB -17.10 dB 3:36 08-Busy Bodies
    DR12 -1.63 dB -15.89 dB 3:21 09-Sunday s Best
    DR14 -1.74 dB -17.40 dB 2:50 10-Moods For Moderns
    DR13 -0.49 dB -16.67 dB 2:57 11-Chemestry Class
    DR15 -2.15 dB -18.85 dB 3:11 12-Two Little Hitlers

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    Number of tracks: 12
    Official DR value: DR13
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================

    GET HAPPY!!

    There should be at least two unique Columbia masterings.
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello and the Attractions / Get Happy!!, Columbia CK 36347, Matrix DIDP-070083 3
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR12 -3.12 dB -17.15 dB 1:57 01-Love For Tender
    DR11 -0.72 dB -14.63 dB 3:14 02-Opportunity
    DR13 -1.45 dB -16.81 dB 1:59 03-The Imposter
    DR13 -1.23 dB -15.99 dB 1:58 04-Secondary Modern
    DR12 -1.06 dB -16.15 dB 3:02 05-King Horse
    DR12 -1.31 dB -15.29 dB 2:05 06-Possession
    DR11 -2.33 dB -15.81 dB 2:18 07-Man Called Uncle
    DR13 -1.32 dB -16.86 dB 3:01 08-Clowntime Is Over
    DR11 -3.17 dB -16.13 dB 2:14 09-New Amsterdam
    DR13 -1.37 dB -16.84 dB 2:28 10-High Fidelity
    DR13 -1.73 dB -16.15 dB 2:08 11-I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
    DR12 -3.10 dB -17.57 dB 1:57 12-Black And White World
    DR12 -2.61 dB -17.39 dB 2:36 13-5ive Gears In Reverse
    DR14 -0.90 dB -18.05 dB 2:04 14-B Movie
    DR13 -1.74 dB -18.41 dB 2:32 15-Motel Matches
    DR11 -1.39 dB -14.70 dB 2:31 16-Human Touch
    DR12 -5.75 dB -18.84 dB 1:49 17-Beaten To The Punch
    DR12 -2.29 dB -15.93 dB 2:35 18-Temptation
    DR11 -3.30 dB -16.13 dB 2:21 19-I Stand Accused
    DR12 -1.34 dB -17.13 dB 3:35 20-Riot Act

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    Number of tracks: 20
    Official DR value: DR12
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello and the Attractions / Get Happy!!, FIEND CD24
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR12 -0.96 dB -14.85 dB 1:58 01-Love For Tender
    DR11 0.00 dB -12.41 dB 3:14 02-Opportunity
    DR13 -0.38 dB -14.61 dB 1:59 03-The Imposter
    DR13 0.00 dB -13.73 dB 1:58 04-Secondary Modern
    DR12 0.00 dB -13.86 dB 3:02 05-King Horse
    DR12 0.00 dB -13.01 dB 2:05 06-Possession
    DR11 -1.03 dB -13.43 dB 2:18 07-Man Called Uncle
    DR13 -0.02 dB -14.68 dB 3:01 08-Clowntime Is Over
    DR11 -1.08 dB -13.87 dB 2:14 09-New Amsterdam
    DR13 -0.21 dB -14.55 dB 2:28 10-High Fidelity
    DR12 -0.06 dB -13.89 dB 2:08 11-I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
    DR11 -1.62 dB -15.22 dB 1:57 12-Black And White World
    DR12 -0.89 dB -15.10 dB 2:36 13-5ive Gears In Reverse
    DR14 -0.03 dB -15.81 dB 2:04 14-B Movie
    DR13 0.00 dB -16.13 dB 2:32 15-Motel Matches
    DR11 -0.06 dB -12.43 dB 2:31 16-Human Touch
    DR12 -4.19 dB -17.09 dB 1:49 17-Beaten To The Punch
    DR12 -0.33 dB -13.62 dB 2:35 18-Temptation
    DR11 -2.15 dB -13.85 dB 2:21 19-I Stand Accused
    DR12 0.00 dB -14.90 dB 3:36 20-Riot Act

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    Number of tracks: 20
    Official DR value: DR12
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================

    TAKING LIBERTIES

    Unknown to me if there are multiple Columbia masterings.

    TEN BLOODY MARYS & TEN HOW'S YOUR FATHERS

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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers, IMP FIEND CD27
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR12 -1.57 dB -14.85 dB 2:01 01-Clean Money
    DR13 0.00 dB -15.24 dB 1:56 02-Girls Talk
    DR13 0.00 dB -15.09 dB 1:58 03-Talking In The Dark
    DR12 0.00 dB -14.55 dB 2:27 04-Radio Sweetheart
    DR11 -0.10 dB -12.99 dB 3:11 05-Big Tears
    DR11 -1.16 dB -13.57 dB 2:54 06-Cralwing To The USA
    DR15 -0.02 dB -19.78 dB 2:17 07-Just A Memory
    DR14 -0.66 dB -17.01 dB 3:48 08-Watching The Detectives
    DR12 -0.36 dB -13.73 dB 3:02 09-Stranger In The House
    DR16 0.00 dB -18.58 dB 3:46 10-Clowntime Is Over
    DR13 -0.24 dB -15.02 dB 2:11 11-Getting Mighty Crowded
    DR11 0.00 dB -13.80 dB 1:48 12-Hoover Factory
    DR13 0.00 dB -15.12 dB 2:44 13-Tiny Steps
    DR11 -0.44 dB -13.17 dB 3:34 14-What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love And Understanding
    DR12 0.00 dB -13.88 dB 3:30 15-Dr. Luther's Assistant
    DR11 -0.20 dB -15.14 dB 3:07 16-Radio Radio
    DR13 0.00 dB -17.42 dB 1:50 17-Black And White World
    DR12 0.00 dB -13.58 dB 2:04 18-Wednesday Week
    DR10 -1.42 dB -14.43 dB 1:29 19-My Funny Valentine
    DR12 -0.84 dB -16.79 dB 3:07 20-Ghost Train

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    Number of tracks: 20
    Official DR value: DR12
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================

    TRUST

    There should be at least two unique Columbia masterings.
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / Trust, Columbia CK 37051, Matrix DIDP-070208 2
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR11 -2.60 dB -15.82 dB 3:44 01-Clubland
    DR13 -2.60 dB -16.46 dB 2:19 02-Lovers Walk
    DR12 -2.60 dB -16.38 dB 2:59 03-You'll Never Be A Man
    DR12 -2.60 dB -15.99 dB 3:13 04-Pretty Words
    DR12 -2.60 dB -15.97 dB 2:41 05-Strict Time
    DR11 -2.61 dB -15.36 dB 2:29 06-Luxembourg
    DR11 -2.60 dB -15.24 dB 3:01 07-Watch Your Step
    DR12 -2.20 dB -17.18 dB 3:48 08-New Lace Sleeves
    DR10 -2.20 dB -13.93 dB 2:57 09-From a Whisper to a Scream
    DR14 -2.20 dB -18.17 dB 2:00 10-Different Finger
    DR12 -2.20 dB -15.36 dB 3:50 11-White Knuckles
    DR12 -2.20 dB -17.43 dB 3:35 12-Shot With His Own Gun
    DR11 -2.20 dB -14.71 dB 3:00 13-Fish 'n' Chip Paper
    DR11 -4.47 dB -18.23 dB 2:13 14-Big Sister's Clothes

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    Number of tracks: 14
    Official DR value: DR12
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================

    ALMOST BLUE

    Unknown to me if there are multiple Columbia masterings.

    IMPERIAL BEDROOM

    Unknown to me if there are multiple Columbia masterings.
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / Imperial Bedroom, Columbia CK 38157, Matrix DIDP-020339 3
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR12 -1.93 dB -17.27 dB 2:35 01-Beyond Belief
    DR13 -2.00 dB -19.07 dB 3:03 02-Tears Before Bedtime
    DR15 -2.72 dB -20.76 dB 4:49 03-Shabby Doll
    DR14 -4.57 dB -22.25 dB 4:17 04-The Long Honeymoon
    DR12 -2.86 dB -17.10 dB 5:28 05-Man Out Of Time
    DR13 -7.13 dB -23.93 dB 2:51 06-Almost Blue
    DR14 -3.72 dB -20.60 dB 3:25 07-...And In Every Home
    DR13 -2.13 dB -17.07 dB 2:49 08-The Loved Ones
    DR13 -1.55 dB -17.72 dB 2:44 09-Human Hands
    DR14 -3.32 dB -20.75 dB 2:46 10-Kid About It
    DR13 -2.77 dB -18.83 dB 2:38 11-Little Savage
    DR12 -4.62 dB -20.61 dB 2:14 12-Boy With A Problem
    DR14 -2.78 dB -20.74 dB 3:59 13-Pidgin English
    DR13 -0.48 dB -18.59 dB 3:12 14-You Little Fool
    DR13 -3.80 dB -19.31 dB 4:15 15-Town Cryer

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    Number of tracks: 15
    Official DR value: DR13
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello and the Attractions / Imperial Bedroom, IMP FIEND CD36
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR12 -0.87 dB -14.75 dB 2:36 01-Beyond Belief
    DR13 -0.03 dB -16.58 dB 3:02 02-Tears Before Bedtime
    DR15 -0.05 dB -17.38 dB 4:48 03-Shabby Doll
    DR13 -3.38 dB -20.00 dB 4:16 04-The Long Honeymoon
    DR12 -0.07 dB -14.49 dB 5:27 05-Man Out Of Time
    DR12 -4.49 dB -20.08 dB 2:50 06-Almost Blue
    DR12 -2.21 dB -17.80 dB 3:25 07-...And In Every Home
    DR13 -0.67 dB -15.59 dB 2:48 08-The Loved Ones
    DR13 0.00 dB -15.77 dB 2:43 09-Human Hands
    DR13 -3.05 dB -18.60 dB 2:45 10-Kid About It
    DR12 -2.43 dB -16.60 dB 2:37 11-Little Savage
    DR11 -3.81 dB -17.91 dB 2:12 12-Boy With A Problem
    DR13 -1.24 dB -18.61 dB 3:58 13-Pidgin English
    DR13 -0.71 dB -16.01 dB 3:10 14-You Little Fool
    DR14 -0.98 dB -17.58 dB 4:15 15-Town Cryer

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    Number of tracks: 15
    Official DR value: DR13
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================

    PUNCH THE CLOCK

    Outside of the US the first cd issue was on the F-Beat label, pressed by Polygram West Germany.
    The first Columbia pressing comes from Japan. This is a later (different?) US pressing:
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / Punch The Clock, Columbia CK 38897, Matrix DIDP-020033 5
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR12 -0.12 dB -15.44 dB 3:07 01-Let Them All Talk
    DR14 -0.60 dB -16.24 dB 3:54 02-Everyday I Write The Book
    DR13 0.00 dB -15.84 dB 3:04 03-The Greatest Thing
    DR13 -1.95 dB -16.67 dB 2:53 04-The Element Within Her
    DR14 -0.40 dB -16.40 dB 3:13 05-Love Went Mad
    DR12 -2.07 dB -18.39 dB 4:54 06-Shipbuilding
    DR13 -0.89 dB -16.67 dB 3:28 07-TKO (Boxing Day)
    DR14 -0.76 dB -17.47 dB 3:55 08-Charm School
    DR14 -0.57 dB -16.80 dB 3:04 09-The Invisible Man
    DR13 -0.81 dB -16.97 dB 3:05 10-Mouth Almighty
    DR14 -1.66 dB -17.55 dB 3:45 11-King Of Thieves
    DR13 -6.20 dB -22.41 dB 3:42 12-Pills And Soap
    DR13 0.00 dB -15.29 dB 3:23 13-The World And His Wife

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    Number of tracks: 13
    Official DR value: DR13
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================
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    Analyzed: Costello, Elvis / Punch The Clock, IMP FIEND CD72
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR13 -0.30 dB -15.79 dB 3:08 01-Let Them All Talk
    DR14 -0.53 dB -17.05 dB 3:54 02-Everyday I Write The Book
    DR14 -0.61 dB -16.66 dB 3:04 03-The Greatest Thing
    DR13 -2.56 dB -17.26 dB 2:53 04-The Element Within Her
    DR13 -0.93 dB -16.92 dB 3:13 05-Love Went Mad
    DR13 -2.95 dB -18.95 dB 4:52 06-ShipBuilding
    DR14 -1.47 dB -17.35 dB 3:28 07-TKO (Boxing Day)
    DR14 -1.19 dB -18.22 dB 3:55 08-Charm School
    DR15 -0.13 dB -17.45 dB 3:04 09-The Invisible Man
    DR14 -1.11 dB -17.65 dB 3:05 10-Mouth Almighty
    DR14 -1.35 dB -18.25 dB 3:45 11-King Of Thieves
    DR14 -7.24 dB -23.14 dB 3:43 12-Pills And Soap
    DR13 0.00 dB -16.89 dB 3:27 13-The World And His Wife

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    Number of tracks: 13
    Official DR value: DR14
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================

    GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD

    Outside of the US the first cd issue was on the F-Beat label, pressed by Polygram West Germany.
    Unknown to me if there are multiple Columbia masterings.
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / Goodbye Cruel World, IMP FIEND CD75
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR13 -0.04 dB -15.73 dB 4:03 01-The Only Flame In Town
    DR14 0.00 dB -15.60 dB 3:14 02-Home Truth
    DR14 0.00 dB -16.17 dB 4:14 03-Room With No Number
    DR13 -1.91 dB -19.18 dB 2:29 04-Inch By Inch
    DR15 0.00 dB -16.20 dB 3:05 05-Worthless Thing
    DR15 0.00 dB -16.79 dB 3:27 06-Love Field
    DR13 0.00 dB -17.54 dB 4:48 07-I Wanna Be Loved
    DR13 0.00 dB -16.32 dB 2:36 08-The Comedians
    DR14 -0.28 dB -18.03 dB 3:30 09-Joe Porterhouse
    DR13 0.00 dB -14.26 dB 2:51 10-Sour Milk - Cow Blues
    DR14 0.00 dB -16.85 dB 3:00 11-The Great Unknown
    DR12 -0.32 dB -15.42 dB 2:54 12-The Deportees Club
    DR14 -1.53 dB -17.30 dB 4:08 13-Peace In Our Time

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    Number of tracks: 13
    Official DR value: DR14
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================

    THE BEST OF ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS

    Unknown to me if there are multiple Columbia masterings.

    THE MAN - THE BEST OF ELVIS COSTELLO

    The original issue of this comp was on the Telstar label in 1985. This 1986 reissue on IMP Records supposedly has a different mastering. The even later reissue with the phonebooth cover is the same as the first IMP:
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / The Man - The Best Of Elvis Costello, IMP FIEND CD52
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR15 -1.40 dB -18.29 dB 3:46 01-Watching The Detectives
    DR12 -0.97 dB -15.45 dB 3:00 02-Olivers Army
    DR12 -0.67 dB -16.62 dB 2:54 03-Alison
    DR14 -0.16 dB -15.93 dB 3:05 04-Accidents Will Happen
    DR12 -1.59 dB -15.14 dB 3:13 05-Pump It Up
    DR14 0.00 dB -15.57 dB 2:29 06-High Fidelity
    DR14 -4.74 dB -20.58 dB 3:44 07-Pills And Soap
    DR12 -2.69 dB -17.08 dB 3:08 08-(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
    DR13 -0.77 dB -18.33 dB 3:46 09-New Lace Sleeves
    DR14 0.00 dB -18.35 dB 3:09 10-Good Year For The Roses
    DR13 -0.55 dB -15.01 dB 2:07 11-I Can't Stand Up (For Falling Down)
    DR14 -0.91 dB -16.57 dB 3:45 12-Clubland
    DR12 -3.15 dB -17.53 dB 2:36 13-Beyond Belief
    DR11 -1.17 dB -14.80 dB 2:14 14-New Amsterdam
    DR15 0.00 dB -17.45 dB 2:43 15-Green Shirt
    DR14 0.00 dB -15.47 dB 3:56 16-Everyday I Write The Book
    DR13 0.00 dB -15.43 dB 4:45 17-I Wanna Be Loved
    DR13 -0.10 dB -16.14 dB 4:50 18-Shipbuilding

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    Number of tracks: 18
    Official DR value: DR13
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================

    KING OF AMERICA

    Outside of the US the first cd issue was on the F-Beat label, pressed by Polygram West Germany. Supposedly, parts of the later IMP Fiend are the same mastering. Maybe a partial levelshift?
    There is also a Japan pressed F-Beat. Different?
    Unknown to me if there are multiple Columbia masterings.

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    Analyzed: The Costello Show / King Of America, Columbia CK 40173, Matrix DIDP-070030 3
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR13 -1.28 dB -16.67 dB 3:44 01-Brilliant Mistake
    DR13 -1.35 dB -16.30 dB 2:52 02-Lovable
    DR13 -3.16 dB -17.80 dB 4:06 03-Our Little Angel
    DR14 -1.87 dB -18.09 dB 3:22 04-Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
    DR13 -1.34 dB -15.72 dB 3:18 05-Glitter Gulch
    DR11 -3.62 dB -18.57 dB 4:10 06-Indoor Fireworks
    DR11 -4.44 dB -18.46 dB 3:49 07-Little Palaces
    DR14 -1.79 dB -19.65 dB 4:22 08-I'll Wear It Proudly
    DR12 -2.14 dB -15.82 dB 4:34 09-American Without Tears
    DR13 -1.67 dB -16.82 dB 3:46 10-Eisenhower Blues
    DR12 -2.19 dB -17.75 dB 4:07 11-Poisoned Rose
    DR12 -1.92 dB -15.82 dB 2:33 12-The Big Light
    DR13 -1.00 dB -17.85 dB 5:18 13-Jack Of All Parades
    DR13 -0.40 dB -16.63 dB 4:07 14-Suit Of Lights
    DR15 -1.87 dB -20.20 dB 3:49 15-Sleep Of The Just

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    Number of tracks: 15
    Official DR value: DR13
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================
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    Analyzed: The Costello Show / King Of America, IMP FIEND CD78
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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    DR13 -0.97 dB -16.21 dB 3:45 01-Brilliant Mistake
    DR13 -0.72 dB -15.82 dB 2:52 02-Lovable
    DR12 -3.08 dB -17.27 dB 4:06 03-Our Little Angel
    DR13 -1.44 dB -17.71 dB 3:21 04-Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
    DR12 -1.39 dB -15.68 dB 3:17 05-Glitter Gulch
    DR12 -1.82 dB -18.15 dB 4:10 06-Indoor Fireworks
    DR11 -3.83 dB -18.21 dB 3:49 07-Little Palaces
    DR14 -1.43 dB -19.98 dB 4:21 08-I'll Wear It Proudly
    DR11 -1.83 dB -15.36 dB 4:32 09-American Without Tears
    DR13 -0.64 dB -15.97 dB 3:46 10-Eisenhower Blues
    DR12 -2.06 dB -17.55 dB 4:09 11-Poisoned Rose
    DR12 -0.22 dB -14.44 dB 2:32 12-The Big Light
    DR13 0.00 dB -16.52 dB 5:18 13-Jack Of All Parades
    DR14 0.00 dB -15.88 dB 4:06 14-Suit Of Lights
    DR15 0.00 dB -18.04 dB 3:51 15-Sleep Of The Just

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Number of tracks: 15
    Official DR value: DR13
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================

    BLOOD & CHOCOLATE

    The German LINE issue is the same as the regular IMP Fiend.
    Unknown to me if there are multiple Columbia masterings.
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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / Blood And Chocolate, Columbia CK 40518, Matrix DIDP 70236 21A2
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DR12 -2.98 dB -16.79 dB 3:27 01-Uncomplicated
    DR11 -2.73 dB -15.97 dB 3:07 02-I Hope You're Happy Now
    DR11 -0.57 dB -13.50 dB 6:24 03-Tokyo Storm Warning
    DR12 -3.76 dB -17.77 dB 5:05 04-Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head
    DR13 -3.38 dB -21.43 dB 6:43 05-I Want You
    DR12 -2.27 dB -16.87 dB 2:09 06-Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind?
    DR12 -1.72 dB -16.02 dB 3:42 07-Blue Chair
    DR12 -0.59 dB -19.99 dB 5:52 08-Battered Old Bird
    DR12 -0.90 dB -16.05 dB 4:21 09-Crimes of Paris
    DR13 0.00 dB -15.74 dB 3:23 10-Poor Napoleon
    DR11 -1.24 dB -14.16 dB 3:36 11-Next Time Round

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Number of tracks: 11
    Official DR value: DR12
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / Blood & Chocolate, IMP FIEND CD80
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DR12 -0.99 dB -14.90 dB 3:24 01-Uncomplicated
    DR11 -1.43 dB -14.10 dB 3:08 02-I Hope You're Happy Now
    DR11 -1.18 dB -14.39 dB 6:26 03-Tokyo Storm Warning
    DR13 -0.50 dB -16.13 dB 5:08 04-Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head
    DR13 -3.97 dB -21.41 dB 6:42 05-I Want You
    DR11 -1.04 dB -15.41 dB 2:09 06-Honey, Are You Straight or Are You Blind?
    DR12 -2.43 dB -16.28 dB 3:42 07-Blue Chair
    DR13 -0.79 dB -19.48 dB 5:52 08-Battered Old Bird
    DR12 -1.14 dB -16.60 dB 4:20 09-Crimes of Paris
    DR13 -1.53 dB -17.04 dB 3:24 10-Poor Napoleon
    DR10 -2.91 dB -15.05 dB 3:36 11-Next Time Round

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Number of tracks: 11
    Official DR value: DR12
    1411 kbps Codec: CDDA
    ==========================================================================
     
  2. InStepWithTheStars

    InStepWithTheStars It's a miracle, let it alter you

    Location:
    North Carolina
    My Columbia Trust is matrix DIDP 70208 11. Made by DADC USA. I don't think I have the DR meter on my computer anymore but I'll rip this and double check.
     
  3. Brian Doherty

    Brian Doherty Forum Resident

    Location:
    Los Angeles CA
    i tried starting a thread on this specific question awhile back but got no takers, but now that people super knowledgeable about elvis cds are gathered.....i find myself owning both an early columbia cd of IMPERIAL BEDROOM and the one-disc ryko version with a handful of bonus tracks.....does anyone believe there are any mastering/sound quality reasons why i should keep the columbia or ever play it, minus the bonus track question for which i of course must also keep the ryko even if it's thought to be sonically worse in some respect?
     
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  4. bobc

    bobc Bluesman

    Location:
    France
    I'm a fan of EC and a collector, mainly singles & EPs, but albums as well. Can anyone explain to me what this thread is about?
     
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  5. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Netherlands
    I grew up with the Columbia Imperial Bedroom and would never part with it. It sounds completely different from the IMP and the Rhino. Only you can decide what you like.
     
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  6. Brian Doherty

    Brian Doherty Forum Resident

    Location:
    Los Angeles CA
    strippies---good point, and yet also i find people on this board can bring experience, technical knowledge, and even some hard numbers to the question....i find i myself can be highly suggestible as to whether two versions of same music sound better or even different at all. I also have crummy equipment and am often listening to my cds on car speakers....with some things there are like 'everyone knows that [[that version of the cd]] was a disaster!!" thing that i'm ignorant of...
     
  7. Jack White

    Jack White Senior Member

    Location:
    Canada
    Costello was signed to the Columbia label in the US and Canada during his Stiff and F Beat tenure in the UK, from 'My Aim Is True' (1977) to 'Blood and Chocolate' (1986). The original post-er is analyzing the sound quality of those titles' early CD editions on the Columbia label using a sound decibel meter. He's also invited other people to post their results if they differ from his own.
     
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  8. All I care about is which ones sound best
     
  9. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Yes, and in order to find out it's very useful to know what's available.
     
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  10. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Netherlands
    The point of this thread is to re-evaluate old cd pressings. In the eighties lots of people complained about the supposedly terrible sound of the original Columbia cd's. But today lots of people often value those old cd's higher than many 'modern' masterings.
     
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  11. davers

    davers Forum Resident

    Regarding Almost Blue on CD, I've never found a Columbia pressing without the leading "0" in the matrix, although mine does have the DADC inner hub stamp.

    Has anyone here found an earlier DADC pressing without the "0" (i.e. pre-1988)?
     
  12. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Netherlands
    According to the Text discography 1977-1995 on www.elviscostello.info it doesn't even exist on cd.
    Other Columbia cd release dates on that site are also likely wrong if you examine the matrix numbers.
     
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  13. riknbkr330

    riknbkr330 Forum Resident

    I had those early Columbia releases, at least from "This Year's Model" up until "Blood and Chocolate", I seem to remember. In any case, once I heard the Demon releases, I got rid of those Columbia ones. They were thin sounding, and I suspected they were made from tapes that were used to make vinyl LP, thus they were EQ'd and compensated with to comply with that medium.

    Sadly I traded all those Demon ones for the Ryko and some Rhino....really bad mistake as that's when I noticed that something didn't sound right. I still have "Ten Bloody Mary's" and the "Best of: The Man". Those sound great.

    Anyway, I'm back to the original Radar vinyl and have the original releases, so I'm not fretting about the CDs anymore.
     
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  14. noahjld

    noahjld Der Wixxer

    Depends on which Radar Records version of "This Years Model" you have.
     
  15. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Netherlands
    What's the difference?
     
  16. riknbkr330

    riknbkr330 Forum Resident

    Ooops...looks like that one is gone. Unfortunately I got it mixed up with "Armed Forces". Still have the Rykodisc CD of "This Year's Model".
     
  17. timebuilder1

    timebuilder1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Illinois
    Analyzed: Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Armed Forces CK 35709, Matrix DIDP-20187
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DR13 -1.27 dB -16.12 dB 3:01 01-Accidents Will Happen
    DR14 -1.23 dB -17.75 dB 2:18 02-Senior Service
    DR11 -1.19 dB -15.09 dB 3:00 03-Oliver's Army
    DR12 -0.01 dB -15.31 dB 2:57 04-Big Boys
    DR17 -0.38 dB -20.78 dB 2:43 05-Green Shirt
    DR13 -1.17 dB -17.34 dB 3:25 06-Party Girl
    DR12 0.00 dB -15.68 dB 3:15 07-Goon Squad
    DR13 -0.51 dB -17.54 dB 3:35 08-Busy Bodies
    DR13 -1.96 dB -17.77 dB 2:50 09-Moods for Moderns
    DR14 -1.24 dB -17.51 dB 2:57 10-Chemistry Class
    DR15 -0.76 dB -19.22 dB 3:13 11-Two Little Hitlers
    DR11 -1.59 dB -14.66 dB 3:35 12-(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Number of tracks: 12
    Official DR value: DR13

    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 16
    Bitrate: 1411 kbps
    Codec: PCM
     
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  18. Not AJB

    Not AJB Forum Resident

    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    Wow. This is a thread I’ve been thinking of starting for while. An interesting and confusing subject: how many unique Elvis Costello CD masterings are there in the pre-Ryko period? Which, if any, are secret remasterings?

    Unfortunately, I don’t think DR measures are the best metric to gauge the difference between masterings.

    I would use EAC peak levels instead.
     
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  19. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Yes EAC peak levels are easier on the eye, but more information can be deduced from the DR measures. For example, it's easier to spot if a mastering is likely a modern or an old style mastering, or if there's only a levelshift applied. In the case of the non leading zero master of 'Armed Forces' provided by timebuilder above it's likely that it's a different one compared to the later mastering in the list because the DR, peak and RMS values differ.

    The best, of course, is to listen to both masterings. That's the only way to really test sound quality.

    By the way, peaks in dB can easily be translated to % peaks: If the peak value is -x dBFS, then the percentage will be 10^(2 - x/20)
     
  20. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Thanks, timebuilder. If you have listened to this likely first pressing, did you notice any strange EQ anomalies in one channel? Word has it that it's also present on the original Columbia LP.
     
  21. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Netherlands
  22. timebuilder1

    timebuilder1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Illinois
    I'm sorry I dont have Armed Forces on any other source to compare it to but it sounds ok to me. I would like to get hold of the secret remaster or the
    Fiend cd to compare.



    Foobar2000 1.3.15 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
    log date: 2019-03-31 13:56:10

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    Analyzed: Elvis Costello & The Attractions / Goodbye Cruel World CK 39429 DIDP 020202
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DR13 -1.98 dB -17.62 dB 4:03 01-The Only Flame In Town
    DR14 -0.37 dB -17.23 dB 3:13 02-Home Truth
    DR14 -1.40 dB -17.74 dB 4:14 03-Room With No Number
    DR13 -3.31 dB -20.70 dB 2:29 04-Inch By Inch
    DR14 -1.88 dB -17.57 dB 3:05 05-Worthless Thing
    DR15 -0.49 dB -18.30 dB 3:28 06-Love Field
    DR13 -2.10 dB -19.06 dB 4:48 07-I Wanna Be Loved
    DR13 -2.07 dB -17.86 dB 2:36 08-The Comedians
    DR14 -2.26 dB -19.64 dB 3:30 09-Joe Porterhouse
    DR14 0.00 dB -15.81 dB 2:51 10-Sour Milk-Cow Blues
    DR14 -0.96 dB -18.47 dB 3:00 11-The Great Unknown
    DR12 -2.34 dB -17.05 dB 2:54 12-The Deportees Club
    DR13 -3.83 dB -19.08 dB 4:08 13-Peace In Our Time
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Number of tracks: 13
    Official DR value: DR14

    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 16
    Bitrate: 1411 kbps
    Codec: PCM
     
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  23. timebuilder1

    timebuilder1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Illinois
    foobar2000 1.3.15 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
    log date: 2019-03-31 13:49:00

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Analyzed: Elvis Costello & The Attractions / Blood & Chocolate CK40518 DIDP - 070236
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DR12 -2.98 dB -16.79 dB 3:27 01-Uncomplicated
    DR11 -2.73 dB -15.97 dB 3:07 02-I Hope You're Happy Now
    DR11 -0.57 dB -13.50 dB 6:24 03-Tokyo Storm Warning
    DR12 -3.76 dB -17.77 dB 5:05 04-Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head
    DR13 -3.38 dB -21.43 dB 6:43 05-I Want You
    DR12 -2.27 dB -16.87 dB 2:09 06-Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind?
    DR12 -1.72 dB -16.02 dB 3:42 07-Blue Chair
    DR12 -0.59 dB -19.99 dB 5:52 08-Battered Old Bird
    DR12 -0.90 dB -16.05 dB 4:21 09-Crimes Of Paris
    DR13 0.00 dB -15.74 dB 3:23 10-Poor Napoleon
    DR11 -1.24 dB -14.16 dB 3:36 11-Next Time Round
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Number of tracks: 11
    Official DR value: DR12

    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 16
    Bitrate: 1411 kbps
    Codec: PCM
     
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  24. timebuilder1

    timebuilder1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Illinois
    foobar2000 1.3.15 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
    log date: 2019-04-01 17:30:57

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Analyzed: Elvis Costello / This Year's Model CK 35331 3A CK35331 01 B
    I cant find anything else on the inner part of the disc.
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    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DR10 -2.01 dB -14.58 dB 2:00 01-No Action
    DR11 -1.95 dB -14.66 dB 3:24 02-This Year's Girl
    DR11 -3.95 dB -18.33 dB 3:47 03-The Beat
    DR12 -1.45 dB -14.61 dB 3:16 04-Pump It Up
    DR13 -1.92 dB -17.75 dB 2:42 05-Little Triggers
    DR14 -0.24 dB -17.01 dB 2:24 06-You Belong To Me
    DR12 -2.14 dB -17.41 dB 2:37 07-Hand In Hand
    DR12 -2.17 dB -16.42 dB 2:38 08-Lip Service
    DR12 -2.27 dB -17.90 dB 3:46 09-Living In Paradise
    DR11 -2.37 dB -16.76 dB 3:33 10-Lipstick Vogue
    DR12 -2.35 dB -17.72 dB 3:06 11-Radio, Radio
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Number of tracks: 11
    Official DR value: DR12

    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 16
    Bitrate: 1411 kbps
    Codec: PCM
     
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  25. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Netherlands
    This looks like a Pitman pressing, so very likely a secret remaster. The DR and RMS values look much like those of the IMP Fiend, so It's probably some sort of clone with a slight levelshift. I wonder where they sourced 'Radio, Radio'...
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2019

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