SH Spotlight Fleetwood Mac "Rumours" 45 & 33 1/3 RPM Hoffman/Gray vinyl mastering & equalization notes..

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. Grant

    Grant Life is a rock, but the radio rolled me!

    United States
    If I remember it right, the only way to tell is if the sticker on the wrap stated it was pressed at Pallas.
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  2. Tim Glover

    Tim Glover Well-Known Member

    Monroe, LA
    Thx..I removed the wrap a couple of years ago. I think I have the legit SH & KG mastering version.
  3. This 45RPM resissue is of the finest in my modest 1200+ vinyl collection. The original fine china dishes and fine crystal in my mothers cabinet I inherited gets jealous at the attention it receives from guests.
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  4. Stefan

    Stefan Senior Member

    Montreal, Canada
    You can also check the printing credits on the back of the album jacket. If it's US then it's the Hoffman/Gray.
  5. blue

    blue Mastering rules

    sweet spot
    Just heard the 45 RPM US Rumors today again and it sounds so damn good and rich and crisp, probably one of the best sound of music from this era, which mostly sounds too lean otherwise.
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  6. Billion$Baby

    Billion$Baby Forum Resident

    Just picked up Ken Perry's RIAA Gold Record for this album....Nice shape for a 40 Year old piece!!

  7. russellsd

    russellsd Forum Resident

    Barrie, ON. Canada
    I am very fortunate to have just found a copy of 45 rpm at Deep Discount for a good price. (looks like it was the last one they had) Spun this last night and my jaw dropped several times. Easily one of the best sounding albums in my collection.

    My question is how do I distinguish the 33 1/3 version. I was thinking of picking that up for my bro for Christmas.

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  8. onlysleeping

    onlysleeping Forum Resident

    Chico CA, USA
    I got the 45 rpm for Christmas. Into the first track, my mom commented how clean and good it sounds. She and my sister didn't believe 45 rpm full sized records existed, they only knew of singles!
  9. Muriel Heslop

    Muriel Heslop Night is young and the music's high

    I am on my 4th listening.

  10. brownsound2112

    brownsound2112 Forum Resident

    I think I’ve listened to mine around 4 times too. Arrived on Tuesday. Really, a beautiful thing.
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  11. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    I played the 33 1/3 RPM cut we made today, had been a while.

    Such a wonderful album. So nice, they mixed it twice!
  12. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

    I play mine regularly. Terrific work! :righton:

    Great songs, great performances, and great sound. Doesn't get any better, IMHO. :)
  13. wwright

    wwright Forum Resident

    San Francisco, CA.
    I recall picking this up at Amoeba a few years back, without the benefit of the back story - just grabbed it out of curiosity.

    And yes, it’s all been said here - what a great surprise when the needle hit the vinyl. It was a terrific job by all involved.
  14. Johnny Action

    Johnny Action Forum President

    Kailua, Hawai’i
    I agree!!
  15. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    Yeesh, gives me a headache just looking at it.
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  16. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    How did THIS get on this thread?
  17. Anthrax

    Anthrax Forum Resident

    That doesn't really matter. It was a great read. :agree:
  18. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    It was an adventure, that's for sure.
  19. OldMusicOnVinyl1

    OldMusicOnVinyl1 Forum Resident

    This entire thread is a treasure trove of valuable information. :righton:
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  20. IMMusicRulz

    IMMusicRulz The Fifth Bangle

    Atlanta, GA
    I own a vinyl copy of Rumours. Mine is a Los Angeles Pressing. However, the mix on some songs (specifically Second Hand News, The Chain and Oh Daddy) differ from the 8 track, cassette and CD pressings. I have also seen a Winchester pressing that fades Oh Daddy early but not Second Hand News. Why is this?

    I also haven’t got much information on Ken Perry. I know he also mastered Bob Welch French Kiss, Tusk and a few other Fleetwood Mac albums I own. I know he also worked at Capitol Records Mastering and K Disc. I would like to know if he still masters records, if he is retired or died, since he hasn’t mastered a lot of stuff since 1995.

    I also saw a copy of Rumours that was a Los Angeles pressing, but had TML in the runout. My guess is that they had 2 different mastering engineers as Doug Sax and/or Mike Reese (May they both RIP) rarely mastered Fleetwood Mac records.
  21. O Don Piano

    O Don Piano Senior Member

    Ten years ago in this thread somebody posted, "There should be more threads like this on this forum".
    I agreed ten years ago, and I ESPECIALLY agree now......
  22. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    How did this end up on a Fleetwood Mac thread??
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  23. rcsrich

    rcsrich Forum Resident

    Finally picked up the 33rpm- what a delight. Belated thanks Steve for giving us this gift.
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  24. meb

    meb Member

    Toronto, ON
    Is the 45 RPM version going to be repressed? My local record store told me they were able to put an order in with their supplier but it’s out of stock at their warehouse. I’m thinking I’ll be waiting a while…
  25. Stefan

    Stefan Senior Member

    Montreal, Canada
    I believe if you look around here a bit, you'll find our host said there's absolutely no audible difference between the 33 and 45 versions.
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