SH Spotlight I was asked "What album have I mastered the most?" I had to really think about it..

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Apr 14, 2022.

  1. ChickenringNYC

    ChickenringNYC Well-Known Member

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    Glad you clarified they were black rap dudes. Had they been white rap dudes it would've made the story really lame.
     
  2. stlblues

    stlblues Forum Resident

    So on this same theme what Rock album have you done the most, and what's your favorite?
    I believe I read that you would love to remaster some Zep any chance of that happening?
     
  3. Steve Hoffman

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    I did James Taylor “Sweet Baby James” 3 times, “Pet Sounds” 3 times, can’t really remember more than 3 for anything..
     
  4. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

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    Thank you for the wonderful Nat discs.

    My grandmother loved Nat very much. Wonderful memories.
     
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  5. teag

    teag Forum Resident

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    What system are you using to listen to it?
     
  6. TheRunoutMatrix

    TheRunoutMatrix ∴Sleep like a pillow∴

    Steve, I started a thread early this morning that I've received all sorts of replies to and I just realized that out of everyone here, you would clearly know the correct answer if there is one. If you have a second, give it a quick read - it's always been a mystery to me. Thanks so much!
     
  7. head_unit

    head_unit Senior Member

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    This fine piece of music for the ages? Did you give them your card, so as to remaster the 50th anniversary edition?
     
  8. head_unit

    head_unit Senior Member

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    So has "Love Is The Thing" ever been put out in a three-channel mix (like a few songs on a Nat title I have, greatest hits something) or surround? (Or are the three tracks not really conducive to that?)
    And while you liked the 45 rpm, which of your digital disc masterings do you now prefer the most?
     
  9. head_unit

    head_unit Senior Member

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    Yes, considering the lyrics "I'm a big BLACK [etc]" :laugh:
     
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  10. Steve Hoffman

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    Three-channel mix? Yes, the Analogue Productions/Acoustic Sounds SACD. Three-channel, stereo and mono, high def and regular 16, all on the same disk. Such a deal.
     
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  11. speedracer

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    I've heard the Feinblatt is pretty good too, but hard to locate.
     
  12. Steve Hoffman

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    The Feinblatt version uses the ****ty 1958 Capitol stereo echo remix which stinks. Worthy of his name, avoid that CD version (the original Capitol CD.)
     
  13. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

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    Thanks for the advice, will avoid the Feinblatt, saved me some effort, have never found a 'Blatt in years of searching. Sounds like the Analogue Productions is within reach.
     
  14. Steve Hoffman

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    Or if you have a turntable, just get the old Capitol/EMI mono LP. It sold millions all over the world. A nice condition US or German or UK version from 1957-67 would be fine. More than 20 US dollars and you're overpaying.
     
  15. Evan

    Evan Senior Member

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    I have both the DCC gold CD and the AP SACD. I love this album!:righton:
     
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  16. Steve Hoffman

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    Since I'm asking everyone, which version do you like better, the DCC CD or the AP?
     
  17. Evan

    Evan Senior Member

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    Well, it has been awhile since I have listened to both discs at the same time (back to back). I will do that after Easter and report back.
     
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  18. Steve Hoffman

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    Thanks, just curious. I made sure they did not sound alike..
     
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  19. tootull

    tootull full sail, mayhem, maybe

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    Same :) My grandmother loved Nat very much. Wonderful memories.
     
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  20. Steve, what were your thoughts on the original versions for this title? I'm sure you sized up the originals before to took your first run at it.

    I have a yellow label Capitol Mono..unknown release date..maybe 70s?
     
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  21. Steve Hoffman

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    Are you speaking of LOVE IS THE THING? You have a yellow label Capitol mono LP? I doubt that. Thing went out of print in mono in 1967. Can you confirm your 80's pressing is mono? If so that must have been a goof on someone's part!

    Regarding the original versions, In 1957 there was the mono LP and 45 RPM EP set, I checked both of those, of course, both the vinyl and the tapes. Then the first reel to reel version in 1957, the "Z" version, 2 track 7 1/2 ips... Then the 1959 remix reel to reel quarter track version. Then, the stereo LP version was issued which matched the quarter track reel version (a really dud, weak, echo'ed stereo remix, dreadful)

    Then, digital from the original Larry Walsh Capitol CD called "Love Is The Thing Plus" or whatever. Then, to be sure, the Capitol/EMI pressing from England both the early mono and later 10 song stereo. Same for German.

    I decided that the stereo mixes sucked but the mono mix was good. I convinced Chad of Acoustic Sounds to add the mono version on to the AP SACD. After all, the close miked mono version is the one that hit #1 and stayed on the LP charts for years.. But (as I had already learned during the DCC days) the stereo version stunk and had to be remixed by me. Happily that happened, thanks to Capitol and the ever patient Kevin Gray who built a little echo room for me to add reverb..
     
  22. John Hatter

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    Is there a decent sounding Stereo “Love is the Thing” on CD aside from those you have worked on, that can be had for a reasonable price?
     
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  23. Steve Hoffman

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    The old Capitol CD from the late 80’s is ok.
     
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  24. indigovic

    indigovic (Taylor’s Version)

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    What is “uneven rewind?”
     
  25. Yeah, it's a yellow label mono. To be fair, I only assumed it was 70s because it looked too new to be an original. Maybe I got lucky and snagged an unplayed time capsule. Discogs is inconclusive but now I'm thinking it might be a '67 pressing. I bought a lot of your Nat King Cole remasters over the years but not this title as mine is good and plays like new.

    Thanks for the detailed reply, very informative. Seems like the takeaway here is the original mono's were good, the original stereos, not so much.
     

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