SH Spotlight I'm asked stuff: Favorite mastering engineer, best BOSTON CD, best TRAVELING WILBURYS CD, etc..

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. mavisgold

    mavisgold Forum Resident

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    happened at the same time.
    I thought it was in response to my question.
    :doh:

    the question was why not what.
     
  2. Elton

    Elton I Hope Being Helpful, Will Make Me Look Cool

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    Left or Right handed?
     
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  3. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

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    I believe Steve's "Decca" reference was to Decca 45s being impossible to find in the US at the time, not the picture sleeves you were talking about.

    That would be the case for pressings made on styrene.
     
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  4. g.z.

    g.z. Forum Resident

    Any lessons, formal or not?
     
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  5. I'm pretty sure all the models from his guitar collection he posted pictures of are right-handed ones. Not a definitive answer I know...
     
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  6. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

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    Yes I know.
    I believe there was an edit (or I missed the word Decca) after my post which later looked to make little sense as a result.
    I was not initially referring to the sleeves either.
    On the US label front surely they are all stuck on?
     
  7. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

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    Copies pressed on vinyl will have the label pressed into the record, rather than stuck on. This one appears to be pressed:

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    The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
     
  8. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

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    Lol
    I better go check my x 95 Stones US 7" pressings then.
     
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  9. g.z.

    g.z. Forum Resident

    You can play righty on a lefty drumkit and vice-versa.
     
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  10. That's why I specified that my answer was not definitive.
     
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  11. Elton

    Elton I Hope Being Helpful, Will Make Me Look Cool

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    Trap Drums

    Steve Hoffman co-wrote and recorded as a musician (drums and guitar) the surf rock instrumental "Cecilia Ann" with childhood friend Charles "Frosty" Horton, under the moniker of The Surftones. The track was recorded to provide an opener for a sixties surf rock anthology assembled by Hoffman in 1989, and gained popularity when it was covered by the Pixies, also as an opener on their 1990 album Bossanova.
     
  12. g.z.

    g.z. Forum Resident

    :thumbsup:
     
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  13. mavisgold

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    This is the original version of the song, by The Surftones. The Pixies cover version on Bossanova samples the sound of original guitarist Steve H kicking his 1964 blackface Fender Twin-Reverb amp from this recording. It's that weird clang sound that starts off the song. This version is STEREO

     
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  14. Do you not find the UK Decca 45's to be cut way too hot?
     
  15. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Eh, doesn't bother me much.

    After all, most US singles were cut at +10 as well. Part of the charm..
     
  16. James_S888

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  17. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    Looks like the one I have.
    Sounds completely different to the US London 45
     
  18. chacha

    chacha Forum Resident

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    In what way?
     
  19. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

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    Maybe I should play my UK & US 45's back to back also?
     
  20. C6H12O6

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    @Steve Hoffman, another quick question about DCC's reissue of the Cars' Greatest Hits - for the songs that appeared on Heartbeat City, did you use the same first-generation master that was used for the Audio Fidelity reissue (with the gaps between songs)? Or did you use the LP master that removed the gaps and created some segues?
     
  21. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    It's the same tape.
     
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  22. John B

    John B Once Blue Gort,<br>now just blue.

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    I picked up your DCC Cars Greatest Hits and Steve Miller Band's Greatest Hits on the same day many years ago.

    The improvement when compared to the regular releases was astonishing (in a good way!). Dramatic. Give me some time alone with a thesaurus and I'll see what other adjectives I can come up with. ;)

    What did you do, or not do? I am guessing that the standard issues had much compression added to them.
     
  23. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I used the right tapes, didn't do much messing with them, let the mixes speak for themselves. The trick is to know when to back the **** off during mastering.
     
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  24. Reamonnt

    Reamonnt Forum Resident

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    Ive read so much on here it keeps me going on the train(standing) to work every day!
    My questions.
    Is there much great jazz left in the vaults that will ever see the light of day. If you were given the keys is there a few items you would like to work on?
    Finally whats the best sound quality Chet Baker on CD you have heard?

    Thanks for the site and the insights.
     
  25. Natvecal.

    Natvecal. JUST A LOW- FI GUY WHO LOVES A GREAT MASTERING

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    Early Elton CD issues - more comparisons
    :)found this SH quote fairly quick from the above link @yasujiro provided. SH's opinion-
    "Sorry for those of you who don't know: DJM = Dick James Music; the original issue for the British Elton John stuff on CD (before Elton left to form his own co.). These are the versions to look for. Just a few years ago they were EVERYWHERE; people couldn't wait to get rid of them for the new screechy, compressed remasters!

    Take a look out there; yellow and black CD labels....And get the MoFi CD's as well, "Yellow Brick Road", "Honky", "Tumbleweed", "Madman"..."

    No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly. - J.R.R. Tolkien
    Steve Hoffman, Oct 25, 2002
     
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