SH Spotlight Pressing and mastering quality of Creedence Clearwater Revival albums*

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  1. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical omnivore.

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    Victoria, Canada
    Did you/are you able to... give it a solid clean? Sometimes mint unplayed vinyl does that to me.
     
  2. pabs

    pabs Active Member

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    North Dakota
    It seems to increase as down on the corner begins ….especially in the left channel. The record looks clean, so I guess I never gave much thought to giving it a thorough cleaning (at least I don’t remember one). As down on the corner ends the hiss seems to go away and is less noticeable (maybe not even there anymore) but it is definitely noticeable on down on the corner. Maybe a deep cleaning would help. Not enough time now but I’ll give it a thorough listen tomorrow and report back. Thanks guys!
     
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  3. dasacco

    dasacco Senior Member

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    Massachussetts
    My original press of “Willy” is the same. I attribute it to RCA hissy vinyl. I have a few other RCA pressings that do the same thing.
     
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  4. pabs

    pabs Active Member

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    Glad to hear I am not alone….I gave mine a good cleaning tonight and sounds the same. Left channel is worse but can hear surface noise or hiss or whatever you want to call it in both channels. Might need to just try for another copy. It almost completely seems to disappear after “down on the corner concludes”. Almost completely gone in right channel, faint but still present in left channel. When i flip to side two “fortunate son” sounds terrible too….tons of surface noise and hiss. And on this side it seems to linger throughout. Any suggestions on what to look for or stay away from when acquiring a different copy? The remasters look to be pretty expensive nowadays, eh? Thanks all!
     
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  5. TommyTunes

    TommyTunes Senior Member

    While some of my Fantasy pressing are very good, for consistency the AP issues can’t be beat. Those lp’s and SACD’s are my go to versions.
    If you want a real experience find someone who has The Tape Project issue of Willie and the Poor Boys and have a listen. It’s mind bending.
     
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  6. pabs

    pabs Active Member

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    North Dakota
    The AP vinyls that I have seen are going for around $100. If a guy wanted a good shot to find a decent sounding copy for closer to say…the $20 range what should he look for?
     
  7. pabs

    pabs Active Member

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    North Dakota
    I would love an AP copy if they weren’t so expensive.

    what is the half speed mastered issue like? Done at abbey road studio by Miles showell. Looks to be about $30.
     
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  8. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

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    Athens, Tennessee
    Steve, all the Creedence pressings I ever saw from the blue label and brown label era, and the Green 45 RPM pressings through early Brown label pressings were all pressed by RCA Victor in their plants, I have seen pressings from "H" (Hollywood, California) and "R" (Rockaway, New Jersey plants.
     
  9. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host

    I would imagine that any Circle Records pressings of the first CCR album are probably in a batch of only a few thousand. Very rare.

    And it's possible that since Susie Q was already a minor hit on 45, they first LP press might have only been from RCA, bypassing the local Circle Records deal completely...
     
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  10. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

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    Athens, Tennessee
    Likely that Circle Records pressing batch was for radio stations, and local area customers if extant.
     
  11. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host

    Could be, at least Northern CA cities.
     
  12. Rigoberto

    Rigoberto Forum Resident

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    USA (UT)
    Tape Project seems to have gone under. The website is non-functional past the home page.

    I do have a Staple Singers tape from them that is excellent.
     
  13. dasacco

    dasacco Senior Member

    Location:
    Massachussetts
    I had this two-fer from the late 70's and it sounded excellent. I sold it after I got the AP box set.

    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969

    Also, the early 80's ORC reissues that I heard were good as well.

    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy And The Poor Boys
     
  14. TommyTunes

    TommyTunes Senior Member

    They are not gone, Doc b is out and Paul is retired however they occasionally will produce some of the titles while a license is still valid.
     

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