Rubber Soul CD - Canadian Pressing Featuring Original UK Mixes?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by button, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. Adam9

    Adam9 Senior Member

    Location:
    Toronto
    My Revolver is a Cinram but it has the full intro of I Want To Tell You so it's likely the same mastering. I couldn't hear any hiss between tracks on it nor on my DA Help! but that may very well be my hearing.
     
  2. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    Yes, you can see it here:

    The tape hiss (light blue) cuts off right at 2:37.5, while there's some low level "stuff" before the start of the next song at 2:40.7. Solid gray = digital silence (present on the common CD on top) while the low level noises on the Canadian CD (that would be just about impossible to hear unless you were specifically making a point of trying to hear them) show up as small specs of color on the gray background.

    As above.
     
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  3. badfingerjoe

    badfingerjoe Senior Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Seeing the visual above makes it easier to understand than trying to explain it all. Perfect!
     
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  4. Just chiming in that there's a Help! Disque Americ on the Marketplace if anyone's interested.
     
  5. S. P. Honeybunch

    S. P. Honeybunch Presidente de Kokomo, The Door Into Mike Love

    Is the original mix Canadian Rubber Soul balance between the channels the same as the 2009 mono box version?
     
  6. Adam9

    Adam9 Senior Member

    Location:
    Toronto
    On the original mix Canadian Rubber Soul Nowhere Man has the vocal on the right channel louder and the instruments on the left quieter, like the Parlophone vinyl. The 2009 mono box boosts the instruments and lowers the vocal a bit on the stereo mix.
    I haven't compared the other tracks, but this one was noticeable without comparing.
     
  7. S. P. Honeybunch

    S. P. Honeybunch Presidente de Kokomo, The Door Into Mike Love

    Wow, didn't imagine that the mono box would be Dexterized like that... ;)
     
  8. S. P. Honeybunch

    S. P. Honeybunch Presidente de Kokomo, The Door Into Mike Love

    Made a CD-R for car listening, using our host's EQ and balance suggestions from this thread OP:
    SH Spotlight - EQ SUGGESTIONS FROM SH to help the sound of Canada Beatles "HELP" - "RUBBER SOUL" CDs

    I used Audacity to make the EQ adjustments. Audacity has three types of Graphic EQ styles: cubic, b-spline, and cosine. B- spline gave me the best result, as it isn't too narrow of an EQ adjustment. It made the sound much smoother and balanced.

    I found that reducing the left channel by 2 dB on 10 of the 14 tracks gave me good results for balance. For the other four tracks:
    • "Drive My Car", I reduced left channel by 2 dB, but also added 1 dB of gain to the right channel
    • "Norwegian Wood", reduced left channel by 1 dB
    • "Think for Yourself", reduced left channel by 2 dB and added 1 dB of gain to right channel
    • "What Goes On", reduced right channel by 2 dB and added 1 dB of gain to left channel
     
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  9. Cuyler

    Cuyler Forum Resident

    Location:
    Hawaii
    I was able to find a Disque Americ pressing of "Rubber Soul" on eBay and got it (I think) for a decent price. The sound is great; to echo what others have said, the reverb is analog (since I believe it is sourced from the same tapes used for the 1965 UK LP), and the stereo separation, while at first jarring, is definitely an artifact of that era, for better or for worse. The only word I can use to describe the sound is smooth--it sounds very analog to me, and I really enjoy it.
     

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