Sinatra / Capitol Sound Quality and General Discussion - Come Dance with Me (released 1959)*

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  1. jtaylor

    jtaylor Forum Resident

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    M.E.? (the Engineer)

    EDIT: Sorry, didn't notice you already asked.
     
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  2. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    Yeah, do we know who M.E. is? I know that a lot of initials have been thrown around here over the years, so I feel that we should be able to figure out who that is.
     
  3. paulmock

    paulmock Forum Resident

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    Boy! For only being in the Museum for 20 minutes you sure knew where to go to find something of interest to you. That tape caught you like a magnet!!!!
     
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  4. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    Wait 'til you see the other tape box I photographed there. It's a doozy!
     
  5. jtaylor

    jtaylor Forum Resident

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    What are you waiting for?
     
  6. jtaylor

    jtaylor Forum Resident

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    Just listened to my old interview with Hank Cicalo. He mentions Mike Edson as being in charge of the lacquer cutting rooms.
     
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  7. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    Cool -- so he may have cut the PROOF for the LP. I notice that there's also a mention of JH elsewhere on the box. Any ideas?

    Thanks, Jordan!
     
  8. jtaylor

    jtaylor Forum Resident

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    Any chance the "J" is a "D"?
     
  9. paulmock

    paulmock Forum Resident

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    Funny I saw them but didn't scour over them. I wil next time.
     
  10. MMM

    MMM Forum Hall Of Fame

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    For whatever reason the song was needed, if John chose the mix, I'm *guessing* it's because he didn't like how the recording is so isolated from one channel with the other - even compared with the imaging on the next couple of Sinatra/Capitol albums - with just the added echo of the mix really doing all the work of center "fill".
     
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  11. MMM

    MMM Forum Hall Of Fame

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    ...and I ended up writing Hank before seeing your post. :)
     
  12. jtaylor

    jtaylor Forum Resident

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    Get some names out of him, will ya?
     
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  13. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    SinatraComeDanceWithMeTapebox1JH.jpg
     
  14. niceneasy

    niceneasy Well-Known Member

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    Yep, from my experience as well, the publishing of tape box pics is frequently discouraged.

    The boxes are company/artist property, with access usually given under very specific conditions, and publication of photos of boxes can actually lead to more confusion and misunderstanding than they can add to the historical record - especially if interpreted by those who don't know whatever peculiar shorthand the makers may have been using.

    Obviously, that's not really relevant when the tape box is on public display!
     
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  15. MMM

    MMM Forum Hall Of Fame

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    I'm reading the eq as:

    Come Dance With Me
    Bass = flat, +2db @ 5k

    Something's Gotta Give
    Bass = flat, +2db @ 3k

    Just In Time
    Bass = flat, +4db @ 5k

    Dancing In the Dark
    +2db @ 100hz, +4db @ 5k

    Too Close For Comfort
    +2db @ 100hz, +2db @ 5k

    I Could Have Danced All Night
    Bass = flat, +2db @ 5k

    Saturday Night
    Bass = flat, +2db @ 5k

    Day In, Day Out
    +2db @ 100hz, +4db @ 5k

    Cheek to Cheek
    Bass = flat, +4db @ 3k

    Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
    Bass = flat, +4db @ 5k

    The Song Is You
    Bass = flat, +2db @ 5k

    The Last Dance
    Bass = flat, +4db @ 5k


    I'm drawing a blank at the moment on what the other two (larger) figures are for on each song. The (-) could be for bottom/top filtering, possibly?
     
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  16. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    This detail, concerning EQ, intrigues me:
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    because of the layout of that chart, with its back-and-forth, seemingly deliberate, alternate left-right scribing of the EQ settings (one set of notes for each of the 12 songs, but written in two columns, left and right, rather than a single column).

    Around 1973, this Neve board was installed for mastering use at Capitol:
    CapitolNeve1973.jpeg
    Note that there are essentially two boards in one: An "A" half on the left, and a "B" half on the right. Referring to this photo again:
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    On that 1970s Neve board, one would have set up the "A" half of the board with the EQ as outlined in that first note:
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    and the "B" half of the board according to the second note:
    Screen shot 2015-11-20 at 10.33.24 AM.png
    Between songs one and two, the operator would switch the output of the board from the "A" side to the "B" side of the board. While the second song was running on the B side, he would have prepared the A side of the board with the settings for the third song:
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    ....then while the third song ran, he would prep the board's B side with the EQ settings for track 4, thrown the switch at the right time (between tracks), etc., etc., until all six songs on the side had run.

    To my knowledge, in 1958, no such dual-sided mastering board existed at Capitol, so the alternating left/right positioning of the mastering notes is curious. Maybe, for challenging cuts, ancillary gear was being inserted into the signal in pairs, creating an A/B relationship similar to what would later be unified into that Neve mastering console?

    Anybody have any photos of mastering consoles used at Capitol pre-Neve? Just curious.

    (See also: http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/1950s-capitol-acetates-what-does-this-symbol-mean.282917/)
     
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  17. DLant

    DLant The Dap-Gort Staff

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    Listening to the 2015 reissue now and it has a bit more reverb than what I'm used to with this. It is still very enjoyable. Nice soundstage. Not too harsh or biting. Frank's vocals sound nicely rounded with the echo on the end. "The Last Dance" sounds nice and airy (as I feel it should).
     
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  18. paulmock

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    Love this album as I have for decades, it still "bites" me in all versions. It is a rough and raucous album. Just don't ask me about "Just in Time"!!! I do love it, though.
     
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  19. Simon A

    Simon A Arrr!

    This is one of my favourites and I admit that I prefer the US Reel To Reel version for this one, although I confess not having heard all the LP pressings.
     
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  20. colormesinatra

    colormesinatra Forum Resident

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    Me too! Listening to the HD version now and I love this mix! This album grabs me right away. It pulls you in and doesn't let you go! A real gasser.
     
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  21. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    Another one not posted here yet, from Billboard:
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  22. rxcory

    rxcory proud marching band parent

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    Sorry if it's already been addressed here or on another thread, but is it known who actually did the mastering on the 2015 high-resolution download version of this and/or other Sinatra albums with mastering attributed to "Capitol Studios?"
     
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  23. jtaylor

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    Has this been posted yet?
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  24. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    ^^^^^Great pic, @jtaylor ! I had not seen that before.
     
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  25. rangerjohn

    rangerjohn Forum Resident

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    Me neither!
     
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