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SH Spotlight The Official "Steve's Recommended CDs & LPs He Did Not Master" Thread*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by ec461, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. shokhead

    shokhead Head shok and you still don't what it is. HA!

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    I think Cray has something out on either DVD-A or SACD.
     
  2. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Bill Evans XRCDs - not great but pretty good according to Steve:
    Everybody Digs Bill Evans
    Explorations
    Sunday at the Village Vanguard
    How My Heart Sings!
    Moon Beams
    Bill Evans Trio at Shelly's Manne-Hole
     
  3. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

  4. NowhereMan

    NowhereMan Forum Resident

    Location:
    NY
    what a nice thread! Inspired me to buy couple CDs :)
     
  5. pig whisperer

    pig whisperer CD Member

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    Tokyo, Japan
    Also read Steve's post 1 & 4 regarding the Japan single disc and the EQ fixes for the remaster.
     
  6. ec461

    ec461 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Somewhere
    Updated list as of today (in alphabetical order):

    Abba - All CDs on Atlantic
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=78914&postcount=4

    Animals - Singles Plus
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=933285&postcount=6

    Beach Boys - The Best of the Beach Boys - Capitol CDP 7913182 (It has the boys singing in the studio on the cover)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1218176&postcount=6

    Bill Evans - Everybody Digs Bill Evans, Explorations, Sunday at the Village Vanguard, How My Heart Sings!, Moon Beams, Bill Evans Trio at Shelly's Manne-Hole - XRCDs (not great, but good according to Steve)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?p=2493541#post2493541

    Blind Faith - S/T - MFSL
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1553519&postcount=2

    Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding - Original Columbia CD CK 9604 70097
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=705847&postcount=1

    Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees - MFSL
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=4939&postcount=5

    Cannonball Adderley in San Francisco - OJC CD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1431554&postcount=14

    Carole King - Tapestry - Stereo & MC SACD (the stereo program is identical)
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=804804&postcount=1
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1588306&postcount=1

    Cream - Disraeli Gears - MFSL
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=227950&postcount=15
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1771890&postcount=11 - Read to post 13.

    Crosby, Stills & Nash - CSN (couch) - Original 80s Barry Diament mastered CD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2201922&postcount=11

    Derek & The Dominos - Layla - MFSL & Original Polydor CD
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=117758&postcount=2
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=118064&postcount=35

    Dionne Warwick - Anthology 1962-1969 Rhino CD RNCD 75898 Released 1986.
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=54352&postcount=6

    Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record - Japan first pressing 32DP473
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=106529

    Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue - Palmaccio remaster/Single JPN disc (both are good, neither are perfect)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2390046&postcount=1
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2390072&postcount=4

    Ella Fitzgerald - Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! - Verve 835-646-2
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=47276&highlight=Charlie

    Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - MFSL
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=679823&postcount=11
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=680785&postcount=28

    Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard - MFSL
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=91279&postcount=2
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=91284&postcount=4

    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - Target CD
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1380335&postcount=2

    Hank Williams - 40 Greatest Hits - Polydor/Mercury Nashville
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=67916&postcount=3

    Henry Mancini - Greatest Hits
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=59491

    Jerry Lee Lewis - Classic Jerry Lee Lewis - Bear Family Box Set
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=55826&postcount=2

    Kenny Dorham - Quiet Kenny - JVC XRCD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2488312&postcount=2

    Love - Forever Changes - Rhino R2 76717
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=21933

    Michael Jackson - Thriller - SACD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=17852&postcount=39

    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue - SACD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=974952&postcount=36

    Otis Redding - Otis!: The Definitive Otis Redding
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=358674&postcount=13

    Phil Spector - Christmas Album - Old 1963 LP
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=852092&postcount=7

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon - 1983 Toshiba CD (Black Triangle? Don't ask me about TO/non-TO! :laugh:)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=210229&postcount=150

    Pretenders - S/T - Target CD
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1380335&postcount=2

    Procol Harum - MFSL silvers
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=20736&postcount=11

    Queen - A Night At The Opera - MFSL Gold
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1659294&postcount=141

    Ray Charles - Birth of Soul - 3 CD Atlantic Boxset
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=341255&postcount=2

    Rock Artifacts Series
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=17024

    Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story - MFSL CD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=124085&postcount=4

    Rod Stewart - Never A Dull Moment - Dennis Drake Polygram
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=124085&postcount=4

    Rolling Stones - Aftermath - WG London CD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=27679&highlight=rolling+stones+aftermath+steve
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1942854&postcount=4

    Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers - old Columbia/Sony CD (pre Virgin remaster)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=19794&postcount=3

    Santana - S/T - Mastersound Gold
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=882549&postcount=25

    Santana - Abraxas - MFSL Gold
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1659294&postcount=141

    Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends - MFSL Gold
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1659294&postcount=141

    Sonny Rollins - Way Out West - MFSL Silver
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2149766&postcount=2

    Stevie Wonder - Innervisions - MFSL
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=272929&postcount=2

    Stevie Wonder - Love Songs
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1793988&postcount=5 - Read to post 7

    Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker - The first Dorati on Mercury Living Presence stereo 1950's, The Ernest Ansermet on London/Decca stereo 1950's, The Lorin Maazel on Telarc from 1981 is an amazing performance.
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=133732&postcount=4

    The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man - original Columbia CD
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2148253&postcount=7

    The Hollies - 20 Greatest Hits (with the smokestack cover) (stereo)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=38983&highlight=hollies+hits

    The Hollies - All The Hits and More (2 disc set) (mono & stereo)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=38983&highlight=hollies+hits

    The Kinks - Greatest Hits - CDKINK 7251 - PRT Records, 1985
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=801339&postcount=39

    The Rascals - The Ultimate Rascals
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=70351&postcount=44

    The RCA Living Stereo SACDs.
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1573475&postcount=8

    The Searchers - The Hits Collection (for those looking for the mono mixes)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1177605&postcount=8

    Toto - IV - Stereo/MC SACD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=27213

    Traffic - Smiling Phases
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=666760&postcount=5

    War - All Avenue Gold CDs
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=169783&postcount=12

    I haven't included the ones without any links. Let me know if you want me to continue with these lists. I do it so that people don't miss any discs...
     
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  7. ec461

    ec461 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    FWIW, Steve has also recommended the OJC CDs many times.
     
  8. pig whisperer

    pig whisperer CD Member

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    Tokyo, Japan
  9. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...

  10. Espen R

    Espen R Forum Resident

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    Steve Hoffman said:
    "The last few years of the old MoFi had the mastering engineers trying to improve on the sound of the tapes by adding this "air" up at the tip top of the sound spectrum that bugs the crap out of me. The better my system, the worse these last MoFi CD's sound."

    Agree very much on that!:) And the better my system is, the more I appreciate "non mastred" CD's/SACD's. I was an early adopter of SACD. Back in the year 2000, as a coustomer I bought all my SACD's directly from Sony Music Norway, not a normal thing to do.:p But back then I didn't like the SACD's that much soundwise,...thin in the midrange, to little "body" in sound, not enough bass.., like the Carole King SACD for example. Today, I begin to realize how good these SACD's realy are! Not perfect, but very good. The difference now and back then is my stereosystem, it's much better now. My primary goal with my stereo system is not having the feeling that the musicians are playing in my living room, (that's not possible with today's technology,) but to hear as deeply as possible into my CD's and SACD's ( and the mastertapes).:)

    I just want to say one thing. I've read this forum for years, and the DCC forum as well. One thing that struck me over these years is that most of you ask Steve for his opinion on this or that, and take his statements for absolutley true. Rarely I see anyone deeply disagree with his statements. I think that is wrong. Yes, do learn some things from a great mastering guy, and listen to what he says, but the most important thing you have to do is make up your own mind.:righton:

    Bye the way...I ordred 3 of Steves CCR's SACD a month back. Absolutley incredible good mastering work! I'm gona order 3 more now, was it "Willy and the poor boys" that was a straight flat mastering transfer ? :shh:

    Espen. :)
     
  11. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Please do.
     
  12. popmat

    popmat Forum Resident

    Location:
    London, Canada
  13. fredhammersmith

    fredhammersmith Forum Resident

    Location:
    Montreal, Quebec
    Is this the mono box-set Steve recommend?

    I used to have the triple-CD Otis Redding Story. It was stolen from me. I need some Otis!
     
  14. bluesbro

    bluesbro Forum Hall of Shame

    Location:
    DC
    Check post #76 on this thread for a Sinatra recommended by Steve.
     
  15. imagnrywar

    imagnrywar Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Francisco
  16. AudiophilePhil

    AudiophilePhil Senior Member

    Location:
    San Diego, CA
  17. John Cantrell

    John Cantrell Active Member

    Location:
    Outta here
    Seconded. Great stuff, Saatvik :righton:
     
  18. misterbozz

    misterbozz Forum Resident

    Location:
    Nerima-ku, Tokyo
  19. ec461

    ec461 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Somewhere
    Updated list as of today (in alphabetical order):

    Abba - All CDs on Atlantic
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=78914&postcount=4

    Animals - Singles Plus
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=933285&postcount=6

    Beach Boys - The Best of the Beach Boys - Capitol CDP 7913182 (It has the boys singing in the studio on the cover)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1218176&postcount=6

    Bill Evans - Everybody Digs Bill Evans, Explorations, Sunday at the Village Vanguard, How My Heart Sings!, Moon Beams, Bill Evans Trio at Shelly's Manne-Hole - XRCDs (not great, but good according to Steve)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?p=2493541#post2493541

    Blind Faith - S/T - MFSL
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1553519&postcount=2

    Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding - Original Columbia CD CK 9604 70097
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=705847&postcount=1

    Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline SACD (First time the original masters were used for a digital copy)
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=119697

    Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees - MFSL
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=4939&postcount=5

    Cannonball Adderley in San Francisco - OJC CD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1431554&postcount=14

    Carole King - Tapestry - Stereo & MC SACD (the stereo program is identical)
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=804804&postcount=1
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1588306&postcount=1

    Chicago Transit Authority - S/T - Gold Mastersound
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2449150&postcount=3

    Cream - Disraeli Gears - MFSL
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=227950&postcount=15
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1771890&postcount=11 - Read to post 13.

    Crosby, Stills & Nash - CSN (couch) - Original 80s Barry Diament mastered CD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2201922&postcount=11

    Derek & The Dominos - Layla - MFSL & Original Polydor CD
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=117758&postcount=2
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=118064&postcount=35

    Dionne Warwick - Anthology 1962-1969 Rhino CD RNCD 75898 Released 1986.
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=54352&postcount=6

    Earth Wind & Fire: Best of Earth Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 (Red Cover)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1755239&postcount=3

    Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record - Japan first pressing 32DP473
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=106529

    Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue - Palmaccio remaster/Single JPN disc (both are good, neither are perfect)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2390046&postcount=1
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2390072&postcount=4

    Ella Fitzgerald - Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! - Verve 835-646-2
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=47276&highlight=Charlie

    Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - MFSL
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=679823&postcount=11
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=680785&postcount=28

    Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard - MFSL
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=91279&postcount=2
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=91284&postcount=4

    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - Target CD
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1380335&postcount=2

    Frank Sinatra - Capital Collectors Series CD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2189226&postcount=17

    Hank Williams - 40 Greatest Hits - Polydor/Mercury Nashville
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=67916&postcount=3

    Henry Mancini - Greatest Hits
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=59491

    Jerry Lee Lewis - Classic Jerry Lee Lewis - Bear Family Box Set
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=55826&postcount=2

    John Coltrane - Original Atlantic CDs (Steve says he's in the minority here!)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=239699&postcount=4

    Kenny Dorham - Quiet Kenny - JVC XRCD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2488312&postcount=2

    Love - Forever Changes - Rhino R2 76717
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=21933

    Michael Jackson - Thriller - SACD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=17852&postcount=39

    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue - SACD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=974952&postcount=36

    Otis Redding - Otis!: The Definitive Otis Redding
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=358674&postcount=13

    Phil Spector - Christmas Album - Old 1963 LP
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=852092&postcount=7

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon - 1983 Toshiba CD (Black Triangle? Don't ask me about TO/non-TO! :laugh:)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=210229&postcount=150

    Pretenders - S/T - Target CD
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1380335&postcount=2

    Procol Harum - MFSL silvers
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=20736&postcount=11

    Ray Charles - Birth of Soul - 3 CD Atlantic Boxset
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=341255&postcount=2

    Rock Artifacts Series
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=17024

    Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story - MFSL CD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=124085&postcount=4

    Rod Stewart - Never A Dull Moment - Dennis Drake Polygram
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=124085&postcount=4

    Rolling Stones - Aftermath - WG London CD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=27679&highlight=rolling+stones+aftermath+steve
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1942854&postcount=4

    Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers - old Columbia/Sony CD (pre Virgin remaster)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=19794&postcount=3

    Santana - S/T - Mastersound Gold
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=882549&postcount=25

    Santana - Abraxas - MFSL Gold
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1659294&postcount=141

    Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends - MFSL Gold
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1659294&postcount=141

    Sonny Rollins - Way Out West - MFSL Silver
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2149766&postcount=2

    Stevie Wonder - Innervisions - MFSL
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=272929&postcount=2

    Stevie Wonder - Love Songs
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1793988&postcount=5 - Read to post 7

    Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker - The first Dorati on Mercury Living Presence stereo 1950's, The Ernest Ansermet on London/Decca stereo 1950's, The Lorin Maazel on Telarc from 1981 is an amazing performance.
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=133732&postcount=4

    The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man - original Columbia CD
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=2148253&postcount=7

    The Hollies - 20 Greatest Hits (with the smokestack cover) (stereo)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=38983&highlight=hollies+hits

    The Hollies - All The Hits and More (2 disc set) (mono & stereo)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=38983&highlight=hollies+hits

    The Hollies - The E.P. Collection
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=106229&highlight=hollies

    The Kinks - Greatest Hits - CDKINK 7251 - PRT Records, 1985
    http://stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=801339&postcount=39

    The Rascals - The Ultimate Rascals
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=70351&postcount=44

    The RCA Living Stereo SACDs.
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1573475&postcount=8

    The Searchers - The Hits Collection (for those looking for the mono mixes)
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=1177605&postcount=8

    Toto - IV - Stereo/MC SACD
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=27213

    Traffic - Smiling Phases
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=666760&postcount=5

    War - All Avenue Gold CDs
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=169783&postcount=12

    I haven't included the ones without any links.
     
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  20. ec461

    ec461 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Fixed! Sorry for not fixing it earlier.

    Done! Must have missed it...

    Thanks guys :thumbsup:
     
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  22. ec461

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  23. ricks

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    Pretty Much. Although "Bat Out Of Hell" is a glaring exception.
     
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