Zenyatta Mondatta best pressings

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  1. antnee

    antnee Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Union KY
    What the better pressings and how to identify them...thanks
     
  2. antnee

    antnee Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Union KY
    Bump city
     
  3. eyeCalypso

    eyeCalypso Forum Resident

    Location:
    Colorado, USA
    I have one, sorry it's not available to me at the moment, pressed in the early 80's. I think it's a CRC (Columbia Record Club) pressing. Anyway, avoid it. It's pretty lifeless. My other two cd pressings smoke it.
     
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  4. antnee

    antnee Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Union KY
     
  5. antnee

    antnee Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Union KY
    Looking for vinyl only...thanks
     
  6. antnee

    antnee Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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  7. Canoli

    Canoli Forum Resident

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    Phoenix
    Probably the recent half speed mastering done at Abbey Road Studios. I’ve heard good things about The Police vinyl reissues.
     
  8. c-eling

    c-eling They're made of light,We never would have guessed

    US A&M have 'letter's indicating which plant was used for manufacturing.
    I have a Y=Terre Haute, which I enjoy.
    X=Pitman
    Z-Santa Maria
    R-Indianapolis
    A-Monarch
    B-Electrosound, they liked to use translucent- AMEX or QUIEX
    I'd try to search out a West cut.
    Santa/Electrosound/Monarch
    I don't trust Mile's 1/2 Speeds.
     
  9. canonlon

    canonlon Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ontario, CANADA
    I like the original UK pressing, cat #AMLH 64831
     
  10. Channel Z

    Channel Z Forum Resident

    Location:
    Illinois
    It's easy, get an original U.S. pressing from the early 80s and call it a day. They are not expensive and are not hard to find.
     
  11. eyeCalypso

    eyeCalypso Forum Resident

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    Colorado, USA
    The CRC I had referenced is a vinyl issue.
     
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  12. c-eling

    c-eling They're made of light,We never would have guessed

    You mentioned 2 cd's 'smoked it'... :laugh: :winkgrin:
    I Prefer this title on digital.
     
  13. c-eling

    c-eling They're made of light,We never would have guessed

    The four people that replied, say 'you're welcome' :winkgrin:
    My local had a B label, excellent condition so I picked it up tonight.
    So, some B's may not exactly be a full Electrosound or not at all it looks like.
    Possible they used Monarch's plates, not sure.
    MON.1. -'two dot' in a circle-MR
    [​IMG]
     
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  14. MickAvory

    MickAvory Forum Resident

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    New Orleans, LA
    I have the same Monarch of Zenyatta. I haven't listened to it in a while considering I bought it about 6 or 7 years ago. But, I remember it being a nice sounding disc.

    And... yes, ElectroSound often used translucent vinyl, but so did RCA quite often in the late 70s and 80s. I have an RCA Indy pressed copy of Regatta that's translucent.

    My ElectroSound copy of Outlandos is also translucent. And, if I remember right, Monarch was ultimately bought out by ElectroSound. So sometimes, they used Monarch plates for repressing.
     
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  15. c-eling

    c-eling They're made of light,We never would have guessed

    Thanks Mick for the info, appreciated!. Yep I have quite a few Electro's and A&M/RCA translucent's.
    As for the plates, makes complete sense that this is probably what I have, a keeper for sure- nice black background. :)
     
  16. antnee

    antnee Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Union KY
    What about the nautilus half-speed super disc...anyone familiar with this one...thanks
     
  17. antnee

    antnee Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Union KY
    One time bump
     
  18. antnee

    antnee Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Union KY
    Last time bump
     
  19. tinnox

    tinnox Senior Member

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    Maryland
    My favorite vinyl pressing of Zenyatta is the one that just came in the recent box set imo half speed mastering done at Abbey Road Studios
     
  20. krisjay

    krisjay Psychedelic Wave Rider

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    Maine
    I have an R right now that is decent. A bit sharp on tge higher end, but decent. I used to have a Monarch, and it was more balanced, so I guess Monarch is the one. ZM is the only Police album I don't have an original Quiex for, I need to fix that. I wouldn't part with my yellow cover Quiex Outlandos for anything, it is the best I have ever heard that album.
     
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  21. RC1

    RC1 Forum Resident

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    Tulsa, OK
    I had one when it came out, wish I had kept it - really nice. An

    Any idea if the half-speed masters from the box set will get individual re-issues?
     
  22. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    Ghost in the Machine(Half Speed Mastering) was actually released about a year prior to the release of the Box Set for some reason. Maybe, at the time the Box Set was not in the plans to be released so soon after the Individual Release for GITM, but no idea, as recall at the time, that I was hoping the other Albums would get an Individual Release, but then not necessary when the Box Set was released.
     
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  23. Fierceblues

    Fierceblues New Member

    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I have the Z (Santa Maria) A&M pressing an find it to be very clean, tons of prescence....drums snap....well engineered LP.
     
  24. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Senior Member

    Location:
    New York
    Wouldn’t a UK pressing be the best way to go for this album?
     
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  25. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

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    London UK
    I saw the Police several times live in London pubs and clubs in the late 70s as they were coming up. Over here in the UK, you can still pick up a near mint original of Zenyatta for under $10 plus postage. Lots of market choice. Seems a sensible way forward to me. I don’t know whether UK pressings are better than US ones, but I have UK bought originals of the main four or five albums from back in the day and like the sound of them all. There seems to be a lot of love on this Forum for Syncronicity especially in the great sounding vinyl threads.
     

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