What device are you using, sportsmom? This is my biggest frustration with directvnow. I reached out to their customer service chat and this is a system wide problem. They are working to fix the log in issue and device issue. I would think they can figure out how to communicate that to their customer.
I am at my last straw. I like directvnow channel lineup but do not need the frustration. I am ready to move to Hulu or YouTube tv. I can deal with the different channel lineup and guess what pay less. Maybe they are in the process of resetting the system. Right now I am in via the PC with that link.
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The very limited Australian edition on translucent vinyl is said to only have 50 of its kind — though only a small handful have surfaced over the years. The song references the assassination of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, but Bono says he could have better fleshed out the lyrics. According to him, the Edge and producer Brian Eno convinced him that keeping the lyrics vague would allow the song to resonate deeper with non-English speakers. Rumor has it that Olivia Newton-John hated the way she looked in the picture printed on the front of the disc so much that she had the record company stop the pressing.
Between 20 and 30 records survived. Jazz fans rejoice! There were between and 1, copies of this record printed in , but a small variation in printing makes one particular version especially valuable. The story goes that famed jazz record label Blue Note ran out of labels when printing the record.
In theory, the other version should be worth even more. According to blues legend, Johnson met with the devil at the crossroads between Highway 1 and 8 in Mississippi.
There, Johnson traded his soul for the ability to master the guitar. There were only 15 copies of this record pressed, and the cover of each was hand-painted by Dave Buick, founder of Italy records.
The copies were made for a Detroit record release show for the band in , as the fledgling band was on the incline, destined for stardom. Hopefully, you kept it safe. The record label that handled the release, Tiger Lily, was a tax scam operated by the mob. The scam worked like this — a large portion of records would be pressed and later written off as unsold. A few of these records made it into the right hands and achieved cult status.
The pressing of the record that is particularly valuable, however, is one that features a stencil rendition of the front jacket painted by none other than notoriously elusive street-artist Banksy. There were only of these limited edition hand-spray painted versions made, with several different color variants.
The record label decided to be cautious in the wake of the controversy and political turmoil and ordered the records destroyed. You may remember this record from an episode of Pawn Stars. The price was deemed too steep for the vinyl, which was not in the best shape. One lucky Canadian record collector picked up a copy sans the Warhol artwork-adorned sleeve for 75 cents at a flea market, but this was no ordinary re-pressing.
The acetate record ended up being a test pressing that featured early versions of many of the songs — there are only two in existence, and one belongs to former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker. Gordy ordered the pressings destroyed. Soussan unscrupulously bootlegged the record and released it by crediting Eddie Foster as the musician.
The record was a smash hit. Such is the case with this already valuable record. A few tracks were meant to be replaced before the release, but someone at the pressing plant missed the memo, and a few copies featuring the wrong songs were pressed. Photo Gallery. Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits.
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Moon, H. J Headache Pain 18, Sheppard, A. You can read a review of a Vinyl Lover's John Cale reissue on this site. It's not pretty. Simply Vinyl refuses to identify sources. Actually some of them, especially those licensed from EMI, can sound very good and could very well be analog tape sourced, but the company refuses to identify sources. I'd stay away. I had the original European vinyl. We compared. The original was much better. The SV reissue was bright and hard by comparison.
The bottom line is, be careful. Just because something's been pressed on gram vinyl doesn't mean its going to sound good or that it was sourced from analog. Good that you've bought this subject up.
I ask that question every time I buy new LP. I think its only fair to buyer that they disclose the source used to cut the LP. If the analog master and mastering was used than is should be "AAA" and so on. We just updated all our jewelry labels to organize our merchandise and for better security. I'm surprised more companies don't use them for the security a lone. Not just with Jewelry but all products. The same problem exists for audiophile CD reissues also.
There has been a long history of decpetive marketing, as we are slowly finding out. I wonder if DCC used an original master tape on more than just a handful of their releases.
I commend Mobile Fidelity for their Silver Series for not trying to pass these releases as being sourced from the original master tapes. The past 10 years, as vinyl picked up popularity again, it seemed like an onslaught of companies offering "audiophile G" vinyl.
I remember purchasing some, and quickly learning my lesson. One could put out a G album that was cut from a 30 years old cassette copy of your college roomate's cassette, which was 35th gen copy made at the record company factory Even with the good audiophile companies that Michael listed, one needs to check carefully. They didn't sound right to me. In an email exchange with MFSL, they admitted the LP's were not cut from the "original masters" but from a remix provided by Yoko Ono who knows if digital was involved.
So not really "original masters". Trust your ears. A truly great article and responses. And there there are those boots with those gram gold and black stickers used by gray area companies like Scorpio.
I was quite excited when I saw many of the classic blues titles from Yazoo being reissued. I bought one, a Blind Willie McTell. The source was some kind of digitally sourced, noise reduced flat sonic wash with all the life and dynamics sucked out. Yazoo appears to have nothing to do with these as their ability to coax fantastic sound out of old 78's set the gold standard on vinyl back in the 70's. They sound fantastic to me, but note they do not say original analog masters.
This is not a case of semantics and again leaves one to wonder. If they were taken directly from the original two track analog masters, I believe they would have said so. Yes I should have mentioned them as "musts to avoid.
Sundazed's mistake was to not put its name on them! Readers of Audiostream. Lack of provenance and of relying on familiar "Good Housekeeping"-style labels are pervasive.
I'm reminded that not until sometime in the '70s did amplifiers advertise comparable power and distortion specs based on common criteria and that it didn't happen for car audio until the '90s. Although none of that describes sound quality it's still a help on some level knowing what's what. Perhaps one day the reissue and "HD" music businesses will reach a level of public conscieness that similar ad hoc voluntary, yet accurate and agreed-upon standard vocabulary and its uses will come about.
This goes way back to the original Mobile Fidelity LP's from the 70's and 80's. A look a the photos of the tape boxes that appered in the box set were very revealing.
Can you be more specific here? You have made a very serious charge. Please be more specific about your charge! Magical Mystery Tour was the specific title I had in mind when I orignally posted this. These were all sourced from Capitol submasters and not EMI originals. How many generations down they were is open to debate but MMT was definitely 4th generation.
Some of these tapes were originals, but some weren't. Some say dub tape, some say corrected copy tape etc. But that's another story. I agree with you there!
The EQ was "car stereo valley" all the way: boosted bass and treble, sucked out midrange. Very sad. Geoff called it "rubbish" and demanded a take it off the turntable! He heard the HF boost and was outraged. Then I played him the red vinyl Japanese Odeon mono pressing and he declared that "spot on. I also really like the Japanese red mono vinyl, but mostly for the different mix. But the latter doesn't sound better IMO.
Vocals in particular seem as if burlap was placed in front of the mic Whether or not the former is rubbish is open for some debate, considering the multilayered approach to the recording wasn't a purist, minimalist effort by any stretch of the imagination. It was my first MFSL and nearly my last. Every time I played it which of course wasn't often I had to tell myself, "This is supposed to sound good. This is supposed to sound good.
This is I'm reading an old thread, but just to add my 2 cents: back in the late '90s I realized Mofi did not always use original masters when I bought Clapton's " Ocean Blvd", which contained a track from his subsequent album "One In Every Crowd" right in the middle of the CD.
The only way to teach these companies that won't clearly state the source of a recording is to not buy their records. I have sent emails to Capital and 4 Men with Beards about the source of certain LPs and they never responded.
And some post partial information, like on some John Coltrane reissues that have a sticker that says "Sourced by Rhino, distributed by Scorpio.
Then there are all those cheap Blue Note reissues. Why the difference? Probably different sources. I'll wait for the Music Matters reissue later this year. Sure bet. Now when I shop and I'm not sure about a title I'll ask the vendor to hold the record behind the counter for a day or two so I can do some research on sites like this. Transparency in what you buy in music is not good. Apart from the ones mentioned, it gets really difficult to work out what sources are.
Sometimes you buy something, put it on the platter and get confronted with 2 dimensional, harsh crap where you were expecting something decent. It would be worth putting an area on Analog Planet devoted to this.
Put on album title, record label or company, and what the sources were for the record. Make it updatable by anyone. Anyone can go in, open a new record, and put in the info. And anyone can go in and update information. To my knowledge, there is no such resource anywhere on the web. Most record labels don't seem keen on the idea of any kind of transparency. Unsurprisingly, if you can pass off Rolling Stones - 60's catalog reissues; 2. Compressed and terrible sounding Nirvana, Nevermind, Simply Vinyl.
Digital something, and not good. Bob Dylan Bootleg Series 8, Tell tale signs; The whole set. Great sounding, transparent, clear and full. Great sounding, good dynamics. Rolling Stones, "Rarities - ". Rolling Stones, "Stripped" double LP. No-one seems to know. Bob Dylan, "Modern Times", digital, resolution unknown. Same with "together through life". Then the labels mentioned above, steer clear of anything from Doxy, it is virtually guaranteed to be Simply Vinyl is pure chance, you never know what you get.
Sundazed always sounds good. And I'm glad you are not "digiphobic" and call them as they sound. The CD is totally compressed while the LP has lots of dynamic range and better tonal balance. I suspect Doxy is one of those labels that's sprung up in Europe to release music that's now in the public domain under EU law, which is pretty much anything pre or so, from what I understand.
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