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  1. Heres my take on the whole remastering thing. It can actually be a good thing. No, really. Here's the deal. One reason why they do it is because as vintage music gets older, so does the tapes and they start to age. Magnetic tape starts to go funny after many years and it needs to be upgraded in order to preserve it. Secondly, remastering is done because CD mastering is very different to vinyl or tape mastering. CDs have a wider frequency response range and the sound doesn't need to be compressed like it did for vinyl. Some of the original CD issues of vintage CDs (such as the original of "Harvest" by Neil Young and especially "Pearl" by Janis Joplin) were dreadful in sound quality because they were digitally mastered (you need a digital master of some form to print a CD) but existing vinyl master tapes were used to make the digital master. In some cases (especially the Australian ones like I have) they have been taken from 5th or 6th generation master copies. These copies sound considerably worse than the 1st generation copy (which is usually the master made from the multi-track recording tape from the studio), with heaps more tape hiss and other impurities, and thus they turn up on the CD, with a considerably reduced output volume. What proper digital remastering is is when an engineer takes the orignal mixdown master tapes, copy them to a digital format like DAT or ProTools on computer and cleans them up, i.e. removes tape hiss and improves the EQ and sonic output levels for the new medium (the output of a CD is around 90dB per channel while vinyl is around 50dB, so can imagine why those old CDs sound crap). Usually the music is not remixed or has any added reverb or effects on it. In some cases (and yes the 1996 Who reissues have it) have been remixed for CD. Why? I'm not really sure. But the remixed version of "Who's Next" (the 1996 issue) sounds fine to me. There have been some mistakes though, such as on the recent Deluxe edition of the "My Generation" LP, where they have remixed the title track and forgotten that there are backing vocals in the explosive outro (they're completely missing). Which remastered version of "Houses" do you have? I didn't know there was a new remaster of the album. Jimmy Page did the first digital remaster of the Zep catalog in 1990 and it still sounds awesome, even when played back to back with the vinyl copy. However, with those Ozzy albums, adding extra guitar parts and stuff is just tampering with History and is not on. It was OK for the Beatles to remix "Let It Be" because Phil Spector ruined that album with his typically heavy handed production (they should remix "All Things Must Pass" and remove the excess overdubs that Phil put on that too).
  2. Hi all, I would like to ask a question about the Tricky song "Wonder Woman", or "#1da Woman", depending which source you consult. In the chorus, is that a sample from a Peter Gabriel track? The chorus goes "...you showed me everything". It sure sounds like Peter Gabriel, and if it is a sample, what song is it from? Thanx heaps
  3. Okie from Muskogee? I definitely think the song I'm after is a parody of that one.
  4. Thanx Brad. That is exactly the one!!! Awesome - that's so cool. Thank you.
  5. Hi guys, Sorry to be so exclusive by localising this post, but really, anyone with any information about this song I can't find from anywhere in the world will be welcome. I'm looking for a tune that I heard a guy play for me on a tape, circa 1997 (the tape was significantly older than that at the time) and it was a pre-recorded cassette by someone I cannot recall with a 4 line chorus that i can only remember the first and last lines of: "I'm proud to be an a**hole from newcastle... ...and Cold Chisel's still the biggest band in town..." Basically, it was a big pi**take on the backward nature of Novacastrians, or Newcastle people as they are otherwise known. Now, before anyone jumps in: THIS IS NOT "THE NEWCASTLE SONG" BY BOB HUDSON!!! Nor it is David Arvidson's more recent classic "Newcastle" from 2001. If anyone know's the proper title and who sings it I would be very grateful. If you could supply a copy of it, even better. Thanx heaps
  6. Well mine is an original Australian copy - it is original because of the sleeve printing (with the stick on 'Stereo' label and thin cover and was licensed by Festival Records (the only Australian major label distributor) and on the Liberty imprint (on which label they were released in the British commonwealth, ie they were in England as well), as that was the label the records were released on until the early-mid 70s when Festival then licensed the Fantasy imprint and trademarks. (I know this because I also have an original copy of "More Creedence Gold" on the Fantasy imprint, with WOC of 1973). Judging by all this I date my copy to be about a 1968-1969 vintage. I got my copy second hand in a record store in Newcastle, on the east coast of New South Wales a few years ago.
  7. I just checked my copy of "Bayou Country" and it is an original Australia pressing. Under the title of the album it says "Arranged and Produced by John Fogerty" and above the track list on each side it says "Produced by Debut Of California". But what is "Debut Of California"?
  8. Ok, here is a curly one. Now I'm not sure if this occurs on the CD reissues, or if it even appears on vinyl pressed in America, but it certainly does on the locally (Australian) pressed vinyl, and I also believe that it appears on the UK pressing of "Willy And The Poor boys". However, why do the Creedence vinyl LPs have TWO producer credits on the label? One says "Produced by John Fogerty" and the other, usually in a different place to the previous one, says "Produced by Debut Of California". What's that all about? Thanx
  9. Hi there again, Thanx for the Barclay James suggestion, but that's not it. The song wasn't that long, it would easily be less than 2.5 minutes and was filled with little sexual double entendres, in a way that lead you, the listener to anticipate the next word, thinking it would be a dirty one, only to find out they go in totally another direction. The band, from what i remember had a strange and very long name, like something something and the something band. But I can't think of the bloody bands name either! Thanx again.
  10. Hi guys, Ok this one is a little more obtuse than my last post earlier today. In Australia there is an alternative rock station called Triple J and on the evening show they used to play this song heaps that was a country music parody by, I assume an alternative rock band. It didn't actually swear anywhere in it, but it made you think it was going to. And part of the chorus goes "...she was a coun...try girl at heart..." - (the pregnant pause there in the middle of "country" is deliberate) Any ideas? I can't think who the song is by but it's probably obscure. Although, if anyone would know, it is the forum dudes on Songfacts. Thanx heaps again
  11. Hi all, Who sang the original version of the Theme from "Cheers"? i.e. the version you hear at the start of the TV program. Thanx heaps
  12. Hi Guys, I want to put a CD together for my dad, who's a mad hobby fisherman and a big music fan. I want to collect a CD worth of songs on the subject of boats, fishing, sailing whatever. Here's a few that I have thought of so far: Fanfare for the common man - Emerson Lake and Palmer (this will open the CD as it triggers memories of an old TV boating from the 80's which used this as the theme music) Cool Change - Little River Band And It Stoned Me - Van Morrison Sailing - Chrisopher Cross Sailing - Rod Stewart Sail Away - Dobie Gray The Downeaster Alexa - Billy Joel The Whale - Fielding & Dyer If "Singing The Dolphin Through" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band wasn't such a crap song I'd use that, so no suggestions for that one please (and before you go off at me all you MMEB fans, I'm a fan too - I just don't like that song ok?) Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanx
  13. I agree with the quote about "Kashmir". I too think it is overrated. I also think Elvis presley is overrated. But that's not what I'm here to tell you. I REALLY think that Bob Dylan's "Blonde On Blonde" LP is overrated. "Sad Eyed Lad Of The Lowlands" is crap and isn't long enough to justify giving it an entire LP side to itself anyway. Apart from it being the first rock double LP (which came first anyway, "Freak Out" or Blonde On Blonde"?) I really cannot see why it is regarded by rock scholars as so wonderful. It's nowhere near as good as "Bringing It All Back Home" or "Highway 61 Revisited", and at the length of a double record it just gets tedious with so many ordinary songs on it.
  14. The band I used to play in about 8 years ago never recorded any covers for our demos, but we did a few rehearsal tapes of our jams. We used to do things like: God Of Thunder - Kiss Strutter - Kiss Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC Bitch - The Rolling Stones She Kissed Me - Terence Trent D'arby Cheap and Nasty Love - Slade I have also recorded a cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" which turned out pretty bad because I couldn't sing it very well and my surf band recorded a version of "Almost Feel The Sand" by the Rosebuds, but we're not releasing that until we have clearance from the writers.
  15. Hi all, I am in the middle of writing a philosophy assignment regarding why tragedy is appealing to humans. I interpret this to include why we find sad songs so fascinating. Does anyone have any theories as to why this is the case? If so please share them. There were a spate of car/bike crash songs released in the 60s, culminating with the mother of all crash songs "Bat Out Of Hell" in 1977. Why do these hold so much appeal for us all? Please discuss. I'm interested to hear your opinions. Thanx heaps
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