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date received: 7/14/2012

Analog Productions 45 rpm 2-disk re-issue of The Doors; Strange Days.

All analog re-master from the original tape.  Remastered by Doug Sax with oversight by the original producer, Bruce Botnik, to 45 rpm on two disks, four sides.

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It is a nice glossy laminated jacket on the gatefold sleeve. I note this because the original issue was a single sleeve with an insert/poster and did not feature a laminated glossy cover.  

This vinyl pressing weighs 198.4 grams on disk one. That's close enough to 200g to call it that. At least I'm not going to get picky about a gram or two. 

As I recall, my copy of Tea For The Tillerman (from QRP) weighed closer to 180g, even though it was advertised as 200g. That's why I weighed this one.  It is a 45 rpm two record set. Four sides. Hmmmm. I suspect some sides will get more play than others.

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The first listening impression:

Ok. I've listened through the four sides. I have a first impression. But first let me say that.........

Spinning the disk is my trusty TD124 with a Zeta tonearm, VDH silver wires/(Incognito made the loom), a Denon DL-103R with SS ruby/FL re-tip and in a Uwe Panzerholz body.

................ now on to what I think I heard. .....  And that is that I basically heard this Lp as I've come to know it on several different pressings all at 33-1/3rpm. In particular I can compare to an original Elektra pressing from 1968  (mustard label) that I bought new and have had all these years.

There are not any huge difference in terms of EQ or bass levels or high frequency extension. It sounds much the same between the old original Elektra pressing and this new re-master from QRP/Analog Productions.

But there is one important difference I heard that I am quite sure about. And this is just a first-play, first-impression.

What I heard, that is different, is evidence of a higher resolution in terms of having more definition and space around those solo vocals and solo guitar licks and the drum stick hits against the animal skin on the drum kit. The whole thing. The entire performance of all this material seems to be displayed in a sharper sense of articulation. Tone and textures, including Morrison's voice and Krieger's guitar, are fleshed out a bit more. Not huge, but I noticed.

The guitar solos on "When the Music's Over": In any pressing I've heard this is a truly excellent example of psychedelic freeform rock guitar work. It is --Trippy-- in the extreme. On this 45 rpm sample the same guitar  work is displayed with greater presence, tone and tone purity. Gorgeous.

On the negative, Manzarek's (Farfisa) organ tone quality doesn't get any better. The high frequency extremes of the Farfisa, at least at the most dynamic of dynamic peaks, still does get a bit hashy and tinny. This must be in the master tape. I suspect parts of this material may have been 'miked' a bit "hot" on the organ notes. To be fair, it doesn't seem any worse on this re-issue than on my original from 1968. It is just that a Farfisa keyboard sounds like a Farfisa keyboard.

And a comment about pressing quality. My sample had labels that were reasonably well centered to the spindle hole and did not show evidence of eccentricity during spin. My samples were flat and showed nary the slightest evidence of a warp. Finally, these pressings are extremely quiet. I heard not one crackle or pop. Not even evidence of a soft crackle. Just black silence between the notes. Precisely the way we would want it.

But these are just first impressions after one listen. As a final comment, I could say that I suspect that the higher resolving your system, the better you're going to like this re-master.



Waiting For The Sun

Japanese reissue from seventies.

This is a white label "promo" with Obi.

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DSC_4662.JPG (312843 bytes) EKS-74007

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The Doors self titled album. This one is from the original period but after they had sold 1 million copies.  Hence the gold sticker on the outer jacket.

matrix data:

Side 1: EKS-74007 A-RE (mon-2A)  MR (circled)  (triangle) 9991    ray (in small hand writing)
Side 2: EKS-74007 B--RE (mon-2A)  MR (circled) (triangle) 9991-X  ray (in small hand writing)

This title was recently returned to my possession from my brother, to whom I had given my complete Doors collection sometime around 1970 or 1971.  Bill kept these Lps  until this year, 2010 and then sent them back to me along with his entire collection of Lps.  EKS-74007 has survived well and remains in approximately the condition it was in when I had given it away.  I'd grade the vinyl as a strong vg+, grading it down for some marks on the label and some inner jacket scuffs.  Sonics are by far better than any of the later reissues I've acquired.  May this Lp last another 40 years.  Welcome home


EKS 75011

L.A. Woman (1971)

DSC_4677.JPG (275011 bytes) An original Butterfly label