STRETCHED

We weren’t sure whether to make the UK or the Canadian or the Australian version so it’s ALL THREE on 2 LPs.a1260459812_10

https://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/stretcher-usa-stretched-version-mr-060

There is not an inch or second of this that I haven’t cried over the remastering. That cover was repainted BY HAND over WEEKS. There are high hats that have never previously touched a speaker.

Gatefold, people. GATEFOLD.

Vinyl Releases for 2015 update

I’ve heard from Dark Entries that, flood of Italo-Disco allowing, they hope to have copies of Petrol Station and Clifford Darling ready for September.

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As it turns out the Petrol 12″ has four versions – the live performance at Metro Screen, the MSquared version a.k.a. Lamborghini, the cowboy version that was on Beyond The Southern Cross, and the flip side of the 7″ single edited by Robert Racic. I call it Petrol Station but you can ignore me.

Clifford Darling Please Don’t Live in The Past is pretty much identical to the original except that it has been cut from a digital copy of the master tapes we sent over to the UK in 1986. That is, we backed up the open reel tapes we sent to digital before sending them. Because the same machine did the playback, the quality is good. There are a few moments where I have applied gentle treatment to improve the clarity.

The Stretcher re-issue is coming along. I’ve had several goes at every track in search of perfection. There’s some detail that would be nice to bring out that I know is in there.

I’ve sent demos of the Ear Bitten/Side 2 LP (and bonus 7″) to Vinyl on Demand. This is part of a much larger compilation of Australian music that’s going to take quite a lot more wrangling!

Clifford Darling.

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Working on Clifford Darling now. This was a compilation album called in by Ink records in 1985, which was to collect all the stuff made before Since The Accident. So only a two – four year backtrack, compared to the vast distances travelled now to pillage the past. Even so, we were wary of the lack of progress you get when compiling ye olde shite, and I think it was Garry that collected the famous “Clifford Darling Please Don’t live in the Past” line (although “try think of three guys laying a telephone booth” is better).

So a lot of this was cassette, some was 1/4 track tape – all the Blubberknife and Clean stuff. We compiled onto a Revox B77 and then bounced that out to Betamax Digital. So I have the Betamax of the medley on sides C and D, bounced from tape, which is the best master. Sides A and B I have both bounces from tape and the direct cassette to Betamax dubs. Because I’ve only recently cared about archiving they’re all called xxxx.wav and xxxx2.wav & I don’t yet know for sure which is which. The xxxx2 versions have been topped and tailed, which will probably mean they are not the raw dubs. Hey at least I took the time to back it all up over that crazy media period.

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Sides C and D – fuck it, I’m not touching it. It sounds like what it is – cassettes and tapes – and I am not going to try ‘correct it’. That was also the decision long ago when making the CD version.

However the CD version does have maximisation on A and B. I was a bit shocked at what I had done in 2002 – the waveform was nearly flat – until I looked at the cassette transfers – they’re nearly flat as well – because us 80’s guys had blasted the cassette¬† tape to get the highest signal to noise, and a touch of tape compression. When you look at the open reel that went to Ink in 1985, there’s obvious points where a cassette is playing (flat line), then a voice sample leaps out (jumps up 6dB).

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This is straight from cassette, and wham!

The CD version isn’t actually wrong, it just moved this flat -9dB line up to -3dB which is a bit loudness wars. But I recall I made some 2000 era treatments to some of the tracks, so delete that. I’ll use the absolute masters and move the baseline to -6dB which leaves heaps of headroom. Then a few tracks need a bit of help.

First problem is woof. The bass sounds spread out and become flatulent on the cassette. That needs a little multi-band compression, put a bit of an envelope back where it should be. It’s mostly untreated 808 so easy to spot the problem.

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Second problem is splat – mostly high hats that are now fish frypans. Using a little exciter can make the high hats not quite as splurt splurt –¬† bringing back the overtones can move their frequency centre up to where it should be.

Some frequencies are leaping around – probably because a different cassette deck was used to play back the stuff. Multi-band compression used ever so slightly will help.

I’m not going to touch any underlying noise. I will have a look at what’s going on at less that 20Hz though, because whatever it is, it’s not a sound recording on cassette!

In fact there’ll probably be more changes made in the cutting room than any of what I do. Just fix the obvious bruises, leave the surgery to doctors.

Hope to get this done by mid May,

Somethings old something new 2015.

We’re starting to piece together the likely offerings for 2015. All of this is likely but I cannot say that is inevitable. There are known knowns and unknown unknowns and all of that.

Greater Reward 12″ vinyl.

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Not this one, but one after it.

This old thing still gets some deejay culture and so we are all well pleased to say it has got its handbag out on behalf of Optimo in Scotland. I don’t believe you have to be a DJ to have this but it certainly helps.

Petrol 12″

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This what comes up when you Google Petrol 12 inch.

So this was going to be the 12″ that was released by Normal Records in West Germany in 1986. But there’s so many versions of Petrol that you could do a whole album. Lordy! What will Dark Entries decide? Find out in 2015.

Clifford Darling, Please Don’t Live In The Past. 2x LP

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Relive the past with this luxuriously ironic title, presented in full colour for the first time. This the album that inspired this re-issue. What will Dark Entries think of next?

Stretcher 2x LP?

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Somebody is crazy enough to be talking about STRETCHING STRETCHER over 4 sides. That crazy is Medical Records but will their accountant find out in time?

Vinyl On Demand are demanding some stuff – more later.

And do not forget

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