This Is How It's Done: Analogue Productions Readies the Stevie Ray Vaughan Catalog Cut Using Master Tapes

With all of the reissues coming from questionable sources or proudly proclaiming their "digital-ness" ala The Beatles Box, we're fortunate to have labels like Analogue Productions, Mobile Fidelity, ORG, IMPEX, Rhino and the others cutting lacquers from analog tapes.

Acoustic Sounds' Chad Kassem sent this image of the master tape box from Couldn't Stand the Weather one of the many Stevie Ray Vaughan albums his reissue label is currently readying for release, pressed at his Quality Record Pressings pressing plant in Salina, Kansas. That's a form of vertical integration we like!

I have heard some truly miserable vinyl reissues from labels like Vinyl Lovers and ZYX some of which didn't even sound like the same music when compared to original pressings.

I've also heard test pressings of these SRV albums and they will rock your world!

So, we are lucky to have these companies that are doing things correctly lavishing vinyl goodies on us all year long. Sometimes we wish they'd stop long enough for us to catch up, but then we come to our senses and say "more please!" even when the shelves are stuffed.

COMMENTS
Devil Doc's picture

So I can spend money on myself again, without feeling guilty. Ain't bought an LP for almost a month.

Doc

Michael Fremer's picture

Get cracking or you'll never catch up! smiley

darthlaker's picture

Great news!

Sorry to get off on a side track but Analog Productions will also be releasing the SRV albums on SACD.

Mobile Fidelity already released these on SACD but did they use the original analog masters?????

Michael Fremer's picture

Mobile Fidelity used original master tapes for their SACDs and not that long ago. Those were mastered by Shawn R. Britton with Rob LoVerde. Not sure who's mastering for Analogue Productions. It might make for an interesting comparison but I have compared the Analogue Production TPs I just got with the Pure Pleasure edition from a few years ago and with Sundazed's version. When the new LPs are issued I'll cover the differences but really it's no contest.

darthlaker's picture

Thanks for the information.

Looking forward to your review and comparison.

Michael Fremer's picture

Mobile Fidelity used original master tapes for their SACDs and not that long ago. Those were mastered by Shawn R. Britton with Rob LoVerde. Not sure who's mastering for Analogue Productions. It might make for an interesting comparison but I have compared the Analogue Production TPs I just got with the Pure Pleasure edition from a few years ago and with Sundazed's version. When the new LPs are issued I'll cover the differences but really it's no contest.

stevef's picture

Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound is doing the mastering for the Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Paul Boudreau's picture

I hope this isn't too far off topic but what's the scoop on MoFi's Silver Label releases?  They seem to run about $7 less than the "regular" MoFi LPs, which is not a tremendous difference.  What are the differences?  I've got the Stevie Wonder "Talking Book" MoFi SL LP and it's the best-sounding version of that record I've ever heard.

Dpoggenburg's picture

My understanding is the Silver Label releases indicate that Mofi was unable to obtain the true master tape, so they use the best source available.

firedog55's picture

Have the MOFI SACDs ripped to DSD - they sound fantastic (better than SACD). If the Vinyl is as good or better than DSD (might or might not be) it will be very good indeed.

noodles's picture

the PP Vinyls are stunning. I don't think there is a need to upgrade this fabulous mastered and pressed stuff. Especially here in Europe, where all of the 45er from AS are around 60 EURO (80 US Dollar). cheers

gMRfk6LMHn's picture

Let's hope the Analogue Production reissues deliver, I was really disappointed with the Sundazed reissues of Stevie's LPs.

James Glennon, Dublin, Ireland

ann123's picture

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Rayman's picture

outside of the box set. Any news on that Michael?

My regular Epic label pressing of "Couldn't Stand the Weather" is superb.

Can't wait to see what AP does with the SRV catalog! Especially on 45!

SimonH's picture

Original tapes, mastering proces ... Surfing through the net yesterday I happened on another re-issue of the Johanna Martzy Bach Unaccompanied Violin Sonatas on vinyl - alas they are rather expensive at £300 a disc - but I think you might be iinterested in the video on the web site and impressed by the apparent quality and care in the enterprise.  www.theelectricrecordingco.com.

And then there has also been the Universal re-issue of Nick Drake's Pink Moon from the Original Tapes with a high res download voucher.  

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