Analog Planet Radio’s “All Lacquer” Show Now Available To Stream or Download

Today’s Analogplanet Radio show on HD2 was sourced excusively from lacquers, with the exception of the first tune.

The show begins with a Frank Sinatra song from Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain (UK Reprise R9 1006), an album produced in Great Britain in 1962 that was never issued on vinyl in America, supposedly because Sinatra wasn’t happy with his vocals. He’d just finished a grueling European tour and thought his voice sounded tired.

Judge for yourself on “We’ll Meet Again”, a song popular in the UK during World War II that The Byrds covered in an adapted version on the group’s debut album.

Everything else was sourced from lacquers and the sonics are mostly spectacular. Here’s the set list:

Frank Sinatra-“We’ll Meet Again”
The Who-“Pinball Wizard” ”
AC/DC-“Nick of Time” ”
Dave Mason-“Only You Know and I Know”
?-“Rockin’ At the Record Store”
The Casinos-“Then You Can Tell Him Goodbye”
-Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers-“Night in Tunisia”
-Hans Zimmer-“Gladiator Soundtrack”-
The Who-“The Song is Over”
?-“KMPC radio station jingles circa 1956”
James Blood Ulmer-“Lady Blue”
?-“Call Me a Taxi”
?-“Red Skelton Show Bumpers”
Buddy Holly-“Peggy Sue”
Buddy Holly-“Words of Love”
Buddy Holly-“Every Day”
Paul Simon-“Late in the Evening”
Bill Cunliffe-“Someday My Prince Will Come”
The Who-“Baba O’Reilly”

Remember: everything but the Sinatra is sourced from lacquers cut from master tapes. Stream here or on the website, or for full CD resolution sound, download from the embedded Soundcloud application. Enjoy!

gMRfk6LMHn's picture

Hi Michael,

I just wanted to compliment you on last week's Direct to Disk show. It was really enjoyable.

Like you mentioned on the show, I just can't pass a Direct to Disk without buying it. We all seemingly have the same 'affliction'.

Listened to yesterday's show while making the dinner and enjoyed thoroughly. It's like listening to 'old' radio all over again. Keep up the good work.

James, Dublin, Ireland

Idler's picture

Listening to the Who sing Pinball Wizard brought on goose bumps and the memory of warm summer air when I saw the Who play the full opera at the Guthrie Theater on June 8th, 1969. Notable quote from show... Audience member: "too loud" Townsend reply: "It's rock and roll!"
Thanks for sharing.

zer0's picture

Hi Michael,

I really enjoyed the show. This is not related(or maybe after hearing Art Blakey...?)but, are you going to review Kamasi Washington's The Epic LP any time soon?


Michael Fremer's picture
Does that mean I'm hopelessly square?
thomoz's picture

I have the cd version and can attest that this album is worthy of listening or review in any format! I heard "Clair De Lune" on YouTube first, it was stunning!

gMRfk6LMHn's picture


But at least you are honest!

James, Dublin, Ireland

theboogeydown's picture

Great bit of info Michael. So, if I understand things, once platted, there isn't any further deterioration? If there is, what is the collective wisdom on how often a plate should be changed in a pressing in order to maintain quality? i.e. I buy MOFI's latest Blood On The Tracks (outstanding recommendation btw) how often should I hope they are changing things out in relation to my "limited edition" number?

Michael Fremer's picture
Once the lacquer is plated, the plated metal part has an indefinite lifespan. The stamper generated two steps down the road from the plated lacquer can be used to press at least 1000 records but many stampers of equal quality can be produced from that plated lacquer.