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Options June 26, 2011: Under the Blunder Bus

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
ABBA  Watch Out   Options Waterloo  Polar  2008  CD  From 1974    0:00:00 ()
The Troggs  Give It to Me/Feels Like a Woman   Options Live at Max's Kansas City  Max's Kansas City  1980  LP      0:06:31 ()
The Kids  Hard at the Top   Options Anvil Chorus  Atco  1975  LP      0:11:05 ()
Humble Pie  Drift Away   Options Thunderbox  A&M  1974  LP      0:15:25 ()
Dan Penn  If Love Was Money   Options Delta Swamp Rock - Sounds from the South: At the Crossroads of Rock, Country, and Soul  Soul Jazz  2011  CD  From 1973  *   0:19:03 ()
Shirley Scott  Blue Bongo   Options Talkin' Verve Series  Verve  2001  CD  From 1964    0:22:27 ()
Johnny "Hammond" Smith  What's Going On   Options What's Going On  Prestige  1971  LP      0:25:18 ()
Curtis Mayfield  Love Me (Right in the Pocket)   Options Got to Find a Way  Curtom  1974  LP      0:41:10 ()
Mary Jane Hooper  I've Got What You Want   Options Psychedelphia: Rare and Unreleased New Orleans Funk: 1968-1969  Funky Delicacies  1997  LP      0:47:51 ()
Roberta Flack  Gone Away   Options Chapter Two  Atlantic  1970  LP      0:51:52 ()
Mamie Smith  Golfin' Papa   Options Crazy Blues  Legacy  2004  CD  From 1931    0:56:28 ()
Alberta Hunter  Take Your Big Hands Off   Options Classic Alberta Hunter  Stash  1978  LP  From 1946    0:59:16 ()
Dianne and Carole  Feelin' the Pain   Options Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-Vous in Young Nuyorica  Honest Jons  2006  CD  This is the bum CD-R mix; abandoned midway through    1:02:29 ()
Willie Rosario  Calypso Blues   Options Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-Vous in Young Nuyorica  Honest Jons  2006  CD      1:03:50 ()
Markolino Dimond con Frankie Dante  El Quinto de Beethoven   Options Beethoven's V  Fania/Codigo  2011  CD  From 1975  *   1:06:41 ()
Tito Puente with Meñique  Para Los Rumberos   Options Greatest Hits  Fania/Codigo  2011  CD  From 1972  *   1:12:13 ()
The Sir Douglas Quintet  Me and My Destiny   Options The Mono Singles '68-'72  Sundazed  2011  CD    *   1:16:16 ()
American Tears  Born to Love   Options   Columbia  1976  45      1:25:51 ()
The Mojo Men  Dance with Me   Options   Autumn  1965  45      1:28:57 ()
Blondie  Out in the Streets   Options   Blondie  1975  45      1:31:25 ()
Donna Duboy  Echoes   Options   Soundwaves  1979  45      1:33:48 ()
The Hot Dogs  Say What You Mean   Options   Ardent  1973  45      1:36:58 ()
Weinstein and Stroll  The Cat Was a Junkie   Options   Chips  1970  45      1:41:25 ()
Lyn Collins (The Female Preacher)  Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again   Options   People  1974  45      1:43:52 ()
Evie Sands  You Brought the Woman Out of Me   Options   Capitol  1975  45      1:47:16 ()
Mike and Bill  Somebody's Gotta Go (Sho Ain't Me)   Options   Arista  1975  45      1:50:52 ()
Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds  Take a Message to Mary   Options Sing the Everly Brothers  F-Beat  1980  EP      2:06:36 ()
Richard and Linda Thompson  Crying in the Rain   Options   No Label  1980  MP3  On "Rockpalaste," German TV    2:08:32 ()
The Bunch  When Will I Be Loved   Options Rock On  A&M  1972  LP  Featuring Sandy Denny and Linda Peters (Thompson)    2:12:06 ()
The Everly Brothers  Mandolin Wind   Options Stories We Can Tell  One Way  1997  CD  From 1972    2:15:13 ()
The Faces  Sweet Lady Mary   Options Long Player  Warner Archives  1993  CD  From 1971    2:18:30 ()
Ronnie Lane (with Pete Townshend)  Annie   Options Rough Mix  Hip-O/Universal  2006  CD  From 1977    2:23:58 ()
Trúbrot  Everything's Alright   Options Undir Ahrifum  Normal  2011  CD  From 1970  *   2:32:45 ()
Magic Bubble  Cry Cry   Options Magic Bubble  Fallout  2008  CD  From 1969    2:36:32 ()
Kathy Smith  What Nancy Knows   Options Some Songs I've Saved  Fallout  2008  CD  From 1970    2:41:01 ()
B.B. Blunder  Seed   Options Workers' Playtime  Polydor  1971  LP      2:45:39 ()

Listener comments!

  Sun. 6/26/11 12:16am Nigel Tufnel:

This one goes to 11! Sex Farm Woman! Sniff the glove!
  Sun. 6/26/11 12:30am (mta) Tony:

Good morning, Joe.
I think it's very interesting that at this very moment I have finished restoring the Frankie Valli album, "Chameleon," to CDR. I just ejected it from the CD player after listening to it to ensure it plays and sounds perfect. All artwork is done, so I'll be applying the label to the disc right now! It took 30 hours to get the pops, clicks, and ticks out, but it was worth it because it sounds great!
  Sun. 6/26/11 12:33am Joe McG:

30 hours! I hope you're joking, Tony.
  Sun. 6/26/11 12:36am G:

I've hung out in music trading circles for many years. People often spend many, many hours fixing various issues and "remastering" so they can then distribute the best version of a show or recording...
  Sun. 6/26/11 12:37am Joe McG:

God bless 'em! Seems like so much work to me! But then, this program is called Surface Noise.
  Sun. 6/26/11 12:40am G:

Some people are even really anal about eliminating that little click between tracks that sometimes shows up when live shows are burned to CD. They will argue up one side and down the other about whether you can hear it or not, and some people won't accept a version of a recorded show where they think there is a faint click at track transitions. Seriously.
  Sun. 6/26/11 12:42am (mta) Tony:

Yes Joe, G is correct. As a general rule of thumb, it takes one hour for every minute of music. This album is indeed 33 minutes long, and that coincides perfectly with the general rule regarding remastering. I've remastered many, many albums, so I'm a pro at it, and it can't be done faster while maintaining the same degree of perfection. I can use the computer to automate the procedure, but I do it manually to reduce distortion on segments that don't need filtering. A computer can't tell what's good "noise" from bad noise. A manual job is the only way to get the BEST results. And again, G is right, I have eliminated EVERY single extraneous sound there is. It takes time, but I love music so I don't mind...
  Sun. 6/26/11 12:42am Joe B:

One of those two Troggs songs made up their entire set at the record fair one year!
  Sun. 6/26/11 12:47am Joe McG:

Hey, Joe, thanks for reminding me about that!
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:05am G:

Mamie seems to have a lot of complaints about his technique.
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:06am Joe McG:

Guess he needs to work on his stroke.
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:06am G:

  Sun. 6/26/11 1:06am Joe McG:

Heh heh.
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:09am (mta) Tony:

Yes Joe, it's funny that although your show is called "Surface Noise," I've spent many thousands of hours removing "noise" from LPs that are unavailable on CD. The noise wasn't put there on the record by the artist(s). It's an inherent deficiency in the media that causes the distortions and weren't intended to be part of the songs. The "surface noise" was something that we all had to endure because we had little choice otherwise. Most have grown accustomed to it, but I always hated it, to the point that I rarely ever bought an album. The result of THAT fact is now I have well over 10,000 factory pressed (official) CDs in my library. There's no excuse anymore to NOT invest in the music!
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:10am Joe McG:

Wow, Tony, that's some impressive library!
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:21am (mta) Tony:

Yep, and you won't find a single pop, click, or tick, anywhere.
If I remember correctly, you originally were playing 78 r.p.m. records which derived your show name. Though the playing of 78s never fully materialized into the future, you kept the show title nevertheless, am I right?
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:25am Joe McG:

That's right, Tony. I haven't done a 78 set in a while, I should do one soon.
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:28am G:

Two mono tracks in a row would be "mono a mono".
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:32am Joe McG:

Hee hee.
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:36am Fleep:

More tambourine!
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:37am Joe McG:

Hey, fleep! Eh Eh!
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:37am G:

CD crackling can be either due to cheap crappy media (discs), high burn speed when the disc was created, older playback equipment, more delicate playback equipment, etc. To sort out what the issue is, you need to experiment by trying different things, and see what that tells you...
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:39am Fleep:

Debbie Harry's ability to miss every single note in that who gives a hoot voice is singular, evening Joe
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:40am G:

Blondes don't need to hit notes, maybe that's it???
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:42am Joe McG:

Not if the blonde is Debbie Harry, as far as I'm concerned!
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:43am 12539:

I keep expecting that guy's 'echo' voice to break into "Hey St Peter," or "Walking in the Rain."
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:43am G:

  Sun. 6/26/11 1:43am (mta) Tony:

Re: the noise of CDRs:
No, I'm sorry I don't know the exact reason, cause, or name of the phenomenon, but I HAVE learned how to stop it:
The first thing is you've got to get a $300 Plextor CD Writer IF you are going to use your computer to burn discs. If you don't have one of these pro CD burners in your computer, your CDRs will eventually die. When the discs come out after burning, they're so hot, you can hardly touch them. In other words, the data is REALLY burned into the media surface. Cheapo computer bay mounted DVD/CD burners are crap for CDs. The DVDs they make are more reliable than the CDs they make. Next, you must use high-grade blank media. Cheapo media will always eventually die. Mitsumi is probably the best. Finally, if you PRESS the CD label onto the surface of the disc, you will cause the surface to become distorted. I apply labels to all my burned discs, but I don't press them on against the playing surface. They are applied by holding the disc in the air by the outside edge. You cannot press the playing surface against anything. All these things will cause CDRs to eventually fail. My CDRs are guaranteed to last and last.
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:47am Fleep:

Prodigious typing, dude
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:49am (mta) Tony:

Thanks, Fleep.
Yes, I know how to type with my eyes closed at 50 wpm.
I type almost as fast as I think.
I went to school for it, dude...
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:51am Minnesota Jeff:

Holy balls, MTA Tony! You are dedicated. So there is no version of "Chameleon" on CD so you were forced to make your own from a Vinyl copy?
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:51am G:

Did Lyn know Mamie?
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:52am Fleep:

That fifth and sixth 'again' could lead to chafing
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:53am Astroglide:

I wasn't around yet in the 70s.
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:54am Minnesota Jeff:

Did that bottle of Astroglide just ... talk!
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:55am Astroglide:

I have many hidden talents. Be leeve it.
  Sun. 6/26/11 1:59am (mta) Tony:

That is correct, Jeff. That is what I do for my hobby; I restore vinyl albums that haven't been released on CD. I'm the best at it, and I don't mind saying so. I'm "anal" about my work and hobbies. I always do the best I can. That's how I was raised.
  Sun. 6/26/11 2:19am Fleep:

All covers, all close harmony duets.
  Sun. 6/26/11 2:26am mark:

Glad to say I still have my copy of the Rockpile bonus single too.
  Sun. 6/26/11 2:27am Joe McG:

I don't know if everyone knows that it came bundled with "Seconds of Pleasure" since you see so many of them around loose. But it did!
  Sun. 6/26/11 2:34am (mta) Tony:

Joe, your CDR is fully packaged and will be sent to you on Monday since the post office is closed on Sunday. Enjoix!
  Sun. 6/26/11 2:39am Joe McG:

Can't thank you enough, Tony. Far too much effort on your part, but I thank you for it! I'll be sure to air your CD-R on this very show so folks can hear how good it sounds.
  Sun. 6/26/11 2:47am (mta) Tony:

Wow, that'll be so cool, Joe! It's really my pleasure. I've been playing it continuously for the past 30 hours, so I know what I'm talking about when I say it's a good album. Weird that it didn't fare better, though. I've enclosed a few copies for others there at fmu.
  Sun. 6/26/11 2:53am 12539:

Thanks for the great show, Joe.
  Sun. 6/26/11 2:55am Joe McG:

You bet, 12539. Thanks as always for joining me...
  Sun. 6/26/11 2:58am (mta) Tony:

Great last track!
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