Added: August 25th, 2012 in Questions
On Aug 23, 2012, at 3:52 PM, Bill Hunter wrote:
Can you say something more specific regarding the (re-)mastering of these? As I have purchased and re-purchased most of the titles a few times now on CD, to say nothing of the vinyl, I would like to know what I might be getting / getting into here?
Exactly how tweezed are they? I read where,
“The UME deal is for the entire Zappa Catalog as it appeared on Frank Zappa’s own independent label, Barking Pumpkin Records. Many of the original analog masters have been re-mastered for this occasion. Yes that’s right, you heard right. “
But can you be more specific, title by title, what was done to the original masters, who done it, etc.?
What about new and improved vinyl releases? Any hope for us analog-ish, record-playing types?
See below for the LIST and all of them were Remastered this year. (You can add Hot Rats to that but it happened a few years back for the brief but exciting limited release on Vinyl, Mastered by Bernie Grundman.) Well before any of this Joe baked the many muffins here at UMRK and then transferred each and every master before they were reassigned for reissue on Zappa Records. It was during this process that decisions were made for what seriously-before-going-any-further must be Remastered – from the original Analog. We are not done with this but further choices will be in the context of other formats – or in some cases, the next Audio-Documentary, should it apply. When you purchase any of these (as many of you have already noticed) you too will note that each and every title advises the source and year of the Master, the name of the Engineer who did the Remastering, the original year of release of the title and how old FZ was when making the record. All of the titles listed below are also MFiT.
The REMASTERED TITLES:
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Fillmore East, June 1971
Just Another Band From L.A.
Waka / Jawaka
The Grand Wazoo
One Size Fits All
Joe’s Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3
Shut Up ‘N Play Yer Guitar
You Are What You Is
Them or Us