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Monday, 8 January 2007
Now Playing: chet atkins hi-fi in focus for lane

I am back. I am so sorry that you have been made to sit and wait. MONTHS! Can you teach me how to remain consistent here? Doncha want me to write often?

As if I don't have anything else better to do with my days??

It is January. Month of birth. Time to look forward to a new year a new change a new pilgrim's progress. Horseshit! I cannot think str8. Just so glad to be me. I been bein me for oh so long. Oh oh seven so long. So long!

Happy birthday Elvis Bowie. James Brown wake up!!

Brother Gary I hope you received my care packages. I'm a Hollywood moviestar now, and figured since we don't talk no mo, I orta at least grace you with my recent netflix. YouTube underground sensation, and now they wanna ban me because I take up too many top chart posotions. Blame Nuno Bettencourt.

Max and Bill and Breet and Volz and Paul, I see your faces but I better see them more, moore. Saw Butler at the FMU party. Whoa, that man! Saw Irwin. And there's Noel Coward's Ghost over there in the corner. And Dom Leone. And Joseph Wms. And Mitch and FXO. Catalano. Otis. My peeps posse.

But where's Mike Marshall and Preston Spurlock? Out of film and batteries.

Got a new letter from Barry Mann! I need to call him since he dont do the email thing. Just like Partsy. Grrr.

Do you know the way to San Jose can U C?

I'm a huggie druggie, medicinal mess yes, but... I'll be right back I promise. Kiss my lectrik tongue. Behind my new plastic toy teeth.

Unpopular zingers....


Posted by Thirstymoore at 8:55 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 8 January 2007 9:19 AM EST
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Thursday, 28 September 2006
Soft matching
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Papaw and me
Topic: In Person
hi Gow

'soften em up real good like'. i'm gonna use that as a new song, or in a new song. or as a funtasy album title. it's what i do. way too many brilliant ideas to actually use. gosh, i wish you could hear my latest cds. tell laura i love herbert.

it's 6am here, slep 8 hrs. did i really go to bed at 10? old folks home. racing brain. killer tinnitus. manic depression. not with myself, but the world surrounding me. this is sounding like a blog. better cut + paste and add it to my own. the bloog. i'd send you the link if i thought you cared!

i got a brand new rsm home movie!!

and did i show you this?
hope you can view/hear, then you get a glimpse of some of my most current works. i am still king of undergroundbeefcake. none come close.

much love,
small stale wash gore moore

Posted by Thirstymoore at 6:46 AM EDT
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Thursday, 7 September 2006

HQ sez: hi hi hi,

just got PRODUCT! terry burrows finally dispatched me a full box, semi-bulk limited quantity of the new official UK pressing of "YUNG & MOORE VERSUS THE WHOLE GODDAM STINKIN' WORLD" - nifty digipackage, explosive sound, and surely ultrarare 6 months from now.

did you ever get one? need one? say the word. but.....Hurry!



Wow, that is GREAT news!
That is one sweet album, btw (in my humble opinion, of course). Hope it generates some ca$h for you.
It IS a crime that the big stores aren't bulk ordering it. Or even the little stores!
Modern marketing practices suck.
So many bastards...


R: yep, this "item" should be all over the INDEPENDENT distributor lists, in indie stores, on indie KOLLEGE radio, indie press, indie best-of lists, blah blah blah... another 100% [commerce] failure... makes absolutely no sense whatsoever... literally thousands of young kid bands gettin the hype/push one after another... the marketplace competition is stifling.

?.?'? ?)) -:|:-
?.?' .?'??))
R. Stevie Moore
((??.?' ..?'
-:|:- ((?? ?.?

Posted by Thirstymoore at 12:14 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 22 August 2006
Text Maniac
Now Playing: michael jackson 'jam'


"the natives are getting restless

Hey Stevie - How soon is soon ? Where's the mp3 of the week ? Is ZOOT published in English or Portugese ? Any way to get a copy ?"

whoa i actually almost feel like yer pressuring me! aha! you're right i'm left she's gone. in my mind's eye, i have 20 amazing things i could do right now, all at once. but since i'm sickly at 154 yrs old, not a fucking one of them is getting accomplished. pshaw. multiple recording projects stillborn. alzheimers. can't think straight. somebody oughta be filming me 24/7, the confused twilight of my life. navel gazing papa.

how ironic too, me, the orig king of prolific overachievers, too much quantity of fine art for decades, now feels like he needs a rest!! my arthritic hands can't toil fast enough for my scattered brain. lazy bum.

bear with me, kid! ha ahahahaha

it's all i can do to even post new entries HERE. old rottenhat.

you see the youtube vidclips???!

god bless nuno monteiro.

hey it's exactly a month later, since catman died. stevie joe, the new replacemat, has grown accustomed to my pad. he's truly bizarre, a big heavyweight puppy dog with a kitty head. he's special needs... slight probs with eyes, boogers, overpoundage, clumsy adolescence, attacking poor rikki, etc.

another day slips away!!! away!


unified by a seductive poprocklogic.

i drank my piss yesterday. not bad!

rs moved up here for this???

Posted by Thirstymoore at 7:29 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 22 August 2006 7:43 AM EDT
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Thursday, 3 August 2006
Summer of Satanic proportions.......

Sat, Jul 22, 2006, 2:10pm



I absolutely crumbled at the MTC vet's office this morning, had to run out alone sobbing, severe nausea attack, while Krys completed witnessing the final moments. Still comes in waves, intense grief and symbolic shock. Last 20 years he's been my husbandbrother. The Valley Road Boy.

Was hoping, trying to be strong, aloof, insensitive to a degree. Caved in big time.

Still weak, shaken up, sore heart and burning eyes.

So sad. Sad! SAD!!!

Slow Down, World. NEXT!

Love is the ONLY answer. Quickly.

Date: Thu, Jul 27, 2006 To: HP
Subject: Dental Illness

hey, big big news, bad and good. been wanting to tell you all about this for awhile, but it's been quite a slowly developing saga and i had to gather my thoughts and info.

i'm having most of my bad teeth extracted, and will be getting dentures!

for years, my typical dental history has been of total avoidance, mainly because of basic unaffordability. and like many folks, i would/could prioritize any treatment *only* if severe pain required it. well, i've had my share of toothaches, but never suffered as much as watched my teeth deteriorate. breaking off, chipping off, falling out, you name it.

so in the past, say, 10 years, i became increasingly alarmed at the frequency with which i was losing them, but they were mainly in the back (less noticable). and so in the past 5 or less years, then they would be closer to the front (in view). began to get more and more self-conscious about it too. but, not much i could do...

this past may 19th, it finally happened: totally unexpected my front top left incisor tooth just crumbled in a mere bite of a soft english muffin. omigod. i naturally panicked. the ultimate embarrassment... Ol' Gaptooth. alfred e newman. i can never ever smile again??? krys and i immediately walked down to see a local dentist, and to start thinking how to determine the several options & estimated cost.

well, we told roger ferguson about this incident (obviously he already knew my teeth were a growing problem), and like the amazing financial help he and his 2nd wife dawn gave me years back for my second cataract surgery, they again offered to help pay for this major (expensive) dentures procedure. if you recall, her late husband left a huge amount in a charitable trust fund, for them to assist whoever they wished.

so, i had to make the final decision of which treatment choice to make, roger sent them a check paid in full, and now i am finally going through with the procedure: full dentures on upper and partial dentures on lower. which means multiple heavy duty extractions. yikes. i began on july 10. and today went back again for the second visit. extremely traumatic! extremely sore today, but i'll heal quickly in the coming days. it will take another month or more, i guess, before i finally start to get fitted and adjusted for FALSE TEETH BRIDGES! can't wait to finally EAT again. and smile large. regain a little self esteem...

but right now i only have 3 top teeth remaining, i suppose left there for anchoring purposes etc. i don't understand a lot of it. the whole thing seems so vague to me, hard to make concrete decisions on what's personally best for me. there's so many alternatives available. i simply don't wanna look bad nor do i wanna suffer further discomfort. so they're yankin them out.

welcome to my senior nightmare. drama 101.

anyway, that's the story, and i'm glad to finally tell you about it. wow. what a heavy scene.

god bless the fergusons.


Posted by Thirstymoore at 7:56 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 3 August 2006 8:20 AM EDT
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Sunday, 4 June 2006
Mood:  caffeinated
Now Playing: items at hand

Around The World With The Chipmunks (Liberty LRP 3170, 1961)

Possibly the funniest Chipmunks LP of all. Though the previous LPs feature the all time classic songs, this concept album is rock solid. The Chipmunks are circling the globe and, if such a thing is possible, engaging in semi-innocuous ethnic humor (Alvin in Scotland upon seeing a bagpiper: "How come the man in the dress is squeezing an octopus?"). The absolute highlight is the amazing "Japanese Banana." I can't recall how many musicians I've heard praise this as their favorite Chipmunks song. In it Alvin craves a food they can't get, and to an Eastern melody decides to torture Dave with the refrain, "Can I have a Japanese banana, it would be so very nice, want a juicy Japanese banana, don't want the cherries and rice. We can see that they have so many things, and we are glad that it's so, but do they grow a Japanese banana, that's what we'd like to know." The banter between an embarrassed Dave and an indignant Alvin is some of their funniest. Alvin: "That's the worst banjo player I've ever heard." Dave: "That's not a banjo, it's a samisan." Alvin: "That's the worst sam-i-san player I ever heard." The other great song is "I Wish I Could Speak French," in which Alvin tries to pick up a mademoiselle by musically lamenting his lack of language skillz with the smooth cadence and delivery of Chevalier. It ends with her going for him, to which he responds, "Oui? Oui?…WOW!" In Italy a gondolier doesn't appreciate the boys singing along and chides, "Hey you-a mouse-a, pipe down!" To which Alvin responds, "Mouse! Mouse! I'm Alvin the Chipmunk!" Gondolier: "Chipmunk, shmipmunk, silencio!" After another exchange the boys (to the tune of "O Sole Mio") sing, "Oh Gondolier-o, we are not mice, we're singing chipmunks, we told you twice!" When Alvin asks the bagpiper to use his "octopus," the piper responds, "Sure laddy!" The boys then start "rocking and rolling," and Dave has the nerve to say, "You're playing in the wrong key, Alvin!" Imagine that…denigrating a child's bagpipe skills during his first attempt to play the thing! This record was available with an awesome foil cover, but I don't think it appeared without the cartoon Chipmunks, as many of these skits were animated in the cartoon that premiered around the time this was on the shelves. (JA)

The Alvin Show (Liberty LST 7209, 1961)

This album, the soundtrack to the TV show, features audio versions of comedy bits and songs that appeared on the very funny program. After opening with the bouncy theme song ("This is The Alvin Show, The Alvin show…") we hear the story of the Margaret Dumont-esque Mrs. Frumpington, an anti-Rock crusader from the pre-P.M.R.C activist group the Society for Quiet and Universal Appreciation of Refined Enterprises." Upon introduction Alvin comments, "And you are he head of the S.Q.U.A.R.E.s, I take it." She then (oblivious of the Chipmunks' identities) demonstrates what she sees as the most heinous of all music by playing snippets of the Chips' rockin' tunes, "Comin' Round the Mountain," "Old MacDonald Cha Cha Cha" and "Witch Doctor." Alvin begins to brutally curse her out but Dave stops him. So Alvin goes into plan B: "I decided Mrs. Frumpington was going to sing my kind of music whether she likes it or not!" He goes to her house, gives her a flower, then starts discussing nature while his brothers hide outside and play instruments. He has her consider her love of the wind through the branches (guitar plucking), the sound of the bullfrog (bass fiddle) and the birds (a fake woodpecker playing percussion). As she starts to get more and more swept up into the rhythmic groove he asks, "Do you like families? Don't you just love a baby, a baby…?" She responds, "A baby? A baby, a baby baBY BABY!" Now that he has her worked up he asks, "And how about a daddy, a daddy…?" "She has now lost control to the demon rhythms of Rock and Roll and starts screaming, "DADDY, DADDY ,DADDY, BABY, BABY, BABY!" A full horn section kicks in as she works herself into an erotic climax, "BABY BABY BABY, DADDY DADDY DADDY BABY BABY BABY! Ohhhhhh!" She can't get out of the groove and howls her orgasmic Rock n' Roll vocals until men in white coats take her away. Thus, the most sexually charged kiddie record ever proves that everything this woman feared was true, Rock music is Satan. The album side ends by attempting to desexualize Alvin a little by reprising "I Wish I Could Speak French," but ending it by having Alvin's sexy encounter with the French gal turn out to be nothing but a (wet) dream. Side two opens with a TV interview. The boys sing a song (a new version of "Chipmunk Fun") to the reporter about what they like to do (play baseball, go swimming…watch Gunsmoke). The song and interview end with David pleased at their good behavior, but as the TV dude signs off Alvin reprises the tune with new, naughty lyrics. "I like to break dishes and fight with the squirrels, I like to pull pigtails when they're on girls, we like to eat candy and talk in school. but we don't like to study math, arithmetic makes me sick…" "I knew it," laments David. Perhaps the squirrel line was a jab at their animated rivals, The Nutty Squirrels. We then meet Clyde Crashcup, a scientist character introduced for the cartoon. His humor is very Ernie Kovacs-esque, but it doesn't really fit in with the rest of the stuff. Dave then starts "Witch Doctor" solo, but the boys stop him and they sing it together. The album ends with a reprise of the TV theme, some goodbyes, and a few more Crashcup jokes. All in all, perhaps the wildest Alvin album ever. (JA)

Posted by Thirstymoore at 12:54 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 16 May 2006
Fingered Fake Drums
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Sandy Nelson "Teen Beat"
Topic: nametag entertainment
Date: Tue, May 16, 2006, 8:59am (EDT+5) Subject: Re: package?
From: Terry Burrows/The Orgone Company
To: "R. Stevie Moore" X-Brightmail: Message tested, results are inconclusive (ALWAYS)


Got the package, thanks.

So far I've played the DVD, which was an interesting one for sure. I also listened to the CD with Lane. There was some *exceptionally* good material on that one - deserves a bit more of a "production" (my usual gripes, y'know, drum machines out; real - or "more real" ones in - mastering and all that...) and certainly a proper release. It's good as it stands but sounds to me like 50 percent of a potentially superb album. I liked the bizarre modulations in some of the songs - really wild. And Lane's got a good classic guitar pop voice which contrasts well with your inimitable tubes. So, well done!

I'll give the others a listen during the week.

Not much else to report here. Feeling shitty with a cold, and generally a bit sorry for myself.


Terry Burrows
Skype: t_a

From: Marston Moor
Date: Tue, May 16, 2006, 9:11am
To: Terry Burrows/The Orgone Company
Subject: Re: package?

Glad you like, thanks a million for the good words.

Terry, I am THRILLED working with Lane Steinberg! He sends me short 15-25 second snippets via emailed mp3s, and I try to take it from there. It's so incredible what we've accomplished. Tickled that you remark about the "bizarre modulations" - that happens a lot, doesn't it? Ha! And also, dig Lane's 3/4 or 6/8 waltz time sigs used quite often. The whole CD somehow has a certain cohesive "duo" style! Conceptual continuity etc. Wish it really 'could' be officially released, distributed and promoted. But, alas...

The only track I'm semi-regretful about is "Elephant Overdrive Avenue" - dunno how that came out so muddy with total distorted overmodulation, but... there it is. Actually grown to nearly enjoy it that way. Actual jungle elephants musta been engineering that day!

As always, I can appreciate your "usual gripes", but at this point it's nothing more than your mere personal preference. Ya know? I've had it with the common opinion long going around about my fake drums; I totally understand (wouldn't I!), but by now it reeks of a redundant, righteous condescension which simply doesn't apply to this old boy. All these elitist purists clamoring for 100% authentic oldschool trap sets, cymbals, percussionisms... automatically thumbing noses down at any kind of electro finger drum sounds or auto-sequencing. Get over it, I think. I been there done that for 35 years, and surely crave a big fat brash kit in a big fat soundproof room. But it ain't happening. This is what I have so this is what I use. I have no problem with fake drums whatsoever. Even some of the more annoying generic presets which I usually try to avoid as much as possible are still there in the mix. They're cute, they go against the "hipper than thou" grain, they're easy... so I don't even bat an eyelash. Yet, I see and sense so many folks continue to squirm and wince over it. Bah, phooey.

Drumsounds can and do go anywhere they want these days. In 1976 I used a fat Premier snare, beat-up highhat and had to use a cardboard box with a mike inside for kick drum. Since then I've run the entire gamut, real/unreal, cheap/expensive, techno/no-no, programmed/fingertapped, one-mike mono or spread tomtoms. Even slapping on my thighs, for chrissakes.

There's no one proper solution, ever!
'Our' Andy Ward's drums: fantastic intricate wrist player. But he's also got a thin rimshot snare (rather than my long preferred tuned-down deep Ringo pudding sound) and he's maybe a bit over-busy and lacking deep earthy primitive soul. No matter. It's all good, different strokes etc etc. But never do I rank all of the many alternatives. I dig it all, just as it comes.

Forgive my silly defensive take on all this, but it's wrong for anyone to intimate that in 2006 my music(s) would be better overall with improved production and more human "breathing" than the stupid little plug-in toys I rely on. I also don't take much time with laboring over performances and mixes. This is my schtick and I'm schtickin' to it! Help make it better and I'm all for it, no doubt about it.

Seriously, every project is different, and the lo-fi home element is always in control. I've accepted that as my lord and saviour. My recent gear set-up is so much better and more versatile than I ever had before, but it is simply what it is, and that's what it's going to stay. Poverty breeds innocence. I am forever a dweeb idiot when it comes to high-tech computer methods; alas I'm currently just right smack in the middle 'tween that cyber ultramodernity and the dusty old reel-to-reel basics.

No negative vibe intended here, just have to get it off me chest.

And you know that I KNOW where you're coming from when you comment about my "sounds". But it doesn't matter, on this end. What DOES matter is that I am so fucking proud to be continuing my little home recording hobby quests for enlightened creative genius. Shit, and I rarely ever even try 'composing' new tunes anymore; it's easier and more fun to just do cover versions of my faves over the last 60 years, OR even better, try remaking the obscure classics I DID actually write back in the day.

Hurry! Make me a media star. Buy/loan me more midi-bitty equipment. Disembowel my noisy sloppy first-takes and make them panoramic, shiny and bold. Teach me all the new bitrate ropes. But allow me my unique lifetime vision. Whatever that is!

Can't wait for Y&MS this summer! Pinch me, I'm in 'Mums heaven. We Wrock the Yuke.

World's most professional amateur,

Posted by Thirstymoore at 9:47 AM EDT
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Monday, 24 April 2006
FABSCAPBOX2 Take 3 + 3 equals VI
Now Playing: slow down

don't believe the coy criticisms, parishoners. this new capitol package is so much better than expected. get it immediately! and don't pay 60-70, it's out there now down to approx 40+.

Listener News:
public opinon shifts : : BEATLES VI is not a scrapheap of misdirected scattered traxx, it is an authentic fabs masterpiece for the ages. some of their best songs of the period, thrown in a cuisinart. after 39 yrs, we've now all been proven wrong.

whoda thunkit?

in fact, hardly known is the enlightening fact that Capitol was preparing the summer65 release, but urgently needed just 2 more tracks to fill a full 11trk album.... so the lads uncharacteristically jumped right into the studio to Supply the Demand! Monday May 10, 8pm-11.30pm "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" and "Bad Boy", cut and mixed and dispatched AIR FREIGHT to Los Angeles the following day!!! So there, the US market WAS of vital importance to them instantly on call, right in the thick of things!

In Recording Sessions book, Lewisohn remarks "Larry Williams evening!"

go listen to those 2 songs right now from the new Capitol box, back to back, in that order (#9 & #4 - and/or #20 & #15 for full 7"45 MONO FX), with volume at 8. pump the bass. sounds exactly like the fucking PLASTIC ONO BAND, guys.

shoulda been A SINGLE!!!!!!!!! wait, it IS a single. RIGHT NOW. I just made it one myself! BIG HOLE. rare A&B side, released in my living room.

The Beatles recorded two songs **expressly** for Beatles VI.

yup, in mid-60s tennessee i stole the beatles from the englanders, by proxy - my country was much more important for their acceptance than their own, even more$o than their frickin WHOLE CONTINENT.

nashville starr

Posted by Thirstymoore at 5:52 PM EDT
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FABSCAPBOX2 Take 2 & 3, splice reduction 6
Now Playing: "I'm Down" demo
Barbara & Wim Meijnen & Kombrink wrickled:
"Well, fair's fair and you have a point by stating the pure quality of the songs and the albums involved...

But all these Capitol boxsets a missed chance! Just when the Beatle-fans (a fair share of them anyway) are waiting for decent remasters of the original (and still better) UK albums, they miss the point by releasing half baked (and wrong) versions of the Fab4-catalogue! The US Rubber Soul is a folk-album, the UK-Rubber Soul is a rocking and much more daring affair!"


Good reply, thanks. Respectfully though, much wrong there. Allow me.
Let's please finally get over the tired argument that the US albums were NOT what was originally intended. Let's get over it! They wrote brilliant songs. They did recording sessions. They allowed the tapes to be sorted through for various release concepts. Why applaud OR criticize Capitol for changing Rubber Soul? It's what actually happened, half a lifetime ago!
How could Capitol "miss a chance" when Apple is saving the final remasters for themselves? For issue in the year 2525?
Too much hypocrisy here... "I've Just Seen A Face" and "It's Only Love" were from HELP! How dare Capitol decide to open each RS side with them? Even though they sounded perfect for the RS vibe! Didn't they? Yet, US listeners thought "Drive My Car" was a jarring track 1. Why? Weren't "You Won't See Me", "Wait" and "The Word" very UN-RubberSoulish and rocking, "daring"? Did we mind?

What difference does it make? Apples and oranges. They're merely taken from countless sessions. Not "conceptual" foresight. Compose, rehearse, tape, move on to the next...

And there's always gonna be outtakes ("Wait" from Help sessions) that miss the cut of one album/period and then are affixed to the next. Good concept? Bad? But WRONG?

"What Goes On": it is what it is; why does everyone slag this odd little Ringoshuffler? It's always been funny to listen to. Not so substandard as people claim. I don't care if may seem a bit like filler. It's what they recorded at the time. Country blues, NOT Gershwin! Spizer said "not one of the group's finest moments" - what kinda mindset izzat? Admittedly, strange to begin side 2 of UK RS with it; even stranger for Capitol to actually use it as a 45 Bside! Who is more "wrong" here? It's no matter.

"Eight Days A Week" was a fantastic US-only smash single. Was that blasphemous, to snip it from BFS like that? You think J&P sat in the studio worrying about how each song was to be presented? Fabs rekkids weren't restricted to Blighty... they were for the entire world. CapUS took em for what they were and made their own mix/match decisions, like em or not. Let various countries/territories do what they wish. Countless variations. All good.

"Nowhere Man" - should be on RS or not? Yes! No! CapUS yet again snipped and created a timeless new single. How dare Parlophone not follow their lead! :)

UK was miffed that it took so long for them to get "Bad Boy" issued! Mwah!

Countless examples like this. Do the math. Create your own best versions, sequences, mixtape comps. I know I have. How about complete chronological order? That is the absolute best way to listen. Yesterday and Today mishmash? Or "right this minute"?

I've long disagreed with this constant Parlophone vs Capitol argument. There is no "half baked" and is no "point" to miss. BEATLES IV now suddenly rocks my world, tho I never thought I'd feel that way 40 years ago. It's unarguably fantastic. Another mixtape!

Folks, there's obviously no written-in-stone rhyme-or-reason to any of it (except on paper). Never was, never will be. Just ride the wave, roll with the flow. Enjoy the wealth. Play the tracks! However you wish. But LOUD!
Where's my meds?
~New Jersey Devil in Her Heart

Posted by Thirstymoore at 2:42 PM EDT
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FABSCAPBOX2, Take One Editpiece 4
Mood:  spacey
Now Playing: Rubber S. Mono Cassette Club

{posted to newsgroup]

I can't understand it. Where is all the tittilating new discussion on the Capitol Albums Vol 2 box??

Naysayers, go away! Forever! Die! You're all out of context, off topic if you cannot hear & praise this improved fidelity. Goddammit, I'm so sick of this common modern resistance to the greatest rock band of all time. During their highest developmental period newborn.

This is a monumental time in Beatles listening. Forget all the Capitol bashing, these new discs explode! I been having a blast comparing, A/B'ing with the 80s Parlophone, loving the MONO mixes too, rediscovering this oh so boring lame twee music that we've all heard a million times. NEVER has it sounded so potent! So tis like experiencing it for the first time. Again.

And I don't care about ranking one version over the other (UK vs US, M vs ST, etc). These are 24-bit and it sounds it. They're also 2006, peak those meters! Kick ass frequency response, like my speakers never heard before.

Perhaps if Aspinall and the Applebrits had already provided the world with EMI's best mastertape sound, best orignal sequences, best value (stereo & mono versions), best singles bonus tracks, best packaging, best everything, then the Capitol thing wouldn't even be an issue. But this is what we've got. OK? And I am grateful to high heaven.

Let's talk RUBBER SOUL! This is phenomenal, people! Arguably their best, consistently favorite groundbreaking album ever. It can't get remastered much better than this.
Please cease the sarcasm, the flames, the newbie idiocy, the condescending yawns, the wax in your ears inaccurate opinions as facts, etc etc ad nauseum. I know what I'm hearing here and it's nothing short of cathartic.

The Beatles changed the world. Remember???? It's not mere nostalgia oldies..... this is our special newsgroup, and we oughta fucking know by now how to share in the aural delight. Take advantage of the rare opportunity: you got good ears, so gimme thoughts! Let's trade observations. But why oh why will this 100% approving post of mine automatically get attacked by false jokester know-it-alls? What's the point of that?


This RS in mono (SK1 corrected) is truly wonderful. Dry, simple, in your face, realistic, unadorned, human. But how does it compare with the orig UK mono LP? Same exact mix? And what is this I read somewhere about an alternate stereo Capitol RS LP with extra reverb? An early pressing plant anomaly?

And the 1980's Geo Martin stereo remix: how different is that to this new Capitol US stereo version? I'm in the process now of checking song by song. Great fun. Still seems to be a lot of drastic separation (vocals on the right). I thought GM loathed that L/R "imbalance"?? Wasn't his point to always bring things more to the center (ld vcls, etc)?

HELP! too, is fantastic to rediscover, both stereo AND mono. One can scoff all he wishes about the incidental Ken Thorne stuff - to me, that soundtrack music is absolutely essential in the Fabs' canon. Doesn't matter a whit that it ain't them! It IS them! It's all part of the overall scope of things. Memorized it as a teenager. I was there then. I am here now. It is grand.

(Did you know Thorne also did sndtrk work on Monkees' Head? And even Magic Christian??)

I'm even enjoying burning new DVD-R's of my Help! Criterion CAV Laserdisc for friends, and am suddenly hearing much much more superb forgotten background score in the film which obviously was NOT on the Capitol LP. Sixties Bond jazz, gorgeous orch strings & lots of Indian touches throughout. Beatles. Remember???

Man oh man, this is all such a trip. Pinch me, please tell me it is NOT 2006 and MariahCareyville!

It takes splendid packages like this boxset to get me right smack dab in the middle of it all again. Decades of rediscovery and re-rediscovery. Bring it on. Historic genius art can only improve with age.

I'm way gushing. And it drives you cybergeeks crazy? Why?

Melt the guns, soldier-
RS moore
age 54, NJ

Posted by Thirstymoore at 2:34 PM EDT
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