Bubble Puppy – A Gathering Of Promises (1969)
Original USA stereo pressing: International Artists IA-LP10
Rare Psychedelic Rock distributed in 24/96 FLAC + Full Artwork (800dpi scans)
~ThePoodleBites rip in 96kHz/24bit + full artwork~
There is a rip of a really cool Canadian LP which showcases some really great sound of this album but with unfortunately poor vinyl condition. So here’s this original US copy for y’all. If you apply some gentle EQ, the mastering on this record isn’t actually too bad – although it’s unfortunate that it was cut with such low standards, as compared to some other IA LPs. But here is it shared without equalization or noise-reduction for your tinkering and musical enjoyment.
**UPDATE 2018**: I have acquired a very clean copy of the Canadian pressing and a new rip is forthcoming. Stay tuned!
A couple months ago, I walked into a local record shop. I had never been to this particular one before; there are three other record stores closer to my residence, and this one was hidden downtown, but since a friend recommended that I visit, I did.
When I walked in, the owner asked me if there was anything that I was looking for. I said I was a huge fan of psychedelic rock and would be interested in any rare records, especially the 13th Floor Elevators (I’ve been searching for rip-able monos for quite some time).
“Well, I don’t have much of that,” he claimed, “but I have an original record by the Bubble Puppy over there on the wall.”
“Is it in good shape?”
“I’d be surprised if you found one in better shape anywhere in the world. I bought it myself in 1972; it’s from my own collection.” In my mind: check, it’s not a repressing.
After checking it out, comparing with Discogs for safety, and with much deliberation, I ended up biting the price tag and getting it, because I knew that it needed to be transferred and preserved. And that’s what I’ve done here.
Vinyl Condition: NM-/VG++
– (almost brand new) AT150MLX Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge
– AT-LP120-USB Direct Drive Professional Turntable (Pre-amp removed, hardwired to RCA out jacks)
– TC-754 Phono Preamp (First version with completely solid state design)
– Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 MkII
– ProTools 96/24 (recording)
– Adobe Audition CC 2015.1 (manual/automatic pop removal)
– Audacity 2.1.1
As I stated previously, the actual master cut into this record seems to have some treble issues. The problem isn’t with my transfer – I’ve done some other (upcoming) rips which showcase the awesome sound of this setup. Unfortunately, that’s just how these originals sound. That said, this is still WAY better than the official CDs.
Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2HCgdPZLIqXTVA2Y0kwdFl4UE0?usp=sharing
I’ve included the raw rips from the 96/24 transfer without edits for historical purposes, and in case anyone wants to try a better mastering than what I’ve haphazardly done, or in case anyone wants to hear this LP with pops and crackle included. But feel free to not download these, as they’re pretty big and probably not desirable to most of you.
Enjoy, and please feel free to leave comments below! :)