Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Damnation Of Adam Blessing - The Second Damnation (1970) [US Promo]

Damnation Of Adam Blessing – The Second Damnation
Original 1970 USA Promotional LP (Discogs)
United Artists Records UAS-6773
~ThePoodleBites rip in 96kHz / 24bit FLAC + full 800dpi scans~

I was turned onto this record relatively recently, and since I just got this near-mint promo copy for a steal at the local record shop a few weeks ago, I had to rip it!

This is an excellent piece of hard psych from 1970. There isn’t a dull track here! My favorite, though, is “Death Of A Virgin”. You’d think for a band called “Damnation Of Adam Blessing”, writing music called “Death Of A Virgin”, that this would be some sort of unintelligible black metal from the early ’70s. Not so! This is heavy psych for sure, but very melodic and soulful, with excellent songwriting and playing.

There is a CD (2003 Progressive Line PL 579) that is paired with their debut album, and it is sourced from a vinyl rip. That said, it is not a *bad* vinyl rip, which is actually quite surprising considering the variety of awful-sounding CDs out there. However, I feel pretty confident in saying that this rip is better, if for no other reason than my equipment and the time I spent manually de-clicking each track. There is still a little bit of inner groove distortion here, but I think that it may be on the record itself; my equipment is not faulty.

Track listing:
A1) No Way — 3:17
A2) Death Of A Virgin — 3:40
A3) Driver — 3:25
A4) Everyone — 4:10
A5) Back To The River — 5:20
B1) Money Tree — 4:48
B2) Ba-Dup — 3:20
B3) New York City Woman — 5:54
B4) In The Morning — 6:13
B5) Smile — 1:27

Vinyl Condition: NM
Lineage / Equipment:
– Audio-Technica AT150MLx Dual Moving-Magnet Cartridge
– Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct Drive Professional Turntable (internal stock preamp/ADC removed)
– TCC TC-754 RIAA Phono Preamp (new regulated power supply, added LM7812 regulator)
– Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 MkII (96kHz / 24bit)
– Adobe Audition CC 2018 (recording)
– iZotope RX 6 Audio Editor (manual declicking, remove rumble, additional adjustments)
– Audacity 2.2.1 (fades between tracks, split tracks)
– Foobar2000 v1.3.17 (tagging, dynamic range analysis)

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSftoAxMiovVKH7AUy0CmoTaaDZnOcLyh

Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cfL0ZjYGaovMjxD3AZ0rioAEH3kR1U-w
Enjoy, and please feel free to leave comments!

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