Thursday, August 16, 2018

General Discussion / Comments

This is a thread for general comments, questions, discussion on rips, equipment, etc. If you're having problems with downloading files or anything else, please let me know here as well.


Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of some records I'd like to rip at some point in the future. If you have one / some of these, please contact me -- I'll happily pay top dollar for clean copies. Ones in bold are albums that I'm particularly pining for at the moment. ;) 
  • 13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere [US Original Mono]
  • A Letter Home - Have A Good Old Fashioned Christmas [US Original]
  • Ant Trip Ceremony - 24 Hours [US Original]
  • Apple - An Apple A Day [UK Original]
  • Arcadium - Breathe Awhile [UK Original]
  • Blossom Toes - We Are Ever So Clean [UK Original Mono]
  • Blues Magoos - Electric Comic Book [US Original Mono]
  • C.A. Quintet - Trip Thru Hell [US Original]
  • Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe As Milk [US Original Mono]
  • Cold Sun - Dark Shadows [Original Acetate]
  • Dave Bixby - Ode To Quetzalcoatl [US Original]
  • D.R. Hooker - The Truth [US Original]
  • Eclection - Eclection [UK Original]
  • Frank Zappa - Crush All Boxes [Original US Test Pressing]
  • Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy [Original Stereo Capitol Records Acetate]
  • Glass Family - Electric Band [US Original]
  • Group 1850 - Paradise Now [Dutch Original]
  • Haymarket Square - Magic Lantern [US Original]
  • Incredible String Band - The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion [UK Original Mono]
  • Incredible String Band - The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter [UK Original Mono]
  • Kaleidoscope (UK) - Faintly Blowing [UK Original]
  • Kaleidoscope (US) - A Beacon From Mars [Original US Mono]
  • Liquid Smoke - Liquid Smoke [US Original]
  • Lollipop Shoppe - Just Colour [US Original]
  • Mandrake Memorial - Medium [US Original]
  • Perth County Conspiracy - Does Not Exist [Canada 2nd Press]
  • Poe - Up Through The Spiral [US Original]
  • Red Krayola - God Bless The Red Krayola And All Who Sail With It [US Original]
  • Sam Gopal - Escalator [UK Stable Original]
  • Shadrack - Chameleon [US Original]
  • Small Faces - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake [Original UK Mono]
  • Ultimate Spinach - Behold & See [US Mono WLP]
  • Vectors - Paisley Haze / Cry Me A 1000 Tears [US Original]
  • Zerfas - Zerfas [US Original]
If you have one of these records and would be willing to lend / sell it for ripping, please contact me and let me know! You can find my email on the side or bottom of this page.

Thanks, and enjoy the music! ~'tpb'


  1. You're doing some fantastic work here.... have you considered a mono dedicated cartridge and stylus for future mono l rips?

    1. Hi, thank you for the kind words! I actually don't buy into the hype of a mono cartridge. From my understanding, these are sonically equivalent to a stereo cartridge that collapses the signal at the source. Not to mention that many mono records from the late '60s were actually cut with stereo cutting heads! It is much easier (and results with a much cleaner sound) to restore in stereo first, correct phase when necessary (a.k.a. stereo heads), and then collapse to mono. I also prefer the clarity of the AT150MLX to many "mono-only" setups that I have heard.

    2. Thanks for clearing that up ... in other words, you bring the right tools to the job.
      I've returned to your site over and over to download everything that you've uploaded....each a total delight and in the case of Chico Hamilton's "Chic Chic Chico" ... well all I can say is "Wow" !
      Omnibus is totally new to my ears and is worth the full download.... a real treasure.

      Thanks again for all of your hard work... a joy to my ears.

  2. I also am excited about your blog and your work to preserve and present high fidelity psych recordings here. I'm interested in the implication in your current CJFish post that a sealed copy of an LP, provided that it's properly mastered and pressed in the first place, amounts to something akin to a well preserved master tape.
    That's obviously more likely to be the case for something from a label like Vanguard than it might be for some other labels. I'm wondering, though, if you see a sort of parity there when conditions are right.

    1. That is probably something you will have to decide for yourself -- there is obviously an inherent subjectivity in the listening experience, and I recognize that others may not agree with my statements here. The vinyl format has faults that must be weighed against the pros and cons of modern digital reissues. In my experience this is quite release-specific, more so than label-specific. In many cases, a modern digital reissue is a far more accurate assessment of the artist's intentions than a vinyl transfer ever could be. My goal here is present recordings where that is not the case. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Hello,

    First, thanks for all your rips! Second, I would like to send you some "Equals" mono lp's in September (when I go back home). Would you be willing to rip them? There are three in total.

    Thank you!

  4. Me and my friends have thoroughly enjoyed this blog.

  5. Hello, Just by reading your posts I'm learning so much. Thanks for all your hard work.

  6. I can't thank you enough for the work you do on this amazing blog! You have great taste and I appreciate the thought and care you put into every post. I'm looking forward to the Ultimate Spinach upgrade!

  7. Thanks everyone for the comments and positivity! :)

  8. You reap what you sow..... Thank You for being a nice guy and sharing you talent and your knowledge.