There is no vinyl restoration in conjunction with this blog post, because one is not needed; the MU album (and successive Hawaiian sessions) have already been reissued from the tapes by Sundazed with excellent sound quality (Discogs link here / Rockasteria link here). However, I felt it necessary to share these scans of the demo kit, which was sent with some white-label promo copies of the LP, since they are very cool to see and provide some interesting reading.
Simultaneously, I am providing a digital transfer of the MU (pronounced like "moo") / Merrell Fankhauser promotional VHS tape, which was manufactured in 1987 but contains some nice footage of the band from 1972-1974. Towards the end of the tape is Fankhauser's music video for "Don't Give Up The Rock," which is a bit cringe... but the MU stuff at the beginning/end is great, and some home-video-quality Maui shoreline is included to nice effect.
You can click on the photos below to bring up the full-screen versions for easier viewing & reading.
- VHS machine: Toshiba W-605
- DVD Burner: Panasonic DMR-E80H (at XP speed)
- DVD ripped to lossless MKV using MakeMKV v1.16.3
- ffmpeg (with options -vf yadif=1 -preset slow -crf 16 -c:a copy)
- MKVToolNix (splitting off beginning/end, de/muxing audio)