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Pete Townshend - Classic Records DAT Masters


Who Came First
Who Came First - 2003 Classic Records DAT Master

Similar sound qualities to the Metropolis Studios mastering on the Rykodisc CD.

WAV Samples:

Pure & Easy   Let's See Action   Time Is Passing

 

Rough Mix
Rough Mix - 2002 Classic Records DAT Master

Rough Mix is one of the finest recordings of all The Who and Who Solo albums. This mastering is similar to the 1989 USA CD, which would be difficult to improve upon.

WAV Samples:

My Baby Gives It Away   Keep Me Turning   Misunderstood   Till The Rivers All Run Dry

Scoop
Scoop - 2002 Classic Records DAT Master

Scoop always seemed to have great sound quality, but the recordings <perhaps> may not have been on first generation tapes. Like the original CD release, this is not as rich sounding as Another Scoop or Scoop 3, but still a fine mastering. 

WAV Samples:

Bargain   Behind Blue Eyes   Melancholia

Another Scoop
Another Scoop - 2001 Classic Records DAT Master

This mastering s a nice improvement over the 1987 USA CD. Unfortunately Tape 1 was labeled "blank" and there was no content on it! 

WAV Samples:

Christmas   Never Ask Me   The Shout

Scoop 3
Scoop 3 - 2001 Classic Records DAT Master

Dynamic and detailed. Scoop 3 has been released several times in CD format, DVD-A format and LP format. Unfortunately, the only one that sounded good out of the entire bunch, is the 2009 Classic Records LP. That LP was remastered by Bernie Grundman onto 30IPS Reel-To-Reel tapes and the above DATs were their backup. While Classic Records took great care to create great sounding LPs, the quality of their 200g & 180g wasn't silent and typically suffered from minor noise between tracks, etc. I was always hoping to find a clean tape copy, and this is it. While recording these tapes onto my HD recorder, I thought they were possibly a smidgeon bright and lacking in the nice warm midrange like the LP version. Further testing will determine the same. The output level on these DATs is considerably low due to an opening volume level spike in "No Way Out". I ended up re-recording these via the analog output of the DAT and ran them through a tube pre-amp, and pumped up the volume level. Much better results...

WAV Samples:

Can You See The Real Me?   Marty Robbins   Iron Man Recitative   Elephants   Teresa

Note: The above WAV Samples for "Scoop 3" are recorded via DAT -> Analog -> Digital as I wasn't happy with the sound on the straight DAT transfer

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