Coming this spring, Intervention Records is releasing three classic titles by Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!, I’m The Man and Night and Day. All are being cut straight from analog 15ips safety copies, featuring the mastering of Kevin Gray and plating/pressing by RTI. The first two titles are due in “Feb/March” per Intervention, and Night and Day follows in April. These come hot on the heels of two great A&M Stealer’s Wheel reissues, including their self-titled first album and Ferguslie Park, which have seen very favorable reviews in the audiophile press.
Of Stealer’s Wheel, Michael Fremer of Analog Planet wrote: “Kevin Gray’s cut from ‘best analog sources available’ … is the best sounding version of this album I’ve yet heard. There’s more detail to be heard overall, better instrumental layering, greater transparency and more honest equalization (the “Porky” is upper-midrange “pushed”). The first two Jackson LPs will be substantially upgraded over the originals. Shane at Intervention writes: “Fans of those first two JJ LPs are going to be blown away! That top-end energy was still vibrant on the tapes, but were able to restore the bass foundation. It’s still a punchy, aggressive sounding record, but dramatically better balanced. I think you’re going to be more than pleased!”
We’re looking forward to these here at A&M Corner!
From what I can tell, these are all going to be substantial upgrades over the original pressings, especially the first two albums.
Interesting to note that all three are being made from backup safety copies; we all know what happened to the originals. :sigh:
Night and day is my favorite along with Body and soul. Yes i know what you mean about the Backup safety copies. We are still reeling from the consequences of the Universal fire several years ago. .
We're lucky the safeties weren't stored in the same place.
Body and Soul, Big World and Will Power all had really nice original pressings on vinyl. I was lucky to have someone send me a first pressing of Big World, and I lucked out and found the other two on promo copies that look and play like new.
Lucky you. By the way When Body and Soul was originally Released in 84 it looked like an older album very nostalgic for its time ( i understand it was a Sonny Rollins type tribute or imitation perhaps as there was a Sonny Rollins album jacket decades earlier styled almost exactly the same.) but i thought it was cool. And i still enjoy that album along with Night and day. And the instrumentals on the "Mike's Murder soundtrack.
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I see a resemblance.
If I didn't know better, it looks like it is even the same type of horn. Definitely a Selmer Paris. Betting that both are a Mark VI tenor.
i Agree and Thats the exact Cover and the only other difference is the color shading( and other obvious factors.) Other than that they Almost Match exactly.
I hadn't thought about it, but I should have done a few album cover originals and parodies in some of my LP frames. I have a black/red/white theme going at the moment: the West Side Story film soundtrack, The Police Ghost In The Machine, the Mancini "Mr Lucky" soundtrack, and (while it's not purely red) Depeche Mode Violator. Although I do have Jackson's Night and Day in a frame also, and a few others.
You Mention Mr Lucky by Henry Mancini. I Have an import Cd of That one. ( i had a very worn vinyl copy of it years ago.) I grew up with the West Side story soundtrack thanks to my Dear Mother. and i have that one too. Ill bet with your framed album art collection makes your place look like an old time record store i remember so much walking in those stores. And seeing all the album posters and various memorabilla. And that wonderful Record store smell. Ahhh Nostalgia.
Record stores are seeing a resurgence as of late. In a small way it is a backlash against tiny CD artwork and downloads. It is more hands-on. It is still a thrill all these years later to flip through bins of LP jackets.
My Living Stereo copy of Mr. Lucky is fairly clean. The copy I have on the wall is a spare that didn't play quite as well. The West Side Story I have hanging was a dollar bin find–the cover is nice, but the vinyl is a bit noisy. No matter though, as I bought a limited edition red vinyl pressing of this one on the Music On Vinyl reissue label. The records are flawless (MOV uses the old CBS pressing plant in Holland)–it is expanded to a two-LP set, restoring the full gymnasium sequence and adding a few other goodies, so it now matches the CD release version from many years ago.
I would Love to someday walk into a true old time record store for old times sake. I have that Cd of " west side story from over a decade or more ago with the long opening and gymnasium sequences too. The Complete soundtrack totally beats my moms old vinyl copy from the early 60s .( No Disrespect intended to my Dear Mother of course.)
The sound on the album isn't stellar by any means (I am pretty sure the original is from a six-track optical film element, if I recall the remastering essay), but this LP and that CD are about the best way to hear it. The original vinyl can sound good if you can find a clean copy today, but they are hard to come by. They were enormously popular back in the day.
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