Intervention Records - IR-001 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Pressed at RTI - Limited Edition - Restored Cover Art
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
So you have first rate packaging, Kevin Gray's impeccable mastering, and RTI's plating and pressing. Reissues do not get any better than this. Sound 9/10 Michael Fremer Analogplanet.
100% Analog Mastering From Real Analog Tapes!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
• Dead Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At RTI
• Exquisitely Restored Cover Art Printed By Stoughton
Featuring the FM Radio Classic "Stuck in the Middle" Immortalized in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs!
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
The remastering and repressing (courtesy of the dream team of Kevin Gray and RTI, respectively) are a revelation, and this version buries my original. I always knew there were layers of depth behind the surface of these songs, but I never dreamed how many layers of musical subtlety were there. The increase in resolution, transparency, separation, depth, dynamic range and bandwidth is frankly remarkable. Tonality is much more natural, the sense and shape of the playing more obvious, rhythm and pace more explicit and insistent, the acoustic space captured in the arrangements cavernous in comparison. Much of this has to do with the bottom end that goes way deeper and is way more powerful. Is this an audiophile-standard recording? No -- it’s a really good commercial rock recording, and this pressing screws every last ounce of quality out of it. -Sound 4.5/5 Music 4.5/5 TheAudioBeat
The short but legendary recording career of Stealers Wheel is defined by the pinnacle reached with its first two albums. Listening to this extraordinary self-titled 1972 debut effort it's easy to hear why many thought Jerry Rafferty and Joe Egan's Stealer's Wheel would become the UK's answer to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The duo's distinctive songwriting style is in full evidence, marrying ultra-catchy hooks and melodies to thoughtful but biting lyrics laced with black humor and sharp satire.
As a band, Stealers Wheel was already disintegrating even as it was being formed. Players were being shifted in and out of the lineup right up to the recording sessions for this debut record, and leader Jerry Rafferty split from the band before the LP's official release. However, as "Stuck in the Middle" streaked up the charts in the US (peaking at #6) and the UK, Rafferty came back and the band became Rafferty and Egan plus backing players in the studio and on tour. Songs from Stealers Wheel's stellar first pair of LPs have gotten steady airplay since they were released, and of course Rafferty's breakout success with his solo album City to City shined a bright light on his earlier efforts.
But there's no denying that Stealers Wheel became an indelible element of pop culture for generations to come when maverick director Quentin Tarantino built a major set piece of his own debut Reservoir Dogs around the infectious hooks of "Stuck in the Middle." The scene is as grisly as it is unforgettable and of course it's set up brilliantly by Steven Wright's styling as the world's dryest DJ. K-Billy's Super Sounds of the '70s aren't complete without Stealers Wheel!
"Stealers Wheel has always been a sonically enjoyable record, but Intervention has now given us a version that sounds definitive: Slightly buried percussion is more fully revealed, and Tony Williams’s bass lines are much more powerfully rendered. Voices sound more realistic, and the guitars, acoustic and electric, are presented more clearly. The many subtle details that help make it such a great record are now easier to hear and appreciate." - Joseph Taylor, Soundstagehifi.com
"The label has sonically rehabilitated this lost treasure, producing a vinyl reissue that sounds better than the original vinyl or subsequent CD iterations. The stereo separation and depth are more readily savored, with the new LP having a full, natural sound that brings out the lost detail in the band arrangements." - Joe Marchese, The Second Disc
• 180-gram vinyl
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Mastered 100% analog from masters or the best analog source available
• Pressed at RTI
• Single jacket packaging printed at Stoughton to match the original release
Bass – Tony Williams
Drums – Rod Coombes
Engineer – Geoff Emerick, John Mills
Lead Guitar – Paul Pilnick
Producer – Leiber-Stoller
Vocals, Guitar – Gerry Rafferty
Vocals, Keyboards – Joe Egan
Stealers Wheel Stealers Wheel Track Listing:
1. Late Again
2. Stuck In The Middle
3. Another Maning
4. I Get By
5. Outside Looking In
6. Johnny's Song
7. Next To Me
9. Gets So Lonely
10. You Put Something Better Inside Me
RTI HQ-180 Vinyl
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