Intervention - IR-005 - Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
AAA 100% Analogue - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - Pressed at RTI
Restored Cover Art - Limited Edition
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
The Absolute Sound Top 10 Records of 2016
If you like the original, you'll love the reissue, which offers sharper, cleaner transients, improved transparency and focus and greater dynamics. It preserves a pulsing energy the original softens and diminishes. Cymbals chime smartly, Graham Maby's bass lines are tautly drawn, and Dave Haughton's drum kit produces slam the original blunts. Plus the pressing quality helps produce blacker backgrounds.Michael Fremer Analogplanet
Intervention’s pressing is phenomenal. Mastered from analog tapes by Kevin Gray on 180-gram vinyl, the grooves are so quiet the staccato guitar work fairly crackles through the air. Bass is equally tight; it’ll give your woofers a thorough workout. All in all, there’s no better time to rediscover an old friend The Absolute Sound
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
100% analog vinyl reissues of Joe Jackson's 1979 New Wave classics Look Sharp! and I'm the Man. These two monumental new releases are the latest LPs to comprise IR’s ongoing “(Re)Discover Series.”
Both titles were mastered 100% analog by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the best sources available- phenomenal sounding 1/2" safety copies of the original stereo master tapes. All of the top-end energy and “snap” of the original UK LPs is preserved, while the bass foundation is fully restored to make these new Intervention reissues the definitive listening experience for these classic LPs!
Look Sharp! includes the hits "Is She Really Going Out With Him?," "Sunday Papers" and "One More Time." Rolling Stone called Look Sharp! a "near-perfect, short, sharp New Wave pop album" and tagged it one of the Top 100 Debut Albums of All Time.
A brilliant, accomplished debut, Look Sharp! established Joe Jackson as part of that camp of angry, intelligent young new wavers (i.e., Elvis Costello, Graham Parker) who approached pop music with the sardonic attitude and tense, aggressive energy of punk. Not as indebted to pub rock as Parker and Costello, and much more lyrically straightforward than the latter, Jackson delivers a set of bristling, insanely catchy pop songs that seethe with energy and frustration. Several deal with the lack of thoughtful reflection in everyday life ("Sunday Papers," "Got the Time"), but many more concern the injuries and follies of romance.
In the caustic yet charming witticisms of songs like the hit "Is She Really Going Out With Him?," "Happy Loving Couples," "Fools in Love," and "Pretty Girls," Jackson presents himself on the one hand as a man of integrity seeking genuine depth in love (and elsewhere), but leavens his stance with a wry, self-effacing humor, revealing his own vulnerability to loneliness and to purely physical attraction.
Look Sharp! is the sound of a young man searching for substance in a superficial world -- and it also happens to rock like hell.
• Exquisitely Restored Cover Art printed by Stoughton
• Spectacular "old style" single jacket in a "debossed" rough matte finish that beautifully reproduces the very first original A&M UK pressing
Bass – Graham Maby
Drums – Dave Houghton
Engineer – "Hot" Rod Hewison*
Guitar – Gary Sanford
Producer – David Kershenbaum
Vocals, Piano, Harmonica, Written-By, Arranged By – Joe Jackson
1. One More Time
2. Sunday Papers
3. Is She Really Going Out With Him?
4. Happy Loving Couples
5. Throw It Away
6. Baby Stick Around
7. Look Sharp!
8. Fools In Love
9. (Do the) Instant Mash
10. Pretty Girls
11. Got the Time
The Audio Beat - Intervention is a worthy winner of TAB's Recording of the Year award.2016
Finally, a reissue label with a difference. Rather than trawling the familiar waters of audiophile standards, Intervention Records has the stated aim of repressing musically significant recordings that were either poorly served by their original releases or not released on vinyl at all. The company might be young, CES seeing the appearance of the second, third and fourth titles (Ferguslie Park and two Everclear albums to follow the debut release, Stealers Wheel), but already Intervention's choice of material, the quality of the dead-silent records (cut by Kevin Gray and pressed by RTI) and the beautiful artwork have established the label as something special. Stealers Wheel was a revelation, and the follow-ups won’t disappoint, especially Everclear's So Much For the Afterglow, which is all but unobtainable on LP. Producing great records of great music, Intervention is a worthy winner of TAB's Recording of the Year award.
Sound quality on LPs is a delicate dance between the quality and condition of the source material and today’s superiority in mastering and manufacturing. While in decades past "new" records were made by melting down old records, dirt and labels and all, today’s vinyl is a boutique process using pure new materials. Records that used to be pressed in the millions at different facilities with vastly different qualities are now typically pressed at a single place in the thousands. IR's stampers are replaced every 500 copies. Every copy of every Intervention record is by nature a hot stamper!
So it is often possible to exceed the sound of an original pressing even with secondary sources because today’s mastering suites and production facilities are so superior. But there’s more!
There are often two aesthetics in vinyl reissues- to recreate the original vinyl releases, or to capture what’s really on the master. Intervention Records pursues what’s on the master, not the potential limitations of the original LPs and there are solid reasons for this approach. Many many LPs from the 60s, 70s and 80s were bass limited on purpose, and often the mastering chains and consumer playback systems were lower in resolution resulting in engineers pushing the midrange and treble to create a false sense of "detaiil or excitement.