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Featuring the Voice of Sarah Vaughan

Featuring the Voice of Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan
Released nd
Sutton SSU 293
Made in US

Posted by peter on November 3, 2012 at 9.22pm in listening
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jodi: Wow. This is very muffled. Sounds like she's three rooms away, or has cotton in her mouth.
2012.11.03 at 9.24pm · link ·
peter: Hmm, sound quality is a bit iffy on this one; muffled. Especially noticeable on her voice, unfortunately. Could be it's dirty, I have no recollection where we found this, but probably in a thrift store. Could also be a crappy pressing, not sure Sutton were particularly known for quality.
2012.11.03 at 9.25pm · link ·
jodi: Definitely it's from a thrift store. I have a vague recollection of picking it up in the States somewhere.
2012.11.03 at 9.26pm · link ·
peter: This might be a candidate for sand-paper refurbishment.
2012.11.03 at 9.27pm · link ·
jodi: The second track, "Time After Time", is worse, with a steady scrumming of noise chunking along overtop of everything.
2012.11.03 at 9.28pm · link ·
peter: Time after Time is a lovely ballad accompanied by piano, saxophone, and a constant grinding drone that sounds like an artifact of wear. But for some reason that noise stopped with the song!
2012.11.03 at 9.29pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: This might be a candidate for sand-paper refurbishment.

I was thinking that too. It's kind of terrifying, though, even with a record that probably cost a dollar.
2012.11.03 at 9.29pm · link ·
peter: And now track three sounds a little better. This is something I've notice a lot, that typically track one of an lp will be scratchier and poppier than the other tracks. Presumably this is from greasy fingers.
2012.11.03 at 9.30pm · link ·
jodi: Track 3 is a bit cleaner. Somebody *really* liked to play Time After Time over and over!
2012.11.03 at 9.30pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: I was thinking that too. It's kind of terrifying, though, even with a record that probably cost a dollar.

Yes. Wouldn't want to lose the opportunity to suffer through this again!
2012.11.03 at 9.31pm · link ·
jodi: Listen to: Time After Time
2012.11.03 at 9.32pm · link ·
Rob: Everytime i hear Sarah Vaughn I'm transported to Ottawa....just fond memories listening to Sarah with Steve.
2012.11.03 at 9.33pm · link ·
2012.11.03 at 9.34pm · link ·
peter:
Rob: Everytime i hear Sarah Vaughn I'm transported to Ottawa....just fond memories listening to Sarah with Steve.

Before he became Prime Minister, I'm guessing.
2012.11.03 at 9.34pm · link ·
jodi: Track 5 is called "The Lord's Prayer" and Peter and I both just said aloud, in unison, "oh god it IS the lord's prayer!". Hah.
2012.11.03 at 9.35pm · link ·
peter: I'm listening to this next song thinking it sounds like an xmas carol, and had to check to see that it was The Lord's Prayer. I've never been that good at listening to lyrics, but I think I should have recognized this one.
2012.11.03 at 9.36pm · link ·
jodi: Whoa. Whatever is on this record making it all sound so muffled just cleared up in two little spots, so it suddenly got VERY LOUD for just one WORD right at the end of the lord's prayer. For thine is the POWER and THE glory for EVER. Perfect.
2012.11.03 at 9.37pm · link ·
peter: It could be the grooves are a little flattened, so the needle isn't sinking in all the way. Which is exactly the problem the sand-paper technique addresses.
2012.11.03 at 9.38pm · link ·
jodi: Side Two now, with its own unique brand of filthy, sound-altering coating. Starting out a bit more chunky and then settling out into a general muffled-ness, which backs up the greasy fingers folding over the edges theory of earlier. I swear I just washed it!
2012.11.03 at 9.39pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: It could be the grooves are a little flattened, so the needle isn't sinking in all the way. Which is exactly the problem the sand-paper technique addresses.

Ah, okay. I will try that technique on this record, then, and report back here. Later.
2012.11.03 at 9.39pm · link ·
peter: Looking ahead a little, I notice that track 8 is called French Touch. Whereas track 10 is called English Muffins.
2012.11.03 at 9.40pm · link ·
jodi: This must be a compilation. The music just completely changed tracks. Oddly, the muffled quality lessened considerably at the same time. Somebody liked the wishing-and-praying songs a lot but didn't care so much for the spoken word jungle-fever-voodoo stuff, I guess. (Side two, track two: "Bongo").
2012.11.03 at 9.42pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Side Two now, with its own unique brand of filthy, sound-altering coating. Starting out a bit more chunky and then settling out into a general muffled-ness, which backs up the greasy fingers folding over the edges theory of earlier. I swear I just washed it!

Thing is, the grease from our skin eats into the vinyl over time, so if it's got fingerprints on it from 1965, you can't clean 'em, they're etched. Also, why is the semicolon easier to type than the apostrophe?
2012.11.03 at 9.42pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Looking ahead a little, I notice that track 8 is called French Touch. Whereas track 10 is called English Muffins.

Darn it, I was holding off on the punch line of "English Muffins" until we got there!
2012.11.03 at 9.43pm · link ·
peter: Meanwhile, I'm lovin' this song Bongo.
2012.11.03 at 9.43pm · link ·
jodi: Yup. Side 2, track 3, "French Touch", is the same. The music got better and the sound quality got better at the same time! Whoever owned this record before had the exact opposite tastes from me.
2012.11.03 at 9.44pm · link ·
peter: French Touch sounds pretty good. Her voice is much richer, too. I'm guessing this is a discount compilation of stuff from throughout her career.
2012.11.03 at 9.45pm · link ·
jodi: Paris just ain't no place to be.
2012.11.03 at 9.45pm · link ·
jodi: Aggressive young gentlemen asking me to ride in their rickshaws. . .
2012.11.03 at 9.46pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: . . .if it's got fingerprints on it from 1965, you can't clean 'em, they're etched.

Maybe we should just cut our losses and ink it up and print it instead.
2012.11.03 at 9.47pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Yup. Side 2, track 3, "French Touch", is the same. The music got better and the sound quality got better at the same time! Whoever owned this record before had the exact opposite tastes from me.

You're assuming that the damage here is from playing. If that's the case, sand paper won't work. If it was played with a bad needle, for instance, damage done to the grooves would be permanent. I'm guessing it's more handling and poor storage that's the problem here, though.
2012.11.03 at 9.47pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Maybe we should just cut our losses and ink it up and print it instead.

Sure, let's do a series called "first pressing."
2012.11.03 at 9.49pm · link ·
peter: Or, perhaps, "de-pressing".
2012.11.03 at 9.49pm · link ·
jodi: . . . all those polite young ladies asking me how I did my hair. Girl these are the things I recall about Hong Kong.

Her tone implies that those ladies were in no way polite. Weird Hong Kong ladies racially fetishizing afro hair? Also, I wonder what "ride in their rickshaws" is a euphemism for?
2012.11.03 at 9.49pm · link ·
jodi: Well, colour me disappointed at the end, here. "English Muffins" is not about muffins at all. But nor it is about crumpets, at least.
2012.11.03 at 9.50pm · link ·
peter: "No-one here is sippin' tea but me!"
2012.11.03 at 9.51pm · link ·
jodi: Well, the record is over and there's practically a whole percussion section still present in the popping and banging of the background noise.
2012.11.03 at 9.51pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Before he became Prime Minister, I'm guessing.

El primer ministro de Canadá no sabe hablar dos lenguas extranjeras.

Just something from Spanish class last Thursday that has nothing to do with anything here.
2012.11.03 at 9.55pm · link ·

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