I have a turntable and a nice record collection, mostly LP's from the 60's & early 70's.

My aim is to make rare stuff (in glorious mono or sometimes stereo) publicly available again with the best possible sound quality.

Generally, no. I select my projects very critically. Vinyl condition is everything. I tend not to work with records that are in less than pristine condition.

Get outta here!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Family - Music in a Doll's House (1968) Orig. UK Mono


CD Quality (16bit/44.1kHz)
High Resolution (24bit/96kHz)
pass: profstoned


Anonymous said...

Many HRM thanks for all your efforts!

86ed said...

I recall you telling me about this one a few years back, have always kept an eye open for one, but it is rare and elusive in quality condition, so glad to see you have found one and let us all have the chance to enjoy it! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Just saw this. Awesome! Thanks! poorotterted

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, thank you !

Anonymous said...

Many people rave about "Entertainment" but this one is my favourite. Many thanks, Prof, for sharing this gem. I had never heard the mono version before!


Ezra said...

Woah, awesome! Thanks for yet another gem, Prof!

Anonymous said...

magnificent! i'm ever so happy to have this! (the patrick little 'zines are a nice touch too! i hope he hears this...)

i have a US mono promo second generation woman/hometown single, if there's room in the prof st schedule. hometown has no vibes and sgw is indeed a different punchy mono mix too. neither has appeared on cd, including the recent hyper-deluxe box set.

technical question: the album sides start quieter than they finish. was there any EQ or amplitude adjustments?

p.s. this is kinda cute:

Prof. Stoned said...

Hell no, that's how it was originally mastered. I did not change or compromise the dynamics.

I have the 2ndgenWoman UK 45. Considered it for this, but ultimately thought it was too much of a mood-breaker (let's face it, it's a terrible song).

Will listen to the vid later. I've heard of that band though, the bass player was in the Q65.

Anonymous said...

Incredible album and transfer. Simply superb. Thank you very much for your expertise and generosity!

anchovyarchives said...

Many,many thanks Prof for this and all your wonderful projects. I still listen to your Who soundboard 1969 sets when I feel the need !! Keep up the great work.
John (AA)

Anonymous said...

Thanks alot Prof!


rowland said...

Thanks a lot for this!


This is the good stuff and the mono mix makes it the best they made :)

Anonymous said...

A real shame this one only got as half as many notes as the RS Satanic Request. This is clearly the superior album of the two.

Favorite songs of mine here include: The Chase, Mellowing Gray, Me My Friend... ok pretty much all of Side 1. :P While Side 2 may not be as catchy, it's still pretty memorable. I'd certainly take multiple variations on themes over "Cosmic Christmas", anyhow.

I'm not sure if more Family-friendly stuff is coming up in your pipeline, but if it is, it's surely bound to be as good as this. Thanks a lot, prof!


P.S. Apologies for the pun there...

meanmrkite said...

many, MANY thanks to Prof. Stoned for his kind generosity in sharing this with us!

I've always wondered about this record, ever since I read that The Beatles had to scrap their original title for what became the 'White Album', ie A Doll's House, because of this '68 release.

Now to go listen! Thanks again, Prof.! :-)

Anonymous said...

this is a great gift, Prof. Thanks once more for your generosity & service to audiophiles everywhere.
- martwwa

Anonymous said...

gracias Maestro

Anonymous said...

STILL enjoying this and many other drops! thanks again. and a question for the prof or anyone out there... has anyone heard or come across mono pressings of the 1st Fairport Convention album or the Cheerful Insanity of Giles Giles and Fripp?--both from late in the mono era, but both with sparse everything-in-the-left-and-handclaps in-the-right stereo mixes.

Anonymous said...

Recently someone told me about this place and I have found unique and wonderful things, I also see little movement, but I want to thank you very much I have found unique material, thank you very much for sharing your work

Leper Lord said...

Thanks prof for your generosity and attention to detail

Im sure im not the 1st to comment on a familiar Genesis sound on many tracks, or is that a Family sound on many Genesis tracks

And then they groove into something totally different


Unknown said...

Family's "Music in a Dolls House" has always been one of my favorite albums and it is nice to finally hear the superior monaural mix. I think I read somewhere that the group preferred this mix, however the album was withdrawn and deleted since one of the tracks caused the stylus to hop on some turntables on the mono mix.

I am glad to see that the mono mix tones down much of Dave Mason's gimmicky production that dated this album a bit, especially on Me My Friend which is eliminates much of the sloppy phasing tricks on the stereo mix.

Another album from the era that is quite rare and had a far superior mono mix is "The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack" by the Nice. I have a copy of this which is in okay condition, but far from perfect.

Graham J. said...

Many thanks for this. I bought the See For Miles vinyl re-issue about 30-odd years ago, so nice to have this mono mix edition.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Steve said...

Thanks! Hearing this album in mono is a revelation. I can't get over how better it sounds compared stereo

Unknown said...

Thank you!

Belano said...

Thank you!!! for this great work.

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