Hi-Rez & CD Quality downloads of long-lost MONO mixes and other curiosa, meticulously restored from the best sources. Hendrix, The Who, Beatles, Love, Mothers, Stones, Them, The Dead, etc. Free for All!
Who? Retired sound engineer who loves music from the 60's & early 70's.
What? My aim is to make rare stuff publicly available again with the best possible sound quality.
No, I usually don't pirate commercially available source material....ReplyDelete
This one is gonna have to be the one exception, and for a good reason: the official release is a lot less good without my additions & revisionism.
If you are reading this, you probably already have downloaded my separate Them releases "The Lost Decca Tapes" and "The Decca Vintage Stereo Tapes 1964-66". This new release puts those two together with the official 2015 release on Sony Legacy.
Once again, I'm not happy with the fact that I'm copying a readily available official release. But it's more important that a few people get to hear the compilation in this much improved form.
Spread it 'round if you can!
Thanks! The Definitive Them and my new one-stop shop for a Them fix!ReplyDelete
Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!!!!!ReplyDelete
Nice one Prof !ReplyDelete
Thanks a lotReplyDelete
it's really wonderfull priceless work. thank you VERY MUCH!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for all the great work on this Prof!ReplyDelete
Thanks for your persistent striving for perfection, Prof!ReplyDelete
Unbelievable research as usual. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Thanks as always to the good ProfessorReplyDelete
Thanks very much for this fine collection.ReplyDelete
Thanks prof, very nice job.ReplyDelete
Wow Prof. Fantastic! Thank you very much for this updated inclusive version, it makes things easier for the rest of us. Your labor of love does not go unappreciated. Thanks a ton!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Prof.! Unbelievable, painstakingly researched and mastered. What an achievement! However, when burning the 3-CD-Set, I ran into two problems. First: On the burned CD 2, all tracks appear only as "Untitled" when I start my media player (which is VU Player). On CD 1, everything's OK, all track names are correctly displayed. Second problem: When I try to burn the 3rd CD, my burning software (which is CDBurner XP) tells me the 27 tracks need 84 Minutes and 36 Seconds(2 seconds pause between tracks included), which unfortunately is even beyond the overburning capacity I can handle (82 Mins, 42 Secs). Prof., can you check this?ReplyDelete
The last track on CD3 is a non-CDR bonus. There's another mix of this same take on CD3 which sounds better anyway, so no big loss. The other thing is a problem with your burning software, since all files have the same metadata. PSReplyDelete
Very informative notes along with excellent sound! Thanks so much for all the research and hard work assembling this great collection.ReplyDelete
all the kindest thanks for the music and investigations, Prof.Stoned.ReplyDelete
Your efforts always like a true sorcery
Thank You So Much For All You Do.I Wouldn't And Others Who Know Your Work Believe That You Pirated A Commercially Product.I'm With You About The importance of The Music. I Feel Respected That There Are Guys Like You Who Will Tell The True Facts About The Music I Enjoy.ReplyDelete
Thank you for going the extra mile to fill in the gaps that are typical with official releases. I own the "Story of Them" 2CD on Deram. I went back and listened to it and with a few exceptions, most of the recordings they used are really bad, but you already know that. Even with my ears, this collection really puts an exclamation point on the complete recording of Them. I couldn't help but to make my own playlist using the UK discography to hear how the songs came out as released. Two things of note: 1. On the Story of Them, the old Deram CD has it complete with no break between part 1 and 2. and it's not from a really bad source. 2. The second BBC version of Gloria has the Brian Matthews intro, but I found that it exists without the intro. It can be found on the 1987 radio series "The 60s at the Beeb" narrated by Andy Peebles.ReplyDelete
>1. On the Story of Them, the old Deram CD has it complete with no break between part 1 and 2. and it's not from a really bad source.ReplyDelete
Edited together from the 'bad' source.
> 2. The second BBC version of Gloria has the Brian Matthews intro, but I found that it exists without the intro. It can be found on the 1987 radio series "The 60s at the Beeb" narrated by Andy Peebles.
Listen again. The intro has been 'fixed' with a bit from further within the song.
You really did us all a great favor with this one. Thanks a million Prof! You're the absolute best.ReplyDelete
Thank You Prof,ReplyDelete
Could you please tell us what original sources you used for the stereo mixes.
Thanks so much again.
My little baby from USA LP Story of Them (London 1977)ReplyDelete
Dress in Black from UK LP Them (See for miles, 1984).
Gloria & Here Comes from Rhino compilation CD's from 90's (forgot the titles).
Richard Cory (alt. 1966 mix), Gave my love (Take 9) & Half as much from 2CD Story of Them (Deram 1997) cause that's the only place where they appeared.
The rest from the old London/Deram CD's.
I haven't made my way completely through this but everything I've heard so far is absolutely wonderful! Thanks so very much Prof and keep up the great work!ReplyDelete
I'll listen again to the BBC Gloria track. I didn't even consider the intro was a patch from another part of the song...oh well, it's not too bad of a fix. As for "Story of", I thought it sounded "better" than many of the fake stereo and some of the other tracks on the CD that had some wonky flangy sound. More of a straight up mono. I'll be honest, my ears aren't as good as they used to be and I don't have the playback equipment to really make a good assessment, but I do what I can. I trust your reviews, and I really dig your products.ReplyDelete
Many thanks, great stuff, as always.ReplyDelete
Thank you Prof for making an already great official compilation even better with your time, dedication and research. Much appreciated.ReplyDelete
Excellent work as always, Prof!ReplyDelete
Stupendous effort. Beautifully archived and arranged. Thanks.ReplyDelete
marvellous! thank you very much - that's my weekend listening sorted!ReplyDelete
Where did you get the BBC interviews from? If you've got any full transcription disc transfers I'd love to do some trades!ReplyDelete
I only got the 2 Them sessions from a fellow fan.ReplyDelete
Great,great job Prof !ReplyDelete
This is Christmas before its time hey ;-)
Thank you very much !
You did it once again...
Thanks a lot. Really appreciate your work. Have a great Xmas.ReplyDelete
Many thanks Professor. You're great!ReplyDelete
I haven't downloaded this set of yours yet, but I just took the last 10-20 minutes or so to read it, and all I have to say is.... wow. I may need to read it again a few more times to absorb every little detail, but forget Wonderwall or the Beatles Christmas Album, this may very well be your coup of the year. I can already tell that much TLC went into this package. Can't wait to get it for myself and hear how it sounds. Thanks very much!ReplyDelete
It blows my mind that there have been 2 previous releases of Them that you've done and I've missed... clearly, I've been gone for way too long.
Thank you, Prof! A superb collection which shows your exhaustive research and knowledge. A fine complement to the official 3CD set which I have. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot.ReplyDelete
I love fan's like you, who really do care about making the complete and best copies of material available.ReplyDelete
Thank you! You do great work and I appreciate it.ReplyDelete
This is fabulous, Prof. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Finally we get to hear this as how it should be officially released.ReplyDelete
Thank You so very much!
Thank you for all the hard work you put into this. Much appreciated.ReplyDelete
Just unbelievable to have this! Thank you deeply. It will now be enjoyed as it was supposed to have been all along. Van the man was fierce; his vocals are giving me goosebumps that are a little harder and longer-lasting than the ones Jagger's Aftermath and Morrison's Matrix Tapes (bootleg NOT official versions) have been giving lately...ReplyDelete
many thanks, knocks the official version out of the parkReplyDelete
There are at least a couple of live recordings by Them that didn't make it to this excellent comp. One is "Here Comes the Night" (3:57) and the other is a lengthy "Turn On Your Love Light" (8:09). They are on The N.M.E. Poll Winners' Concert 1965, which is available both on a bootleg and on YouTube with correct video.ReplyDelete
I serendipitously happened upon this and want to convey my thanks. I've never binged on Them, so it's been fun and educational listening to everything in one big chunk.ReplyDelete
Just happened upon your blog - incredible!! Being a Van fanatic, I of course got the 3-CD when it came out, but appreciate the extras you have provided here. Thank you so much!ReplyDelete
There aren't supposed to be new mixes on the Them set by Sandoval or anyone else are there? Just remastering of the original mono. Forgive me if I've missed something but then again I can't even download from your site anymore with a mac.ReplyDelete
Great work as usual professor, thanks!ReplyDelete
Superb! - Thank you so much.ReplyDelete
This is another band where I've been trying to run down the proper mono mixes....thank you very much!ReplyDelete
Something you gotReplyDelete
Make me work all day
Something you got
make me bring you all of my pay
Fantastic thank you very much.ReplyDelete
Excellent...superb...thank you so much Prof.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this, amazing!ReplyDelete
v1.1: 06-08-2021 (Bonus DVD, Essay & 'Got My Mojo Working'* added.
* This track appears here in mastertape quality and has previously *only* circulated with poor sound. Morrison vainly blocked it from the official release because Billy Harrison sings it.
I'm comparing version 1 to this new version 2.
"Demos, Sessions & Remixes" (version 2) differs from "CD3" (version 1) in the following way:
"Got My Mojo Working" (demo 1964) has been added.
"Richard Cory" (alternate take 1966 mix) has been deleted.
"Mighty Like A Rose" has been deleted.
Was this intentional? If so, why?
Is it because both of the deleted tracks appear on The Decca Vintage Stereo Tapes 1964-66 ?????ReplyDelete
They have been moved, not deleted.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your amazing work on this - the music and the info!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the upgrade!ReplyDelete
It's like Christmas in summer !!ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot Prof !
Wowie Wow Wow, Prof ! ... I am speechless.ReplyDelete
Mucho Grass Señor!ReplyDelete
Thanks for another great treat!ReplyDelete
Thanks for another great treat!ReplyDelete
Thanks for another great treat!ReplyDelete
Thank you indeed for this fantastic set. Amen.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the upgrade.ReplyDelete
What an unexpected treat! Thank you!ReplyDelete
Thanks for this expanded version!ReplyDelete
Re the song Story of Them: If you delete the last 30 seconds of part 1 (which are identical to the last half minute part 2),
it is possible to seamlessly edit the two parts together (the edit point is at 3:22).
Apparently they just cut the 7:03 song in half, copied the fade-out and edited it onto part 1 to create a two-part single.
Can't believe I never noticed that after decades of listening. You made my day!! Corrected version coming up.ReplyDelete
v1.1: 06-08-2021 (Bonus DVD, Essay & 'Got My Mojo Working' added)
v1.2: 07-08-2021 ('Story of Them' restored back to original length, thx Arne!)
Upgrade 1.2 kit here (includes SOT, Info.txt & Essay): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZZQxJqWtF6bb8NDXTAn2LumRYjQhWgG5/view?usp=sharing
Same pass as always.
Brilliant stuff, many thanks.ReplyDelete
first of all thank you again for another fantastic work.
I have a small question and if you find the time maybe you can answer it.
I realize that you took the Stereo "I'm Gonna Dress In Black" from the See For Miles Re-Issue. Could you please tell me if this was the first ever Stereo release of that song or if not where was it first released in Stereo.
I'm trying to add the first release cat. numbers for every recording but I couldn't find any definitive answer where this was first released in Stereo.
Maybe you could share some light on this.
Many thanks again.
Yeah, that was the first time it appeared in stereo (1984).ReplyDelete
Thank you for your quick answer. I really appreciate it.ReplyDelete
Thank you again, and thanks for the essay. It was very informative.ReplyDelete
What do i have to do to if I only want to download 'Got My Mojo Working'?ReplyDelete
Once again, you've made the best even better. My hat's off to you once more, and i don't even wear hats! That's how great your work is, Prof...ReplyDelete
This is fantastic, thanks so much for this and a previous version of this that I grabbed a while back.ReplyDelete
Perfect! Excellent DVD, how times change. Thank youReplyDelete
Many thanks for the upgrade Prof. Stoned.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the upgrade. Cheers, MZReplyDelete
Thank You very much!ReplyDelete
Many yhanks for the update Prof!!!ReplyDelete
Part of the fun of these releases is reading the comments - the history helps to put so much of the music in perspective. Thanks PS.ReplyDelete
Dear Prof. StonedReplyDelete
This is simply amazing! Thank you so much!
Really looking forward to a deep dive.
Fortunately for me, I read through most of the 90+ comments and realized that there had been an upgrade.
Perhaps it would be useful to post the link for the upgrade below the main link.
Just a suggestion.
v1.3: 21-12-2021 (New version of 'Half As Much (stereo 1965 remix)' with Billy Harrison's backing vocals mixed in)ReplyDelete
The updated file can be gotten here: https://tinyurl.com/ywr2mnjb
Cheers for the update.ReplyDelete
Thank you Prof.! Have a happy Sunday!ReplyDelete
thank you so much for all you do for us, I really appreciate itReplyDelete
Thanks for the updated version, Prof.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your updates & projectsReplyDelete
I haven't yet listened to this latest update but since I have never heard anything by the Van Morrison era of Them that I didn't love I'm sure I am in for a treat. Thank you for your generosity and your hard work.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the update and your attention to detail!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the upgrade and the video was great fun!ReplyDelete
Thanks Prof for yet another upgrade!!ReplyDelete
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Definitive. Thanks for doing everything a record company should be doing, and doing it better. Including the notes.ReplyDelete
Thanks Prof, Just GREAT, Love Them in STEREOReplyDelete
Many thanks for your diligent research.ReplyDelete
A monumental archival effort. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Hi Prof! Have you gone on hiatus for a while or will you be back very soon? I check your site multiple times a day out of habit, and I want to know if I should put that on hold.ReplyDelete
I'll be back sometime.ReplyDelete
Just so damned pleased you are still around and doing what you do. Your preservation and love for what you do is so evident in everything you share. Thanks - many many thanks - again.ReplyDelete
Thought I had all your wonderful projects already, then found this, which will be a blast to audition nad share. Thanks as always!ReplyDelete
Many thanks - will enjoy soonReplyDelete
I downloaded and put the password "profstoned" and it tells me that the password is incorrect! What is the correct password?ReplyDelete
can someone help me?
I just tested. The pass is correct (profstoned without "s). Are you sure you completed the download?Delete
It's OK and downloaded now. Thanks.Delete
Superb research work. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Excellent! Thanks for all your work on this!ReplyDelete
Them has always had a shadowy existence with me. Actually, I've only now heard them properly for the first time and I'm thrilled by the clear sound and the rock'n roll riffs. Thanks for your work!ReplyDelete
Awesome work as usual! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Thank you very much for your efforts.ReplyDelete
Awesome job for the blogReplyDelete
Many, many thanks for all your hard work and generosity.ReplyDelete