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Friday, August 6, 2021

Them - The Even More Complete Them 1964-66 [A Prof Stoned Comp] Update 8-2021: New DVD + Uncirculated Track



















CD Quality (16bit/44.1kHz) + DVD (3.4 GB)
Info
Essay
pass: profstoned

87 comments:

Prof. Stoned said...

No, I usually don't pirate commercially available source material....

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!

Jaenes Q Records said...

Thanks! The Definitive Them and my new one-stop shop for a Them fix!

YankeeBoy said...

Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!!!!!

anchovyarchives said...

Nice one Prof !
Many thanks
AA

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

it's really wonderfull priceless work. thank you VERY MUCH!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great work on this Prof!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your persistent striving for perfection, Prof!

tambler

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable research as usual. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Thanks as always to the good Professor

warpig said...

Thanks very much for this fine collection.

Anonymous said...

Thanks prof, very nice job.

ottoman79 said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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?

Anonymous said...

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. PS

Anonymous said...

Very informative notes along with excellent sound! Thanks so much for all the research and hard work assembling this great collection.

Anonymous said...

all the kindest thanks for the music and investigations, Prof.Stoned.
Your efforts always like a true sorcery

sherri said...

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.

Matt K. said...

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.

Prof. Stoned said...

>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.

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.

Unknown said...

You really did us all a great favor with this one. Thanks a million Prof! You're the absolute best.

Unknown said...

Thank You Prof,
Could you please tell us what original sources you used for the stereo mixes.
Thanks so much again.

Prof. Stoned said...

My little baby from USA LP Story of Them (London 1977)
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.

Bobby Sutliff said...

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!

Bobby Sutliff

Matt K. said...

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.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks, great stuff, as always.

Dubley

Kwork said...

Thank you Prof for making an already great official compilation even better with your time, dedication and research. Much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Excellent work as always, Prof!

MB

rockjazzeclectic said...

Stupendous effort. Beautifully archived and arranged. Thanks.

elhombremalo said...

marvellous! thank you very much - that's my weekend listening sorted!

BeebBaron said...

Where did you get the BBC interviews from? If you've got any full transcription disc transfers I'd love to do some trades!

Prof. Stoned said...

I only got the 2 Them sessions from a fellow fan.

jimbo said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Great,great job Prof !
This is Christmas before its time hey ;-)

Thank you very much !
You did it once again...

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot. Really appreciate your work. Have a great Xmas.
Best,
Michael

simi63 said...

Many thanks Professor. You're great!

Victor said...

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!

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.

Anonymous said...

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!

Mat Brewster said...

Thanks a lot.

goodiesguy said...

I love fan's like you, who really do care about making the complete and best copies of material available.

Paul said...

Thank you! You do great work and I appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

This is fabulous, Prof. Thanks!

Alchemist said...

Finally we get to hear this as how it should be officially released.

Thank You so very much!

Tim said...

Thank you for all the hard work you put into this. Much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

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...

Anonymous said...

many thanks, knocks the official version out of the park

Anonymous said...

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.

Todd said...

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.

Stevenson said...

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!

Dale said...

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.

SlipperyBob said...

Great work as usual professor, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Superb! - Thank you so much.

draftervoi said...

This is another band where I've been trying to run down the proper mono mixes....thank you very much!

Unknown said...

Something you got
Make me work all day
Something you got
make me bring you all of my pay

DCO said...

Incredible! Thanks!

SpacemanT said...

Awesome......thank you

antony harrington said...

Fantastic thank you very much.

aoxomoxoa7 said...

Excellent...superb...thank you so much Prof.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this, amazing!

Prof. Stoned said...

v1.0: 25-11-2016
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.

jimmie d said...

Thanks, Professor.

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?

jimmie d said...

Is it because both of the deleted tracks appear on The Decca Vintage Stereo Tapes 1964-66 ?????

Prof. Stoned said...

They have been moved, not deleted.

steve52 said...

Thank you for your amazing work on this - the music and the info!

Dick said...

Thanks for the upgrade!

Pete said...

Thank you!

Yves-Pierre said...

It's like Christmas in summer !!
Thanks a lot Prof !

Noises From Apt 2A said...

Wowie Wow Wow, Prof ! ... I am speechless.

Nappyrags said...

Mucho Grass SeƱor!

Phillipdejohn said...

Thanks for another great treat!

Anonymous said...

Thank you indeed for this fantastic set. Amen.

dr blues

warpig said...

Thanks for the upgrade.

YankeeBoy said...

What an unexpected treat! Thank you!

Arne said...

Thanks for this expanded version!

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.

Prof. Stoned said...

Can't believe I never noticed that after decades of listening. You made my day!! Corrected version coming up.

Prof. Stoned said...

v1.0: 25-11-2016
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.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant stuff, many thanks.

Dubley

Chris said...

Hi Prof.,

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.

Prof. Stoned said...

Yeah, that was the first time it appeared in stereo (1984).

Chris said...

Thank you for your quick answer. I really appreciate it.

ottoman79 said...

Thank you again, and thanks for the essay. It was very informative.

Anonymous said...

What do i have to do to if I only want to download 'Got My Mojo Working'?

MeanMrKite said...

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...

mysticeyes said...

This is fantastic, thanks so much for this and a previous version of this that I grabbed a while back.

Unknown said...

Perfect! Excellent DVD, how times change. Thank you

amacoz said...

Many thanks for the upgrade Prof. Stoned.

mztoinen said...

Thanks for the upgrade. Cheers, MZ

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