The term “remastering” crept unbidden into our consciousness sometime in the early 1990s, if my memory serves me right. Lazy and greedy record companies, who had rushed to get their albums onto the new CD format from the mid 80s onwards, found that the results in many cases were well below standard, and for more than a few folk the old LPs seemed preferable. It involved in the first instance beefing up the sound on the original recordings, making them sound louder and brighter, and in recent years has necessitated going back to the master tapes to obtain the best possible sound.
It’s all a desperate attempt to continue lining their pockets in order to bolster the dying art of the physical format of course. We now have a separate category in which the term can be used where original first generation tapes of radio shows have these bright, sparkling digital versions spliced between DJ chat in order to re-create the original programmes in as near to an approximation of the first broadcast as possible. I have performed this procedure on a couple of Peel shows from 1979, where the original tapes were lacking treble, were at the wrong speed (although I suspect this would not have been alien to our John), or had tracks edited out, and I present one of them for your enjoyment (and hopefully approval) today.
Peel Show 1979-04-30 (Sessions: Shake, Neon Hearts)
Three separate files were used here, the first speed-corrected to +7%. I couldn’t find some of the songs (the Shake session has never been released), so I left them as they were. The full track listing is here. It’s a dip into a warm bath of nostalgia for the majority of readers (if there are still any around) of this blog. If the reaction is favourable, I could be persuaded to do some more, but I have yet another new PC on the way (sound familiar?) in a couple of weeks to replace my 9 year-old X-Note. So, if the flood of congratulatory and positive feedback that I’m neither expecting nor that I deserve arrives, we could be travelling this road again together.