Pere Ubu Releases 1975-1995: BUG REPORT
- THE HEARPEN SINGLES
- These were probably the best vinyl pressings we EVER had of anything.
Cleveland Recording / Suma did all the cuts. The pressing plant returned
the "30 Seconds Over Tokyo/Heart of Darkness" tapes saying,"There's a lot of noise all over these tapes,
maybe you better send us another copy." We assured them that the noise was intentional.
- THE MODERN DANCE (Blank/Mercury)
- There's alot of nonsense spoken about vinyl. It's a hideous medium. (Digital
is also a hideous medium and Sony, unfortunately, made some questionable
decisions in the early days. Did you know, BTW, that compact disks were designed
with the capability and intention of reproducing quadraphonic sound? Yet another
tragedy on the long lonesome highway of missed opportunities.) Ubu never
translated well to vinyl. We avoided signal compression, we flooded the mid &
low mid-ranges, and the EML was and is an untameable sonic beast throwing spikes
every which way. Indifferent corporate pressings and the Ubu laissez faire
attitude to detail only made the situation worse. All vinyl issues of the Ubu
catalog are disappointments to a greater or lessor degree.
- DUB HOUSING (Chrysalis)
- The entire second side seems to be distorted.
- NEW PICNIC TIME (Chrysalis)
- What happened to the mix of this record is a total mystery. The control room
speakers must have been very oddly biased. We were breaking up at the time and
tensions in the control room likely didn't help. You can add or subtract 12db at
any point and still not effectively change the picture. Very odd. Astonishing in
fact and in itself quite an achievement.
- THE ART OF WALKING (Rough Trade)
- The release of this record was a botched affair. Two versions came out. The
first was cut from a rejected master. The second was rushed out in a panic when
the mistake was discovered. "Arabia" was recorded as an instrumental.
The album was mastered. Meanwhile there were complaints about too many
instrumental tracks. David panicked, recorded some vocals and edited "Young
Miles In The Basement." A new master was cut. The old master got pressed.
The Datapanik In The Year Zero box set restores the album to its original form,
using the vocal-less "Arabia" and the longer, rambling "Young
Miles In The Basement." During the reconstruction process a jew's harp
version of "Misery Goats" was discovered and substituted.
- SONG OF THE BAILING MAN (Rough Trade)
- Good pressing, probably the best vinyl sound Ubu ever had. It was cut at 45
RPM by Nimbus. But that's where the troubles began. Everybody said, "This
isn't an lp, it runs at 45 rpm!" like we were trying to pull a fast one. And
we said, "No, it IS an lp but you get better sound at 45 than you do at 33.
It's a full length record! It's state of the art technology!" To which,
inevitably, the reply was, "Yes, but it's not an lp, is it? It's a
45." We broke up not long afterwards.
- TERMINAL TOWER (Rough Trade/Twin Tone)
- The left & right channels are flipped and the tape transfer left all
songs running at a slower speed. Both cd & vinyl releases are affected.
- THE ROUGH TRADE CD REISSUES
- These are flat transfers. When songs are mixed they reflect the bias of
the speakers on which they're mixed and the technology of the time. Older
material tends to suffer from a more severe bias. A flat transfer doesn't
account for this bias and is, therefore, often a disservice to the music.
- RANKING & SKANKING (Rhino Records)
- Rhino Records released "Heaven" on a cd compilation called
RANKING & SKANKING, The Best of Punky Reggae." It is missing the
entire right channel. It's not their fault. A "fixed" pressing
should be on sale in summer 1995. The chorus is misquoted in the liner
notes. The chorus was "It feels like heaven, It's such a
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