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One of Our Favorite Studios – Columbia 30th Street Studios

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Columbia 30th Street Studios is one of our favorite recording venues. Click on the link above to find our in-stock Hot Stamper pressings of albums recorded at that location from 1949 to 1981. The list of recordings made there stretches from West Side Story to Kind of Blue, all the way up to Pink Floyd’s The Wall in 1979. (Who knew?) 

CBS 30th Street Studio, also known as Columbia 30th Street Studio, and nicknamed “The Church”, was an American recording studio operated by Columbia Records from 1949 to 1981 located at 207 East 30th Street, between Second and Third Avenues in Manhattan, New York City.

It was considered by some in the music industry to be the best sounding room in its time and others consider it to have been the greatest recording studio in history. A large number of recordings were made there in all genres, including Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue (1959), Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast recording, 1957), Percy Faith’s Theme from A Summer Place (1960), and Pink Floyd’s The Wall (1979). (more…)

Ken Scott Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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KEN SCOTT is one of our favorite record engineers and producers. Click on the link to find the albums on our site that Ken worked on, along with plenty of our commentaries about the sound of his recordings. 

Ken Scott (Ziggy Stardust, Magical Mystery Tour, Honky Chateau, Crime of the Century, Truth, Birds of Fire) is the man responsible for the sound of many of our All Time Favorite Albums here at Better Records.

The kind of Tubey Magical richness, smoothness and fullness he achieved at Trident in the early ’70s has never been equaled elsewhere in our opinion.

In 2008 I had the opportunity to hear Ken speak at an AES meeting here in Los Angeles. I won’t bore you by trying to recap his talk, but if it ever comes out on youtube or the like, you should definitely check it out. The Behind-The-Scenes discussion of these artists and their recordings was a thrill for someone like me who has been playing and enjoying the hell out of most of his albums for more than thirty years.

Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).

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Andy Johns Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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ANDY JOHNS is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Andy Johns engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries. 

Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).

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Partial Discography

Stand Up – Jethro Tull (1969)

Town and Country -Humble Pie (1969)

Living in the Past – Jethro Tull (1972)

Disposable – The Deviants (1968)

Spooky Two – Spooky Tooth (1969)

Songs for a Tailor – Jack Bruce (1969)

Ssssh -Ten Years After (1969)

The Clouds Scrapbook – Clouds (1969)

Up Above our Heads – Clouds (1969)

Blind Faith – Blind Faith (1969)

Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin (1969)

Led Zeppelin III – Led Zeppelin (1970)

Highway – Free (1970)

Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin (1971)

Sticky Fingers – Rolling Stones (1971)

Brain Capers – Mott the Hoople (1971)

Sailor’s Delight – Sky (1971)

Exile on Main St. – Rolling Stones (1972)

Goats Head Soup – Rolling Stones (1973)

Houses of the Holy – Led Zeppelin (1973)

It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll – The Rolling Stones (1974)

Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin (1975)

In Another Land – Larry Norman (1976)

“Eddie Money” – Eddie Money (1977)

Welcome to Paradise – Randy Stonehill (1976)

Sky – Sky (1979)

Ghost Town Parade – Les Dudek (1978)

DFK – Dudek, Finnigan, & Krueger (1979)

Shadows and Light – Joni Mitchell (1980)

Coda – Led Zeppelin (1982)

Dave Hassinger Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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DAVE HASSINGER is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Dave Hassinger engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries. 

“‘Satisfaction’ was [mixed] on four tracks,” Hassinger recalls. “That was a big thing.” He adds:

“When I first arrived at RCA there were three tracks. When it went to four tracks we were all thinking. What are we going to do with the extra track?” (more…)

Phil Ramone Is One of Our Favorite Producer-Engineers

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PHIL RAMONE is one of our favorite engineers and producers. Click on the links below to find our in-stock Phil Ramone engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries. 

Phil Ramone Engineered or Produced Albums with Hot Stampers

Phil Ramone Engineered or Produced Albums We’ve Reviewed

Shelly Yakus Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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SHELLY YAKUS is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Check out the Shelly Yakus engineered or produced albums we have in stock, along with plenty of commentaries about the sound of the records he’s engineered, from Moondance (his first official lead engineering gig) to Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus and more. 

One or two can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music, limited to titles that we can actually find enough copies of with which to do our patent pending (not really) Hot Stamper shootouts.

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Fred Plaut – One of Our Favorite Engineers

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FRED PLAUT is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Fred Plaut engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries. 

Frederick “Fred” Plaut was a recording engineer and amateur photographer. He was employed by Columbia Records during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, eventually becoming the label’s chief engineer.

Plaut engineered sessions for what would result in many of Columbia’s most famous albums, including the original cast recordings of South Pacific, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story, jazz LPs Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis, Time Out by Dave Brubeck, Mingus Ah Um and Mingus Dynasty by Charles Mingus.

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Eddie Kramer Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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EDDIE KRAMER is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Check out our supply of Eddie Kramer engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).

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Bill Halverson – One of Our Favorite Engineers

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BILL HALVERSON is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers.

Not long ago we wrote that when all the elements are working together, the music on Steve Stills’ first album is positively AMAZING. Until I hear something better, I’m going to have to call this Halverson’s Engineering Masterpiece. Yes, on the best copies it’s that good. 

STOP THE PRESSES.

We have now heard something even better, an album from earlier in the same year in fact, Deja Vu. You can read all about it HERE.

Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).

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Al Schmitt – One of Our Favorite Producer / Engineers

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AL SCHMITT is one of our favorite engineers and producers . Click on the links below to find our in-stock Al Schmitt engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

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Al Schmitt Engineered or Produced Albums We’ve Reviewed