Tuesday, March 13, 2012

ET(aatb): That's a wrap.

That's it, folks. At times challenging but mostly a joy while trawling through the songs (and the mastering), this project is complete. Every Smiths Rough Trade single, with a few curveballs thrown in. One of the joys of doing this has been in the excruciating detail I went through while mastering the audio; I learned a lot over the course of the endeavour and if anything, my appreciation of the music has increased which I'd not believed possible.

I want to thank our readers, those who provided needed behind-the-scenes support and encouragement, and those who helped source material for this project. Thanks to Flavio over at vulgarpicture.com for the artwork.

This blog will remain active/available for as long as Google and Mediafire allow it; I will also promise to update previous postings if new sources for "questionable" material present themselves (such as the Peel tracks taken from bootlegs). So keep scanning those tapes!

In the meantime I will continue to blog over at The Power of Independent Trucking, and will look to continue my involvement in this exciting and surprisingly popular Recycle project with our next gig, REMcycle :)

-Analog Loyalist

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Many thanks to Mr. AL for remaining patient with me through long periods of down-time because I couldn't get motivated to finish artwork.

There will be long-promised updates over at New Order/Joy Division Recycle, and you can keep up with me through my own website or through Facebook.

The next Recycle project from myself and Bruce Bartlett will be Force Is Machine: Nitzer Ebb 1984-1995.

- Jeb

47 comments:

  1. Thanks so much!

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  2. Thanks. Looking forward to the NO/JD updates.

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  3. I have to say, it's bittersweet knowing this path has been fully traveled. Maybe the occasional delays served well to build anticipation for each new post, and I will miss opening the page and discovering another poster announcing the release of a *new* Smiths single. ;-)

    I loved that you diverted from the actual tracks and enhanced with your own research and dedication to history. Like the New Order and Joy Division recycles, it's an utterly perfect effort that truly heightens the legacy of each band.

    A long way of saying, thank you! ;-)

    Not sure if I'll indulge in R.E.M. but given the aberration that was Nitzer Ebb - In Order, I'm rather interested in Jeb's new project. Keep the ideas and meticulous efforts coming!

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  4. Thanks for your hard work. Almost as much fun as my first Smiths journey, and the long lay-offs and sudden bouts of activity only added to the fun.

    It's been great.

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  5. Thanks to you both for your efforts. You've put all of the "almost all the tracks, but not quite" official compilations to shame. Looking forward to the R.E.M. blog! (If you're looking for another project, I would love to hear properly mastered versions of Men Without Hats' early albums/EPs - Folk of the 80s-Rhythm of Youth-Folk of the 80s Pt III - Freeways. These guys were a lot more than a one-hit wonder with a cheesy early MTV video featuring a dancing midget.)

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  6. Well done guys. My Complete Smiths boxset arrived today, don't think I've have stumped the cash if it hadn't been for this blog. Amazing job you've both done. Loved the JD/NO stuff and can't wait for REMcycle.

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  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your efforts in both mastering & artwork.
    I have loved this blog completely!
    Am looking forward to the new R.E.M. blog with much interest.
    Again a 1,000,000 "Thank You's"

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  8. Thanks a lot mate!!! Great work.

    Nick

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  9. Thank you so so much for all your effort here. It is deeply appreciated.

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  10. it's been a real pleasure follow this blog. the work has been wonderful and really appreciated (sound, artwork, comments).
    thanks a lot, i've set the RSS feed on your new project

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  11. Amazing work. Thanks for all your hard work. And now R.E.M.? Talk about spoiling us.

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  12. brilliant series - many thanks

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  13. Thank you for your dedication to this project. Much appreciated. Beautifully presented too.

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  14. Thanks so much for all the effort that everybody involved put in this great project! It was really fun to hear all this exciting stuff and to feel with how much energy and - maybe - love you cared for the restauration of the recordings. When it came to the lay-offs I thought this project had died, but how great was the pleasure when the next blogpost was released. As somebody already said: it only added the fun.
    Thanks again and have fun doing your next projects. Just do whatever you like as long as you do it with fun and passion :-)

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  15. Fantastic job - it's been fantastic checking in, seeing a new upload and then playing that for the kids

    Cheers!

    Phil

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  16. Wonderful stuff. Thank you. As a big fan of REM's early stuff, and having heard the job you did on the Murmur demos, that new blog is going to be a must. Again, thanks for all your work.

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  17. THANKS SO MUCH!!!!

    Looking foward to New Order extra tracks.

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  18. I know it's over... but in my heart it is so real! Many thanks for all of your hard work and enthusiasm.

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  19. Thanks a million times over for all your hard work!

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  20. Thank you so much for your efforts.

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  21. Of course a simple thanks is not enough. But what else is there. Who knows maybe there's a whole new generation for whom Coldplay is not enough (could you really imagine anyone doing their back catalogue in 25 years time? no me neither)

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  22. I have an online bromance with all concerned

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  23. Thank you both for all your hard work.

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  24. Cheers!

    It has really been amazing having all these digital gifts. We really have been spoiled.
    This blog has been a great source of comfort, allowing many of us, who were there at the time these records came out, to get a bit teary eyed at times. We were never in doubt that the songs still stand up to the most exhaustive scrutiny being music, lyric, design and sonics. Sonic -wise, you turned us all on again.

    More important maybe, it's a great place for a younger audience (lucky buggers) to take each released record on its own merits...especially given that their first experiences of some of these songs where at a Morrissey concert. Now that is a vulgar picture indeed.

    That said, I saw the guy three times last year, and he didn't show anything like the passion, respect and love for his own songs that the collective work on this blog has.

    Gary C

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  25. Like Mr. A.L., I, also, did not think my appreciation for these tracks could increase anymore than they already had but that's exactly what happened throughout the course of this blog's journey, starting at Day 1.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you not only for the great music, but the little tidbits of information here and there previously unknown by myself. Without this blog, I wouldn't have picked up Simon Goddard's wonderful book, "Songs That Saved Your Life" or the "I-can't-believe-it-sounds-this-good" Rhino Box Set, both of which were money well spent.

    It's really been a joy, over the oourse of a year and a half, to open the page on any random day and find a new posting. Not only am I very much looking forward to seeing R.E.M. get the treatment, but also the possibility of putting The Cure through the wringer as well.

    Thanks again.

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  26. Thank you for doing this! I eagerly await R.E.M.cycle, and hope one day you entertain the idea of doing the same thing for The Cure.

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  27. thank you very much

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  28. Thanks, as always.

    Oh, and i must continue to campaign for My Bloody Valentine to get the recycle treatment!

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  29. Thanks so much - I was lucky enough to see The Smiths in Sept 83 and March 84. Bought all the vinyl at the time, and invested in the recent CD box set, but your work on this project has added something extra. Looking forward to REM...

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  30. Thanks as well - this is superior to any Smiths released here in America on Sire.

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  31. thanks for all the hard work with the Smiths and NO/JD - look forward to hearing nitzer ebb remasters now.

    would love to hear the same treatments to other early 80's stuff, like the cure, scritti politti or japan - well i can wish eh!

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  32. Thanks to all involved. New Order, The Smiths and now REM - unbelievable that you're doing this for my 3 favourite bands. Thanks so much :)

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  33. I didn't think I was going to enjoy this as much as the JD/NO Recycle as there were far fewer tracks I hadn't already got on CD, but I was wrong. It's been a complete pleasure and a wonderful addition to Johnny Marr's work on the albums. I really feel like The Smiths are now, truly, "complete"! A huge thank you and I'm already looking forward to REM and Nitzer Ebb x

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  34. If this blog was the only reason the Internet had been created then it would be reason enough. My love of The Smiths has never diminished over the years. I loved them from Hand In Glove until Strangeways. I loved Johnny's guitar work, I loved Morrisey's lyrics and poetry, I loved Andy's bass playing and I loved Mike's drums. I saw them play live twice. Last year I went to Hawick to see Morrisey in the wee Town Hall and I drove home laughing and weeping at how the years had passed and how silly and old we all looked. I am of an age where The Smiths have been part of my life for longer than those years without them.
    This blog has plugged a few gaps in my collection but mainly it has added more colour and knowledge to the career of the best band that ever were. These songs did save my life and they have been a soundtrack to much of it. These songs deserved this kind of respect and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your work and for simply caring enough to do this.

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  35. Quite simply a labour of love, that puts most of the way music is still handled by the majors, to shame. I've always loved the idea of singles as a way of charting my favourite bands progress and you've done one of the greatest, the Smiths, proud. Thank you.

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  36. I have to say, I've enjoyed every single post on your two collections so far. You've done a great job. In fact, your work has already encouraged me to complete "Recycle sets" of my own for the Cure, Depeche Mode, OMD, Echo and the Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs and Adam and the Ants/Adam Ant. It would be great to see you take on these sets one day, too...

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  37. Thanks so very much for your time and the effort put into this project. While I became a fan of the Smiths shortly after the release of "The Queen is Dead", I wasn't quite the record nerd that I am today. Thus, I missed out on all of these singles, etc.

    I definitely am forever indebted to you who made this project possible.

    Now, I need to figured out a way to grab all of these posts so I have liner notes to refer to at a future date. Anyone have any suggestions on how I could do that?

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  38. If using an iPod/Pad (like me), how about cutting/pasting into the options->lyrics field?

    Also, thanks to all behind the scenes on this project! Much appreciated. Onwards!!

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  39. Many thanks.
    I've found a nice 'Real Around The Fountain' ad.
    Can I mail it to you, 50pound?

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  40. This has been a revelation. Thank you so much for this project.

    Giddy with joy at the idea of REMCycle. And another vote for a similar project on The Cure, if you are so inclined. Lots of shabby mastering on those singles compilations...

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  41. Could you upload "The Smiths Complete (Deluxe Edition)", please???

    Thanks, AMAZING blog!

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