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    Why in the world would you release a 45 rpm reissue on one record? What were they thinking? Gotta be so dynamically compressed as to be ridiculous. Reminds me of the awful Doxy/Goldinote Gil Evans Out of the Cool 45 rpm one record reissue. Compressed and bright. DMM.
    1972 Album Reissued on 45rpm LP! Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 90/500! Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Rated 287/500! Talking Book is the fifteenth album by Stevie Wonder, released on October 28, 1972. A signal recording of his classic period, in this one he hit his stride. The album's first track, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts, then earned Wonder his first Grammy Award, for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The album's first single, Superstition, also hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts. What had been hinted at on the intriguing project Music of My Mind was here focused into a laser beam of tight songwriting, warm electronic arrangements, and ebullient performances -- altogether the most realistic vision of musical personality ever put to wax...Like no other Stevie Wonder LP before it, Talking Book is all of a piece, the first unified statement of his career...imitating life, it veers breathtakingly from love to heartbreak and back with barely a pause. - John Bush, allmusic.com Features: • 45rpm • Lyrics • Gatefold Jacket Selections: Side A: 1. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life 2. Maybe Your Baby 3. You And I (We Can Conquer The World) 4. Tuesday Heartbreak 5. You've Got It Bad Girl Side B: 6. Superstition 7. Big Brother 8. Blame It On The Sun 9. Lookin For Another Pure Love 10. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
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    agreed, must be dreck. The Mofi silver label vinyl release of talking book was abysmal. you can find a NM copy of the Tamla 1st press all day long for under $20, that's what Id get.
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    • #3
      There's a new generation of clueless vinyl newcomers who'll buy it!
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      • #4
        The only thing missing is mentioning it is 180gm. That alone generally guarantees sound quality - not

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rob View Post
            agreed, must be dreck. The Mofi silver label vinyl release of talking book was abysmal. you can find a NM copy of the Tamla 1st press all day long for under $20, that's what Id get.
            I have yet to find a "great" sounding copy of Talking Book. The Tamla- at least the one I have (or had) is boxed in sounding, I thought the MoFi pretty good, but neither any where near the old Ken Duncan masterings on Tamla (unfortunately, he only did Innervisions and Fulfillingness among the S. Wonder records from the peak era AFAIK). I'll give my Tamla of Book another listen--maybe just a bad copy, but I seem to remember that a lot of the original Tamlas were pretty "wooly" sounding.
            Always dug "I Believe" on that record.

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            • #7
              I have a 1972 original / 2008 reissue 180g (still sealed) / 2011 MoFi Silver. My 72 is a bit long in the tooth, so I usually play the MoFi. I should open up the 2008 I suppose. I thought the MoFi was fine and I enjoy it.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bill Hart View Post

                I have yet to find a "great" sounding copy of Talking Book. The Tamla- at least the one I have (or had) is boxed in sounding, I thought the MoFi pretty good, but neither any where near the old Ken Duncan masterings on Tamla (unfortunately, he only did Innervisions and Fulfillingness among the S. Wonder records from the peak era AFAIK). I'll give my Tamla of Book another listen--maybe just a bad copy, but I seem to remember that a lot of the original Tamlas were pretty "wooly" sounding.
                Always dug "I Believe" on that record.
                Innervisions might be the exception. The sound is just a notch below reference. The Tamla is great ( in fact so good, it caused me to seek out the tape), the MOFI is good and the tape is pretty sensational. Marred only by a little brightness. And in this case, a little brightness isn't like being a little pregnant. Listen to the tape of Innervisions and you will be blown away how good Stevie was on all the instruments!. Living in the City will blow your mind! You will hear stuff never knew was on the recording. And his band could play the funk.

                BTW it looks like George Marino mastered at least the early releases of Innervisions.
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                • Bill Hart
                  Bill Hart commented
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                  BTW, you played the tape for me at your place. It was impressive!

                • MylesBAstor
                  MylesBAstor commented
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                  More than ever with all the changes to the system: pre, tapestage, cables, speakers.

              • #9
                Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                Innervisions might be the exception. The sound is just a notch below reference. The Tamla is great ( in fact so good, it caused me to seek out the tape), the MOFI is good and the tape is pretty sensational. Marred only by a little brightness. And in this case, a little brightness isn't like being a little pregnant. Listen to the tape of Innercisions and you will be blown away how good Stevie was on all the instruments!. Living in the City will blow your mind! You will hear stuff never knew was on the recording. And his band could play the funk.
                My bet is, if you like your vinyl copy of Innervisions, it probably has a "Kendun" stamped on the deadwax.

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                • MylesBAstor
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                  Hmmmm...not that I could see.

              • #10
                Originally posted by Bill Hart View Post

                I have yet to find a "great" sounding copy of Talking Book. The Tamla- at least the one I have (or had) is boxed in sounding, I thought the MoFi pretty good, but neither any where near the old Ken Duncan masterings on Tamla (unfortunately, he only did Innervisions and Fulfillingness among the S. Wonder records from the peak era AFAIK). I'll give my Tamla of Book another listen--maybe just a bad copy, but I seem to remember that a lot of the original Tamlas were pretty "wooly" sounding.
                Always dug "I Believe" on that record.
                i don't think i'm having a Tom Port moment (blanket condemnation of all reissues) i'll have to check the matrix on my Tamla pressing and get back to you. I think Audio Fidelity did a much better job with the gold RBCD of talking book than mobile did with the vinyl, the Audio Fidelity RBCD of Innervisions is excellent too.
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