Mirror Mirror

Now that I finished the mannoth undertaking that was The Lost Turntable Guide To Recording Vinyl, I’m starting to wonder what I should try next. Is there anything in the guide that I left out? Any topics that any of you thought I should have covered but didn’t? I’m thinking about writing something about what to look for when buying vinyl, because if there’s one thing I’m really good at, it’s spending money on records. Would anyone be interested in that?


Anyways, this is the last post for the week, and I probably won’t post until the second half of next week, thanks to some work commitments (which are good) and family commitments (which are more of a mixed bag).

One good thing, if all goes well this weekend I should be coming back to Pittsburgh with a new turntable! It’s not going to replace my Technics, but it’s certainly an interesting deck. If I get it I’ll be sure to do a full write-up, most of you have probably never seen anything like it.

Love And Rockets
Mirror People (88 Version Re-Recorded)
Mirror People (88 Version Edited)
What a weird song, and not just because of the lyrics, but because there are so many damn versions of it. The original version of “Mirror People” leads off the band’s 1987 tour-de-force Earth Sun Moon, and if you have the CD or digital editions of the album, a “slow version” of the song serves as the record’s coda.

However,  a year after the album came out the band re-recorded the song, as a more fast-paced and polished work that was no doubt intended to capitalize off of the band’s success with the single “No New Tale To Tell.” This new version is a lot less shoe-gazey than the original, and has much more of a “punchier” sound over all. I’m sure it was all a tactic to turn the song into a hit single, although I don’t think it worked. I have to say though that I prefer this version, I’m always a sucker for some more anthemic sounding drums. I do love the wall-of-sound production of the original too though.

The B-52’s
Channel Z (Rock Mix)
Channel Z (Remix Edit)
Channel Z (Rock Dub)
I just like saying “Channel Z” like  Fred Schneider does in the beginning of this song.



Okay, yeah so maybe I wrote so much stuff this week that I’ve ran out of constructive or interesting things to say, what’s your point?

6 Responses to “Mirror Mirror”

  1. Magnificent! I used to own the (what turned out to be) very rare Canadian CD single of Mirror People. Unfortunately my whole CD collection was stolen, and was never able to replace it, so I haven’t heard it in many years. Thanks for the post!

  2. Blaine says:

    I would enjoy a write up about what to look for when purchasing used vinyl. I tend to stick to used CDs because it’s almost guaranteed that I’ll be able to rip them to my computer. Since I don’t have the means of recording vinyl, or cleaning it up for that matter, I would like to be well versed in the do’s and don’t’s of record buying. Thanks again for all that great shares and awesome write ups. I enjoy the ranting as much as the music.

  3. Drain says:

    a guide on what to look for when out buying vinyl? i would totally be down for that. also, thanks for the b-52’s. always nice to have more b-52’s to add to the collection.

  4. eusti says:

    Regarding the guide: I was wondering (and maybe I just overlooked it…) why you didn’t normalize the recording (and if clipping is unwanted one could normalize with -0.1db setting (at least that is possible in Audacity)… I know I read in the guide that you thought modern recordings are too loud… But not using all information before going lossy should at least in theory lessen the quality of the outcome, no? Just wondering…


  5. Lost Turntable says:

    Different programs handle normalizing differently. In my experience, some don’t normalize at all, they compress, which brickwalls your recordings so they sound like shitty MP3s you’d get on iTunes. I hate that.

    Additionally, if you normalize your rips, you have to do it for each song separately, otherwise they’ll all be normalized to the same levels. When I do simple volume adjustment, the differences in volume between each song remain the same.

    To be honest, I don’t entirely get the difference between normalization and volume adjustment, I just know that I don’t like how normalized vinyl rips sound, and that’s why I don’t do it. If that makes my recordings too quiet, oh well, I’m not going to sacrifice audio quality for volume.

  6. […] Click here to go to The Lost Turntable to check Love & Rockets “Mirror People (88 Re-Recorded Version)” & “Mirror People (88 Version Edited)”…Plus Three Remixes of the B52′s “Channel Z (Rock Mix)”, “Channel Z (Remix Edit)”, and “Channel Z (Rock Dub)” […]

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