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A WORD FROM ENGINEER JEFFREY NORMAN
Brookvale Records is proud to announce our collaboration with
longtime Bay-Area engineer Jeffrey Norman.
MR. NORMAN’S COMMENTS ON REMASTERING VOL. 6 FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES:
“Dick’s Picks Vol. 6 certainly has its place in this incredible series. At the time, Dick Latvala was requested to find something in the early ’80s – without the request he may never have left the ’70s! He was also looking for a “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On The Mountain,” since this pairing had yet to be released in the Dick’s Picks series. Both are excellent in this show, and they are followed by an equally strong “Estimated Prophet” and “Eyes of the World.“
The actual process of source to vinyl was a challenge. The original master was a Dolby B cassette, probably the Edsel of tape formats…. there are always speed variation and sound issues to deal with. I do think the end result is darn good, and is an important part of the collection.”
GRATEFUL DEAD, “DICK’S PICKS VOL. 6”
RECORDED LIVE 10/14/83, HARTFORD, CT
REMASTERED FROM ORIGINAL TAPES
STREET DATE: 10/30/15 5-LP SET ON 180-GRAM BLACK VINYL
HAND-NUMBERED OUT OF 1500 FIRST TIME ON VINYL
After sticking to the 1970s for each of the previous volumes, the preeminent live concert series from the Grateful Dead moves into the ’80s with Volume 6. The complete three-hour concert is a remarkable snapshot of the Dead’s live output in their third decade on the road. Originally released on CD in 1997, Volume 6 is now the latest installment in Brookvale Records’ critically-acclaimed Dick’s Picks Vinyl Series.
This stunning 5-LP set is pressed on 180 gram audiophile-grade black vinyl and limited to only 1500 copies worldwide. Each 12″ x 12″ box set is individually hand-numbered and features artwork, packaging, and mastering all approved by the band. As was the case with the three preceding volumes, Dick’s Picks Volume 6 has been painstakingly remastered for vinyl from the original tapes by longtime Bay-area engineer Jeffrey Norman. Whether you’re a diehard Deadhead or just a casual listener, we think you’ll agree this classic recording has absolutely never sounded better. Pre-order information coming soon.
MR. NORMAN ON MASTERING DICK’S PICKS VOL. 3 & 4 FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES:
“I was excited to get the chance to remaster the early Dick’s Picks’ releases for vinyl…they were originally mastered for CD in 1995-96, and I was looking forward to hearing the 1/4” source tapes once again, 17 years later. What I didn’t expect was the dramatic improvement the new mastering gives to these classic releases. The original CD resolution is 44.1KHz/16bit (as is any released CD), while the mastering I am now doing for the vinyl releases is 96KHz/24bit. I’m now using a state-of-the-art analog to digital converter (Pacific Microsonics Model 2)….and I’ve probably gotten better at doing this over the years! I used the original CDs as a guide for the new mastering, but when listening to the CDs I feel like I’m listening in black and white, while the new mastering feels like I’m listening in color. It’s very exciting!
A few observations: the mixes for Dick’s Picks Vol. 3 and Vol. 4 couldn’t be more different. The Pembroke Pines show (Vol. 3) is quite bass strong and powerful. The Fillmore East show (Vol. 4) on the other hand is very bright and a little bass shy. Both represent the ears and interpretations of the mixers at the time (Betty Cantor Jackson at Pembroke Pines, and Bear at the Fillmore East), and both capture the quality and excitement of these shows. I did some equalization on both shows to enhance the presentation but kept true to what the original mixers intended. As typical of all Grateful Dead shows, both these two shows are very dynamic….there’s a wide range of volume from quiet to very loud. I tried to keep the dynamics intact, with very little limiting, using limiting mainly as protection against digital overs.
In choosing the songs for each side of vinyl, the goal was to be true to the flow of the show and keep the fidelity as high as possible. There is a physical limitation to the length of a vinyl side….if it gets too long there is a loss of bass and level. Ideally the sides would be no longer than 20 minutes, and for the most part that was accomplished. However there are a few sides that are longer than ideal, but because of the way the music lays out there was no way around a few longer lengths. Also because of those side length constraints, there are some songs that had to be split in two (i.e. Vol. 4 Dark Star, The Other Ones, and Lovelight)…sorry, you’re going to have to flip the record to get the entire ‘good stuff.’
Considering these tapes are 40 years old (in the case of Vol. 4, Fillmore East), they sound phenomenal! There are some issues on the original recording that can’t be fixed (i.e.. L/R movement side to side in Vol. 3’s Eyes of the World), but that in no way takes away from this great music.”
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