Black Flag My War re-issue

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Black Flag My War re-issue

Post by brianb » Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:55 pm

I just picked up a Black Flag My War re-issue and wondering others experience with SST re-issues. I know there are general discussions about quality of re-issues, but wondering specifically of SST re-issues compared to original.

What stuck me when listening to my new album is the volume. I had to turn it way up past "normal" listening levels to hear the album.
Is this normal for re-issues from SST in general? Is it the same for original copies?

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RE: Black Flag My War re-issue

Post by CactusCowboy » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:58 pm

My copy of "My War" was bought new back in 83 or 84. It does tend towards lower volume with a bit of a muffled quality due to hum, and yes, I have to turn it up a bit compared to other records. So it's far from being an "audiophile" recording, but nothing unusual given that SST was a small independent label working on tight budgets at the time.

I have a lot of early SST releases bought in the '80s and a lot of newer pressings (of older releases) bought in the past few years. I can't hear any notable difference in quality. I get the impression these are simply newer pressings and not remastered 'reissue' projects. But I could be wrong.

I read somewhere on the internet (don't know if it's true) that older SST pressings had 'funny messages' scribed in the deadwax and reissue or later pressings did not. My copy of "My War" has the following in the deadwax:

Side A: Exploring The Inside Of Empty Guns
Side B: Looking For The Markings Of Rifled Thoughts. Is That It Then?

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RE: Black Flag My War re-issue

Post by brianb » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:23 pm

Thanks for the response. It helps to know what to expect so I can make my choice on early or reissue shopping.

I had seen some similar list of the deadwax marking listed in Discogs. I will have to take a look at the re-issue and see whats there

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RE: Black Flag My War re-issue

Post by Manimal » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:58 am

I have both old and new SST pressings. I have been a fan since the early days.

The quality has not changed over the years.
I didn't want to book the Germs at first.They can't play
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do an excruciating version of "Sugar Sugar" by the Archies and pour sugar all over the audience.

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RE: Black Flag My War re-issue

Post by brianb » Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:51 pm

I checked the Matrix in the deadwax and there are no cryptic messages or phrases, just your standard numbers.

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RE: Black Flag My War re-issue

Post by Dr.Dark » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:31 am

Pity, the SST reissues are simple copies of the originals. But that is the easiest way to make money with these records once more.
I guess most of us would immediately open their purses for expanded double LP or CD reissues including alternate takes, unissued songs, live recordings etc. etc (drool!).

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