And I will add that for some titles the "small label" pressings of the 70s sound better than the "large label" pressings of the 50s and 60s.
--- On Mon, 6/22/09, Goran Finnberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Goran Finnberg <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca/London phase 4 stereo series
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Monday, June 22, 2009, 4:11 AM
> Interestingly I have read that the
> Decca phase 4 records are preferred
> to the London pressings for sound quality.
When I have spoken to DECCA about this, John Dunkerly is one source, they
were adamant that London and DECCA pressings were all done in England thus
exactly the same.
In rare cases a master tape copy was used for a foreign release but in most
cases pressing stampers were sent if there was a need for a swift release.
I have compared the matrix numbers on many London releases with their DECCA
releases and they are the same so far after more than a few hundred
comparisons so far during some 35 years of listening and looking and I
cannot hear any difference.
The reason given for doing it this way was for keeping the quality up.
DECCA always used the original edited master tape as the source for the
Neumann cutter as they felt that the quality loss from using a copy tape was
not acceptable at all to them.
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