180g Dead Quiet Vinyl Pressed at RTI!
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound!
100% Analog Mastering from Real Analog Tapes!
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In 1985 Joe Strummer failed at stripping The Clash down and taking it back in
time with Cut the Crap while former band mate Mick Jones leaped forward with the
visionary, genre-crossing Big Audio Dynamite. BAD’s debut This is Big Audio
Dynamite is a multi-layered and sample-driven whirlwind of musical influences,
including house and hip-hop, rap and reggae, electro-pop and more, with movie
dialog and sound effects thrown in just for fun!
While the music has to be called out as experimental for its day, Jones’ gift
for rhythm, melody and catchy hooks makes it an eminently listenable and utterly
cool affair that on each listen will have you humming and singing to yourself
The influence this album and band would have on rock and rap in the following
decade can’t be understated. It’s impossible to listen to 80s and 90s classics
like The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique or Beck’s Odelay without hearing echoes
of the beats and samples from This Is Big Audio Dynamite all the way back in
For This is Big Audio Dynamite our friends at Sony scoured the US and UK vaults
and secured the best analog tape currently available, a beautiful 1/4” 15-ips
“cutting copy” from 1985. This tape was used for the expanded Sony Legacy 2010
CD reissue, and as it's either the only remaining or the best usable analog tape
it would be tempting to call it the "master tape," as it would be advantageous
to IR to market it as "from the master tapes." However, as an avid record
collector I always want to know exactly what the source is for every LP I buy
and am continually frustrated that so many brands are so coy about this (or
outright misleading). The tape box pictured here has a box checked "copy" and
I'm telling it like it is. Most important, these tapes sound great, and we're
delviering the definitive version of this great LP! Ryan K. Smith's cut for
Intervention has much greater bass punch, a much more expansive soundstage and
greater inner detail that reveals all the nuances in this utterly unique and
densely-layered production. The dynamics are greatly improved as well adding
immensely to the fun and drama of the movie samples and sound effects.
You know those songs that come up on the radio when you’re driving and you crank
up the volume to 11 and sing your lungs out? That’s the spirit of what
Intervention’s (Re)Discover Series is all about! Taking these FM classics and
presenting them in “like you’ve never heard it before” sound quality so you can
get that same blast of energy and excitement on your hi-fi at home. The hallmark
of this series will be 100% analog mastering from real analog tapes. Combining
superior master sources with the truly full-range mastering chain at Cohearent
Audio and RTI’s dead quiet vinyl pressing means that you’ll hear these FM
staples with power, majesty and musical detail like it’s the first time.
(Re)Discover these sonic treasures with us!
"I compared the new pressing with the 1990 CD edition. The CD, less
aggressively bright than the earliest pop CDs tended to be, is quite listenable
overall, but remarkably flat compared to the new vinyl -- the music seems to
stop at the speakers. Smith has revealed the width and depth of the original
music, which brings the many elements of the recording more out in the
open....Throughout this remastering, percussion pops from the speakers with more
force, bass reaches out to thump harder, keyboards have more texture and life,
and the music widens and deepens to become more envelopingly three-dimensional."
- Joseph Taylor, SoundStage! Access
"First things first, when you listen to This Is Big Audio "Dynamite, you
cannot mistake the era in which it was created. The electronic sound and vocal
effects of the album just epitomize the 1980s. But there is more going on here
as the record also looks toward the future with its use of sampling and hip-hop.
While the sampling is mostly spoken lines from movies, most prominent in
"Medicine Show," it does hint at a practice that is ubiquitous in today's music.
The rap/hip-hop influences, especially on the closing track, "Bad," seem
prescient for a time when the genre was just beginning to meld with rock and
pop. The album is also not punk, either. The instrumentation and sampling are
far too complex for the usual rawness and quick hitting of the punk movement.
Some of the attitude strains from Jones' rebellious earlier days shine though
however, like in the anti-corporate "Sony" or allusions to AIDS in "Stone
Thames."...As This Is Big Audio Dynamite has been reissued before, including a
2-disc Legacy Edition from Sony's Legacy Recordings in 2010, the focus on this
new reissue is on the sound quality and packaging. The album has been remastered
by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from a 1/4" 15-ips "cutting copy" from 1985.
This is the same tape from which the Legacy Edition was sourced, and
Intervention truthfully discloses in the mastering information on their website
that this is not the "master" tape, as it is a copy. However, it is the only
remaining or best available analog tape, and one listen to this quiet, clean,
and pristine vinyl reissue will make it clear that it sounds wonderful." -
Randy Fairman, The Second Disc
• 100% Analog Mastering From Real Analog Tapes
• Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
• Dead Quiet 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at RTI
• Exquisitely Restored Cover Art printed by Stoughton
• Original-release gatefold jacket
1. Medicine Show
4. The Bottom Line Side 2:
5. A Party
6. Sudden Impact!
7. Stone Thames
If you like BAD, then this is a definite buy for you. BAD is not exactly one of my favorites, but there are a few songs on this one that I like, so I bought this album. After purchasing Intervention Records production of Joe Jacksons Look Sharp and Im the Man, I gambled that the production and quality was the same for this BAD album.....I was NOT disappointed and this album is a player. Vinyl is dead quiet and the engineering is really good with a very nice soundstage.