180g Dead Quiet Vinyl Pressed at RTI! Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio!
100% Analog Mastering from Real Analog Tapes! Exquisitely Restored Cover Art!
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"The sound on this LP is Amazing!!!" - Bob Bantz, president Elusive Disc, Inc.
FM Radio Classic "Stuck in the Middle" Immortalized in Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs!"
"The best sounding version of this album I've yet heard ... first rate packaging, Kevin Gray's impeccable mastering, and RTI's plating and pressing. Reissues do not get any better than this."- Michael Fremer, Analog Planet, 8/11 Music, 9/11 Sound!!
"Kevin Gray remastered Stealers Wheel from the best available analog sources, 1/2" safety copies, and I compared the new Intervention edition with my old A&M pressing from 1973, the year the album was released. The original pressing is notable for its tremendous bass extension (the album is only 34:22 long) and overall clean, balanced sound. Its good, but the Intervention is better. I can hear the air moving through the harmonium that opens "Late Again," and when the bass kicks in, it hits harder, with more definition and cleaner attacks. The acoustic guitars have more sparkle, and the background percussion is better integrated into the soundstage."
"Stealers Wheel has always been a sonically enjoyable record, but Intervention has now given us a version that sounds definitive: Slightly buried percussion is more fully revealed, and Tony Williamss bass lines are much more powerfully rendered. Voices sound more realistic, and the guitars, acoustic and electric, are presented more clearly. The many subtle details that help make it such a great record are now easier to hear and appreciate." - Joseph Taylor, www.soundstagehifi.com
"The label has sonically rehabilitated this lost treasure, producing a vinyl reissue that sounds better than the original vinyl or subsequent CD iterations. The stereo separation and depth are more readily savored, with the new LP having a full, natural sound that brings out the lost detail in the band arrangements." - Joe Marchese, The Second Disc
"K-Billy's Super Sounds of the '70s weekend just keeps on truckin' ..." The short but legendary recording career of Stealers Wheel is defined by the pinnacle reached with its first two albums. Listening to this extraordinary debut effort it's easy to hear why many thought Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan's Stealer's Wheel would become the UK's answer to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The duo's distinctive style is in full evidence, marrying ultra-catchy hooks and melodies to thoughtful lyrics and gorgeous vocal harmonies.
"... [features] monster hit "Stuck in the Middle with You," ...In fact, it's not even the best track on the album ...what you find here is ten beautifully crafted and captured songs that seamlessly meld acoustically tinged folk sensibilities and playing with perfect pop hooks. It's an album that warrants repeated listening, as you slowly peel away the instrumental and lyrical layers of each deceptively simple track. Those tracks range from the almost Eagles-esque rock of "Johnny's Song" or "José," to the stripped-back simplicity of "Gets So Lonely," the meandering funkiness of "Next To Me" to the bluesy "I Get By," all bound together by Rafferty and Egan's grasp of toe-tapping pace and structure, deft switches of density and catchy melodies. This is a great album that was deservedly successful..." - The Audio Beat, 4.5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sound!!!
As a band, Stealers Wheel was already disintegrating even as it was being formed. Players were being shifted in and out of the lineup right up to the recording sessions for this debut record, and leader Gerry Rafferty split from the band before the LP's official release (see the vintage video for "Stuck in the Middle," with Egan miming the lead vocal in Rafferty's absence!). However, as "Stuck in the Middle" streaked up the charts in the US and the UK, peaking at #6 in the US, Rafferty came back and the band eventually became Rafferty and Egan with backing players in the studio and on tour.
Songs from Stealers Wheel's stellar first pair of LPs have gotten steady airplay since they were released, and of course Gerry Rafferty's breakout success with his solo album City to City shined a bright light on his earlier efforts. Stealers Wheel became an indelible element of pop culture for new generations when maverick director Quentin Tarantino built a major set piece of his own debut Reservoir Dogs around the infectious hooks of "Stuck in the Middle." The scene is as grisly as it is unforgettable and of course it's set up brilliantly by Steven Wright's voice as the world's dryest DJ.
However, Stealers Wheel is much more than just its smash hit single. It's an all-time great rock n' roll record from start to finish, a great record to discover or (Re)Discover the way it was always meant to be heard, on vinyl!
Stealers Wheels self-titled debut is sourced from the best source that is currently available, a beautifully preserved ½ 30ips safety copy of the original stereo master. When mastering this LP, they compared what they were getting off the tape to the exceptional original A&M UK Porky/Pecko cut on LP. In their mastering they decided to preserve the full (and we do mean full!) bass expression that is on the tape, and that no additional push was needed in the midrange and treble to emphasize detail. The result is a remarkably lively recording with driving bass, wonderfully expressive guitars and living, breathing vocal harmonies from Rafferty and Egan like youve never heard them before!
The (Re)Discover Series:
You know those songs that come up on the radio when youre driving and you crank up the volume to 11 and sing your lungs out? Thats what Interventions (Re)Discover Series is all about: taking these FM classics and presenting them in like youve 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 and RTIs dead quiet vinyl pressing means that youll hear these FM staples with power, majesty and musical detail like its the first time. (Re)Discover these sonic treasures with us!
Dead Quiet 180g Vinyl
100% analog mastering from real analog tapes
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Pressed at RTI
Exquisitely restored cover art printed by Stoughton
1. Late Again
2. Stuck in the Middle
3. Another Meaning
4. I Get By
5. Outside Looking In
1. Johnny's Song
2. Next to Me
4. Gets So Lonely
5. You Put Something Better Inside Me (1973 Remix)