At last count, there were 86 versions of Jeff Beck's "Truth" and 77 versions of Jeff Beck's "Beck-Ola" to choose from. But here is what it says on the hype sticker that is stuck to the 2009 Sundazed reissue:
"Sundazed's new vinyl edition, mastered from the original analog tapes, features the album's unique and ultra-rare U.K. mono mix, and is pressed on pristine high-definition vinyl with complete original cover art."
Something to boast about, no? Well, you know what? This record sounds damn good. I cannot compare it to the original U.K. mono because I don't have one. But compared to the various U.S. pressings I have owned, this beats all. But is it definitive?
On Friday Music's "deluxe audiophile" edition of "Beck-Ola" released in 2015 it simply states "mastered by Joe Reagoso" on the back cover, whereas the Discogs listing states "mastered by Ron McMaster." So which is it? I would think all involved in this release would want to boast about all the hard work put into the release. It seems lazy to have no credits other than "mastered by" without any specifics. Further more, this "deluxe" edition is on green vinyl, with the same 4 bonus tracks that were added to the 2004 CD release. Again, I am suspect of Friday Music. The record sounds really nice, almost too nice, like it was possibly pressed from the same digital master as the CD.
Personally, I am not impressed with colored vinyl, or reissuing a record that was never in a gatefold cover in a gatefold cover. I'd prefer a simple replica of the original with a few extra credits telling me why the hell this new version is worth owning. And again, the lack of information offered up on a Friday Music reissue, leaves me thinking most of the work went into the packaging.
Any thoughts on definitive versions of these two classics? Am I the only one bothered by the lack of information on Friday's reissues?