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Can’t seem to avoid PBTHAL at this point. Every time I fall for a classic album, he’s got the prime cut lossless vinyl rip of the best pressing there ever was, crushing whatever CD junk remaster is commercially available. This is another case where there’s some junky special edition that sounds like digital fucking death, and a thirty year old vinyl that sounds like diamonds. In fact, you couldn’t even get the real, original mix of this album for over twenty years. Wikipedia sez:

During the height of ZZ Tops’ success in the early 1980s an inferior “digitally remixed” version of the recording replaced the original 1973 analog mix. The remix version was used on all early CD copies and was the only version available for over 20 years. A remastered and expanded edition of the album was released on February 28, 2006, which contains three bonus live tracks. The 2006 edition is the first CD version to use the original 1973 mix.

I understand that said comment will probably be stripped of its biased language, but its point stands!

For the FLAC version of this, and two other early ZZ Top jamz, check with the master.

DOWNLOAD:
ZZ Top-TRES HOMBRES (1973)
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320kbps


Stooges vinyl rips. First and third are rips of the 180g reissues of the original masters taken at 24/96 resolution. FUN HOUSE is from PBTHAL, who makes the best needledrops on the internet. This one isn’t offered on his site, though. No, I don’t have a special deal worked out. He was doing this for years before he started his blog and is only putting new rips up nowadays. FUN HOUSE is recorded at 192khz off a first pressing from Columbia. All are dithered to redbook standards and then converted to mp3 by me. Yes, they sound better than the CDs. Certainly better than the trash Iggy remaster of RAW POWER.

DOWNLOAD:
THE STOOGES (1969)
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FUN HOUSE (1970)
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RAW POWER (1973)
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320kbps