According to Hype Machine, this blog, over the years, has posted more than 9,000 tracks. All of them, without exception, are at the low-end of the quality spectrum, made available at usually 128kpbs (kilobites per second), with the thought being that if someone really likes what they are hearing, they will make efforts to purchase a physical or digital copy of the song in question.
I’ve no plans to change things, but there are days when I feel I am sort of cheating everyone but not offering better quality rips, especially of some of the vinyl as it now sounds after I recently purchased a very decent Audio-Technica USB turntable (along with a new amp and speakers). I’ve actually gone on a bit of a spending spree, buying new and second-hand vinyl, just for the experience of hearing some great tunes at their very best.
One of the 12″ singles obtained on the second-hand market was the first big hit for The Charlatans, back in 1990. The version of The Only One I Know isn’t any different from that which was provided on the later editions of the album Some Friendly (the initial copies didn’t include The Only One I Know as the band was keen that the album shouldn’t have multiple singles on it, but commercial pressures soon brought a change).
Trust me, the vinyl sounds absolutely tremendous coming out of the speakers, especially when I turn the volume up just that little bit more than I should if I want to stay friends with the neighbours, but you’ll have to make do with the usual 128kpbs:-
mp3: The Charlatans – The Only One I Know
The two tracks that come on the b-side are also well worth a listen:-
mp3: The Charlatans – Imperial 109 (edit)
mp3: The Charlatans – Everything Changed
The former is an instrumental that must surely have been considered by some of the remix DJs back in the day as being the sort of raw materials they loved to get their hands on. The latter is a track whose inclusion on Some Friendly would have lifted the quality of the final product – the band members have admitted on numerous occasions that the debut album was a bit rushed and suffered from them not really having written enough great songs by the time they went into the studio.
Excuse me while I give these another spin on the turntable. Sorry you can’t be here.