Artist-Approved First Time Vinyl Pressing: 100% Analog Mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound
Intervention Records and Matthew Sweet are proud to introduce the new Artist-Approved reissue series, Matthew Sweet 1991-1995! In 2018 Intervention is releasing 2LP Expanded Editions of Sweet's 90's power-pop trilogy, Girlfriend, Altered Beast and 100% Fun, plus the Son of Altered Beast 7-song EP, which is appearing on vinyl for the very first time. Each Expanded Edition is loaded with bonus tracks that are either appearing on vinyl for the very first time or seeing their official release for the very first time. And for Sweet completists, these LPs are the most extensive collection of extra tracks compiled and packaged with the studio albums the songs were recorded for!
All four LPs are 100% analog mastered from the original analog master tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound. The ultra-quiet 180g LPs are pressed at boutique press, RTI in Camarillo, CA. The jacket art for the reissues have been faithfully restored by IR's art director Tom Vadakan. The Girlfriend, Altered Beast and 100% Fun Expanded Editions will also be released as hybrid CD/SACDs. These discs play in all CD and SACD players and are mastered from the original analog master tapes Direct-to-DSD and will feature very analog-like sound. They will be housed in super jewel boxes.
Featuring a remix and an outtake from the Altered Beast studio album plus five amazing, ferocious live recordings, the Son of Altered Beast EP is a fascinating snap shot in time from Sweet's amazingly prolific 90's winning streak which began with 1991's Girlfriend. Remarkably, although recorded 100% analog, Intervention is pleased to offer the EP on vinyl for the very first time, 100% analog mastered and housed in a gorgeous single-pocket "Old Style" gatefold printed by Stoughton Printing. Fans can finally hear Son of Altered Beast in its true glory, a tremendous set of live songs from Matthew's peak!
Although Son of Altered Beast was recorded all analog, it was compiled in and for the CD era so its tracks were never sequenced onto a single set of analog "master tapes." Instead the master tracks for the 7-song repertoire are spread across several analog master reels. For the best possible sonic experience, Intervention's Shane Buettner and Sterling's Ryan Smith decided to dub the tracks flat 1:1 to new, fresh tape reels in sequence and master 100% analog! The resulting sound is simply stunning, completely blowing the small, hard and glassy sound of the original CDs completely out of the water! IR's 100% analog vinyl cut is beautifully smooth, open and dynamic.
• Artist-Approved first time vinyl pressing
• 100% analog mastering from the original master tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound
• Ultra-quiet 180-gram vinyl pressed at RTI
• "Old Style" single-pocket gatefold jacket printed by Stoughton