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Post subject: Mulatu of Ethiopia - original or reissue? how to tell?  PostPosted: Mar 04, 2014 - 09:36 PM
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Can someone please tell me how to tell the difference between the original and the reissue of "Mulatu of Ethiopia" on the Worthy label? Apparently this 1972 album was reissued with the exact same artwork and label as the original. Thank you!
 
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Post subject: RE: Mulatu of Ethiopia - original or reissue? how to tell?  PostPosted: Mar 17, 2014 - 07:25 AM
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I don't know this album but sometimes just looking at the record will give you an idea of its vintage. Can you post pics of...

- the lead-in grooves
- the etchings in the dead wax area - by hand or by machine? Any indication of cutting studio or cutting engineer?
- the label (we want to see the ring under the label)
- the first few tracks on the album. (Does the pitch of the groove vary? ie: on quiet passages are the grooves closer together and on loud passages are the grooves spaced further apart? The alternative is "fixed pitch" where the grooves are the same distance apart regardless of any changes in the music.
- the jacket - is it a "tip-on" old school style jacket or a modern folded and glued single sheet of cardboard jacket?

All these tell-tale signs give a good idea of the vintage.

Two printers (in USA and Canada respectively) still make the "tip-on" style jacket for that retro look but being super expensive I cant imagine too many re-issues would go this trouble.
 
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Post subject: RE: Mulatu of Ethiopia - original or reissue? how to tell?  PostPosted: May 02, 2014 - 09:50 AM
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If the dead wax etching is by hand, does that mean it's older? (as a general rule).
 
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Post subject: RE: Mulatu of Ethiopia - original or reissue? how to tell?  PostPosted: Jul 14, 2014 - 04:40 AM
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No not at all. We used to etch by hand even though we had a pantograph for what we generally call the "machine stamped" look. I never liked the font as it was the same as what CBS and a small competitor here used so we just did it by hand to "personalise" the cut, as it were.

Cutting studios mostly etched by hand - record factories usually etched by pantograph (for the "machine stamp" look). If you put this together with all th eother factors it gives you an idea of the level of manufacture.
 
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