KISS - MTV Unplugged - (1996) - (Mercury 314 532 155-1) - Vinyl - {US Yellow Marble Vinyl Pressing} 24-Bit/96kHz + 16-Bit/44kHz

Posted By : vinylhound | Date : 30 Nov 2011 11:03:02 | Comments : 21 |

KISS - MTV Unplugged (1996)
vinyl rip in 24/96 & 16/44.1 | 1.31 GB & 403 MB | FLAC | no cue or log (vinyl)
DR Analysis | FSonic & FF | Full LP Artwork | US Yellow Marble Vinyl Pressing
Genre: Rock | Mercury Records ~ 314 532 155-1

On August 9, 1995, KISS performed on MTV Unplugged in what fans consider the beginning of the eventual KISS Reunion. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons contacted former members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley and invited them to participate in the event. Fan reaction to Criss and Frehley at the Unplugged show was so positive that, in 1996, the original lineup of KISS reunited, with all four original members together for the first time since 1980.

This also marked the only time the original lineup performed live without their trademark makeup, other than at Ace Frehley's wedding, and was also the only time Frehley and Criss shared a stage with Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick. Further, it was the first time Eric Singer had part of a lead vocal (shared with Peter Criss on Nothin' To Lose).

The album was released in three versions in the US, black vinyl, yellow marble vinyl, & yellow marble vinyl with an extra phone card insert. The vinyl release also included a bonus track not found on the CD version (Got To Choose). The LP version of this album includes a poster as well.

I have included full scans of everything.

Track Listing

Side 1

1. Comin' Home
2. Plaster Caster
3. Goin' Blind
4. Do You Love Me

Side 2

1. Domino
2. Sure Know Something
3. A World Without Heroes
4. Rock Bottom

Side 3

1. See You Tonight
2. I Still Love You
3. Every Time I Look At You
4. 2,000 Man

Side 4

1. Beth
2. Nothin' To Lose
3. Rock And Roll All Nite
4. Got To Choose

Vinyl Ripping Equipment

Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable
Shure V15VxMR Cartridge
LP Gear SHVN5xMR Super Analogue Stylus
Sonic Bliss Audiophile Turntable Mat
Custom built, all tube phono stage
Creative 0404 USB @ 24 bit / 96khz
Adobe Audition 3.0 for recording software
JBL LSR series studio monitors / subwoofer for playback listening
iZotope RX Advanced 2.02 for any cleaning needed (all done manually)
Adobe Photoshop for scans
mp3tag 2.49 for file tagging
Easy CD-DA Extractor Ultimate 10 v2011.3 for converting files

Dynamic Range Analysis

Analyzed: KISS / MTV Unplugged

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR12 -0.05 dB -13.68 dB 2:51 01-Comin' Home
DR11 -0.50 dB -13.09 dB 3:18 02-Plaster Caster
DR12 -0.34 dB -13.37 dB 3:33 03-Goin' Blind
DR12 -0.05 dB -13.43 dB 3:19 04-Do You Love Me
DR12 -0.05 dB -13.66 dB 3:47 05-Domino
DR12 -0.86 dB -15.37 dB 4:17 06-Sure Know Something
DR13 -1.79 dB -17.30 dB 2:51 07-A World Without Heroes
DR12 -1.91 dB -16.11 dB 3:27 08-Rock Bottom
DR11 -1.40 dB -14.22 dB 2:30 09-See You Tonight
DR12 -0.05 dB -14.80 dB 6:10 10-I Still Love You
DR11 -0.48 dB -15.81 dB 4:34 11-Every Time I Look At You
DR11 -1.65 dB -14.66 dB 5:20 12-2,000 Man
DR12 -4.50 dB -20.04 dB 2:50 13-Beth
DR12 -2.71 dB -16.56 dB 3:47 14-Nothin' To Lose
DR12 -3.36 dB -16.53 dB 4:16 15-Rock And Roll All Nite
DR11 -3.25 dB -16.75 dB 3:55 16-Got To Choose

Number of tracks: 16
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2979 kbps
Codec: FLAC

The files are interchangeable!!!

Please enjoy hearing MTV Unplugged as it should be heard from the original vinyl!!!





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Posted By: Rabo29 Date: 30 Nov 2011 12:48:41
Wow, thank you so much for these albums, it is very appreciated and the cd version of this album does not compare at all to your version who is 100 times better than the cd. :)
Posted By: kwork Date: 30 Nov 2011 13:12:41
Thank you very much!
Posted By: KayEss Date: 30 Nov 2011 20:13:34
Thanks you very much, Vinylhound, for all the Kiss albums!
Posted By: link96 Date: 30 Nov 2011 21:16:19
Thanks for KISS uploads, vinylhound !!! Great !!!

This one (Unplugged) is easily one of the best live albums ever, one of the best performances by KISS, and one of the best MTV Unplugged issues.

Btw, do you have KISS' Carnival of Souls on Vinyl? I suspect it has never been released on anything aside CS or CD.

It's a gem despite the unfinished mastering.
Posted By: vinylhound Date: 30 Nov 2011 22:59:57
Actually, "Carnival Of Souls" was pressed on a promotional only picture disc. This was the only vinyl pressing to date. I just finished ripping it & it will be coming soon.

There was also a British promotional only picture disc of "Psycho Circus" as well. I'm ripping it tonight. Again, the only vinyl pressing of this one to date as well.

Posted By: kwork Date: 30 Nov 2011 23:23:39
Since Carnival and Psycho are picture discs, how do you feel they compare to the regular cd issues? I know pictures don't always sound as good as other vinyl, so just wondered what your take is on the quality.
Posted By: vinylhound Date: 30 Nov 2011 23:55:28
Well that's a good question.

The picture discs definitely sound better than the CDs. First of all they have far better dynamics because they were not mastered in the "volume wars" style, compressed to radio commercial quality like CDs. Secondly, they are analog, played on a turntable with a stylus so they are still warmer than CD. The tube phono stage doesn't hurt either. They also are in high-rez format (24/96) meaning that they carry double the frequency range of CD. CDs are only capable of 20Hz to 22,500Hz where vinyl of any kind recorded in 24/96 carry 10Hz to 48,000Hz. They may not stand up to standard vinyl pressings but they still blow away CD.

The only real difference between standard and picture discs is in the surface noise due to the coatings on picture discs. With a little engineering skills this surface noise can be removed. Check out the Chikara picture disc that I posted against a standard CD and you will be convinced.

Posted By: Bernie1 Date: 01 Dec 2011 01:59:45
VH, you are a gentleman & a scholar. You have also spoiled us rotten with all of these amazing KISS rips! :)
Posted By: vinylhound Date: 01 Dec 2011 02:02:01
Thank you all, you are very welcome. We are nearing the end of the KISS catalog. Well, until they release "Monster" next year.

Posted By: kwork Date: 01 Dec 2011 02:35:10
@VH: I am convinced. Thank you for the explanation, and look forward to the rest.
Posted By: Lord Hasenpfeffer Date: 01 Dec 2011 04:33:51
The Millennium Concert was never released on vinyl because it was not independently released, right?
Posted By: Lord Hasenpfeffer Date: 01 Dec 2011 04:39:44
What is the practical value of capturing frequencies outside the 20Hz-20,000Hz range? Seriously.

Besides, I have tinnitus. As I type, I'm listening to what I would guess would be constant 18-19kHz "tones" in both ears. They fluctuate independently in volume making for some interesting stereo effects at times.
Posted By: vinylhound Date: 01 Dec 2011 06:41:32
You're right, the millennium concert has never been released on vinyl.

a little note about what we hear. It is true that most humans cannot hear above 20kHz, however what we can hear is how the sub-harmonics of the higher frequencies affect the sound of what we do hear. This also depends heavily on the equipment that its played back on. If we are listening to speakers that have a range of 20Hz to 40kHz for instance, the speaker is reproducing the frequencies that we cannot hear, however by reproducing these frequencies, it still affects the overall movement of the speaker, essentially changing what we hear. The result, in simple terms, is that the sound is more natural, smoother, & richer to the ear. Most people cannot tell you why analog and/or vinyl sounds better to them, they just know that it does. Well this is, at least, a big part of the reason.

I could tell you why vacuum tubes produce better sound than transistors but that would be another long winded story (LOL).

Posted By: link96 Date: 01 Dec 2011 07:34:53
To "VH":

Very well said about the frequencies. I do have tube amp and by far everything sounds much better, even ordinary RedBook CDs.

The bit-depth is also very important. It allows cramming more musical information in the channel without losses (sound compression, brick walling, etc). One very useful example is the Apple Music's The Beatles catalog remaster on USB, which is 24 bit, but only 44 kHz - it still sounds very good.
Posted By: audiodr45 Date: 01 Dec 2011 20:21:07
First time checking out your rips. Thanks!
Posted By: FatDisc Date: 02 Dec 2011 02:43:27
One of the main reasons, if not *THE* reason why the frequencies above 20 kHz cannot be removed without affecting the audible part of the spectrum is noise. Noise is a natural phenomenon, it's everywhere around us except in an anechoic chamber where there is almost none. If you record a sound using a microphone, the shape of the noise is changed and other types of noise are added to it also (because of the way a microphone in a recording setup works). Even the most expensive equipment, including speakers, amps, turntables, vinyl pressing machinery, CD players etcetera will still affect the characteristics of the noise, no matter how insanely good their quality really is. The distorted copy of the noise sounds very different from the original, natural type of noise.

Our brain will react to these differences. The more natural the noise will sound, the more our brain will be able to adapt to it and suppress it. So our brain acts as a unique type of noise filter, which cannot be accurately simulated in any real world tech gear (not even in our most advanced modern day technology). However, of course it's technically possible to apply noise filters. The only problem with these is they're never perfect. At frequencies above 20 kHz, it's still technically impossible to have them accurately separate and / or adjust the data that's related to the noise part of the sound, from the data that represents the "good" part of the sound. This is because the higher the frequency band you zoom in on in the spectrogram, the more the "good" part of the sound starts to look like noise... even though it's not. In other words, a spectrum analyzer can never be accurate enough to effectively edit the data it shows as being above 20 kHz.

So that explains why the mastering engineers always just delete this part of the data if they're mastering specifically for Redbook. In High Resolution (24/88.2, 24/96, 24/176.4, 24/192,...) digital audio, unlike in Redbook, it's relatively much more easy to preserve the effect of the noise in its natural purest, more untouched form. The more resolution, the more accuracy, the more the high frequency bands can be gradually attenuated along the frequency axis (the vertical axis in the spectrogram), aka gradual "roloff", rather than abrupt "cutoff". Remember, the data that gets cut or rolled off is always data coming from the spectrum analyzer so changing this data will audibly interfere with the sound because of the spectrum analyzer's high-frequency bands behaviour.
Posted By: Lord Hasenpfeffer Date: 02 Dec 2011 05:14:09
I thought mastering engineers always just delete this part (above 22.05kHz) of the data if they're mastering specifically for Redbook because 22.05kHz is half of 44.1kHz. Any frequency vibrating faster than 22.05kHz will cause the digital signal to begin "aliasing" which only Yoko Ono would find desirable.
Posted By: FatDisc Date: 02 Dec 2011 12:43:01
@ Lord Hasenpfeffer: Well, based on the Nyquist theorem you could have been correct if only the theorem hadn't been based on socalled (in standard, mathematical terminology) "real values" instead of just 16-bit integer values for the sampled values. So in fact the theorem uses infinite bit-depth, not 16-bit samples.

As far as Yoko Ono is concerned, if you're saying she likes the aliasing caused by quantization in Redbook then TBH you shouldn't blame her for that because, personally, I'd interpret it as "Please stay away from Redbook because it just sucks, anyway!". ;-P
Posted By: Lord Hasenpfeffer Date: 04 Dec 2011 04:13:29
Hehe! :) My reference to Yoko was simply stating that only an artist as experimental as she is could find much value in using aliasing as a deliberate effect and/or part of a compositional approach. :)
Posted By: jfgtl Date: 29 Jan 2014 03:56:17
Hey, vinylhound. I have no idea if you're still monitoring this site or not. I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work and let you know that I enjoy your rips a lot. I also wanted to let you know that K_MTVU_1996_2496.part3 is missing from the FileFactory page. I hope you sort this out. MTV Unplugged is the only rip that I haven't been able to download yet.
Posted By: bitterbeings Date: 31 Mar 2014 15:47:42
much thanks to vinylhound for putting all the work work and effort into this collection. i would love to get this rip! please re-upload: K_MTVU_1996_2496.part3.